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Challenging game is a very rewarding experience
posted by veelaunch (GLENDALE, UT) Mar 30, 2008
Member since Nov 2006
43 out of 45 gamers (96%) found this review helpful
Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn is much more difficult and gigantic and more fun than Path of Radiance for Game Cube. FERD has over 40 battles that take place over 4 different chapters. There are over 70 playable characters!
I love the story sequence. You find yourself commanding different armies in each of the chapters. This means that you will battle your former comrades. I love how they set up the story so that each army believes that they are in the right. The characters are endearing and well developed. After playing this game for close to 60 hours, the characters felt like they more than just part of the game. They seemed to be real people with real concerns, thoughts, and feelings.
Players who want to experience all that FERD has to offer should first play Fire Emblem Path of Radiance for Game Cube. Although FEPOR is not nearly as challenging or engaging it lays the ground work for FERD. I'll tell why in the next paragraph but look out for spoilers!
While playing through FERD for the first time they kept referring back to Ike and the Greil Mercenaries. I kept wondering if they would actually be in FERD. I kept looking for them and hoping. Then at the end of the second chapter, you get to see the coolest cut scene ever. I loved seeing my army from the previous game come barging on to the screen. I was literally jumping up and down in excitement!
The movies and voice acting are awesome! The music is engaging and truly epic and noble. This is my very favorite game for the Wii and maybe ever. Yes, it's that good.
There Should Be More Games Like This on the Wii
posted by TheApester (MCGREGOR, TX) May 2, 2008
Member since Nov 2003
10 out of 10 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn's gameplay is seemlessly addictive. You direct your troops in eacj chess-like level as you struggle to win each battle as the Dawn Brigade. The gameplay is really entertaining, movement being accorded like turn-based rather than real-time.
The difficulty is higher than some RPGs I've played, because you need to be sure not to walk any of you mercenaries in a practical trap. You need to struggle, and by struggle, I mean struggle HARD. Once a character dies, it's G-O, Game Over. I've seen this quite a few times in the five-day rental, and I've smacked myself quite a few times as well.
But hey, isn't that what makes a good RPG?
When it comes to graphics, this game has it as good as a Level 5 game. It's cel-shaded, but so beautiful it's more like an epic anime instead. Like Dragon Quest 8, the music promotes the awesome feel each time you pick it up.
The characters are also just as livable and sweet as Level 5's creations. Michaiah and Sothe are very immersible as well as entertaining characters, and so are the rest of the Dawn Brigade, made up of female mages, brash young men, noble freedom fighters, and devise tacticians.
And when it comes down to it, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is spectacular in every way. It makes you wonder how come the way doesn't have MORE games like this.
If you're an RPG fan, click this RPG up! You won't regret it, and if you love this, get the Fire Emblem on the Game Boy Advance, the Gamecube, and soon the DS early in 2009.
Really a shame most will miss this amazing game
posted by ZoraPrime (MARTINEZ, CA) Nov 9, 2007
Member since Nov 2006
24 out of 28 gamers (86%) found this review helpful
FERD seems to be a rip-off of PoR at first, with Daein replacing Crimea and Begnion replacing Daein. Don't be fooled though. FERD is split into four parts, each taking on a different protagonist. With each chapter, the real story begins to form.
If you played PoR, and don't mind minor spoilers, pay close attention to what Soren says. A lot of his concerns or comments play a big role. One of the obvious ones was when Zelgius came, and Soren mentioned that Begnion would be in for themselves. Not suprisingly, Begnion has captured Daein, but you find this out early on and is hardly a spoiler.
FERD is not impressive visually, and its overall production values are poor, but a good game nonetheless. Take the audio for example. The music may be MIDI, but the soundtrack itself is amazing. And the transitation from field to battle and battle to field are equally superb, making it realize a few things the last FE games missed.
Also, I want to comment on something. You may be biased towards critics, and may read IGN review. Don't. There are so many flaws in that review (I personally doubt he played past chapter ten based on the content, out of a forty-four chapter game, that is BAD!). FERD is an amazing game. It is much mroe challenging then its cousins (unless you play on easy), and has a lot of depth. The characters are unique.
The dialouge, although may be boring at times, is still good. And prepare for Marcia, a character in part 2, to make you laugh (I still LOVE what see called Haar!). Okay, so a lot of funny, and well-done dramatic dialouge make it good. Overall a good translation.
Now, this game may not be an epic game to remebered for years to come, but it is still a great title on the Wii, and one you should not miss.
