Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones Game Boy Advance

Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 70
    Combined with slightly above-average aesthetics and the chance to go through the game again as a different twin, The Sacred Stones is a solid and worthy diversion for the tactical fan.
  2. Over-levelling all too easily threatens to undermine Fire Emblem's unique place in the genre. It's a problem easily side-stepped by both choosing an appropriate difficulty level and tempering your levelling, but nevertheless the option is unwelcome. [Aug 2005, p.90]
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 98 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Jan 23, 2013
    10
    Amazing game. I was a bit skeptical at first, but when I finally got to play it through the 3DS Ambassador Program, I was floored. This gameAmazing game. I was a bit skeptical at first, but when I finally got to play it through the 3DS Ambassador Program, I was floored. This game is addictive as hell! The replay value is definitely strong in this one. Full Review »
  2. Feb 11, 2012
    10
    The game is one of the most addicting original gameboy games I have. Everytime I go on vacation, I always pack my DS and this game. I haveThe game is one of the most addicting original gameboy games I have. Everytime I go on vacation, I always pack my DS and this game. I have gone over the campaign multiple times, on different modes and various challenges and tasks for myself. The campaign is well thought-out and thrilling, and the graphics can definitely satisfy your eyes. Even in 2012 you should buy it, as it is worth every single penny. Full Review »
  3. Aug 27, 2015
    10
    This will be an honest review from an adult. You should know my 3 favorite games so you will know my taste in games.

    Danganronpa series
    This will be an honest review from an adult. You should know my 3 favorite games so you will know my taste in games.

    Danganronpa series
    Fire emblem series
    Atelier arland series

    You should also know this is a game I played as a child and adult multiple times but I still think I have Given this game an honest score despite this.

    The good about this game,

    Fantastic gameplay, loads of fun
    Lots of recruitable characters, I would say about 30 in game. You can recruit some after you have beaten it for replay value.
    Every character has a portrait. Support conversations during battle delve into their personalities.
    Music is violins and trumpets and keyboards mostly. Nothing stands out as great as far as the games music.
    Story is good but not great. Intrigues at certain moments but mostly a very average narrative.
    Graphics are what you would expect from a gba game
    Lots of gameplay time. I spent about 65 hours in this game but that includes the bonus content such as recruiting the extra characters after completion of the game.

    The bad about this game, there was none imo.

    Now I will delve into more details about the game.

    The gameplay is strategy based. You first prepare your army such as picking the recruits you want to take into battle and equipping weapons and healing items to them. Each recruit can have 5 items on their person at a time if I remember correctly. You can scan the level beforehand to see which recruits are best for the level and also see the enemy's items and also to see if there are any recruitable characters on the level. Some recruits can be missed and not recruited if you do not talk to them with a certain recruit. You can also change your recruits starting position before you begin the level.

    To actually play the level, you must meet the requirements to beat that level. Most of the time the requirements are to kill all enemies. To do this, you move your units around a grid based level. Attacking enemy units or retreating when necessary. Enemies also come for your party so building a defensive wall is important at times. The weapons you combat with matter in this game, swords are better against axes, and lances are better against swords. Magic also has its weapon triangle guidelines. There are also archers in this game and healers. A couple of special units as well such as a dancer which can give one unit an extra turn during one of the players turns. I'll list some character classes,

    Troubadour, a units with great movement that can heal only.
    Knight, a unit with little movement range but great defense.
    Archer, a unit who has an extra attack range but cannot attack back when in close combat.
    Mage, a unit who can attack one or 2 spaces away with magic.
    Cavalier, a horseback unit that can use lances and swords.
    Thief, a unit who can open chest and steal certain items from enemy units. Can also attack but not very effectivly.

    Units can change class after reaching level 10-20. The advanced class has many bonuses including an extra 20 level ups the recruit can obtain and sometimes the recruit who changed class can use extra weapons or magic or staves. Every recruit has 2 classes to choose from when they change class. Each with their unique strong points.

    When a recruit dies on the level, you LOSE that unit PERMANENTLY. This is the Fire Emblem way.
    The are arenas in this game on certain levels that let's you fight for money and experience. You can max a recruit or all recruits at these arenas but your unit will be forever lost if you die in the arena. You can suspend on levels and then soft reset the system to save your progress so you will not waste hours at the arena when a unit dies. Simply load the suspended data and restart your progress from that point. I spent many hours at the arenas, it was one of the things I liked most about this game that isn't in every fire emblem title.

    That wraps this review up, hope it helps.

    Also, this game is rare now and most copies for sale are very expensive. I lucked out and got a copy that works from amazon.com for about 20 dollars. Most copies were in the 100 dollar range as I recall. That just shows how great this game is I suppose but I would recommend this game at the 100 dollar price tag. That how great I think this game is. You will likely play it more than once so you could put over a 100 hours into this game which equals out to a dollar an hour to play. Not to bad. Also, the other Fire Emblem title are very expensive as well.
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