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GF Rating
8.6

792 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
10

Perfect

One of the Finest Strategy RPGs Available

posted by SwimPants (CHICO, CA) May 3, 2006

Member since Oct 2003

10 out of 10 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

One of the most incredible things you'll notice while playing Sacred Stones is that you may actually find yourself caring about many of its dozens of characters; losing a character in battle means they're gone for good, so every one of your decisions has serious consequences that you'll carry with you for the rest of the game. This presents the player with something not often found in games: Serious contemplation about sacrificing their soldiers for the greater good.

While this gameplay mechanic is present in all of the games in the Fire Emblem series, I found myself caring most about the characters in Sacred Stones. Everything -- from the character design, to the battle animations, to that incredible sound you hear when you strike down an enemy with a critical hit -- is fine-tuned to perfection, raising the quality bar above all of the other entries to the series released in North America.

The game's sound is expertly designed. Sacred Stones has a very likable score, and sound effects that work perfectly to give a real feeling of power behind your characters' attacks.

The gameplay itself is absolutely incredible, with a very well balanced character development system implemented into a great strategy game. The only real fault Sacred Stones has compared to other Fire Emblem games is its lack of side missions (which have been replaced by optional towers and ruins, as well as skirmishes on the world map).

Overall, The Sacred Stones is one of the most satisfying strategy RPGs of all time, and one of the best games you'll find for the Game Boy Advance.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

MY SECOND REVIEW

posted by underhill (PIERRE, SD) Jun 13, 2006

Member since Apr 2006

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I just finished playing through Sacred Stones. I quite enjoyed it. I totally agreed with the other reviews. This is a great game! The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is because I don't believe there is anything that is perfect. My favorite RPGs of all time are Shining Force and Shining Force II for the Sega Genesis. Sacred Stones totally lives up to these hallowed ancestors. Definitely a combination of RPG and Strategy ( sort of chess with an RPG element ). I totally enjoy the changing classes and that you have a choice of what class to become. This in combination with the selection of different characters for each battle and the parallel Ephraim / Erika story lines makes for great replayability. In fact, I recently went into a Sam Goody store that was going out of business and purchased my own copy for $14. Thank you GameFly for introducing me to this game.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

The Best Game in the Series

posted by KenVsRyu (REDDING, CA) Jun 1, 2006

Member since Nov 2004

5 out of 7 gamers (71%) found this review helpful

Fun: 10
Challenge: 8
Graphics: 9
Sound: 10
Play time: 15 - 40 hours
(Play time depends on how you set the animations, how many characters you level up, and whether or not you complete the side missions/challenges.)

What makes The Sacred Stones such a great game is the freedom to play how you like. The perfect blend of strategy and RPG, Fire Emblem gives you the perfect amount of control and direction. You have the choice of who to level up, and who to use in any situation during the entire game. By the end of the game, you really have a feeling of personal accomplishment when you look at the characters under your command. This, combined with an intricate and well thought out story, creates a truly amazing game.

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