Fire Emblem Engage is not the game I wanted, but it is, in moments, excellent.
Fire Emblem Engage emerges in the wake of the series biggest success yet, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which arguably moved the series from niche Nintendo mainstay with a growing, modern fanbase, to a tactics genre powerhouse. This was an especially impressive feat given that Three Houses was, in all honesty, a pretty mediocre tactics game. Instead, it managed to draw players in through a complex web of social relationships, meditations on systems and power, and a military academy setting that chummed the water for the series’ new, younger fanbase. Fire Emblem Engage is bad at almost everything Three Houses succeeds at, but somehow manages to make up for this through tactical excellence.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/epz3q4/fire-emblem-engage-is-a-tactically-brilliant-saturday-morning-cartoon