You know how some people complain about Sacred Stones and Awakening being trivialized by grinding, poor map design, weak enemies, strong characters, easily abusable, etc?
You have to go in with the mindset that it's an NES game(and only the 2nd game in the series), and it did have some big stuff for the series compared to FE1 like a World Map, towns, branched promotions, things like that.
Don't expect any memorable maps as they're mostly a big square with random terrain thrown around (kinda like this game huehuehue)
I didn't think it was terrible, but it is easily the worst game in the series. It has clunky controls, uninspired map design, sub-par music, and very few of the characters have any personality to speak of. It also suffers from 'NES Sequel Syndrome' where there is a fairly radical departure from the original's gameplay out of a desire to try new things, and as such it plays more like a Shining Force game than a Fire Emblem game (see also: The Adventure of Link, Super Mario Bros. 2, Simon's Quest, Final Fantasy II).
It still has some really neat ideas, and I really hope it gets remade at some point. To me, it felt like a game that was crying out against the constraints of its own time, as if it had so much it wanted to do but couldn't because of hardware limitations.
Also, the few lines of dialogue you do get are pretty neat. One of my favourite scenes in entire series is the exchange Alm has with Celica when he arrives at the final battle.
So yeah. Give it a shot. I recommend activating the 'easy' mode just to make the game less tedious.
it's basically Awakening for the NES (and I do mean this in the worst way possible), but the grinding is manditory
hell, Priests even have Resire/Nosferatu! it's inaccurate as hell though
and hell, there's even infinite leveling for Villagers/Mercenaries! pretty sure it's a bug, but Magic Knights or whatever they were called can promote to Villager, which can promote to Mercenary, which promotes to Magic Knight, which promotes to Villager.....
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It has pretty poor map design, which isn't too bad considering it was a NES game. The clunk factor can be blamed on the NES as well. Needless to say, the only thing worth noting of this game is the endgame map theme.
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