When I first heard about Fire Emblem Warriors, I was afraid it would be nothing more than the skins of my favorite Fire Emblem heroes lazily pasted onto a Dynasty Warriors template. It turns out that’s not true: this entertaining 20-hour adventure successfully combines many of Fire Emblem’s unique strategy elements with some good old-fashioned button mashing.
Fire Emblem Warriors takes place in the Fire Emblem universe, but which one isn’t entirely clear. That’s because the story – which manages to be both bare-bones and bonkers – never bothers with details. There’s some gibberish about a pair of twins having to seal away an evil dragon, and something about gathering magic stones that heroes like Marth and Chrom just happen to possess after being sucked into another dimension. No, it doesn’t make any sense, but I honestly didn’t care why the valiant samurai Ryoma or the hilariously loquacious Owain magically appeared out of thin air. I was just happy to have them around to help me crush my opponents, which they do quite well.
This is a syndicated post. Read the original at IGN Game Reviews 2017-10-24.