I’m not a New Game+ type of man. That’s a form mode you unlock in some titles after you beat it the primary time, supplying you with method to play once more with some further bonuses. But once I beat a single-player sport, I transfer on. I don’t dabble a lot in story-based downloadable content material, even when it’s for video games I like, like Marvel’s Spider-Man or God of War. And I don’t rush to play by way of a sport I simply beat for a second time. This is particularly true for role-playing video games, which take a very long time to beat even as soon as.
That’s why I’m shocked that I began enjoying by way of Fire Emblem: Three Houses once more. If you learn my overview, you realize that I beloved Nintendo’s new technique RPG for the Switch. But it additionally encourages a number of playthroughs higher than simply about another sport on the system.
I noticed how a lot I needed to attempt New Game+ after showing on USGamer’s RPG podcast, Axe of the Blood God. When speaking to the opposite members on the present, it shocked me to be taught simply how completely different the sport can change into relying in your selections.
At the start, you change into a professor at a army academy and should choose certainly one of three courses to show, with every one representing a unique nation. Slight spoilers forward, however Three Houses has two chapters. For the primary one, the expertise doesn’t change a lot, however your selections result in a unique second chapter.
Above: My new buddy (OK, possibly future spouse) from the Golden Deer.
On my first go, I went with the Black Eagles. Theirs is a darker marketing campaign specializing in conquest. Playing the sport once more offers me an opportunity to select the Golden Deer, which has up to now supplied a extra lighthearted expertise. And I’m nonetheless solely within the first chapter, by which I’m enjoying by way of the identical missions as I did throughout my first go round. But even then, the expertise feels completely different as a result of I’ve all of those new characters. Getting to know and change into hooked up to this new forged is likely one of the finest components of enjoying with a unique home.
New Game+ additionally gives a purpose to attempt Hard Mode. The issue’s my solely actual criticism with my first playthrough of Three Houses. Everything felt too straightforward. Now I get to attempt Hard Mode, and I’m discovering the expertise to be a problem. I additionally get an opportunity to attempt enjoying as the principle character as a girl. It’s a change that doesn’t has a big effect on the story, however it’s one other small piece of constructing this second playthrough really feel completely different.
I additionally get to benefit from the New Game+ unique bonuses. You earn a foreign money known as Renown from finishing missions and different actions. On your first playthrough, you may actually solely use Renown to restore some goddess statues, which in turns grants your crew some bonuses like quicker expertise positive factors. In New Game+, you retain these bonuses, however it’s also possible to use Renown for lots of different advantages, like rapidly boosting your professor and help ranks to the place they had been in your final sport.
Above: Fire up the logo.
Most of all, nevertheless, I like New Game+ as a result of I’m nonetheless not bored of Fire Emblem. Three Houses’ mixture of character development, story, and battle ways makes for a satisfying gameplay loop. You’re by no means doing anybody factor lengthy sufficient to get bored.
I don’t know if I’m going to right away go for a 3rd playthrough after this New Game+ expertise, however I do know that I’m going to need to see the opposite home’s story (the Blue Lions) some day. It’s superb simply how a lot Three Houses has to supply, even after the credit roll for the primary time.