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Fire Emblem: Awakening
Emblem Awakening came out on February 4th, by the end of February, I
had logged more than 115 hours into the game. I think you can safely say that I
liked the game and had fun with it.
turn based combat system is easy to get into, and tough to master. This is
because of all nuances of information that you must absorb when you play. Yeah,
you can get by if you just send Fredrick in to tank it up, or you can learn the
game and raise all your characters so that Frederick seems wimpy in comparison.
There's the basic Rock-Paper-Scissors triangle of Axes-Lances-Swords. But there's
an also Magic attacks which require a different defense stat, and then there's
the archers who attack from a distance, and flying enemies which can go long
distances and do lots of damage but are weak to archers and certain types of
shame I'm going to say that I did a lot of mental math while I was playing this
game (In the harder difficulty settings especially). This is another feature
that I liked about Fire Emblem. Unlike in other RPG's I've played, the stats are
very simple. 1 defense stat negates 1 physical attack damage point; 1 Magic
stat adds 1 to the magic damage you do, etc. When it's this simple to figure
out exactly what an enemy will do damage and defense wise, it only encourages
the player to do the math and better understand the game. It's tidbits of
design like that that really make this a fun game to play.
(this isn't exactly relevant to what I was saying, but it's funny no?)
story, which is usually the focus of JRPG's, was lackluster in this game. Don't
get me wrong, it gets the job done, but that's about it. Really, (besides the
fact that item and stat distribution is random,) the only replay value in here
is the support conversations. I was pleasantly surprised at this, that the all
the side conversations which had nothing to do with the story really fleshed it
out more than anything. I honestly enjoyed all of them and plan on (eventually)
seeing every one.
Emblem: Awakening was great, it wasn't perfect, but it was a ton of fun and I
don't regret any of my time with it. I give it a 9.
that's all for today. Sound off in the comments, and I'll see ya'll tomorrow.