The first Fire Emblem: Three Houses review has been published in Japanese publication Famitsu, awarding the game a 37 out of 40 review score.
The publication reviews games by taking the scores (out of ten) of four separate critics and then combining them. Three of Famitsu’s reviewers awarded the upcoming Switch title a 9/10, while one gave it full marks.
Three Houses has players focussing not just on the battlefield, but also acting as a teacher in an Officers Academy, where they must choose which of the three houses to lead in their academic lives and then help train its future generals.
Players can freely roam the grounds of the Garreg Mach Monastery between lectures to undertake assignments and get to know their students and gather useful intel.
Famitsu’s first reviewer (translated by Japanese Nintendo) said this element of the game was “much more fun than I thought [it would be].” He wrote: “You’re guaranteed to get addicted into raising yourself and your students.”
Another reviewer said: “As you raise the students’ abilities through lessons and deepen interactions through events and more, before you know it they have become irreplaceable. I’m glad that the Support Conversations between students are plentiful and also fully voiced.
“As the school life is lively, I’m surprised at the second part’s serious story development, but I get hyped when I can see the students’ growth.”
All four reviewers complemented the game’s story, which was described as “well done” and “dramatic.”
“The story progression, interweaved by characters with a plenty of personalities, feels pleasant as if you’re watching a good-quality drama,” one said.
“With the Officer Academy life as the axis, the way it’s created – where you can taste even more fun in interacting with and sensing the growth of characters – is excellent and great.”
Fire Emblem: Three Houses will release for Nintendo Switch on July 26.