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A Mercenary With Supernatural Aid: PETER HOSKIN Judges Fire Emblem Warriors – Three Hopes

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A Mercenary With Supernatural Aid: PETER HOSKIN Judges Fire Emblem Warriors – Three Hopes

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (Switch, £49.99)

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Verdict: Still Fire Emblem, Still Good

Oil, meet water. Water, meet oil. On the one hand, there’s a game genre known as ‘musou’, which is brimming with fast-paced action where you defeat hundreds of enemies with every swing of your sword.

On the other hand, the Fire Emblem series, with slow, strategic combat and equally slow conversations with all your brothers in arms.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes isn’t just a long name; it’s also a Fire Emblem musou game, the second since the original experiment in 2017. And the crazy thing is, it takes these seemingly immiscible ingredients, gives them a good movement and creates something completely coherent.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes isn't just a long name;  it's also a Fire Emblem musou game, the second since the original experiment in 2017

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes isn’t just a long name; it’s also a Fire Emblem musou game, the second since the original experiment in 2017

It helps that Three Hopes borrows most of its story and characters from one of the most likeable Fire Emblem games, called – keep it up – Three Houses. Here you, a mercenary with supernatural aid, have returned to the medieval-anime realm of Fódlan and its bizarre-sounding regions of Faerghus, Adrestia and, er… Leicester.

And that’s not all Three Hopes imports. For example, the hyperspeed battles can be paused so you can lead your friends to different targets on an overhead map. So while there’s less wagging than you’d normally expect from a Fire Emblem game, there’s still decent strategy.

What about that sword-swirling musou fight? I’ve never been very enthusiastic about it (nor good at it) myself, preferring a slightly more icy pace. But what is served at Three Hopes is varied, colorful and (crucially) accessible enough to convince even skeptics like me.

If only there was another kingdom called, say, ‘Sheffield’ or ‘Coventry’ or something like that, this would be a five-star game.

Here you, a mercenary with supernatural aid, have returned to the medieval-anime realm of Fódlan and its bizarre-sounding regions of Faerghus, Adrestia and, er... Leicester.

Here you, a mercenary with supernatural aid, have returned to the medieval-anime realm of Fódlan and its bizarre-sounding regions of Faerghus, Adrestia and, er… Leicester.

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