posted by jayprime (BOYES HOT SPRINGS, CA) Feb 2, 2014
Member since Feb 2012
This was my very first time playing Fire Emblem. I have to say that I love all rpg including jrpg. But I just couldn't get into this game at all. I played for about 3 hours and just shut down the game. I know people love this game but I just did not find it fun. The anime cut scenes are fun to watch but the in game interactions between characters where quit dull. The graphics are great for a 3DS game but I could not get into the micromanaging of all the characters on a hand held device. For this kind of game I would need total immersion with my 60" TV and my Beyerdynamic headphones. But to me it just falls flat on a handheld device. And I do love a good 50+ rpg/jprg.
posted by XTopherGuarino (ROCHESTER, NY) Mar 19, 2013
Member since Jul 2011
gamers (17%) found this review helpful
Probably the best 3D/Graphics I've seen to date, but that can't save a game.
Over the top chatty. So much dialogue, that within just a few chapters, I was already skipping through, taking me out of the story. You know how some of thoese "Tales" game characters never shut the heck up? That, and then some. Game play was no different than any other similar game (think Disgea or FF Tacticts). Weapon/armor equipping seemed like it could have been much simpler.
Sorry to be against the masses, but I bailed on it fairly early with no remorse.
I loved Shining Force on Sega Genesis. So much so, that even though I owned the Genesis Collection on PS2, I bought the Sonic Genesis Collection on 360, just to play those games (although there were some other sweet additions). I haven't really pkayed a Fire Emblem game before this, so I was pleasantly surprised to play a slightly more modern Shining Force.
From the map layouts, to character movement, right down to attack strategy, this game plays almost identical to the aforementioned Shining Force. This isn't a bad thing. The game looks pretty good, offers a bit more strategy, by incorporating bonuses for grouping characters and focusses a lot more on story and characters than the Shining did back in the day. There really isn't much to say against this. The only thing I'd change, is adding an attack bonus for surrounding an enemy. It seems odd that I'm stronger standing next to a teammate, but if we're flanking our enemy on all sides, there's not an attack advantage to that.
While some choose to rate this game a bit higher, I feel an 8 is appropriate, since the only real new addition to thos series that doesn't exist in most games of this type, is the option of having fallen characters stay dead. It certainly causes you to play more carefully and really strikes the impact of a mistake homem it does however, cause some chrap frustration, when a character with full health, leveled well, is killed in one hit by a lucky blow from your opponent. Since this is optional though, that frustration can be avoided if you choose to.
All-in-all, I highly recommend this game to any 3ds owner and really any turn-based strategy fan. It doesn't revolutionize the genre, but it's a great, solid experience on a system that doesn't have much in these types of games.