- A young woman named Lin has discovered she is heir to the throne of Rikea. You are her guardian and advisor, as she fights across hostile lands to build an army and battle for her rightful ascension.
- Make plans and defend young Lin's life against the assassins being sent to kill her
- Dominate the battlefield - control dozens of soldiers, as well as powerful wizards
- Control magic and collect items & equipment that will help you defeat the opposing army
- Incredible fantasy elements are at your disposal, from pegasus-riding knights to deadly dragons
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Comparisons to Advance Wars are inevitable - turn-based strategy game, grid map, and little groups of units battling it out. At the first play, it may feel too similar to some gamers, but differences emerge making Fire Emblem a completely separate interpretation of how to make a tactical strategy game. The RPG elements included in Fire Emblem provide depth and character without sacrificing simplicity. Characters only use one type of weapon and no armor. When characters reach a certain skill level, they can advance to a new class (i.e. knights to paladins) which allows the character to use another type of weapons, further extending their usefulness. The weapon types follow a rock-paper-scissors approach, or in this case, swords-lances-axes. There's three types of magic that interlock in a similar manner. While the outlying mechanics are simple, when facing down various enemies in the battlefield, maneuvering your squad to get the right match-ups is a challenging and ultimately pleasing puzzle.
One of the notable features of Fire Emblem is frail mortality of the characters. When characters die in a level, they cannot be brought back to life and do not return for subsequent battles. Exit stage left, thank you for playing. Fire Emblem tries hard to keep the player as honest as possible by transparently saving after every menu selection. If you try to cheese the game by turning off the GBA right as a character dies, when you turn your system back on, you'll be treated to the same death scene each time you load your game.Read more ›
To discuss the story in great depth would certainly lead to spoilers. I do not want to ruin the intricate attention to detail that the authors have so lovingly crafted into this title.
Without going into great story-ruining detail (beyond the ''Tutorial'' chapters), you are placed in the role of a Tactician. As such, you are responsible for assisting Lyn, a woman who is attempting to rid her locale of invading hordes. Along the way, you meet up with several like-minded characters who wish to help you with your quest. Some first appear as enemies, however. If you choose to attack them rather than talk to them (which are different menu commands), you will find yourself possibly missing out on their contribution to the storyline.
As your cabal increases in number, you have a choice as to which characters to choose from. There is an ''old woman'' who can do a reading for you where she occasionally recommends that you take someone along (usually because they will be needed to talk to another character). This ''Augury'' costs you money, but is very helpful to the newbie turn-based strategist.Read more ›
Storyline: The story is immersive. Great characters, dialog, everything! The opening tutorial (not really a tutorial) has a story of its own that just leads to the main story later on. Overall, I had a hard time putting this game down.
Graphics: Personally I enjoy the anime-style graphics of this game more than some 3-D titles on other systems. Battles are colorful and all of the character designs are great (well one character, a monk named Lucius, looks like a girl, but it is no big deal).
Gameplay: The strategy system in the game is very similar to the Advance Wars titles, but in my opinion even better (played both Advance Wars games, there good but FE is better). You play on a grid-based map where you direct your characters in battle. The addition of rpg elements (leveling up) is a great feature. Gameplay is easy enough and challenging enough for everyone.
All I have left to say is BUY THIS GAME! I promise you won't regret it!
My initial impression is that nothing can stop this from being GOTY aside from the fact that game boy games are usually snubbed and fire emblem will be snubbed too.
The localization for this game is much better than the localization for Intelligent System's other popular strategy series advance wars. According to a review I read, Fire Emblem is better than Advance Wars as a single player game, and so far I have to agree with that comment.
I haven't been this immersed in a game since Chrono Trigger for the super nintendo. After several hours of playing the game I feel that the character development and dialogue is probably the best in any game boy game ever made or at least any game boy game I have ever played.
Presentation 10 out of 10
Flawless presentation. All the menus are top-notch and the game is designed to near perfection.
Graphics 10 out of 10
Beautiful hand-drawn backgrounds and excellent character design. The graphics are technically and artistically wonderful.
Sound 9 out of 10
I was amazed at what I heard coming from my gba speakers.
Gameplay 10 out of 10
Flawless turn based strategy.
Lasting Appeal 9/10
The multiplayer is only bested by Advance Wars.
Intelligent Systems is now my favorite game development company.
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I posted one star not because I dislike the game, but because I dislike the temarity in asking six hundred dollars for a video game that sells off of the shelf at one percent of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard Landerman
And a relatively long game on top of it. I loved the storyline and all the characters.Published 3 months ago by Coco
Turn-based RPGs are usually not my thing but Fire Emblem has such an easy-going learning curve that even during the "trial period" I gave myself when first jamming it into... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Inspector Gadget
Obviously a fake copy, but I expected it for the price. The game is still playable, and thats all that really matters to me.Published 8 months ago by Jen Hedge
It came fast, and in good condition. Also came it a complementary candy, which although melted in its wrapping was kind of cool.Published 8 months ago by Skeith
Best strategy game ever. A game that is very much like chess, but more interactive.Published 9 months ago by Derek
Iam rating this game years after the fact, but my boys are going retro and playing this nowPublished 10 months ago by Scott Blackman
It is a counterfeit nintendo cartridge. I have asked to return it.Published 13 months ago by Laurie Krausman