Be ready to think...
posted by CrocBox (LACEY, WA) Dec 3, 2007
Member since Nov 2007
6 out of 7 gamers (86%) found this review helpful
To say that Easy is as it is described is an understatement. The number of enemies are practically cut in half and are all given the crappiest weapons; while you move twice as far, hit twice as hard and earn around three times the experience. Ranged characters can even attack through obstacles.
Tutorials and help windows frequently pop up in case you have never played a turn based strategy game before, which is kind of nice but if your playing this then chances are, you know what you're doing. Victory conditions change as well from "Escape in 10 turns" to simply "Defeat the boss". With this huge curve there really is no need to put much thought into your actions; just don't die.
The controls are pretty solid no matter which way you go so choose which ever one feels the most comfortable for you, I prefer to use my Classic Controller. If you're a Fire Emblem fan or enjoy turn based strategy games you should definitely check this one out.
posted by Standiford (New Philadelphia, OH) Oct 22, 2008
Member since Aug 2008
4 out of 5 gamers (80%) found this review helpful
When I say challenging, I mean very hard. It takes me some time just to get through one battle successfully, simply because if you make a wrong move, you can easily lose a member of your army. The game is totally do-able, and even has a chess-like feel to it.
I'd advise this game to any RTS-type fanatic.
Greatest Game of its Genre
posted by AresWarGod (COLUMBIA, MO) Nov 18, 2007
Member since Nov 2007
9 out of 12 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
However there are a couple of complaints I'd like to address. First and foremost is the awful weapons that the vendors sell. Occasionally you'll come across a decent one but its really expensive. Also I kinda don't like how the cinematics are, well, best word I can think is mediocre. I'm basically saying that they could bump up the graphics on them to the quality of the first one of when you start the game.
Other than that, this is very solid game. For those who aren't Fire Emblem fans, but are strategy gamers, BUY THIS GAME!!! I highly recommend this to any Wii user. Even though you don't use the motion sensor at all, it doesn't matter. The game is just fun overall and you get a great exprience out of it. I give Fire Emblem: Radient Dawn 5/5 stars
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
posted by azcardinal (HERMANTOWN, MN) Jan 25, 2009
Member since Jan 2009
3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
Fire Emblem fan honest review
posted by RugbyDan (PHILADELPHIA, PA) Mar 1, 2008
Member since Oct 2005
3 out of 12 gamers (25%) found this review helpful
RD isn't a bad game. It's just not that good. It's got a recycled graphics engine from the Gamecube FE a few years back (which looked like it's could have been done on N64). I know graphics are not important in these games, but at least show me some progress into the next generation. I'd rather play the GBA ones with the drawn battle scenes. The sound and music is meh, and my favorite part, meeting new characters, is gone. All of the characters are recycled from the previous game. Repeat: there are only about 3-5 new characters out of a playable 70ish.
It's just the same old thing.
Nintendo Game; Shouldn't It Have Battle Mechanics!
posted by miko25 (LARGO, FL) Nov 23, 2007
Member since Nov 2004
2 out of 13 gamers (15%) found this review helpful
OK, but not much
posted by kingkool (LARCHMONT, NY) Sep 21, 2008
Member since May 2008
1 out of 7 gamers (14%) found this review helpful
Duller than QVC
posted by kipdexter (FERNDALE, MI) May 3, 2008
Member since Apr 2008
1 out of 9 gamers (11%) found this review helpful
posted by Belliqueu (JEFFERSON CITY, TN) Apr 17, 2009
Member since Jan 2009
1 out of 11 gamers (9%) found this review helpful
First things first - no motion controls, at all, ever. The whole point of the Wii is the motion controls. It's not like the system is that powerful or pretty to look at it. If the game came out for SNES instead of the Wii, it would have fit better and would have received a higher rating.
After a pretty neat intro, I was all set for some decent voice acting and action. What I got was standard last-generation RPG text conversations, and what could be the most boring turn-based combat I've ever encountered. I'll even forget the fact that I spent half my gameplay session watching "tutorials" (that continued well into Chapter 4), while trying to remember the 5 billion aspects of the slow-moving story line.
This is a game that tries very hard to be a challenging, engaging and epic RPG but fails miserably.
Fire Emblem review
posted by Parias_Rex (BENNINGTON, VT) Jun 23, 2014
Member since Mar 2012
Rated A for Awful
posted by sunshine61 (VANCOUVER, WA) Feb 4, 2014
Member since Jan 2014
Battles are like chess, but harder...I hate chess!
posted by nr_clark (MARLTON, NJ) Jul 6, 2013
Member since Oct 2012
In summary, the battle system is super difficult in how you would play it like chess: you make a move, then the enemy makes theirs. I went through each level/chapter dying 80+ times over and over in the process just because one of the members got killed...just one!
