A Critique on Fire Emblem Three Houses Part one

Adonis Richards
4 min readJun 16, 2023
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Some great video games tell compelling stories. Fire Emblem Three Houses is said to game for me. It is a tactical turn-based RPG developed by Intelligent Systems and Koei Namco for the Nintendo Switch. It is the story of three houses warring for control of their land.

Fire Emblem is a series of Tactical role-playing games based on medieval times. Three Houses is the 16th entry in the critically acclaimed series. To break it down even further, imagine chess, but with characters, you can empathize with.

The most notable feature in all of the games is the permadeath feature. This feature makes it so that if an ally character falls in battle, they are gone for the rest of the game, barring some key players that still appear in cut scenes. This feature adds to the strategy, forcing players to think several times about sending a unit to specific locations.

The Story

Three Houses tell the story of a character named Byleth (essentially you) navigating through the land of Foldlan (This game’s country/ location) and choosing their fate based upon the house (country in Fodlan) they select.

The houses follow three leading lords: Edlegard, Princess of the Adrestian Empire. Then there’s Dimitri, Prince of the Holy Kingdom of Fargeus. Lastly, there’s Claude, Heir to the head of the Lescter Alliance. Each Lord has compelling backstories and unique trials. Each lord has a subset of members that track your journey.

This adds replayability as you want to learn about each lord and their constituents up close and personal. Each house also has its journey you get to follow as they encounter leading a set piece of land and the trials that come with it.

Critique Direction

As far as this critique goes, I want to discuss this game’s story and the main villains. For me personally, I believe it was lacking. Granted, I enjoyed the storylines for what they were worth. However, I always felt something was missing during the story, which bothered me. Before I talk about the story, I wish to give another spoiler warning; I will spoil this game a lot for those who have not played it. This critique isn’t about how I hate this game or that it’s terrible. It’s a fan wishing to rectify…