Fire Emblem Engage is like a wedding cake. It’s the height of luxury, tasting familiar and sugary sweet while feeling physically deep and hefty all at the same time. It has characters atop its icing familiar to you from years of spending time together, too. Oh, and everything’s also playdough-white.
What I mean is, Fire Emblem Engage feels like a confident, somewhat nonexperimental celebration for the series. With returning characters and some tiny mechanical tweaks keeping things fresh on the surface, it may seem new and exciting, but fundamentally it’s the same old FE we know and love. Luckily, however, those fundamentals are tighter than ever. This could be the best in the series to date.
After only ten hours or so, however, I do have to be tentative in my declarations. The first eight chapters serve as the game’s introduction, but the whirl of different systems mesh together so slickly that it gives me confidence it’s all building towards something special. It just feels really good, and I have a good feeling about it.
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