Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 72 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 72
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 72
  3. Negative: 0 out of 72
  1. Jan 30, 2013
    96
    Fire Emblem Awakening is the most fluid and stunning strategy RPG experience available on a portable, and features the best storytelling and production value of any 3DS game to date.
  2. Jan 30, 2013
    94
    Small criticisms aside, Fire Emblem: Awakening will have you hooked from the very beginning, and will be incredibly hard to put down throughout. You'll always want to take just one more turn to build more relationships, gain a level, forge a new item, and see what will happen next in the gripping narrative.
  3. Jan 30, 2013
    90
    During my time with Awakening, I always had a reaction to what was going on around me. My heart raced as I watched enemies close in on an injured character, and I found myself devastated if I executed an action that cost me the match. Awakening made me scratch and claw for victory, and I savored every moment.
  4. Apr 15, 2013
    100
    This is a special game. The kind that makes you stop and think for a long time about whether it's ever been done better.
  5. Jan 30, 2013
    90
    The gameplay is simultaneous[ly] simple and deep, and it's a joy to play. The only thing holding back the game is a by-the-books story and some annoying visual and audio design choices. Longtime fans who are worried about the alterations to the formula shouldn't be. Awakening is a rare example of a series that works.
  6. Jan 31, 2013
    100
    From a gameplay experience this feels like a greatly refined version of the last few titles, with a boost in presentation to push the franchise even further. 3DS owners will be doing themselves a favor by picking this up.
  7. Feb 13, 2013
    100
    Strategy role-playing at its finest, Fire Emblem: Awakening marries sophistication and character development in a way rarely found in the genre.
  8. Jan 30, 2013
    90
    It's measured, paced, well-written narrative is only rivaled by the personal side-stories that chain some small digital soldier to your heart. Even if you're not a fan of the genre, you can find an intense wealth of value and entertainment somewhere in the barracks.
  9. May 9, 2013
    91
    A superb game that will consume every spare minute of your time. A must-have. [June 2013, p.66]
  10. Mar 31, 2013
    96
    Fire Emblem: Awakening is just perfect. Some absolutely minor flaws do not even undermine the most enthralling, enjoyable and satisfying trip in the beloved world of the titular red herring.
  11. Jan 30, 2013
    90
    The in-depth strategy, creative use of asynchronous multiplayer, and host of bonus content are all enough to recommend it to fans and non-fans alike. For once, don't let the spectre of permadeath deter you from this classic series. Fire Emblem: Awakening is the best RPG on the Nintendo 3DS to date.
  12. Apr 14, 2013
    95
    This is just the best 3DS game so far. Deep, beautiful, replayable, challenging... It's one of those games you cannot miss.
  13. Apr 16, 2013
    90
    Awakening offers an excellent game of strategy, but it’s the relationship system that makes it.
  14. Feb 1, 2013
    92
    Fire Emblem: Awakening is one of those games to which I couldn't help but become addicted. Even as someone that has a difficult time with strategy games, I was able to see just how brilliant this game is.
  15. Apr 10, 2013
    90
    Fire Emblem: Awakening is as good as anything Nintendo has produced in the last five years, and as such is very, very special indeed.
  16. Apr 15, 2013
    91
    Fire Emblem is back in the best possible way, with a game that adds deep and new characteristics to the original gameplay formula. Awakening isn't only the best title in the franchise, it's also a big game with more than 20 hours of fun and a great buy for Nintendo 3DS owners in general.
  17. Feb 20, 2013
    90
    Despite the games high difficulty at times, it's a "must have" title for the 3DS, especially if you are a fan of Strategy games. Fire Emblem won’t disappoint, and goes on step further in making it memorable with a well-rounded cast of characters, great music and a bevy of customization options.
  18. Feb 6, 2013
    98
    Fire Emblem: Awakening if by far one of the best games on the 3DS. Whether you’re a long-time Fire Emblem fan or a newcomer to tactical RPGs, this is a game that anyone can get into and enjoy. If you don’t have a 3DS yet, this could be the game to change that.
