Weaving a decades-spanning yarn about the fictitious land of Ylisstol and its monarchy, Fire Emblem offers plenty of familial intrigue in its distinct brand of turn-based strategy.
It's a game that favours plot, so much that there's a feeling of loss when your failures result in the death of a character – the game's default position is that war fatalities are gone forever, adding a knife-edge to decisions.
Story exposition is via lengthy text-only scenes that suffer from lacklustre translation, although it's not enough to spoil the unique personality and sense of character development as the story unfolds. Protagonists bring their relationships with them to the battlefield, providing better support to their chums and even getting married if they get really friendly. While beautifully orchestrated, dexterity-free battles are the focus, the RPG-style levelling-up provides its own fascinating risk and reward.
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