Fire Emblem Engage vs Three Houses, compared

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For players, comparisons between franchise installments are very important to inform themselves. This can help these players decide whether to purchase the new title, amongst other things. Fire Emblem Engage has quite a few differences from Fire Emblem Three Houses, but both have plenty of things in common. And is either one better than the other?

Similarities and differences between Fire Emblem Engage and Three Houses

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For players, comparisons between franchise installments are very important to inform themselves. This can help these players decide whether to purchase the new title, amongst other things. Here are the main differences and similarities between Fire Emblem Engage and Three Houses, broken down into five categories:

TopicEngageThree Houses
Activities- Average fishing minigame
- Improved usefulness in forging
- Fewer minigames and smaller tasks compared to Three Houses
- Average fishing minigame
- Forging has less usefulness
- A plethora of side quests, minigames, and other activities aside from the main plot
Battle- Weapon triangle is available
- Battlefield can be traveled around after a battle
- Rings, both Emblem and Bond, are extremely important in battle
- Weapon triangle is unavailable
- Battlefield cannot be explored after a battle
- No Emblem system with rings in battle, instead using the Adjutant system
Characters - The protagonist is only a choice between male and female. The protagonist has voiced lines with a more defined personality
- A well-rounded party of characters
- Given the choice between a male and a female protagonist. No voice acting for the protagonist. The protagonist has a minimal personality
- Well-round characters in your party
Pacing- More streamlined plot with battles coming more quickly - Slower and more rambling plot with fewer cutscenes. More menial activities between plot points
Romance/Social- Weaker social mechanics, less focus on relationships
- No explicit romance options, instead a tier/level system based on affection and trust
- Much stronger social mechanics compared to Engage
- Explicit romance options and routes for players to make

Related: How to change difficulty in Fire Emblem Engage

Is Fire Emblem Engage better than Fire Emblem Three Houses?

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While a game being better than another is subjective, some fans have strong opinions on which entry into the Fire Emblem franchise performs better. We can say that what you want to get out of a Fire Emblem game will change, which is better for you as a player.

If you hope to have more social mechanics, a slower-paced story and want to romance a character, Fire Emblem Three Houses is likely the best option for you. For those that want a more classic battle system, a plot more focused on the battles, and less stress around social engagements or romance, Fire Emblem Engage may be considered the best for them.

Want to get more great info about Fire Emblem Engage? If so, check out Should you choose Casual or Classic mode in Fire Emblem Engage? on Pro Game Guides.

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