  19. Jan 30, 2013
    93
    Those looking for a challenge need look no further than Fire Emblem: Awakening, and newcomers can enjoy a much more accessible experience via the casual mode. With steady innovations such as the improved sound, relationship system, and online functionality, fans can finally rejoice at the series' return to Nintendo's newest portable device.
  20. Jan 30, 2013
    90
    While Fire Emblem: Awakening may not turn the notch up to 11, it's everything that's right about strategy RPGs. Whatever options you choose to go with at the beginning of the game, it's either one of the most accessible strategy games to date, or one of the most difficult.
  21. Jun 13, 2013
    93
    A truly excellent tactical role-playing game. [June 2013]
  22. Mar 21, 2013
    90
    Fire Emblem: Awakening is not just the best strategy game at the moment, it is also the most challenging 3DS game yet. It takes some time to learn the ropes, but when you take some time to invest in the world of Fire Emblem: Awakening, you won't leave until you saved the land of Ylisse.
  23. Mar 27, 2013
    90
    One of the most ambitious game on 3DS. A deep gameplay and a huge amount of contents are going to entertain the fans of the series. The others will love the funny characterization of the characters and the accessibility. The best Fire Emblem to date.
  24. Jan 30, 2013
    90
    Fire Emblem: Awakening's masterful tightrope walk between luring in curious onlookers and appealing to the hardest of cores is a sight to behold.
  25. Apr 23, 2013
    95
    Fire Emblem: Awakening honors its predecessors and manages to put itself on the same level. With a series, that is according to many, the best tactical turn-based strategy-series ever, we can’t imagine a better compliment to give it. No, you know what, it’s the best in the series. Not in the least because a portable game hardly ever has as much personality and involvement as Awakening.
  26. 95
    The battle system is as mathematically complex as ever, the added relationship system can suck up countless hours, and the final handful of missions is absolute hell for anyone playing on Traditional Mode. Still, an olive branch is extended to newcomers, who can turn off the more imposing features while being met with helpful tutorials and impeccable production value.
  27. Feb 11, 2013
    90
    A superbly judged revamp of Fire Emblem that final elevates the series to classic status and in the process creates one of the most engrossing and accessible strategy games ever.
  28. Jan 31, 2013
    90
    Although it remains to be seen whether western audiences will flock to it, this is Nintendo's best shot at giving the Fire Emblem franchise the widespread attention it so rightfully deserves.
  29. Jan 30, 2013
    100
    Tactical turn-based combat is something that some won't be able to get past no matter what. As long as that isn't you, Awakening is arguably the best game you can get on the 3DS, sure to be one of the best this year, and a must-play from just about every conceivable angle.
  30. Apr 14, 2013
    90
    Awakening is from far the best Fire Emblem experience to be found on a handheld. It's the most beautiful and yet accessible strategic game we've seen lately, and with a bunch of new additions to its gameplay mechanics it's difficult no to fall to its charms.
  31. May 1, 2013
    93
    If you like this kind of thing, buy it, love it, and trade me your teams - there's battlin' to be done.
  32. A great title for genre fans and a well-paced intro for newbies, this also manages to be the best distillation of the Fire Emblem series we've ever seen.
  33. Apr 15, 2013
    90
    Rather than dying out while burning only through its ardent fans' hearts, Fire Emblem's flame spread by letting the players decide the temperature of the challenge, without cooling down its blazing gameplay. On the contrary, it even flared up with the intensified support system, the inflamming bonds created between the warriors and the warm wireless options, although just missing online battles to shine forever.
  34. May 10, 2013
    100
    Best of all, the new Casual mode opens the series up to those who may have been put off by its characteristic difficulty, ensuring that newcomers and veterans alike will be able to get the same enjoyment out of Awakening’s storyline.
  35. Apr 21, 2013
    90
    Absolutely recommended for the old fans, but newcomers are not forgotten. In short, this is an unforgettable adventure.
