In Awakening, the player takes on the role of Robin, a customizable character who quite literally falls out of a portal without any memory of his/her origins. Robin is then welcomed into the royal family of Ylisse, where he serves as strategist Prince Chrom's personal guard, The Shepherds. What begins as a war with the dragon-worshiping Plegians quickly becomes a crisis spanning generations with the whole universe on the line.
The story is largely told through text-boxes, much like previous titles in the franchise have done. It's much like a JRPG at heart, though more akin to say Tactics Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics than anything else. Players will have to decide who to recruit, who will bring to battle, how to equip them, and also work on establishing relationship between members of the company. Without spoiling the reasons why, it's not just to improve morale.
Combat, however, is a different beast entirely. Using a rock-scissors-paper system, the player must maneuver their army through complicated tile-based battlefields. If they've chose the harder difficulty option, a misplaced piece results in permanent death for that unit. Hopefully new players choose to avoid permadeath, because that stuff is seriously detrimental to emotional health -- not to mention harming the strength of the player's army.
Fire Emblem: Awakening, for all of its great tactical gameplay and its epic story, is really a game about heart and the connections a player can make with their chess pieces. No sequel has yet to be announced, but after Awakening we have to know its just a matter of time.
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- Genre: Turn-based (3DS)
- Theme(s): Fantasy, Ancient Cultures, Asiatic
- Perspective(s): Top Down,Third Person
- Developer: Intelligent Games
- Publisher: Nintendo
Released North America Feb 4, 2013 Europe Apr 19, 2013 Japan Apr 19, 2012 Australia Apr 20, 2013
- Player Info:
- Offline Co-op (2 max)
- Also known as:
- Fire Emblem: Kakusei in Japan
- Fire Emblem: Awakening
- Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- Fire Emblem Fates: White Kingdom
- Fire Emblem Fates: Black Kingdom
- Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 (Import)
- Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu (Import)
- Fire Emblem: Monshou no Nazo (Import)