Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance GameCube

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  • Summary: Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance brings back to consoles the strategic combat series Fire Emblem from the Game Boy Advance. In this installment, you can control units such as knights, mages, and winged creatures, and use their unique fighting styles to win battles and gain experience. FireFire Emblem: Path of Radiance brings back to consoles the strategic combat series Fire Emblem from the Game Boy Advance. In this installment, you can control units such as knights, mages, and winged creatures, and use their unique fighting styles to win battles and gain experience. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance also includes a detailed story that connects the battles and characters together. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. With its large expansive game play and large battles around every corner. The game is hard so don't expect to beat it down with out at least sending your Gamecube into orbit at least once.
  2. 92
    Yet another remarkable production by the skilled developers at Intelligent Systems. The series finally returns to the console realm, and its radiance should incite anyone to do one thing: cross the path, and never look back.
  3. A shining testament to the fact that a game doesn't need to be flashy or genre-redefining as long as the gameplay and storyline are top of the line, which they indeed are in this game.
  4. The plot is full of fantasy cliches, so you can expect your fair share of dragons and lost princesses and Black Knights.
  5. Old school RPG is very much alive here, as Fire Emblem charms us with its engaging storyline, uncompromising combat and solid gameplay.
  6. 80
    The only flaw is that it didn't go the extra mile -- but with a series of this pedigree, that isn't much to complain about.
  7. Unlike other games of this ilk, there's no movie presentation - you're never fooled into thinking you are taking part in anything other than a videogame.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
  1. Nov 10, 2011
    10
    Awesome, but mainly trying to balance out the stupid 0/10 for not being a handheld. The game reintroduces aspects from sacred war (abilities).Awesome, but mainly trying to balance out the stupid 0/10 for not being a handheld. The game reintroduces aspects from sacred war (abilities). The maps are great. The characters are very lovable. Expand
  2. Dec 17, 2013
    10
    The best Fire Emblem yet, mostly due to characters. The team felt very united and charismatic. Level design is superb and the challange willThe best Fire Emblem yet, mostly due to characters. The team felt very united and charismatic. Level design is superb and the challange will make you think harder not to loose that beloved unit. Some improvements were made on later games, but this one raised the bar way up from both GBA games. Expand
  3. MikeG.
    Nov 10, 2005
    10
    My favorite FE game out of the three so far. There's no greater satisfaction than fully leveling several characters and watching them My favorite FE game out of the three so far. There's no greater satisfaction than fully leveling several characters and watching them own the map :) Expand
  4. May 5, 2017
    10
    Certainly one of, if not the very best game in the franchise. Having a much more in-depth story than the most recent entries and the ones onCertainly one of, if not the very best game in the franchise. Having a much more in-depth story than the most recent entries and the ones on the GBA, it balances out the journey/adventure, with simplified but interesting politics, and explores themes such as discrimination, racism, revenge, and more. With very well-written characters, a world that feels alive due to it's info. conversations, and an amazing story to drive it, it truly gives off the impression of an epic, especially if you play the sequel: Radiant Dawn. It's gameplay is good and fair, starting off easy and slowly increasing the difficult by reasonable increments per level. It is certainly a more sophisticated game than FE7 or the newer Awakening and Fates and can make as a great entry point into the franchise for beginners. While the graphics are not amazing, they get the job done and combat is still entertaining to watch. The soundtrack however, is to die for. A full orchestra with elegant strings, boisterous brass instruments, and simply superb composition, it'll feel like being in an excellent movie. A must-play for anyone passionate to the franchise that hasn't already and a great beginning for those who want to get into it. Expand
  5. Sep 9, 2012
    9
    Loved this game. Best strategy game since OgreBattle 64, good story, good characters, nothing bad to say really.
  6. Apr 27, 2017
    9
    Fire Emblem en una consola de sobremesa, increible como despliegan la formula de estos juegos maravillosos y la enriquecen con una historia yFire Emblem en una consola de sobremesa, increible como despliegan la formula de estos juegos maravillosos y la enriquecen con una historia y elementos que no habiamos visto en las entregas anteriores de esta franquisia Expand
  7. CraigM.
    Oct 19, 2005
    0
    Better on the GBA. Same game, but portable.

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#3 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
#14 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2005