November 18, 2015 02:59 PM
中級員 / Chuukyuuin / Member
Fire Emblem Discussion Thread
I tried to find a discussion thread for the Fire Emblem series but it seems there isn't any thread created for it yet.
So, I thought that it would be nice to have a specific thread to discuss anything related to this great game series. ^_^
As a brief introduction, Fire Emblem is a tactical or strategy role-playing game, where you command a set of characters on a grid-like battle ground in a chess-like manner. Each character is specialised in something whether its archery, swordsmanship, magic, etc. To make the game-play further interesting, each game has its unique story, event, and characters, causing you to stay attached to the game until it ends.
First of all, I will be listing (chronologically) all the FE games produced to date:
Titles not released for the west:
1- Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
2- Fire Emblem Gaiden
3- Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
4- Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
5- Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
6- Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Titles released for the west:
7- Fire Emblem: The Sword of Flame
8- Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
9- Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
10- Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
11- Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
12- Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem ~Heroes of Light and Shadow~ (this one was not released for the west)
13- Fire Emblem: Awakening
14- Fire Emblem: Fates/ if
I am not sure whether it is considered a FE game, but a crossover between FE and Shin Megami Tensei will be released in Japan by the end of the year.
I hope I have included all the titles.
So, feel free to discuss anything related to any of those games; the game-play, the storyline, characters, etc.
I will start the discussion by asking these questions:
What is your favourite FE game and why? If you have played several games in the series, how would you list the games from the most favourite to the least and why?
As for me, I only played Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn and I really really liked it for the following reasons:
1- Game-play: The game-play in RD is enjoyable and challenging that you never get bored of replaying the game. Because of the wide range of characters/units who have a wide variety of classes, each time you play the game you would use a different set of characters and work on developing their skills using certain strategies for each set of characters. You would even use a different strategy for the same group of characters each time you replay the game.
The characters/units in the game range in strength when you first recruit them from weak to strong to powerful. It is up to you whom you want to use. Trying to level up the weak units and making them powerful is as enjoyable as crushing the enemies using the powerful ones. However, the game actually induces you to level up some weak characters even if you plan to use the powerful ones.
My favorite type of units in the game is archers. Leveling them up is enjoyable and when they reach high levels, they become really strong and powerful.
To proceed through each chapter or stage, the player should fulfil specific goals set for the map of each stage, and throughout the game there is a variety of goals, adding to the overall enjoyment of the game.
As for the difficulty, I will be honest here, at first, it is definitely not easy; at least, that is how I felt about it when I first played it. Although the 'easy' stage is supposed to be easy, it is actually not easy at first, especially part one of the game. Maybe that is just me, but it took me some considerable time to get used to it. But believe me, as you get used to everything, you will be too attached to the game that you will replay it several times and become an expert.
2- The story and characters: The story in my opinion is really nice and compelling and there are some interesting twists as it progresses. I liked all the first three parts of the game, but the overall story of the fourth part, even though it had some nice moments, seemed weird to me. Several deep themes are addressed throughout the game as well. As for the characters, to be honest, while several of them are really interesting, the game did not put considerable effort in developing them. That is mainly due to the developers deciding to not include support conversations which were actually included in its prequel FE: Path of Radiance. As a result, further character development for some characters was removed. However, some characters, especially the main cast, did receive some significant character development and I got attached to several characters.
Another nice feature is during the second play-through on Normal difficulty new events would be unlocked.
3- Soundtrack: The OSTs for RD are great, epic, and well-composed and several of them are memorable. Two of the OSTs I really liked are The Devoted and Divine Tranquillity.
4- Cinematic cut-scenes: The cut-scenes in RD add extra enjoyment for the game and they are pretty well-done.
Well, all in all, RD is a really enjoyable game with high re-playability value and I would say it is my most favourite video game and it made me interested to play other titles of the series.
I would really like to know your opinions on the FE games you have played and what you liked most about them.
Thank you ^_^
Last edited by Manga reader; November 19, 2015 at 06:31 AM.