Fire Emblem Game Boy Advance
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  • Summary: Marshall your forces and draw your steel--Fire Emblem has arrived. Fire Emblem combines strategy and role-playing in a story heavy on royal intrigue and backstabbing. As a military strategist, you must choose the best method of attack whether it is swooping from the sky with your Pegasus Knights or striking with a phalanx of armored juggernauts to crush the opposition. With dozens of soldiers, weapons, and magic spells at your service, Fire Emblem equips you with everything you need to dominate the battlefield. Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    Although the automatic save system makes it a great handheld title, it's perhaps even better suited to relaxing marathon sessions on your couch. Fire Emblem is well-crafted, and unless you have an aversion to turn-based strategy, it's highly recommend.
  2. One of the most well-crafted RPGs we've seen. If you are into RPGs at all, run out and pick Fire Emblem up right now! [Spring 2004, p.28]
  3. The graphics in those cut scenes are better than what we had really seen in a tactical RPG up to that point.
  4. 90
    The generic blend of fantasy elements doesn't detract from the fact that this is a fast-paced, compelling, excellently designed strategy game. Try it if you found "Advance Wars" too simple and "Final Fantasy Tactics" too complex.
  5. Couples a compelling, character-driven epic tale with strategic gameplay that is accessible and still manages to be challenging and satisfying.
  6. One that every strategy game fan will love.
  7. 70
    Nothing more than a fair game. It's not quite as innovative as Advance Wars, but it still manages to offer a fun, nice-looking strategy gaming experience despite the frustration factor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. Jul 22, 2012
    Fire Emblem is easily one of the greatest titles ever created for the Gameboy Advance. This game is a turn-by-turn tactical RPG featuring dozens of unique characters to choose from. Gameplay is simple to understand and its user interface and help system makes it easy to approach, yet it provides great challenges of just the right difficulty. Players will fall in love with this game's diverse cast of characters, each with their own background story to unravel. Because it is not possible to fully mature every character and reveal each of their side stories in a single playthrough, several plays will be necessary to achieve full completion, resulting in unrivaled replay value. Exceptional gameplay added to a deep, rich story, and met with beautiful art and music Fire Emblem a true masterpiece of entertainment. If you have a Gameboy Advance compatible device and enjoy tactics and strategy themed games, Fire Emblem is an absolute must buy for you! Expand
  2. Oct 21, 2012
    Best GBA RPG I've ever played. Sorry Pokémon, but you can't match the characters and the story.
  3. Mar 30, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A incredible tactical-rpg it has so much detail every character has their own backstory and personality you can do anything. it has a battle system so deep that i didn't knew much of it, every character can do things that others can't Lyn, Elliwood, Hector they are so complex but incredible, the weapon triangle, the weapons that can contradict the weapon triangle it is so deep. A must buy it is easy to learn but difficult to master buy it or play it from an emulator or wait if it is in the virtual console of the wiiu that will bring gba games. Expand
  4. Dec 30, 2012
    Really good. I'm not going to say this is the best fire emblem of the lot because after playing this after Sacred Stones,I just prefer Sacred Stones in most aspects.Still a great game though. Expand
  5. Jun 18, 2013
    Astonishingly good, entertaining, challenging and long game for GBA. FE was unlike anything I played on the handheld so far and most of strategic games for GBA pale in comparison (maybe except Advanced Wars 2). Expand
  6. Feb 23, 2013
    What a great classic. Story is engaging, characters are very memorable. Very addicting turn based strategy that sucked out 35 hours of my life in a weekend! Expand
  7. Dec 17, 2013
    I wanted to like this game more, but it gets too long to get started with an endless tutorial trough multiple missions. Characters are not well developed like the Consoles games and few strategic tools, basically just move and attack/heal... still lots of content after the first playtrough if you want to dive into. Expand

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