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. Jun 13, 2013
    A truly excellent tactical role-playing game. [June 2013]
  2. Jun 10, 2013
    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]
  3. May 19, 2013
    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.
  4. May 10, 2013
    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.
  5. May 9, 2013
    A superb game that will consume every spare minute of your time. A must-have. [June 2013, p.66]
  6. May 3, 2013
    Fire Emblem: Awakening is the SRPG that every 3DS owner should play.
  7. May 2, 2013
    Fire Emblem: Awakening is the most accessible Fire Emblem game to date, but still manages to stay true to its core. With a wealth of customization options, tons of characters to meet, pair up and develop, and a rock solid strategy RPG foundation, it is easily one of the best games on the 3DS today.
  8. May 1, 2013
    If you like this kind of thing, buy it, love it, and trade me your teams - there's battlin' to be done.
  9. Apr 29, 2013
    Overall, the game is a wonderfully presented experience and the best game that the 3DS has to offer.
  10. Apr 28, 2013
    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.
  11. Apr 24, 2013
    Handheld gaming doesn’t get much better than this.
  12. Apr 24, 2013
    Clearly one of the best tactical RPGs ever published on a Nintendo console.
  13. Apr 24, 2013
    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.
  14. Apr 23, 2013
    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.
  15. Apr 23, 2013
    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.
  16. 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.
  17. Apr 21, 2013
    Fire Emblem: Awakening manages to be a game for both the die-hard fans of the series as well as a great introduction for new players. A couple of flaws in the story and presentation keeps it away from magnificence, but it’s still a worthy addition to any 3DS library.
  18. Apr 21, 2013
    Absolutely recommended for the old fans, but newcomers are not forgotten. In short, this is an unforgettable adventure.
  19. Apr 20, 2013
    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.
  20. Apr 18, 2013
    One of the best strategy RPG games of recent years, let down by a typically Japanese story and a couple of smaller niggles.
  21. Apr 17, 2013
    Once you dive into the campaign, you can’t take your hands off this turn-based tactic gem, despite some downfalls in the story department with its’ sometimes corny dialogues.
  22. Apr 16, 2013
    Awakening offers an excellent game of strategy, but it’s the relationship system that makes it.
  23. Apr 16, 2013
    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.
  24. Apr 15, 2013
    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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Apr 14, 2013
    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!
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 »