Adelegard speaks to a crowd of soldiers.

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Despite the public outcry about what seems to be a straightforward hack-and-slash fest against a host of enemy faces in chaotic battlefields, I think this style of gameplay can bring it forward. Fire signThe best combat-simulation capability of. Two months ago, I wrote about how Fire Symbol Warriors: Three Hope It can actually be very good. I played the demo over the weekend and I’m happy to confirm I’m right. While there are some obstacles in the opening game, Three hopes This is the refreshing and original entry that this 32-year-old series desperately needs.

Three hopes‘The main storyline takes place in the 2019 alternate timeline Three housesसर्वातThe most recent game in the main series — but its gameplay is ready Fire Symbol WarriorsThe 2017 championship that passed for the first time Fire sign With over-the-top mass action. Instead of running your units on one turn at a time like a complex game of chess, you will be thrown into real-time combat in which you will have to cut your way through enemy gangs, capture constantly moving forts and complete the escort quest. But whatever gameplay trailers can show you, Three hopes More dedicated to strategy than original Warrior.

Each character has a dedicated individual ability that helps define their place in the roster. For example, as I attacked enemies with Hubert, I realized that he could see shadowy wounds on his enemies. By pressing the right trigger, I can blast those wounds for extra damage. The main character’s special ability allows them to move forward and Bernadetta creates a small field that increases her critical hit rate.

These are a little different than before Warrior Games, which had the ability to consist mainly of damage numbers. Three hopes There are personal skills that actually change how the characters play. Special weapons add more customizable bonuses to each character’s attacks, such as more damage to the base instead. Warrior. For example, the rare Venin Ax can poison enemies who have not been killed by your first blow. Being able to change unique weapons added another strategic level to my pre-combat planning.

Dorothea set fire to the enemy troops.

Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

Despite the more thoughtful gameplay design, I was a little confused about what the game was trying to be. This is very strategic for anyone who enjoys extensive combat planning (not taking advantage of the pot of goods would make running less ideal), but also eliminates the focus on capturing forts. In fact, I have cleared the maps without capturing each fort. When I tried to stop all my enemies, I was punished with an A (instead of a high S) rating for taking too long. I think there’s still plenty of room for the full version Three hopes To change my opinion about how balanced the game is. Demo style “hack-and-slashiness” seems to do very little. Special power bars are very hard to fill and medicine drops are much less common than I remember from the beginning. Warrior Games

But strategy is enough! You are probably reading this blog because you played more popular Three houses Strategic RPG, and that’s what you want to know Three hopes The record-breaking strategy is the right pursuit of SIM. Of course, I can’t say much about the actual story as the full game will not be released till June 24. But so far, that includes the vast cosmopolitanism that has fallen in love with the Fodlan continent. Three houses. I was talking to a general NPC at my war camp and she told me a story that points to the dynamics of some dim power in the church. She has made a good thing Three houses A standout from the series known for storytelling, and I’m looking forward to seeing more when the full game launches.

Which I have always loved Three houses The authors are fully committed to the “what-if” situation on its various timelines, and Three hopes She continues the tradition. I’m not going to spoil anything, but I was very satisfied with how the story tries to find a storyline that never happened in the first game. You know how Three houses The protagonist Bayleth was ruthless Is trying to kill your character Three hopes Glimpse? I finally got to play the right context around him, and the scene didn’t feel out of place at all. I began to think: It is not enough to be acquainted with the kindness of the character. To truly understand a character, you also need to be aware of their cruelty. And Three hopes It is both idealistic and brutal in that it can only be a non-linear video game.

If this is your first Fódlan-set game, I recommend playing Three houses First. Three hopes‘The plot moves faster and assumes prior knowledge of the previous adventure. And that’s what I want from my favorite sequel Fire sign Games