I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that if you're reading this, you've beaten a game before (If not, you are sad and should now press ctrl+w). Usually, (unless something Massive Effects the game) the ending is the best part of a game. Weather it's a shooter, a puzzle game, or an RPG, the endgame is Awesome... Unless it's not. Today (and Tomorrow), I'm going to talk about two games, one where I like the ending, and one where I don't; keep in mind that it's a very personal experience and everyone feels different about a games ending. So without any more ado over nothing, here I go.

I'm not going to lie, I love strategy RPG's; the grandeur of outwitting the enemy, the motivation to do so, even the logistics of it all can be fun. Two games in particular are favorites of mine in this Genre, Valkyria Chronicles (PS3) and Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)... Guess which one we're talking about today.

                                         (This has nothing to do with anything, I just thought it was funny)

While I enjoyed both games (a lot in fact, I've put 100+ hours into each of them), there is one thing that sets these two games apart for me; Fire Emblem's end game sucked. I ended up scrapping my first play through of FE:A for two reasons, 1). I killed Donnel, and half of the Girls in the game, and 2). I realized that Donnel Grows exponentially, and the girls can make babies which I can then recruit (It sounds terrible that way, doesn't it?) So, half way through the plot I deleted my first file and started a new game.

This time I was careful, I didn't take any chances, I made sure all my gear was strong and intact, and (most importantly) I did one heck of a grind. I also made sure that only the right people got married so that they would pass down the correct skill to their children (never thought I'd BREED people like cattle in a Nintendo Game.) All these things in combination, ensured that my survival in that play through. Unfortunately, I did too much to ensure my success.


            (This one isn't mine, I just thought it was awesome)

The first generation was Invincible due to their Experience and Skills, and their children were even more so, it also helped that I was a pretty good tactician. In short, the game wasn't challenging anymore. Even my weakest soldiers could kill any enemy in one hit.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't stop playing (I was near the end anyway,) but the final boss was kind of a push over. Before anyone says anything in the comments, I know there are multiple difficulty settings, and if I wanted a real challenge I should have gone on a harder setting, but that's not the point.

Now, I admit that it was partly my fault for my lack of enjoyment, but I still think this problem could have been avoided, more on that tomorrow. By the way, If you think I'm being vague, it's on purpose; this is only part 1 after all.