Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Hello, Fire Emblem fans! I am a little new to the Fire Emblem video game series, and I think the whole series from what i have seen is pretty cool! I first got interested in getting a Fire Emblem video game after I had played as Marth and Roy from the "Super Smash Bros." video game series (Well, more or less SSB: Melee). But onto the main game. Gameplay is pretty good, if you have ever played Risk Factions or Project X Zone, you'd probably have a good idea how the gameplay is, you control your characters called "Units" who appear on a turn-based platforms/maps. The music is okay, although I do love the Fire Emblem theme song that was borrowed from SSB: Melee, it is also used in this. I felt the story wasn't as good as previous installments of the Fire Emblem series, but if you want to understand Marth's story, this is the game (I might also mention this is a remake of Fire Emblem 3 originally from Japan). There is a couple of things you can do after you're done with the game, such as: leveling up your units, getting new items, replay the story to unlock more units. That's about it! Thanks for reading!
Finally the game is coming. The original NES title was Fire Emblem: Dark Dragon and the Sword of Light, the longest name in the Fire Emblem series. Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon is the first Fire Emblem game ever produced and fans of the Super Smash Bros. series will recognize Marth, the main character. From what i know, Marth is the prince of a kingdom that is overrun. He tries to save his sister, but she gives him her crown and he gets teleported away. Marth's journey is to reach his homeland and free it from tyrrany. I know from Japanese sites that there are characters who have children and you get their kids if their support level is high enough as playable characters. You have to defend a castle/fort at the start of each battle and defeat happens when you lost Marth or the castle/fort is overrun. That's about all i know. This game is going to be great, hopefully they'll release the rest of the Fire Emblem Saga. I really want Geneology of the Holy War and Thracia 776 to come to US shores.
I like that this game is not easy. I have beaten it twice,and I have developed strategies making the game very fun. As I said I have beaten it twice and it is as fun as when I got it. The only bad thing is that if one of your characters dies, he is gone forever. But, at the same time it makes the game more challenging. I get rid of the weak characters. If you do that you will be able to go to the extra levels in between some levels that have really good characters that can join your side.
I SO can't wait...
It is definately a good time to be a DS lite owner. With great games like Advance Wars DoR, Gauntlet, Moon and now Fire Emblem, I'll be hard pressed to find enough free time to finish any one of them. Fire Emblem comes from a long heritage of turn-based-strategy (TBS) games (8 previous ones). Fire Emblem does with Magic, Swords, Lances and Bows, what Advance Wars Did with Guns, Tanks, Copters and Missles. Between the great graphics and the new implementation of WiFi battles (that's world-wide-online) this game will quickly become a cult classic and an instant hit in no time. The strategy in this game is unlike any found elsewhere on the DS lite system (excepting Advance Wars DS). This game offers once in a lifetime (literally) opportunity to experience strategy on a handheld unlike any thing before it and with a pedigree of quality to boot. Don't miss it for the art, or for the game and don't miss the history in the making. If You Snooze [here] You Looze.
Could be better
First of all, I would like to comment on the graphics. At first, they may seem pretty bad or weird, but after a while it grows on you. The AI is pretty good, but sometimes if you leave a lvl 10 unit by itself, it will get killed fast. The challenge is pretty hard until you get generals and heros, etc. I only played on normal, so I don't know if hard is hard, haha. At like Ch.13 I had a lvl 20 general who dominated the field and never got hurt. I never really cared much about Marth even though he is the main character in the game. The storyline was easy to follow, but predictable. If they would have made a continuous play mode like in The Sacred Stones, that would have made this game much more fun and addicting. Not the best in the series but because I never played th Fire Emblem with Roy in it, I don't know if it's the worst. Overall a good game, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who has never played a Fire Emblem game, or is new to the series.
Though many people think that the graphics are "bad",i actually like it. The graphics aren't bad, its just that they are using a new art style. Now for the animation, the battle animations are very well done but the character portraits could have used better animations to show more emotion. The music is great as always, but it seems they used the Monshou no Nazo's theme instead of the actual original one. Gameplay is what you expect from Fire Emblem, not much is new but its still very fun to play. The weapons triangle was introduced into this remake but the magic trinity was left out. The new class swap system is a bit weird but it's new and fresh addition to the series. Overall this isn't the best Fire Emblem but its still a good game and I highly recommend this for anyone with a DS.
So, I don't buy many games, nor do I play many. I usually do a ton of research on a game before I buy it, and the Fire Emblem games have always been a favorite so I decided to trust my gut feeling on this one; I'm glad I did. This game is incredible. I've been engulfed in it for days. I don't get to play it much, but whenever I do it amazes me. If you like Fire Emblem games, then you'll like this. It's just like its predecessors, except with a DS twist. The graphics are just like any other Fire Emblem game out there. The sound can get quite annoying at times, but other than that it's a great game.
A good rent, but not a good buy.
You need to be very good at strategy games to even pick up and play it. The challenge level are very balanced. The game doesn't do a good job with using the DS's 3D graphics. It only uses sprites. The storyline is understandable, but not very strong. It's too understandable. It needs a few more twists. It's almost impossible to pick up where you left off because you never get a chance to level up, and then you killed by the weakest of enemies. At the start of the game, they might as well say; thank you for your thirty dollars. You should've just bought Guitar Hero III. Every single time you die, you have to go through this whole big report on what you did, so the creators can rub it in your face that you died. The sounds are primitive and seem like they should be on a GBA. Instead of listening to the sound effects, you may as well play charades with a parakete. 5/10. Better luck next time.
A good remake I guess
This is a remake of the first Fire Emblem game on NES it was on japan only. When I heard of this remake I had hope it had all the great features in the previous Fire Emblem games but only a few made the cut. The good thing about it is a remake and the first Fire Emblem released outside of Japan and for the first time, Updated Graphics, new class units, and Wi-Fi battles and voice chat (If you have friends in your friend roster) so you can challenge people around the globe. The bad thing is there no support system (but there is conversations on some units) no rescuing units, no Assassins, healers only heal by half, and too many units make some of the characters feel like bricks, and to add at that Story mode is decent no much dialogue as the previous ones though So in my case pick up Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon if you are a Die Hard fan or just want a strategy game with RPG in it.
Err. Needs improvement.
Being that I purchased it on the 2nd day it came out, I played it immediately when i got home. Playing many various Fire Emblem games I was quite disappointed. For example, this game is too handicapped, in which the movement it unrealistic. Marth runs 7 spaces which is like really strange being that he is not mounted. Also the graphics attempted 3D, but lacked in the end. Another thing is that Marth didn't get any classing throughout the entire game and remained a lord doing the same moves, which I found really pitiful for him. They changed his picture though after he grew up haha. I would recommend that those looking to buy fire emblem buy some other Fire emblem game like Radiant Dawn or something, because if first timer's play this, they'll get a huge misunderstanding of how awesome this series is. By the way the AI is like really dumb even in hard modes. The only thing I like about this game is having the ability to name my customized weapons into ridiculous things like naming a steel sword Pointy stick, and the last boss, the "shadow dragon" can be easily killed with marth and his falchion.