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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.
Summoning All Heroes
Command two armies fighting in parallel to restore peace in Valentia.
Kingdoms clash over warring gods...
In Valentia, battle is waged in the traditions of elder Fire Emblem games, when the rules of battle were simpler, yet the challenge formidable as ever.
- 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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).
Exploration: being able to walk around dungeons and break pots is very zelda-ish and really fleshes out the world and environment. The city exploring reminds me of point and clicks and adds to exploration. Hope they keep this in future games
Two Parties: Celica and Alm each have their own party and characters. This means managing two armies. I've always thought they should implement portions of the game where you split your army in two factions that way you are forced to bond with more characters. (worth noting the over all roster for this game is small compared to other FE games)
Voice Acting: Everything is voiced. This is nice to have, but I read faster so it's not a huge plus. However now you can put the game down and just have it auto scroll, which lets me do other things while i just listen to the story. Good for those of us who want to take in the story but rather multitask.
Weapon triangle: probably the hardest thing to take in as its so ingrained in FE. But the original didn't have it so it was not expected. Makes the game more stat based. Which means if you never really payed attention to character and enemy stats it may turn off some players who relied on the rock paper scissors mechanic. However analyzing stats becomes second nature and in this game its especially important for not getting caught off guard.
Marriage System: no more pairing up and getting children, while I didn't mind the mechanic in the latest FE games I don't miss it at all. Newer players may not like that it is not included.
Personalized Avatar: unlike Awakening and Fates you don't create a personalized avatar to represent you. If anything you take the role of Alm and Celica. The Avatar concept makes some players feel like part of the world, however I just think of it as another character so I don't miss the feature.
Pair Up System: You can't pair up units to make super units. I actually thought that this was a good concept which added an extra layer of depth to gameplay. Could be used to protect glass cannons and take advantage of other character's movements etc.
Map Diversity: So far all the maps are pretty simple just grid with walls forrests and terrain that slows your character down. Since its a remake alot of the map diversity added throughout the series is missing making this seems like a huge step back. While i thought Fates started getting alittle gimmicky with its Dragon Veins I always like the GBA era of map effects. Probably what feels like the biggest downgrade IMO (note I havent finished the game but from what I've read this game recreated the same exact maps from Gaiden so Im not expecting it to change at any point).
DLC: Costs more than the game...I wouldnt let this keep anyone from experiencing the game since it is a complete game (everything from Gaiden + more) it just sucks that they left some other extras out that they could have just included in the game.
If you don't mind all the things that are missing, this is an excellent RTS game. It has the FE gameplay that I love while adding Zelda like exploring and an interesting story with two separate armies to manage. While some key elements from past FE series are missing, the original (Gaiden) was always the black sheep in the FE series so it makes sense. If they can work off of Echoes to make future games, while slowly reinstating the features I think we’d set a new standard for the series. As is, I do miss the map diversity and weapons triangle, but that is expected with this remake so no worries about the series as a whole. If they give FE 7 or remake the GBA games in the Echoes series, I’d pre-order in a heartbeat.
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- The art is beautiful!
- The full voice acting is neato.
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