I don't know about you...but I feel that the idea of reviving fallen characters seems extremely needed in this situation, especially if the game says "Game Over" just because the white-haired magician girl got slaughtered. The storyline is nice, compelling, a little rough nonetheless interesting...but the battle system is where the game is either love-it or hate-it.
In conclusion, if you are a hardcore game that likes the complex stuff (like the battle system I've stated) then I guess you would like this game. If you're a simple, average gamer like I am (yes, even if you consider yourself an intellectual), you're in for a bad adjusting into this game. Better yet, just go on YouTube and search "Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn Gameplay" and see for yourself!
Why are people so lazy!?
posted by TheDude5 (SAN JOSE, CA) Feb 18, 2013
Member since Feb 2013
But I wrote this review as a warning for some of the dumb people out there. If you're too lazy to read some dialogue that progresses the story and is between the actual levels of the story there are two things wrong with you: 1) Your lazy and should just give up on stragety games if you don't have enough patience to read 2) You have no appreciation for stories in video games. I here a lot of people complaining about the "ridiculous" amount of reading you have to do. Seriously people it's not that hard! It's like saying a book should only have pictures to tell the story, stupid. Without the text, there would be no story at all and that would make it boring. And you should see that you have a lot of reading to do with the back of the box, or screenshots of the game. I can somewhat understand the frustration of no voice acting, but has Nintendo been known to do that on the Wii? Ii don't think they have and people shouldn't hate this game just because it's not all voice acting! The stupidest thing I hear about the haters of this game is the difficulty! Gamers used to appreciate a challenge in games, but now they just want to blow through a game. At least this game requires stragety and actually punishes you for losing a character. People, compared to other games this one is at least being somewhat realistic! In real life war, is there some stupid revival speel to bring people back to life? No! This game is realistic with dying and people should actually enjoy a game where they have to put an effort into beating it.
Overall, this is an amazing game as stated earlier. But if any of the above qualities or complaints define you, then go back to FFT and leave the hard working gamers alone.
greatest turn based strategy game ever!!!
posted by alphagamer75 (PROVO, UT) Nov 13, 2012
Member since Nov 2012
Fire Emblem Short Review
posted by Actionhero (MARYSVILLE, CA) Oct 17, 2012
Member since Oct 2012
Just not my style
posted by SlajeD (WESTFIELD, IN) May 31, 2012
Member since Sep 2010
posted by Incruentatus (LOS ANGELES, CA) Sep 20, 2011
Member since Jun 2011
My WARNING: DO NOT DO NOT play on hard unless when you play on normal you destroy and beat the game in a few days. If you're not ready you will either start a new game on another save or quit. It took me almost a year b/c I wasn't ready, but once you realize that you can't battle save and that you have to pay attention you can beat it and return to normal mode.
Love the stratagey
posted by rms923 (TALLAHASSEE, FL) Sep 19, 2011
Member since Aug 2011
Radiant Dawn truly shines
posted by OldRed (MECHANICSBURG, PA) Jan 3, 2011
Member since Jan 2011
As far as gaphics go this game leaves room for improvement. Yes I have seen gamecube titles with better or equall graphics. I have even seen a couple handheld games with better graphics but the graphics dont take away from the overall gameplay.
This game is a must for any fan of the Fire Embem series or RPG fans in general.
BEST GAME EVER!!!!!!!!!!
posted by Awesomey (FRANKLIN, OH) Sep 12, 2010
Member since Sep 2010
graphics no sequel
posted by nickk4 (LEWISVILLE, TX) Sep 8, 2010
Member since Feb 2008
Not really an RPG. It's disappointing.
posted by Krow722 (WISCONSIN DELLS, WI) May 16, 2010
Member since Oct 2009
Fire Emblem does not allow you to create a character. They do give you many characters that you must command though. There are no decisions to make - no changing story. You hear a small part of the plot, then work through a turn-based strategy sequence. After completing the battle, which can take upwards of an hour, you hear a little more of the story. Then you're back in a turn-based strategy battle.
The characters you command in each battle change, almost at random, it seems at times. There are few that you will be able to use in every battle. So, you don't feel close to any character.
What I did like about the game was that I wasn't forced to do any motions with the wii controller, as it was originally being designed for a different platform. Because of this fact though, the graphics really suck...with the exception of cutscenes, which are few and far between. It felt like 8-bit programming. I really don't feel as though I could recommend this game to anyone.
If you want a strategy game, try it out. If you want an RPG, look elsewhere. This is definitely one you should rent to try instead of rushing out to buy it.