Review by Gr0ndos
"Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon - An amazing addition to an amazing series."
I believe this is just as good, if not better than the other Fire Emblem games. It is basically a port of the original, with extra features such as online and better graphics. It does a very good job of keeping true to the original game, and improving on it.
Story/Character Development - 7/10
The original was made way back in 1990, so the story is expected to be bad. Most of the time I don't even pay attention to the story and just skip it. After every battle there is some dialogue telling what is happening, while it shows Marth going to the next map where you will again engage in battle. Although the story isn't very good, for being made this long ago, it is pretty decent.
Graphics - 9/10
The graphics have been greatly improved from the original Fire Emblem. They are also better than the other FE hand held games, but it is expected; since this one is for the DS. The sprites have improved, portraits have improved, and the sprites during animations have also greatly improved from the original.
Length - 10/10
This game has the perfect length. With 25 chapters, it is about average length for Fire Emblem games. Not too long, not too short. There is nothing else really to say about this, it is what I think is the perfect length.
Replayability - 10/10
This game can be played over and over again. The reason is because of the many difficulty settings. It ranges from the no-challenge normal mode, to the incredibly difficult 5 star hard mode. Not only does it have all these difficulties, but it also has online play. This can bring competition between friends and others, and allows one to enjoy playing this game for a longer time.
Sound - 9/10
The music in this game is the same type as in all the other Fire Emblem games. Some are pretty catchy, and will keep you going in the middle of a battle. The songs usually fit well with what is going on, so no complaints here.
Gameplay - 10/10
Now this is the most important part. This game play is the same as all the other Fire Emblems, which means it is good. This type of game play is what brought all the Fire Emblem fans to love the series. It is the same, despite what some may think. The game play in Fire Emblem is what makes the game so great.
Overall - 10/10
The game is great in just about every way. The game play, graphics, replayability, and all the other aspects of it make a great game. Not only did they improve on everything from the original, but they added an online mode. This brings the game to a different level, and lets you do what some have wished for a while, playing against your friends in a Fire Emblem game. Hopefully new Fire Emblems just as good, or better will continue to be released.
I would definitely recommend this game to anyone thinking about getting it. It has the same superb game play as all the other Fire Emblems. If you liked the others, you will like this one. So go out and buy it or import it or whatever! You definitely won't regret it!
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 12/12/08
Game Release: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (EU, 12/05/08)
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