  36. Apr 20, 2013
    93
    Fire Emblem: Awakening will have you taking your Nintendo 3DS everywhere, so you can take a few more steps while on your way to work for instance. It manages to grab players from start to finish and got me bummed out when having finished it. I'm jealous of those who still have the joy of discovering it because I'm positive that they'll have tons of fun with it. Fire Emblem: Awakening is for the 3DS what Advance Wars was for the GBA: a must-have.
  37. Apr 24, 2013
    90
    Clearly one of the best tactical RPGs ever published on a Nintendo console.
  38. Apr 11, 2013
    95
    Simply put, this is the best game we've seen on 3DS.
  39. Apr 8, 2013
    90
    One of the best games in the series and a very good reason to own a 3DS. The gameplay has all the depth we can expect from Intelligent Systems, the interface is flawless and everything is wrapped by a stellar presentation.
  40. Apr 28, 2013
    96
    With a strong homage to the games before it and the inclusion of new gameplay plus 3D, Fire Emblem: Awakening ticks all the right boxes and creates a thoroughly entertaining turn based tactical RPG that not only challenges the player but is also quite fun to play.
  41. Apr 14, 2013
    100
    Imagine if any other big franchise took absolutely all the best elements from its previous instalments, bundled them together, and - as if that wasn't enough - threw plenty of even more excellent ideas into the mix for good measure! Well, if your mind already set itself to work on finding a single example of this in recent memory, look no further...Fire Emblem: Awakening - the prime example of this!
  42. Feb 5, 2013
    92
    With Nintendo's handheld expecting many promising RPGs in English this year, Awakening still ought to be near the top of any RPG lover's list, as it easily stands out as one of the very best 3DS titles to date.
  43. Jan 30, 2013
    90
    Most importantly, though, Fire Emblem: Awakening resembles a soap opera in how thoroughly addictive it can be. Once you get hooked on the combat and these characters and their stories, you'll feel the overpowering need to keep checking in on them. Instead of an hour a day, though, you can visit Fire Emblem at any time, pulling out your 3DS on the bus or on your lunch break or before dozing off at night.
  44. Feb 26, 2013
    100
    Nintendo and Intelligent Systems have re-awakened the Fire Emblem series in top form, merging its story and tactical combat as a masterful accomplishment for strategy RPGs.
  45. May 19, 2013
    100
    A great turn-based strategy game surpassing not only its blood-related predecessors but step-brothers and step-sisters of the Advance Wars series as well. Fire Emblem: Awakening is the new benchmark of the genre that is practically uncriticizable. At the moment on Nintendo 3DS there is not a better alternative.
  46. Apr 24, 2013
    90
    Do yourselves a favor and buy this one. And if you don't have a 3DS, get one in a bundle. Then show it all your friends and colleagues so that they proceed to do the same as you. This way, and no disrespect to Fire Emblem, maybe Intelligent Systems can procure the resources to produce a Game of Thrones spin-off I keep dreaming about.
  47. Jan 31, 2013
    90
    Intelligent Systems did a great job adding accessibility to the Fire Emblem series without sacrificing its core philosophy. Whether you're a series newcomer or an old Fire Emblem veteran, Fire Emblem: Awakening has something for you.
  48. Apr 23, 2013
    100
    Fire Emblem Awakening is a truly absorbing experience; a game which can make you fist-pump in victory and shout in horror as you watch zombie archers pick off your last Pegasus knight, all while you plan on how you’ll do it all better next time. And for what is essentially a board game-type RPG where little men and women run around a grid, that is pretty damn impressive.
  49. 91
    This is one game that all 3DS owners should definitely consider, and for fans of the Fire Emblem series purchasing it is a no brainer as there is really not a lot to complain about here.
  50. Jan 30, 2013
    100
    A game worth buying a 3DS for.
  51. Jan 31, 2013
    90
    There aren't many strategy RPGs as approachable for newcomers and as deep for veterans as Fire Emblem: Awakening. Though the story feels like it's just going through the motions, an expansive cast of characters with a wide array of personalities to match means you'll find plenty to still love about the narrative.
