In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, players take the role of a mercenary who becomes a new professor at an officer's academy. There they must choose a house of students to support, from the three houses that represent Fódlan.
The game includes elements previously seen in the franchise, such as turned-based battles, character classes and a "classic" mode where characters who fall in battle are gone forever. Three Houses has proven to be a huge hit with Fire Emblem fans and newcomers alike, who love the story, the look, and the characters. Have you already finished the game (several times over) and can't wait for the DLC? Here are some similar titles you're also sure to love.
10 Octopath Traveler
Octopath Traveler is a turn-based RPG game for the Switch. It follows the stories of eight different characters as they travel the land of Osterra, each with their own goals. In a similar fashion to Three Houses, players can choose their own path in Octopath Traveler.
You are able to pick one of the eight characters whose journey they wish to explore. There is even the option to have the other characters join their party later on in the game, though they're also allowed to continue on alone.
9 Rune Factory 4
In Rune Factory 4, the player follows the story of a character who is afflicted with amnesia on their way to deliver a gift for a 'god' in the town of Selphia. They wind up being mistaken for royalty and eventually tasked with completing errands for the town's benefit, including investigating a mysterious force in dungeons nearby.
Just as in Three Houses, players have different characters they can get close to throughout the game. If they build up enough "Love Points," they can even marry one of the appropriate candidates and have a child with them.
8 Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2
Devil Survivor 2 is the sequel to Devil Survivor and is available on the 3DS as Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker. Players take on the role of the silent protagonist as he and his friends, after a strange event, become Devil Summoners. They use demons to fight mysterious creatures that have infiltrated the land and threaten to destroy Japan.
It's a tactical RPG and players' choices impact the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist. There are several different endings as well, all determined by the course of action taken throughout the game. If these are elements of Three Houses you love, you'll be all over this one too.
7 Bravely Default
Bravely Default is an RPG for the 3DS. In it, players take on the role of the game's protagonist, Agnès Oblige, as she is forced to awaken four elemental crystals that keep the balance of her world, Luxendarc. They become corrupted, bringing chaos to the world, and Agnès and a small band of allies travel Luxendarc to fight to restore order.
Bravely Default has a system that is a little similar to the Class system in Three Houses, called the Job System. Characters can have more than one Job and each offers different strengths and weaknesses.
6 Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together originally came out in 1995 on the SNES, but got a remake for the PSP in 2011. It's a tactical RPG that follows siblings Denam and Catiua as they seek revenge against the group known as the Dark Knights, trying to liberate their nation of Valeria along.
The game shares a similar gameplay style to Three Houses when it comes to battle. Players build up a party of characters and they fight enemies on a grid. However, in Tactics Ogre, the order in which characters attack is calculated individually, based on their speed.
5 Final Fantasy Tactics
Final Fantasy Tactics was originally released in 1997, with an updated version released on the PSP called Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions. In it, players take on the role of a mercenary called Ramza, who is caught between an ancient evil and a civil war.
Tactics is similar to Three Houses in a number of ways. It's a turn-based tactical RPG and has a system that's a bit similar to Fire Emblem's Class system. The game also includes permadeath, as in the "classic" mode for Three Houses.
4 Dynasty Warriors
Many might be surprised to see Dynasty Warriors on this list. What does the hack-and-slash series have in common with the tactical RPG game? Quite a lot actually. Koei Tecmo took part in bringing Three Houses to the Switch and writing the darker and more mature themes of the narrative.
The third-person view that is triggered during battle looks similar to battle in Dynasty Warriors. The two also seem to draw similar inspirations.
3 Valkyria Chronicles 4
Valkyria Chronicles 4 is the newest addition to the franchise and is a tactical RPG developed by Sega. Taking place in the same time-frame as the first game, it focuses instead on a squad of young fighters composed of Commander Claude Wallace and his childhood friends, following them as they fight in the Second Europan War.
Both games have very similar themes in common, telling heartbreaking underlying stories of war and the young men and woman who find themselves fighting them. Both are gripping tales filled with well-written and engaging characters.
2 Persona 5
Persona 5 is the newest main title in the Persona series. Players take on the role of the protagonist, who is a new transfer student. He and several of his troubled classmates find themselves with the power to summon Persona and become the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, a group that enters the hearts of corrupt adults to reshape them.
In both Persona 5 and Three Houses, part of gameplay is to socialize with the characters around the player and strengthen the bonds they share. Both games also have several romantic options for the player.
1 The Banner Saga Trilogy
The Banner Saga Trilogy is a collection of three turn-based RPG games. In them, players don't just take control of one character, but they are in control of a whole caravan of characters. Players have to guide their people through a crumbling world against the Dredge, a warlike race that hates humans.
The player's choices on and off the battlefield have consequences, just as they do in Three Houses. It also has a similar Class and battle system as Three Houses, and players can lose characters for good if they make the wrong move.