April 02, 2019 @ 5:35 pm
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Nintendo 3DS
In some ways SoV is the best of the modern FE titles, which is surprising for how much this remake eschews the opportunity to apply modern conventions to this very early title. In some ways, this works to the game's detriment. FE Gaiden's much maligned map-design returns here. The classes and units have been re-balanced in a very noticeable way, but that doesn't stop Dread Fighters from being clearly superior to most other units, among other things. Many improvements have been made over Gaiden, though. Mila's Turnwheel takes a notoriously frustrating title and makes it wonderfully enjoyable. As long as you have the integrity not to abuse it, it simply makes Fire Emblem as a whole _better_. The dungeon crawling is well-realized and compelling. But the thing I really have to sing praise upon praise toward is the game's *presentation*. Almost all dialogue is fully voice-acted, and well done at that!...
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