Friday, April 6, 2012

Fire Emblem

My love of the Fire Emblem series started with a GBA game that I pulled from between couch cushions. I had heard of it only through playing Super Smash Bros--as most other US fans discovered it (through Marth, a character who appears in a game not available in the US). So, when I found the long-lost game, I plugged it into my DS, and started an adventure.

Not long after starting, I found myself addicted. The strategic gameplay, the sprite-based battle sequences, and most of all... the story, were all fantastic. Of course, I also found myself quickly frustrated. You see, every character in Fire Emblem is unique. They have their own wants and needs and stories... but if they fall in battle, they're gone forever. I recognize that this is part of the game, and you're meant to lose a few characters along the way. It makes the story that much more intense and engaging. 

...but I'm a sore loser. Even if I'm not totally infatuated with every character, I restart the game when someone dies. Which means I restart a lot. For my most amazing characters, death is pretty much impossible (imbue+daunt on my sentinel and level A support for an extra 30+ avoid--I know, I'm such a nerd), but for some of the weaker ones, if I misjudge how far an enemy could reach or accidentally push a button when looking at my options, I have to start over. 

But getting through those difficult moments makes reaching the end even more satisfying.

The last game I just finished, called Radiant Dawn, was actually the second part of a story that began with Path of Radiance. And it did not disappoint. I've heard complaints because of the lengthy dialogue, but this game is all about story. The story was epic, okay? I loved every bit of it. Soren was one of my favorites, and a friend and I have had lengthy discussions about him, but my absolute favorite people were these two.

Thank -ArthurInterfuego for this pic, found here.
Nephenee and Heather. These two were unstoppable. And I love them both. <3

-Tsira

8 comments:

  1. I've never played that series. I've always been drawn to the Final Fantasy series, though. When Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core came out for the PSP, I jumped on it without hesitating! I played that for a week solid, every chance I got I was whipping out my PSP!

    I'm going to look around for your suggestion of the Fire Emblem series and see what other platforms it's available on! :)

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    1. I love all of the old Final Fantasy games. I think they were in their prime between VI and X... XII and XIII just aren't up to par with those ones.

      I'm pretty sure Fire Emblem is a Nintendo exclusive, but they have games on the GBA, GameCube, DS and Wii, and a new one is coming to the 3DS soon. I'm so excited for that one! It looks awesome.

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  2. Sadly I haven't played video games in probably over ten years :( (My god, how can it be that long). But back in the day, it was Final Fantasy for me. I loved that game :)

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    1. I love Final Fantasy. Which one did you play? The original? Because if you beat the original, I am in awe. That game is so hard! But the other ones have a great story, at least, starting with IV.

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  3. I've never had the attention span to get into video games, even when they have a really good story line. When I'm playing for the story I always try to rush through it like I would with a book, and never develop the characters strength enough to beat the big boss man or whatever, so that when I get to that battle, and loose, I give up.

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    1. Yeah, RPGs are known for complex plots, but some of them require a lot of grinding between story events... I kind of hate grinding. It's one of the weakest qualities of classic RPGs.

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  4. I don't like playing any kind of video games because I am a sore loser! I'd rather watch if I had to choose. But if I really had my say, I'd curl up with my laptop and write my book! ;)


    Elizabeth

    A to Z co-host

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    1. Haha, fair enough. Writing is a better use of your time, probably. I used to hate watching other people play; I wanted to do it myself. But lately I've been watching my husband play Mass Effect, and it's not so bad.

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