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- In a continent torn asunder by warring gods, guide two armies through brutal tactical battles-as this reimagined RPG epic invades the West!
- Uncover the intertwining stories of heroes Alm and Celica, engage enemies, fend off dragons, and explore 3D dungeons.
- Your prowess will grow as you master this melding of modern and legacy Fire Emblem gameplay.
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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia
In a continent that was divided by warring gods, guide legions of soldiers through tactical battles—as this reimagined RPG epic invades the West!
Uncover the intertwining tales of heroes Alm and Celica, engage foes, fend off monsters, and explore 3D dungeons. Your prowess will grow as you master this melding of modern and legacy Fire Emblem gameplay.
- A strategic mix of modern and legacy Fire Emblem gameplay, including permanent death of characters.
- Explore new 3D dungeons in action-adventure style.
- Fully voiced cinematics and story dialogue conjure up a stirring tale of loss and triumph.
- Reimagines the Famicom classic, Fire Emblem Gaiden—never before released in the West.
- Master iconic character classes; Paladins with heavy armor, airborne Pegasus Knights, bow wielding Archers, and more.
In a continent torn asunder by warring gods, guide two armies through brutal tactical battles-as this reimagined RPG epic invades the West! Uncover the intertwining stories of heroes Alm and Celica, engage enemies, fend off dragons, and explore 3D dungeons. Your prowess will grow as you master this melding of modern and legacy Fire Emblem gameplay.
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The gameplay is quite different from most Fire Emblem games. The player no longer has to worry about a weapon triangle (where axes beat lances, anima magic beats light, etc), but must instead look at the statistics of their enemies and use terrain to their advantage. Posting a cavalier or knight on a fortress provides a bonus to evasion and defense, while restoring health every turn. And for players frustrated with the high difficulty, the option of Phoenix Mode (units returning after battle) has been retained.
Echoes is a remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, which was never released in the West. This is an excellent opportunity for fans of the series to enjoy a new tale previously unavailable in English. This remake also includes an extra chapter after Gaiden’s endgame. It’s also the first Fire Emblem tactical game to receive full voice work.
Support conversations are a return to Fire Emblem: Blazing Blade (they occur during battles instead of in your castles between missions).
You play as childhood friends Alm and Celica commanding two armies on opposite sides of a war on the continent of Valentia and at some point reunite with one another.
There are two difficulty settings Normal and Hard, and 2 modes: Classic (with permanent death) and Casual (units revive after the match)
This is your typical tactical strategy rpg like Final Fantasy Tactics or Disgaea series where you move in a grid based turn battle system. When attacking you transition from a top down perspective to a third person view. Animation of the third person view is the best the series have to offer so far
There's no weapon triangle (rock-paper-scissors advantage system), rather you have to focus on units stats and terrain; with the former having you look up enemy stats as well as yours before every turn/match
Instead, you have to equip a weapon with some having passive stats advantages attached to them
Each unit only carries one weapon that can lvl up depending on how many times you use it. There is some grinding involved especially when you decided to switch weapons having found one with good base stats, but not as good as your leveled up one knowing it'll be potentially better than it in the long run
Adjacent allies don't double team or protect each other from enemies like in recent Fire Emblem games
-There are different character classes:
Archers: distance, but can hit enemies right next to them. Archers are not super effective against flyers this time around seeing their no weapon triangle
Melee: close range, higher attack
Mages sacrifice health to do a spell*
*magic is gained through leveling up instead of equipping tombs
Once a unit reaches a specified level they can evolve their class to a more powerful version with no seals required
Every time you use a unit in battle a fatigue meter will fill for that character making their max health decrease. To decrease the fatigue meter you have to give the units gifts/food or purify them at special statues
millia turn wheel. rewind time and redo turns making classic mode more forgivable. The turn wheel does have a limited uses though as you cannot rewind forever
There are 3D side dungeons where you move your character in a 3rd person perspective. When you hit an enemy or enemy attacks you; you transition to grid based battle system. While in dungeon you can smash pots or wooden crates to collect items and treasure
The game is fully voiced in exception of some villagers
The graphics are really good especially the in-game battle animations. The animated movie cutscenes are okay, as I find the past two titles did a better job.
There's no dating, romancing, marriage system in this game. It's more focus on combat and main story than interpersonal character relationships. Characters are more influenced on the plot rather than their comradery as a team. There are support conversations that are initiated when units are adjacent once another in battle. All relationships between characters are predetermined and your actions do not have influence on them unless they die in battle (classic mode)
Amiibo support. Fire emblem amiibo when scanned summons phantom units at cost of characters health like how mana is used
This game focus more on traditional tactical strategy RPG gameplay with a hint of modern influence as it's more battle and resource management heavy than the other two 3DS games. If it's your first time diving into Fire Emblem I'd go with Fire Emblem Fates/birthright and/or Fire Emblem Awakening as it's more streamline in terms of battles and includes a fun dating sim.
Overall great addition to the franchise and a very good purchase for those fans of the series