Review by sheriffnocry
"Not much new, but old is just great!"
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is, as the past Fire Emblem game, great. It has a lot of characters so you can play the game lots of times with different characters and that is a positive point. It is recommendable that before playing this game you play Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, as Radiant Dawn contains much reference about the last game. However it can be very enjoyable as it has lots of new situations and conversations. Just playing the game on its easy difficulty can result hard so newcomers to the fire emblem series may not enjoy the game as much as players who have experience with the series.
The gameplay hasn't changed in the whole series but, as I said in the title, it's still great and simple. You have various characters in a map in which you have to defeat the enemies and accomplish a certain goal. It's divided in turn phases: the two basic are Player Phase and Enemy Phase; however, in some maps there are other phases which are teams you usually can't control even though they help you. You are given a number of characters, however if one dies, it's lost forever. Each character attacks with a different kind of weapon, for example: soldiers use lances while fighters use axes and mages use magic tomes. Each weapon has a durability so, when the counted number of times you can attack with that weapon reaches 0, it breaks. Each character has different stats that go growing and define how they attack and defend. Their stats usually depend on their class, for example: a fighter has high HP(these define your life points), high Strengh but low defense and resistance; while a mage has low HP, high magic and high resistance. There is a weapon triangle: swords beat axes, axes beat lances and lances beat swords. So if you are going to attack an axe user, you should use a sword user rather than a lance user.
To compensate the difficulty of the game, now you have the option to save in middle of a battle. It has other few new features as many were also in the past game. Even though it has a lot of scrolling information to read, it has a lot more 3-D shortcuts than the past game. Fortunately, you still have the option to administrate BEXP (Bonus Experience Points). This allows you to, when you are at base, give a character Experience Points and level them up. Sometimes a character may begin looking bad but with some levels it may end up being one of the best in your team so go ahead and try different characters.
I don't give it a 10/10 because of the difficulty and amount of scrolling information. Apart from that, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is overall a great game.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 03/02/09, Updated 03/03/09
Game Release: Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (US, 11/05/07)
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