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
    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
    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
    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
    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. Feb 13, 2013
    Strategy role-playing at its finest, Fire Emblem: Awakening marries sophistication and character development in a way rarely found in the genre.
  6. Jan 30, 2013
    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.
  7. Jan 31, 2013
    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.
  8. Jan 30, 2013
    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. Mar 31, 2013
    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.
  10. May 9, 2013
    A superb game that will consume every spare minute of your time. A must-have. [June 2013, p.66]
  11. Jan 30, 2013
    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
    This is just the best 3DS game so far. Deep, beautiful, replayable, challenging... It's one of those games you cannot miss.
  13. Feb 1, 2013
    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.
  14. Apr 16, 2013
    Awakening offers an excellent game of strategy, but it’s the relationship system that makes it.
  15. Apr 10, 2013
    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
    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 6, 2013
    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.
  18. Jan 30, 2013
    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.
  19. Feb 20, 2013
    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.
  20. Jan 30, 2013
    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.
  21. Jun 13, 2013
    A truly excellent tactical role-playing game. [June 2013]
  22. Mar 27, 2013
    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.
  23. Mar 21, 2013
    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.
  24. Jan 30, 2013
    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
    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. Feb 11, 2013
    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.
  27. 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.
  28. Jan 30, 2013
    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.
  29. Jan 31, 2013
    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.
  30. Apr 14, 2013
    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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 862 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 205
  1. Feb 4, 2013
    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
    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
    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 »