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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: 55 out of 59
  2. Negative: 1 out of 59
  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 31, 2016
    10
    I think unless you are a hater you have to give this game either a 9 or a 10. I'm definitely not saying this game is mind-blowing but thisI think unless you are a hater you have to give this game either a 9 or a 10. I'm definitely not saying this game is mind-blowing but this 2005 game sells for double its release price used for a reason. This is one well crafted game with lots of effort put into the game to be a solid experience. So many games are rushed to market with glitches or balancing flaws. This one is a warm story and rpg with lots of variety and player choice and absolutely no flaws in the software. No matter which style you choose to go with balance, fairness and challenge is always there. The thing that stands out to me about this game is it is obvious it was not made as a money grab. Even at the end of the game you get cinematics which properly finish up the experience making you glad you purchased this game as a keeper. 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. Oct 21, 2012
    10
    My personal favorite for reasons I cannot comprehend. Maybe I just like the Gamecube, maybe it's what it added to the franchise, Ike, or theMy personal favorite for reasons I cannot comprehend. Maybe I just like the Gamecube, maybe it's what it added to the franchise, Ike, or the story. But regardless, this is a FE game your gaming library isn't complete without. Expand
  5. AdamF.
    Mar 28, 2007
    9
    The thing that really nails this game is that the gameplay is so addicting it borders on unnatural. You can play through the main game 10 The thing that really nails this game is that the gameplay is so addicting it borders on unnatural. You can play through the main game 10 times (which you actually have to do to unlock all bonus characters) and still have as much fun as always because of the brilliantly designed maps, variety of challenges, 40 something playable characters, and a storyline so good that you could make a movie out of it. My only complaint is that if any character dies, they are gone for the rest of the game. I know it adds realism and challenge to the game, but playing through a huge level only to have some random enemy kill one of your allies is one of the most frustrating things in gaming. If you're ok with this, thought, this game is just plain awesome. Expand
  6. Aug 13, 2019
    9
    This is by far the best Fire Emblem I have played. While I do not like the direction the series has gone in recent years, this game neverThis is by far the best Fire Emblem I have played. While I do not like the direction the series has gone in recent years, this game never fails to bring me back to the glory days of Fire Emblem. The plot is thick, the characters colorfully designed and interesting to learn the stories of, and the tactical element is a nice way to tie the whole Fire Emblem package together. As of today, the game is well over $80 and rising due to rarity, so if you have a chance to get your hands on this gem on the Gamecube, go for it, and that goes double if you are a fan of when Fire Emblem was great! 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
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#8 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2005