Crimson Flower just so happened to be my first playthrough. I liked it until I finished Verdent Wind and began to notice the differences.Finished all my playthroughs of Three Houses earlier this week. My last one was Crimson Flower.
18 FUCKING CHAPTERS? WHAT THE FUCK KIND OF BULLSHIT WAS THAT?
If Verdant Wind didn't exist, Crimson Flower would be the worst route in the game for that reason alone. I like the story, granted, but it felt so needlessly quick, as if that route in particular was specifically rushed out to make sure the game launches on July 26th. And it's a shame, because I love the Black Eagle characters.
What really, REALLY gets me is how empty CF is.
Look at this bullshit.
Look at THIS bullshit.
Two big, pivotal moments in the story, both of which got cutscenes in the other routes, pushed aside, told as off-screen events.
Remember how much TWSITD were hyped up by the likes of Hubert and Edelgard? How they talk about how Arundel is evil and we must stop him and his group of miscreants, how they're the ones we have to deal with once Rhea is gone?
What happens when Rhea's gone?
Roll credits. Mention the battle against TWSITD in the character endings. End the game 5 fucking chapters earlier than the other routes for no fucking reason.
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If Crimson Flower was my first playthrough, my first impression of Three Houses would have been MUCH less favorable.
Crimson Flower is Intelligent Systems acting like Game Freak. Never act like Game Freak.
And just like that, I'm done with 3H until more DLC comes out. woohoo
It seriously irritates me how much CF got shafted compared to the other routes. Even VW and SS despite being copies of each other still had more chapters and cut scenes compared to it. The only real cinematic we got in CF was the ending to the last chapter. And they could have easily made more chapters involving TWSITD, but they went fuck it after the last chapter and just wrote them off in the ending.
I'm now doing Blue Lions. I already kinda know what happens post timeskip, but I want to see how it plays out myself before I jump to any conclusions. After that, I'm done until I hear more about the last waves of DLC. Not gonna even bother with Silver Snow since I already completed Verdent Wind.