Fire Emblem: Awakening (without memory)

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Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: February 4
MSRP: $39.99

“Oh fuck you,” I moaned to my 3DS, mere moments into the newly released demo for Fire Emblem: Awakening found on the eShop. Not only did the thing tease me by restricting all customization options for my main hero Robin (a perfectly gender-ambiguous name), but it also starts with him having just been discovered with amnesia. For someone who has little interest in the series and the entire turn-based strategy genre, these two decisions put a sour taste in my mouth, and not the yummy Sour Patch Kids kind.

If you’re willing to look past the amnesia plot point (something I’m not at all willing to do. I stopped playing Tale of Graces f last year for this reason entirely.), what remains are all the things you’d expect from a Fire Emblem installment but now with some extra graphicals. Maps and character sprites lack detail, but the animations are silky smooth during combat with adequately detailed models. It switches between maps and battle sequences quickly and you have a few minor camera control options during the action.

Fans of moving archers, warriors, and mages tactically and advantageously on grid-based maps will eat this stuff up, but those who haven’t been able to get into the series or genre (me!) won’t glean much from trying it out.

Metacritic prediction: 80

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