Review by xcamel24

"If only we had done this sooner...there would be perfection"

All right, here we go, another great game from the developers from intellegent systems. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones proves to be a winner once again.

First, lets discuss the story line in this game. The story is set on a new continent called Magvel. It then leads you into the invasion of Renais by the Grado empire. Your main characters, Ephraim and Eirika, are from Renais and must find out why the Grado Empire has invaded. The game will lead you through with deep dialouge and excellent choice vocabulary. The story is told through cutscenes and dialouge boxes. Of course, if you don't want to read the story, you can always skip it and play the game.

This is a Strategy RPG style game. This means you'll take part in controlling units and finding ways to strategically defeat your opponent. There are many tactics available to the player, giving you a wide variety of options to complete each mission. Of course, it is an RPG also, so it has RPG elements like level ups, equipment, and HP.

The game plays very well, and has various difficulty settings to please the user. The game can be played with a tutorial for new gamers or played on hard for experienced veterans. It is easy to pick up and play, but yet at the same time can be played for indepth content. There are various elements to assist the gameplay along, like active terrain, weapon triangles, and ranged equipment.

Of course, this game thrives on replay, just like its predecessor. It has two different campaigns to play through the game, one for each main character. They both reach the same end point but give a different perspective of the game. You can also play the game on different difficulties, try out different characters, or even continue the game after you have beaten it! There are many hours of gameplay here and many unlockable secrets, and hidden items to make the game worth playing over and over. I played the original Fire Emblem through 13 times, and enjoyed it every time. I may do the same here.

The big change from the previous Fire Emblem is that you can have choice in which direction you class change your characters. Instead of a linear path, your characters can change into one of two classes, and some can go even further. If this had been enstated in the previous fire emblem, the game would have been unmatched. It does good here though, because this fire emblem doesn't have as much story or challenge as its predecessor.

The music in this game is superb. The score for a GBA game is extremely impressive, and it helps set the stage for the storyline very well. If you have an original GBA, plug in your headphones for a good experience. The battle music and the story music make emotions soar through you, and will make you want to fight yourself.

All in all, this is a great buy, and fun to take with you on your travels. The autosave function allows you to stop at any time, but you may restart the current chapter at any time if you are unhappy with the events that occured in the chapter. Just remember if you lose a character he/she is gone for good! Have fun!

Story: 8/10
Gameplay: 10/10
Replay: 10/10
Difficulty: 9/10
Sound: 10/10
Graphics: 9/10


Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 07/06/05

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