Review: Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)

By on January 30, 2013

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Fire Emblem Awakening was released in Japan sometime last year. It took almost a year for the english version to be released. This game was developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS.

You start off creating a character that will be part of a journey. You have to decide what type of class, male or female, looks, and voice. Later in the game, you will meet other characters. One of them is Chrom, the prince of the Halidom of Ylisse. He’s trying to keep the country at peace. There’s a short introduction before you start your journey. It looks awesome! After that, you will meet other characters that will join your group. One of the features I like about this game is that it lets you pair up with members of your squad. This will help you work together to fight enemies. But if you want them to have a better relationship you need to have them talk with each other. This will help create a better friendship and will help you get extra stat bonuses and improve the way they fight during battle (fighting and protecting each other). I really don’t want to get into the story that much because I want you to experience this game with no spoilers from start to finish.

Fire Emblem: Awakening is a game that lets you move characters into positions to attack or defend from enemies. For those that has never play a Strategy RPG, it’s like a game of chess. Your characters will have a certain amount of health and also their weapon can receive damage during the battle. You have to make sure that you have extra items during or before battle. This will help you with health, armor, and weapons. The only way to win is by defeating the enemy until they don’t have any more units. At first, it’s easy. But once you get further in the game the enemies get more units and higher HP and will take a longer time to beat. The best thing to do once you finish a chapter is to level up your squad. You can choose side quests that you unlocked while playing the main story or in the future, you can buy or get free weekly downloadable content, that will have new maps, episodes, and extra characters. Once player-created character or “avatar” is able to pair up, it will help develop emotional ties to one another. You can get married and have children. Later in the game, you will be able to use your children to join the group and help you during the battle. There’s at least 40 classes in total in the game. You have the ability to change their class anytime later in the game. But if you decide to change your class, your character will start from scratch. That’s right, all the way to level one. Your characters can also have five different skills at a time. Before each battle you can choose a certain amount of characters to be part of the battle. This will help you to select the right ones based on class, pick the right weapons/armor, and build their relationship.

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You can choose different difficulty levels while playing the game, including “normal”, “hard”, “lunatic”, and “lunatic plus” (TOUGH!). You can also choose casual or classic modes. If you choose casual mode then your character automatically revives post-battle. If you meet another player through “StreetPass”, you can use your created characters and visit each other’s worlds. Each can buy others items or just battle it out but with a CPU. That’s right, no online multiplayer. I couldn’t try this feature due to no one in my area having this game. There’s also a local multiplayer mode called “Dual Tag” that allows you to pair up and fight enemies. This will help you earn items and stats. The story and humor is pretty good and will keep you playing non-stop. Also for those that are asking about the voice acting. Nintendo of America added both Japanese and English voice tracks in this release. The English voice acting sounds great. I was surprised. Check out the trailer below:

I got the game early thanks to Nintendo Of America. This has to be one of my favorite game for the 3DS. If you are still undecided about buying this game then download the demo from the Nintendo eShop. This will give you a pretty good preview about Fire Emblem: Awakening. This game will keep you busy for a long time because of the main quest, side quest, streetpass, local multiplayer and weekly DLC. The replay value is pretty high.

 

The Good

  • You can choose different difficulty levels while playing the game, including “normal”, “hard”, “lunatic”, and “lunatic plus”
  • Animation looks awesome
  • High replay value: Main quest, side quests, StreetPass, local multiplayer and weekly DLC
  • Creating your own character called “Avatar”
  • Nintendo of America added both Japanese and English voice tracks in this release.
  • Characters having a better relationship will help your squad. Get married and have children. They can also join the battle!

The Bad

  • Changing a units class – their stats change and you go back to level 1
  • Sometimes the voices can get a bit annoying during dialogue
  • Weapons breaks during battle. This will make it difficult if you don’t have extra weapons
  • No online multiplayer. You can play against other players via StreetPass but this will be controlled by the CPU

The Final Word

As a fan of Advance Wars, this got me into Strategy RPG all over again. With great voice acting (English and Japanese), awesome story, gameplay and it is challenging depending on your difficulty. This is a must have for 3DS owners. Before you buy the game, go and download the demo. This will also change your mind!

4.5/5

Danny Pena

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