I thoroughly enjoyed this game. I am 42, but still love playing strategy type games such as this one. I played the previous version of this game on the gamecube, and it was a great game then, but this one was more involved, and had quite a dramatic story. I will say that the normal setting was perfect for me as it allowed you to battle save during a battle, which gave you better opportunities to go through without losing anyone, but my son, who wants to best me, is playing the hardest mode, and it's proving to be a challenge because you can't battlesave any longer. That means if you are 15 turns in, and lose someone, you can either live without them (if it's not a main character), or you have to go all the way back to the beginning of that battle and start all over. This has caused him quite a bit of frustration. You also don't have access to the battle move function, that shows the limits of your enemies movement. It will tell you how many they can move, but not show you the graphic on the playing field.
So needless to say, this is an awesome game and well worth the rent. In fact, we rented it from here and paid to keep it. It's well worth it!!
Although it has received some half bad reviews from several places, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is actually a pretty good game and in no way worse than any of the other great previously released titles.
The story is compelling enough to have you guessing about what will happen next and has many plot twist and turns that will absorb you into the game. The tweaked almost all the weapons in the game and added several new ones into the mix. For example, the hit/attack/weight of the weapons are changed in a way that makes the game feel fresh as you have to adjust from the standards of the previous titles. Every character that was in the Path of Radiance returns along with a huge new cast of characters to fill your roster. Along with all of that their is now a new tier of character classes to upgrade to making your units have a total of 60 levels in all.
The laguz return and are more powerful than ever, making it almost humorous to watch their power cleave through the battlefields with ease. plus they can now reach an overall level of 40, but without and class upgrade.
There is so much new content to explore in this game that it will take 50+ hours to complete. If i could even bring myself to say anything negative about this game it would have to be the increased level of difficulty. I played on the normal difficulty setting and even the first 10 (welcome to the game) chapters took 1+ hours a piece to complete. That may have to do some with the fact that i went JUST slow enough through every map to basically make sure that no one had to die in my party (with a few exceptions for the stupid characters).
Radiant Dawn uses the same formula from the previous version on gamecube. There are very few new features. It doesn't use the Wii remote in any new revolutionary way the graphics are the same and the story uses the same formula as in the past. All of this aside, it is a game I still really enjoyed! The formula works. While the graphics and voice acting can be comical sometimes the story is engrossing if you follow it and let its intrigue take you up. The tactical side of the game is not that apparent on the early levels of the game but as your progress learning how to use your units correctly is the difference between succeeding and failure. A very enjoyable game. Nothing is revolutionary but if you like the fire Emblem Formula then you will certainly enjoy Radiant Dawn