Fire Em­blem Echoes: Shad­ows of Valen­tia

(3DS)

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The most re­cent Fire Em­blem re­lease, a re­make of an old NES game that never made it out of Ja­pan, in­tro­duces a few changes that makes Fire Em­blem just a lit­tle bit friend­lier than be­fore with­out tak­ing o‡ too much edge. Weapon dura­bil­ity doesn’t need to be tracked, and a lim­ited-use ‘rewind’ tool lets you redo that 85% hit chance that you missed, or bring back that char­ac­ter that was just killed be­cause four at­tacks with a 40% chance of land­ing all hit them. It also sands o‡ some of the parts that made Fire Em­blem Awak­en­ing so good, in­clud­ing the re­la­tion­ship sys­tem, but this means that there’s much less for a new player to keep track of. Echoes is ex­cel­lent in its own right, and will get you suit­ably pre­pared for Awak­en­ing. Just re­mem­ber that the se­ries ab­so­lutely must be played with per­madeath turned on to prop­erly en­joy it.

Se­ries best: Fire Em­blem Awak­en­ing

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