So I’ve noticed that recently a lot of very negative threads have surfaced, particularly around the state of the series. I personally don’t buy it but we’re all free to have our own takes, I’ve made my stance on such negativity clear in the past.
So I thought that opening up a thread for us all to gush about our favorite games in the series or aspects of it would be a good idea, to lighten the mood up a bit, add some positivity. Every FE is someone’s favorite so let’s find out why.
We’re all here because we love Fire Emblem so let’s talk about the parts that we like about it, it’ll give us romhackers information on what everyone likes in their favorites too!
To start I'll go ahead and talk a bit about Engage
Engage is a game that had me hooked ever since the reveal trailer, it had a gorgeous artstyle and really fun designs for its characters, and as more information came out about it the more hype I got for it. The shrunken down monastery ala Three Hopes, the Emblems as a mechanic, multi weaponed classes, it really was shaping up to be an incredible entry.
Then I played it. Then again. Then again. Then by the fourth time burnout hit a bit, I’m the kind of player who really really gets attached to certain units, in particular I have a fascination with Etie, Alfred, Framme, and Rosado both as units and characters. This in tandem with the homogenized strategy brain starting to kick in after being exposed to the “meta” led me to drop the game for a bit.
After coming back though holy fuck this game is gooooood!
Engage I feel is at its best when you’re not out to win, you’re out to use the sandbox the game gives you to win in the most creative way possible, very Bloons TD6 vibes to reference a non-FE game. While this is in part due to the game giving you the freedom to use it’s best options without restriction, it also just has a metric ton of skills and items! Some that are rng dependant like the bond ring skills which makes every playthrough unique as you have different tools to work with, maybe in one run I go with bow knight Etie because I pulled Claude’s ring which increases bow range but the next I stick with warrior due to its superior stats.
One of my favorite builds was swordmaster Citrinne, making use of her high magic she was able to one round pretty consistently with alacrity and a Levin sword in the mid game, while needing either speedtaker or Lyn to do the same later on. Although using Lyn also opened her skill slots up for vantage and hold out, allowing her to make up for her poor survivability.
The game’s characters are also absolute treasures, they’re all such bundles of hopes and dreams that most simply can’t help but make me smile. Rosado learning to cook from Goldmary, Clanne helping Etie with her workout routine by making her pickles, Celine and Alcryst comforting each other through their recurring nightmares of loved ones being taken from them. Nearly every character is good at heart and aid one another, it makes the Somniel feel a lot more homely.
It’s that sort of cozy vibe that really ties Engage all together for me, it’s a unique vibe for the series that works well in giving the game its own identity.
There are so many little details I can go on and on about too, the thematic through line of the story and how despite being at times sloppily paced still conveys a genuine passion.
The beautiful music that for me fits right into the games vibes.
The way the dlc further adds to the sandbox in interesting ways that can for the most part be entirely avoided.
I can go on all day but I think I’ll stop here, while Engage isn’t the evergreen game that Fates may be with how tight of a game Fates is, Engage still manages to stand out from its peers as a genuinely comfy game to kick back with, enjoy the vibes, and have fun with the characters in spite of the dark conflict that looms overhead with the games narrative.
I’m very excited to hear what everyone likes about these games