I've been really busy the past couple weeks, so I've not had time to write about, but I've been playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses with any downtime I've had. So much so that I managed to scroll the end credits tonight. This is after 27 hours with the game - and probably six of those were spent on just the last two battles which were insanely challenging, but uber satisfying.
The fact that I stuck with the game instead of walking away at the end there is a testament to how awesome Three Houses is. And I mean, maybe I should just cut to the chase here, but Three Houses is definitely the best Fire Emblem game I've ever played. Truth be told, it may have possibly dethroned XCOM 2 as my absolute favorite turn based strategy game. Maybe. Time will tell.
I've not played every Fire Emblem game. But I've played a good share of them over the years. And one thing holds certain - with each Fire Emblem game I play, it gets cemented even further as one of my favorite Nintendo franchises of all time. People love to roll their eyes and pass off Nintendo as too safe or too kid-friendly or whatever. But my goodness, the Fire Emblem games are hardcore games. I would hope those people know what they're missing.
Everything about Three Houses is fantastic. Those anime cutscenes? The story. The dialogue. I mean, obviously I'm not even talking about the most important thing: it's impeccable game play. But yeah. Three Houses rules. The missions are just so incredibly crafted. And the freedom between missions - be it exploring/recruiting, or lecturing to level up your team, or resting to rebuild stats... it all just works so well. Never does a moment feel wasted. And though no choice feels wrong, you do find yourself agonizing about how to spend your time both on the battlefield and off.
Oh, and this story was epic. I mean it takes place over so many years. And goddesses were involved. Whole kingdoms rise and fall. Childhood friends become bitter rivals. Honest to goodness wars echo war games of school. It's... just all so impressive.
I played totally blind, as I didn't want any spoilers. As a result, I ended up on the Blue Lions route, and - well, no spoilers - but it was an intense 22 chapters. But dudes, I loved every single minute of this game. Like I said, those last two missions cost me a lot of time and trial and error, but when I finally figured out a rock solid strategy, I felt like a total genius.
This game is the highest of the high recommendations for me.