|Strategy RPG; Nintendo 3DS; Nintendo/Intelligent Systems; 2013|
|And this happens as soon as you start up your game.|
Like most games in the series, the story to Fire Emblem: Awakening is solid. The plot takes it's twists and turns along the way, and while some of them can be deduce rather easily before they are ultimately revealed, it doesn't take away that much from the experience. While it does boil down to a "Save the world from ultimate destruction" with villains who at first glance seem cartoonishly evil, the entire scenario is handled with enough weight that it gives the story a sense of importance, and the villains, though are hardly sympathetic, are given enough nuance that you can kind of see where they are coming from most of the time. However, like all good Fire Emblem games, the main focus is the characters and Awakening doesn't slouch at all. Each of your over 40 units have their own personality and quirks that make them more than just your knight or your thief or your little girl who turns into a freakin' dragon. Your knight is a guy who is practically invisible because of his lack of personality, your thief's idea of "sweetening the deal" is to be bribed with candy, and your dragon girl is over a thousand years old but is childlike in her behavior. It is so much easier to get invested into a story, when you have a large cast of endearing characters that you want them to be able to see it to the end. Oh, and Supports are back!
|Like Shadow Dragon, one of the screens is always displaying information. It's just the touch screen now.|
|Are you a boy or are you a girl?|
|"We roam around the forest looking for fights!"|
|Team Attacks, when has it NOT been cool!?|
|These images just do not do this game justice.|
Fire Emblem: Awakening takes everything that have ever been good about the series, stripe away everything that has held the series back without compromising what has made the series great, add 150% more addiction, puts it all the most gorgeous package, and then places it in the hands of as many people as possible. If you have a 3DS, BUY Fire Emblem: Awakening. If you don't have a 3DS, BUY the Bundle if you can, or buy a 3DS and THEN buy Fire Emblem: Awakening. If you love the series, get it NOW if you haven't already. If you hate the series, still get it, it's THAT good! If you never picked up a SRPG before in your life, still get it (just play on casual mode, I won't judge you). If you have any reason not to get Fire Emblem: Awakening, fix that reason and get Fire Emblem: Awakening. This game is a MUST PLAY!
Until next time.