Fire Emblem: Awakening

There is no doubt that the Nintendo 3DS console is an amazing portable gaming handheld device. There are a lot of games out there, each with specific genres. If you are a tactical RPG freak like me, then I have a treat for you.

Today, we are going to talk about Fire Emblem: Awakening. This is a Nintendo 3DS exclusive Fire Emblem title and we will go over what this game is all about and why I am recommending this to you if you want to have your Strategy RPG fix.

Fire Emblem’s story centers around the continents Archanea and Valm. Both of these continents have been featured in previous Fire Emblem games. The player then controls a unique character (it is called unique because you can tweak his/her facial features) who suffers from Amnesia. The player’s character will be adopted by the Prince of Ylisse named Chrom. Both you, the player and Chrom will defend Ylisse from creatures called “the Risen” and from a rival nation called Plegia.

As for the gameplay, there will be two game modes you can choose from: Classic and Casual mode. In Classic mode, each character that dies will be permanently out of the roster, and therefore, out of the game for good. In casual mode, everything is the same as the classic mode with the exception of the permanent death. Most people choose the casual mode because, well, it’s for casual gaming. If you prefer a more hardcore approach, you definitely have to try the classic mode.

Now let’s head on to the battle system. Fire Emblem Awakening’s battle system presents you with a tile layout, reminiscent of any other strategy RPGs out there. There are a few differences, though. Since this is a Nintendo 3DS exclusive title, the game takes advantage of the console’s dual screen. The top screen displays the terrain and overall map layout while the bottom screen displays character information.

When the battle starts, players can choose some of the characters from the total roster to be used in combat (with the exception of both the player’s character and Chrom, because they will always be there in the battlefield). When the battle commences, you can either choose to manually control your character or you can use the auto-battle function and let the AI do battle for you.

An interesting mechanic in the game is that whenever two characters are put next to each other, they will grant buffs and do certain special actions such as dual spells and blocking attacks. Furthermore, when the relationship of all of the characters, increases (which happens automatically during the course of the game), they will perform even stronger buffs and special attacks.

The characters, themselves, increase their levels after every level. Also, each one of the characters will have their own set of classes, which you can change during the course of the game. There is a total of 40 classes to choose from, which makes this game’s dynamic even more fun.

The Fire Emblem Awakening is a great game and one that you should play when you own a Nintendo 3DS console.

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