"There's something between us all. Something that keeps us together... Like...invisible ties, connecting us. Giving us strength... WE forged these ties. WE strengthen them. If we preserve them, or break them, it will be by our choices, not some "destiny"..."– Robin to Chrom (Chapter 14: Flames on the Blue)
About Fire Emblem: Awakening.
Fire Emblem: Awakening––released as Fire Emblem: Kakusei in Japan––is a Japanese tactical role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS. Developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo it is the thirteenth game within the series and the sixth game to be released overseas. The game was released on April 19, 2012 in Japan, February 4, 2013 in North America, April 19, 2013 in Europe, and April 20, 2013 in Australia.
"As an inevitable war draws ever closer, you must stand with Chrom and his forces––knights, mages, archers, and more––commanding them against the armies of kingdoms, empires, and the dead themselves."– North American box description
The game follows Chrom, the prince of the Halidom of Ylisse and captain of the Shepherds militia, who discovers an unconscious person––who's gender, name (default Robin), and appearance are all determined by the player––by the side of the road. When Robin wakes up he/she has no memory of who they are or how they got there. It is later discovered that Robin seems to have skill on the battlefield and for planning battle strategies. After helping Chrom and company protect a local town from Plegian bandits Chrom decides to make him/her a Shepherd where he/she then become the tactician for the army.
I'll admit I had my doubts at first, but then again I always do whenever a new Fire Emblem game comes out. It's always a brand new world with an entirely new cast of characters. Sometimes it feels like I have to say goodbye to an old friend and that they'd be replaced with a new game. Okay, it's not entirely like that, but close enough. Although there was that case with Shadow Dragon being awful and then that other Marth game that never made it overseas. I had a bit of a tough time adjusting to Fire Emblem: Awakening at first, and even when playing through the demo I was a bit hesitant. Chrom felt weird, his voice too mature, and I wasn't entirely sure what to think of him at first. You'd think something like that would turn me off, right?
Well, despite these hesitations, it did not take much to win me over. When the feeling came that I loved this game that was basically it. Waiting for the game's release I'd play the demo just to contain my excitement until that day came. When I was able to get my hands on the game there was nothing that did not keep me satisfied. It was very easy to get into and impossible not to love every single character I came across. In fact, I pretty much love all of them (well, with the exception of one). Some of my favorites are even bad guys! In a very short period of time Fire Emblem: Awakening soared to the top of the list as my most played game on my 3DS. Nothing has been able to come close to it.
I would consider Fire Emblem: Awakening one of my favorite video games ever and even call it my favorite among the series, replacing my long time favorite Fire Emblem which was the game that got me into the series to begin with. Currently Fire Emblem: Awakening is my most played game on my Nintendo 3DS with over 850 hours of recorded playtime, the next highest being Animal Crossing: New Leaf with over 600 hours played. Am I crazy? Probably, but that'll happen when I find a game I adore.
Why I like this game.
I'll admit I was a little slow coming onto the scene. I had sorta heard rumors about the game, but nothing beyond that. I remember that I was doing some work on my Lyn shrine and found some unfamiliar artwork of hers where she was wearing somewhat different clothing, and so investigated. It was then that I found out about Fire Emblem: Awakening. Of course my interest in the game was only piqued because Lyn would be available as a paid DLC character (hence the unfamiliar artwork) and she's my favorite character in the series. I think also discovering Lucina may have had something to do with it too. She did end up being my favorite character in Awakening after all and I liked her from the first moment I saw artwork of her.
What makes me love Fire Emblem: Awakening though? A lot of things really. When I got past the hesitation I think the story and gameplay drew me in. The gameplay isn't much different than other Fire Emblem games, but I think just the twist on it with the newly introduced Pair Up system made things really fun. With it I could defend weaker units without a unit suffering in stats (a common thing in previous Fire Emblem games) and instead would receive an increase to stats. That was pretty awesome. Another thing too is the supports. In Awakening there is so much depth to supports and because you are not limited to a maximum of five conversations per unit it just makes things wonderful. Have I ever mentioned how much I love supports? I'm also a sucker for amnesia and time travel.
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