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  Post subject: Fire Emblem 3H and the DLC?
Post Posted: Jun 03, 2020 9:42 am 
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So, I got the game and I'm considering getting some DLC before starting my first play through ... but $25 is a little steep for what appears to be just a few set of clothes and a minor side quest.

Can the DLC each be sold separately or is the $25 all or nothing the only option?

Is there anything in the DLC's worth $25 for a $60 game? That's about half the full game price, so do the DLC add 'half a game' worth of new content? I understand that this question is subjective obviously, so I'm just asking for your personal opinions here and why (not how you'd think I would think it's worth it).

Thanks!

PS - So which house is the easiest? Just want my first run to be less brutal than it needs to be.
 
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Post Posted: Jun 03, 2020 2:24 pm 
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LeBurns wrote:
So, I got the game and I'm considering getting some DLC before starting my first play through ... but $25 is a little steep for what appears to be just a few set of clothes and a minor side quest.

Can the DLC each be sold separately or is the $25 all or nothing the only option?

Is there anything in the DLC's worth $25 for a $60 game? That's about half the full game price, so do the DLC add 'half a game' worth of new content? I understand that this question is subjective obviously, so I'm just asking for your personal opinions here and why (not how you'd think I would think it's worth it).

Thanks!

PS - So which house is the easiest? Just want my first run to be less brutal than it needs to be.


Ok, this is going to be a long reply so bear with me for a bit.

First off, the DLC is only sold in a package deal for the 4 waves that have come out since the game was released. So you can't pick and choose which pieces you want; you have to get them all. But they are a little more complicated than what you stated.

Wave 1 just consisted of Officer Academy uniforms for the Byleths, which is neat, but not worth paying for unless you really disliked female Byleth's outfit. Which a lot of people did.

Wave 2 had a few more items with it: 5 new auxiliary battles were added, which are battles that you can do to grind for experience on weekends if you chose. New music was added to listen to during battles, which is neat. You got 4 stat boosting items; one for movement speed, one for base HP, one for strength, and one for speed. You got the leisure outfits for students that people joked made it look like they were part of a sports team, and you got glasses for Byleth. So a much better wave in my opinion.

Wave 3 gave you new sidequests that allowed you to do more. One unlocked the chance to recruit Anna, like you could in Awakening and Fates, as a playable unit. One unlocked a Sauna which you could use on the weekends, and you could do a quest that lets you interact with animals as well. New outfits were also unlocked like summer uniforms and fancy uniforms, as well as a Maid/Butler outfit that came with new battalions to use. Pretty neat.

Finally, Wave 4 gave you the Cindered Shadows sidequest, which is about 8-10 hours of playtime. It's a side route that can unlock 4 new characters, as well as some new classes that your characters can use and gives a bunch of information about the world. This gives you access to new paralogues and support conversations with these new characters, though I wouldn't recommend doing this side route until you've beaten the game normally at least once. Lots of spoilers in there and the sidequest is considered to be very difficult. This is probably considered the meat of the DLC and pretty interesting to play.

Personally, I do have the DLC and I found it to be worth it as I really enjoy Three Houses and like having more reasons to continue playing. But I can understand if it's something that you wouldn't enjoy or find too expensive to get. But there is a lot there for $25.

Now as for the easiest route, there really isn't one. Crimson Flower (the Edelgard Route) is the shortest of the 4 routes available, but if you don't want to choose Edelgard, then I wouldn't recommend playing it. Basically, it all really comes down to what Lord and house you want to play with as each house can be used effectively. And with recruiting being an option, the Lord is basically the main focus. If you really want an easier time, you can choose Casual difficulty so there's no permadeath, but that's up to you.

Good luck and I hope this answer helped!
 
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Post Posted: Jun 03, 2020 2:54 pm 
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None are particularly easier than the other, imo. They all have their challenges. The difficulty of the game is pretty easy overall. If you're worried about difficulty set it to a low level and just go with the class of your choice. IMO it's not as challenging as past gsme iterations, as they kind of streamlined it a bit (due to the micromanaging teaching part of the game).

As far as DLC, the story part of it (hindered shadows) is good and approx 8-10~ hrs long. It comes with 4 new recruitable characters after you beat it, but fyi it is notably a LOT tougher than the main game so I would suggest maybe check it out during your second play through or after you got a good feel on the mechanics.

Unfortunately DLC is 3/4ths cosmetics but the outfits are pretty decent. You can look them up online if you want to see if they're for you. Mostly fanservice garb.

As for whether it's worth it or not, each to their own. I really enjoyed CS, but I do wish they couldve split it up or allow more story content besides that for the pass. But that wave did bring a lot for 2nd playthroughs for me and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Id wait and see how you like the main game first, though.
 
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Post Posted: Jun 03, 2020 3:29 pm 
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My suggestion about deciding if you want to do the DLC or not is to play a route without the DLC then decide. If you're invested and want moooore then get the DLC, which will also give you something new to look forward to in your next route.

Like Simply Unknown and Brose said the main highlights of the DLC are...
  • Outfits
  • you can pet the dogs and cats
  • Anna as a Playable character although fyi she has no supports with anyone and is basically just... there (I never used her)
  • Sauna
  • Cindered Shadows stuff (more below)
  • Abyss stuff (in particular the ability to force paired endings*)

The crowning jewel is definitely Wave 4, The Cindered Shadows stuff. There's lore stuff there obvs. You get the side story/route, plus the 4 characters and their classes (who do have supports with other characters and can be S-supported), AND access to the area from the side story in the main routes after you beat the side story which has some functionality, like trading renown for support growth, get weapons for scraps, and forcing paired endings*

I have yet to play the Cindered Shadows stuff myself so I can't judge it as much.

*basically the base game determines who get paired endings together in a way that is hard to guarantee the characters you want to get an ending together get an ending together if you view multiple A supports for character (so for example if you have characters 1, 2, and 3 and you've seen 1's A support with 2 and 1's A support with 3 it's hard to guarantee which one (2 or 3) 1 ends up with). Plus A vs A+ supports make it even harder. They also have a list of priority it goes down that can split up your desired pairs (basically higher priority characters get their pick for their pairing first and everyone after them gets the leftovers. So like if you have characters 1, 2, and 3 again and you want 2 and 3 to be together. BUT 3 is also 1's first pick to 1 gets 3 and 2 gets their second pick even tho 3 would have been their first pick.)
 
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Post Posted: Jun 04, 2020 3:34 am 
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Thanks for the responses. I think I will just hold off for now, play it through, and then see how I feel about the next play-through.
 
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Post Posted: Jun 04, 2020 3:55 pm 
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That sounds like a good plan. Some of the DLC content kinda spoils certain story aspects if you haven't at least done one run, so it's a good idea to hold off

Katgirl wrote:

Anna as a Playable character although fyi she has no supports with anyone and is basically just... there (I never used her)


She has insanely good growths and is practically broken in certain classes. The no supports things IS a downer, but having human bulldozer on your team is a perk for sure.
 
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