Friday, 7 June 2013

Fire Emblem: Awakening

“An absolutely stunning title comes to Nintendo’s handheld and blows all expectations out of the water. Fire Emblem: Awakening is a deep, intriguing and challenging experience that’s perfectly suited for fans of the series and newcomers alike.”

The gameplay:

Fire Emblem is considered by most RPG lovers as one of if not the best tactical series to date. This intense strategizing experience sees players choose from an assortment of interesting characters with diverse abilities and send them into battle resembling a game of chess. You’re expected to know unit’s strengths, weaknesses, tactical advantages, terrain changes and many other variations that can swing the tide of battle. Veteran fans of the series will enjoy the feel of Awakening that has all the similarities you’d expect alongside some interesting new additions like combining teammates in battle, altering classes with the Seal system and even building relationships with various comrades to change the dynamics in your party. A classic gameplay style and casual are on offer with the former seeing characters die and not return if they are finished in battle while the latter allows a more streamlined ride through the game without ever fearing a character’s untimely demise. This alongside different difficulty levels ensures the option for series’ veterans to enjoy Fire Emblem how it should be while newcomers can settle into the game with baby steps.

The presentation:

Fire Emblem: Awakening is up there as one of the most visually impressive titles on Nintendo’s handheld. The artwork, character models and terrain all look stunning and impressive combat graphics make each and every encounter beautiful to watch. Cut scenes in particular look superb and really invest you into the story. The same can be said for the characters – Fire Emblem has always been known for incredible character development and there are no shortcomings here. An intriguing story intertwined with brilliant character development makes this an absolute joy to play through thanks to the emotional attachment created. Fire Emblem also boasts a beautiful soundtrack that fits perfectly into this elegant world full of Knights and ideals of honour.

The verdict:

It’s certainly been a long time coming that a new Fire Emblem game would arrive but it was absolutely worth the wait. This is not only a perfect tactical RPG experience but it’s also a testament to the quality of games that can come out on the Nintendo 3DS. Up there with the likes of Super Mario 3D Land and Resident Evil: Revelations in terms of sheer quality, Fire Emblem: Awakening is an awesome mobile RPG for fans of the series and newcomers looking for a thrilling and challenging title on their handheld device. Go grab a copy and prepare to invest hundreds of hours into this captivating world.

Gameplay – 9 out of 10
Presentation – 10 out of 10
Replay value – 10 out of 10
Verdict – 10 out of 10

Igor Kharin.

Fire Emblem: Awakening at CeX

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