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  • Summary: In 1992, the second game in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem Gaiden, launched exclusively in Japan. Now, for the first time, fans outside of Japan will get a taste of this classic game on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is inspired by the 1992In 1992, the second game in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem Gaiden, launched exclusively in Japan. Now, for the first time, fans outside of Japan will get a taste of this classic game on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is inspired by the 1992 original, reimagined on a grander scale. Every aspect of the Fire Emblem Gaiden game's presentation has been updated, along with the game being fully voiced. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia recreates classic Fire Emblem gameplay with a modern twist, mixing in exploration of dungeons crawling with enemies. Expand
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  1. Positive: 67 out of 76
  2. Negative: 0 out of 76
  1. May 19, 2017
    100
    I really, really like Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. Shifting the focus from character interactions to more gameplay mechanics was a huge deal for me, along with a story that feels like it’s developing with you, rather than happening in the background. Definitely pick it up if you’re a Fire Emblem fan, either new or old!
  2. May 16, 2017
    90
    It’s difficult to imagine executing a remake of a near 30-year-old experience more effectively and efficiently than Intelligent Systems has, applying just the right amount of refinement and new ideas to antique gameplay systems that clearly still work.
  3. May 23, 2017
    90
    Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a great remake of the classic Fire Emblem Gaiden of 1992. Its old mechanics and level design, works perfectly with a modern look.
  4. May 16, 2017
    83
    Shadows of Valentia has a rocky start, but after that it turns into an amazing game that is not afraid of taking risks. It has a colorful cast that is off to an interesting sidestep instead of following a beaten path.
  5. May 22, 2017
    80
    Whereas Shadows of Valentia suffers from uninspired level design, it makes up for it with its twin armies, fun dungeons, and returns to form. It is a welcome step back from the previous 3DS Fire Emblem games as it focuses on a tighter narrative while providing us with a glimpse towards the future as Shadows of Valentia ventures into new territory with its explorable areas and fresh gameplay mechanics.
  6. May 16, 2017
    80
    Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia brings the series back to its origins in several ways. Featuring a very captivating plot and cast as well as some new and welcome gameplay elements, it leaves the feeling that this game is putting Fire Emblem back on its original course. Even if some of its missions might feel uninspired and the combat excessive at times, this is still a very good omen for upcoming Fire Emblem games.
  7. May 19, 2017
    60
    With its visuals Echoes might lure you into believing that it is as captivating as Fire Emblem Fates. But in the end this is the weakest and most unnecessary entry of a franchise I played and loved dearly since its humble origins.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 84
  2. Negative: 6 out of 84
  1. May 20, 2017
    10
    this game was made for the fans of the older titles and i feel like its not fair to compare its game play to fates or awakening as it wasthis game was made for the fans of the older titles and i feel like its not fair to compare its game play to fates or awakening as it was taking a different approach . this game trumps both in presentation and story the side characters are way more fleshed out and the two protagonists are much better written then the avatar characters of both awakening and fates. The game play tho simplified is much more satisfying for older fans of the series . Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2019
    10
    This game is so peculiar, it forgets about a core mechanic from many other FE entries but does it so in a way that results in a very uniqueThis game is so peculiar, it forgets about a core mechanic from many other FE entries but does it so in a way that results in a very unique game truly deserving on it's own. Everything from this game, the characters, the music, the story, the game play, it's what makes it so enjoyable. Expand
  3. Sep 16, 2018
    10
    Remake from a Fire Emblem game never came out of Japan (Gaiden), Echoes is probably my favorite Fire Emblem game. The Hidari art are gorgeous,Remake from a Fire Emblem game never came out of Japan (Gaiden), Echoes is probably my favorite Fire Emblem game. The Hidari art are gorgeous, the music is fantastic, the characters personallities are great as well as their voices (even if it is sad they didn't put japanese voice option), great DLC (price isn't a rewiew criteria IMO) and good enjoyement! It is THE Fire Emblem game you need to play on 3DS! Expand
  4. Mar 5, 2020
    9
    One of my favorite in series #best presentation of any Fire Emblem game and it is Unique Experience
  5. Sep 17, 2019
    9
    A very fun Fire Emblem game going back to the routes of the series but with twists.
  6. Dec 28, 2021
    8
    Another amazing title from FE franchise. There were some characters I don't like that much, but other aspects like gameplay, story, music wereAnother amazing title from FE franchise. There were some characters I don't like that much, but other aspects like gameplay, story, music were fantastic as ever, keeping me stick to the journey until the end. Also, there were several references as to Awakening in Echoes which I found pretty cool.

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  7. Aug 9, 2021
    0
    the dungeons a terrible, later on into the game you have you main character fight 1v10 and its rng if you win or not, and thats at the end ofthe dungeons a terrible, later on into the game you have you main character fight 1v10 and its rng if you win or not, and thats at the end of the dungeon, so if you lose you have to replay an 1 hour of gameplay, so **** terrible game design Expand

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