Fire Emblem Engage is almost perfect

Fire Emblem Engage is great but lacks story depth

Welcome back! It’s another Tuesday, which means tonight there will be a new episode of the Spot Dodge Podcast exclusively on Destructoid. Topics: The Spot Dodge crew discusses the latest entry in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem Engage. The team also predicts when the next Nintendo Direct will happen. Because there has to be one just around the corner, right? Right..!?

I’m loving Fire Emblem Engage so far. The combat is intense, the visuals are solid, and the pacing is damn near perfect. However, Fire Emblem Engage is lacking in a few important areas, story and characters. A key area previous Fire Emblem games thrived in.

Fire Emblem Engage ramps up quickly, it spends a lot less time on building up the world and characters than other recent Fire Emblem titles. Which has its ups and downs. On one hand, you’re thrust right into learning the strategic combat Fire Emblem Engage offers. Yay! On the other hand, the game doesn’t give you much of a reason to care about its huge cast of characters or their motivations.

To add to that, socializing with characters takes a backseat in Fire Emblem Engage. Getting into thought-provoking conversations has been a rarity for me so far. This is a pretty big letdown. Three Houses offered intriguing backstories and lore for most of its characters, along with a fantastic main narrative. Character conversations in Fire Emblem Engage are much less appealing or interesting.

I won’t judge the main story too harshly yet, as I’m midway through the game, but so far it’s just completely “fine”. Nothing exceptional but also not the worst thing on earth. It’s really easy to follow which is perfect for newcomers, but I’m hoping it ramps up a bit more in the second half. Now let’s discuss it more thoroughly on Spot Dodge!

Our lovely cast from around the web: Brett Medlock (me) and Mary Stowe from Destructoid, John Friscia from The Escapist, Greg Bargas from PC Invasion, and Brett Larsen, our extra special guest. Behind the scenes, Gamurs’ Eric Weichhart is live-editing this week’s show. Let us know in the comments!

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Brett Medlock
Head of video at Destructoid