Fire Emblem

Game Boy Advance
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Universal acclaim- based on 245 Ratings

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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 PegasusMarshall 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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Score distribution:
  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. Pocket Games
    95
    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. netjak
    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: 53 out of 58
  2. Negative: 2 out of 58
  1. Elliott
    Nov 26, 2003
    10
    There is no game better.
  2. GregS
    Dec 7, 2009
    10
    THE definitive strategy title for the GBA. The story is exceptional, and all the characters have their own background stories and reasons for THE definitive strategy title for the GBA. The story is exceptional, and all the characters have their own background stories and reasons for fighting with you. The gameplay is also very good too. The leveling system encourages a diverse use of characters, not just a single juggernaut. The statistics driven strategy of the combat makes for a very enjoyable tactical experience forcing you to constantly evaluate risks to your units. The only downsides come from the predictable AI and the fact that after playing for 300-400 hours you've practically played the game to death. Expand
  3. MycaN.
    Mar 17, 2004
    10
    A TOTAL knock-out game!!!! It rocks!!!!!!I so say u need to get IT!!!!!! OH,GO JAPANESE ANIME.!!!GREAT gameplay, it's one of those games A TOTAL knock-out game!!!! It rocks!!!!!!I so say u need to get IT!!!!!! OH,GO JAPANESE ANIME.!!!GREAT gameplay, it's one of those games that actually makes u think of stratagey... GAMERS ALL AROUND THE WORL SHOULD GET IT!!!!IT ROKZZZ!!! Expand
  4. Aug 2, 2019
    10
    This is extremely close to perfection. The turn-based gameplay is sharp and ruthlessly difficult. I love the perma-death because it causes youThis is extremely close to perfection. The turn-based gameplay is sharp and ruthlessly difficult. I love the perma-death because it causes you to become more attached to the characters because you know that they can die. This also causes you to try to be the smartest you can because otherwise, you're losing somebody. Strategy games are my favorite game genre, and Fire Emblem the best. Each character is extremely well crafted because they are simultaneously interesting and provide unique strategical advantages. Expand
  5. Mar 16, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I love the Strategie and Story from the game one of the best Gba games for ever.You waren up in the house from lyn than Bandits are comming and you are the Strategie.You gonna find New friends they name are Saint and Kent (Saint>Kent btw).In the End Lyn find her Granddad and we leaving the Group.Btw 99% from the guys have a crush of Lyn. But i love the game from the Story to the Gameplay Expand
  6. Aug 5, 2016
    9
    Amazing strategy game with a great story. Perfect difficulty, it's not too easy or too hard for the average player. This game is in my opinionAmazing strategy game with a great story. Perfect difficulty, it's not too easy or too hard for the average player. This game is in my opinion the best one of the fire emblem series, mainly because of the intruiging story. Expand
  7. BillyC.
    Jan 12, 2004
    0
    I rate this game a 0 becasue THERE IS TO MUCH FREAKEN ANIME why cant it have "REAL LIFE" in it there are no magic spells or people born withI rate this game a 0 becasue THERE IS TO MUCH FREAKEN ANIME why cant it have "REAL LIFE" in it there are no magic spells or people born with green, blue or purple hair . all and all IT SUCKS. Expand

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#7 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2003
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#1 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2003