  52. Jun 10, 2013
    90
    Ignore Casual mode, set the difficulty to hard, and enjoy what is arguably the best turn-based strategy game released since Final Fantasy Tactics. [July 2013, p.76]
  53. Jan 30, 2013
    90
    Fire Emblem: Awakening stands near the pinnacle of the series, as it blends rarely seen elements and a few new twists of its own into the tried-and-true combat and storytelling. Awakening is one of the few must-have' 3DS titles.
  54. Apr 16, 2013
    100
    Intelligent Systems has produced some fine games for Nintendo over the years; Awakening can proudly sit next to fellow strategy gem Advance Wars as the studio’s best work to date.
  55. Apr 23, 2013
    90
    Fire Emblem Awakening is, by many ways, a classic Japanese Tactical-RPG. However, Intelligent Systems has done a fantastic work to put the characters at the center of the game. By making them unique and lively, developers force the player to be more accurate and to pay attention to his tactical choices.
  56. Jan 30, 2013
    90
    Just because this is more accessible than most for newbies does not make it any less of a tactical game, hardly the best-selling genre in the gaming world. Awakening is nevertheless a genuine treat for anyone seeking a deeply rewarding tactical title on the 3DS, and a fine return of the series to the English-speaking world after the last game missed out.
  57. Jan 30, 2013
    94
    Fire Emblem: Awakening completely engaged me while I was playing it, whether I was connecting with its well-written characters or taxing my (limited) intellect as I tried to win a difficult battle while keeping everyone alive. It's hard to ask for much more from a strategy game, but Awakening goes beyond that by supporting its great mechanics with immersion and beautiful art.
  58. Apr 24, 2013
    92
    Handheld gaming doesn’t get much better than this.
  59. Apr 29, 2013
    100
    Overall, the game is a wonderfully presented experience and the best game that the 3DS has to offer.
  60. May 3, 2013
    95
    Fire Emblem: Awakening is the SRPG that every 3DS owner should play.
  61. Fire Emblem: Awakening won’t go down in history as the game that revolutionized a franchise or genre. However, traditional turn-based tactics has rarely been more compelling.
  62. Mar 21, 2013
    89
    After many years of stagnant design, the Fire Emblem franchise takes a huge step in sophistication with Awakening, probably the best strategy RPG on the 3DS and maybe in the genre, at least in recent years. Its amazing storytelling is only bested by perfect mechanics that nurture with relevant characters, each one unique in abilities, dialogue and personality. The well-crafted design finds perfect match in beautiful cinematics and orchestral music, everything creating an harmonious and epic experience.
  63. Feb 11, 2013
    98
    Fire Emblem: Awakening tells a simple, yet gripping and heartfelt story told through characters that feel as real as family members.
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 778 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 190
  1. Feb 4, 2013
    10
    Great graphics with multiple art styles and a voice acting 2nd only to kid icarus It has the same formula as all the fire emblems you come toGreat graphics with multiple art styles and a voice acting 2nd only to kid icarus It has the same formula as all the fire emblems you come to love but gives you the choice to play on easy mode so beginners to the franchise can first get used to it then can play it harder, it even receives some great crafted dlc and wireless co-op mode to make t on of the greatest games in the 3ds library, that's allot to say considering you have mario 3d land and kid icarus. Full Review »
  2. Feb 5, 2013
    10
    Simply amazing. Presentation, menus, graphics, gameplay, music and more, this game has it all. I love the sleek new look that they have givenSimply amazing. Presentation, menus, graphics, gameplay, music and more, this game has it all. I love the sleek new look that they have given everything and the gameplay has gone through a great new reboot. This game is incredibly addicting and doesn't cease to please any hardcore strategy RPG fan. I recommend playing on classic hard mode for your first playthrough, I wouldn't recommend doing casual mode unless that's your thing I guess. All in all, get this game if you have a 3DS. Full Review »
  3. Feb 4, 2013
    10
    Easily a goty contender and it's portable! Get it now... It is everything that is fine in a srpg and so much more. Excelent in every aspect,Easily a goty contender and it's portable! Get it now... It is everything that is fine in a srpg and so much more. Excelent in every aspect, from character development to graphics... Full Review »