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Lacks the charm of older titles in the series. May dissapoint older gamers with nostalgia glasses.
on February 13, 2014
For younger gamers, or for those new to the series, I could easily see this title getting 4 or 5 stars. That said, if you've played earlier titles in the series, you may have a different perspective altogether. What the game boasts in beautiful presentation quality, it lacks severely in terms of story and overall game mechanics.
My biggest beefs overall:
1) There is literally no reason to use many (most) of the characters. This truly, truly bothered me. While the game presents you with a plethora of interesting individuals for use on your team, you can easily skip most of them. The first 8 or 9 characters you get are easily good enough to handle anything that the game throws at you (in my experience, many of the characters had freakish stat growths). Also, the tactician unit and Chrom quickly become living gods.
2) The maps. Repetitive, boring and overly simplistic. They sure are pretty though.
3) The plot. The story seemed to be more a series of half-developed arcs than a single, coherent plot line. Also, I found the dialogue to be painfully cheesy and heavy handed, but maybe that's just me growing out of my affinity for the JRPG style. Wasn't into it at all.
In short, I heard great things about this game and really wanted to like it. It was the reason I bought a 3DS. But as someone who's taste in games have matured over the years, I found that this particular entry into the series wasn't aimed at me. I have since returned my 3DS and the game.
Just my two cents.