Awakening is a brillint game that pushes the boundaries of what it means to be a modern RPG. It's combat system is like a complex game of chess where each piece has its own feel and abilities in combat. It operates on a rock paper scissors basis with Archers and Magic wielders being the exception.  The story is reminiscent of Terminator, not that that will make sense without major spoilers, but it is a classy little morale lesson if you watch for it. The characters that you recruit along the way are the real stars of this game. You will have a mssive cast of supporting characters no matter how you play. Each of these characters have their own quirks and narritive arcs. They can all develop relations with other party members that lead to great interactions and bonuses in battle. The online component is where the game is at its weakest providing nothing more than bonus missions and post game grinds. All and all this game adds up to more than the sum of its parts and is a modern classic that is not to be missed.