Excerpt: Fire Emblem is something of a new entity in the West. Most people are much more informed as to its Sega contemporary, Shining Force. But when it comes to seniority, Fire Emblem is one of the eldest SRPGs in the world. Most gamers in the West probably got their first taste of Fire Emblem on the GBA, but the series dates back to the NES era. It even has a couple of anime episodes to its name based on the third game, which was my personal favorite.
Conclusion: healers or magicians are not only much rarer, but much more susceptible to attack. It's not uncommon make a tiny misjudgement and have your one cleric totally mauled in a single attack - at which point, the only real option is to get up off the couch and hit the "reset" button. Completists will be further irked at the constant danger of death.
Conclusion: The battle scenes look good though. Everything is smooth, and the attacks look great. Magic and Critical Hits look especially nice, but even a regular slash from a sword can be fun to watch. Characters show no sign of damage however, which is once again disappointing. For example, Ike always wears a cape, and no matter how much damage he gets, it always remains perfectly intact. Simple things like this really keep this game from being great graphically.
Summary: Maybe it's a good thing that Zelda was delayed, because Fire Emblem might have stolen Game of the Year from it.
Pros: No load times whatsoever, One of the most challenging FE titles to ever be released, Party EXP. It's a good thing.™, Selectable difficulty levels available immediately, Sensational score befitting the epic series
Cons: 3D graphics are not up to the 2D standard Intelligent Systems created on the Super Famicom and the GBA, Animations have taken a nose dive, KANJI DEAR GOD THE KANJI MY EYES MY BRAIN THE HORROR IT BURNS