Talking about it with two friends yesterday, I got to that conclusion. I was surprised.
I have been a fan of FE since I was a child, playing on the gba and the game cube. Path of radiance and radiant dawn combined are one of the best gaming experiences in my life. So I love Fire Emblem.
I think after Awakening the franchise changed. They went more in the line of, I don’t know, fanservice and engagement. They want us to play a lot so a game that starts and finishes is not enough. It has to have a fragmented story, some reason to replay it. In fates there were 3 routes, relatively shitty if you care about the story, but a very, very good game otherwise. The aesthetics, the gameplay, very cool.
Three houses follows the same exact principals and shares the same bases. It improved the formula, at least I didn’t have to buy 3 games to get the full fragmented story. Because fragmented and poorly written it remained but the game was very good otherwise… again.
Then I was playing FEH. I have a hate-love relationship with the game. I tend to cry a lot when I don’t like something, specially when I feel people are being manipulated. And FEH is very manipulative.
So when they announced the new FE Engage, I thought I would be very excited to get out of feh and grab a true game, a true new entry for the fire emblem franchise.
…I think I am not anymore.
The support they brought for FEH has been pretty amazing. New modes, some of them very fun, a lot of rewards, the new units are very cool and the new designs are better in my opinion, than anything in previous games. I mean, brave byleth for example, was incredibly cool.
And while I think the game odds are ridiculous, I usually get at least one copy of the unit I want. I get the suscription some times so I am not a complete ftp player. But even then, I can’t say the same about most other gatchas. I can remain free to play and get cool units almost every week, sometimes once every 2 or 3 weeks but whatever. It’s fair in my view.
There’s also the gameplay. I used to miss the big maps with dozens of units of the main line games but I just noticed that I don’t anymore. It’s because of the skills. The strategy involved has gotten so complex that it doesn’t matter that the map is small, there’s a lot to think about every move. The game has gotten so good. FEH has become really good. I said it in the past but every day it’s more true: It’s the best gatcha game ever, probably the best or one of the best phone games. Unlimited content, decent enough policies, always new mechanics and stuff.
And yes, the story is a little bit shitty but at this point it’s almost as good as the story in the new main line entries so who cares.
So when I look a the (arguably) terrible designs for the main character in the new Fire Emblem Engage, I think in FEH and… you know what? I am good.
Unless the new game turns to be a masterpiece (which I highly, highly doubt it), I think I’ll pass. I’ll see the units in FEH very soon anyway.