Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones

Name: Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones

Genre: Strategy RPG

Developer: Intelligent Systems

Plot: 9.0/10

Very good, but very cliche. If you have ever played Fire Emblem: The Sealed Sword, which is currently Japanese only, it has a very similar plot, except with an addition of "Magical Stones" that give great power to anyone who owns them. The characters are very good and are very unique, which helps the plot. I've always loved how Fire Emblem has chosen to do the plot through its unique cutscenes.

Sound: 10/10

Brilliant music. There are over 60 tracks in this game, and every one is great. Though the beeps from the cutscenes do get pretty annoying, the great music in this game more than makes up for it. I love how Intelligent Systems always includes a Sound Room, where you can listen to your favorite tunes over and over again.

Graphics: 8.5/10

Best graphics for a GBA Fire Emblem yet, though just the smallest improvement to the first American Fire Emblem. I doubt graphics can get any better than this on the GBA. The graphics are very unique to the Fire Emblem series, and I love them. No other game series use so detailed battle sprites or face sprites.

Controls/Gameplay: 10/10

This is where the game truly shines. You have up to 20 units plus enemies on a grid with terrain, and move in to achieve a goal given to you, most likley to kill all enemies or sieze a throne. When you go next to an enemy, you may choose to attack, and a screen will come up picturing you and your enemy, dmg, hit and crit rates, as well as a battle animation for each of you. The controls are so easy to get used to, even if you havn't played a Fire Emblem game before. Even if you don't get the controls, theres a few tutorial levels to help you out.

Replay Value: 10/10

This part of the game shines aswell. With so many choices of who to train and not, theres hundreds of hours of replay value. In this game, you can choice which of the main characters path you can go down, so right theres atleast 2 play throughs. And being extremely fun helps aswell

Originaliy: 8.5/10

Just like any other Fire Emblem game. Very fun. This Fire Emblem also adds many new ideas and choices throughout the game, which adds for more originality. Not much more to add on the subject of originality.

Overall: 9.3

In my opinion, the best game on the GBA, besides mabye the original Fire Emblem. Its a must have for any GBA owner. With its nice graphics, beutiful sound, great gameplay and awesome replay value, it is a extremley good game.


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