Fire Emblem is a long-running Nintendo exclusive franchise that has garnered millions of fans across the world, but mostly in Japan. It hasn’t really ever gotten a strong foothold in the West, for whatever reason, but the big N are really making a push to position this latest entry in the series, Fire Emblem: Awakening, as the ultimate experience. Does it live up to the hype of tactical brilliance, or is just another grid/turn-based strategy game?
Let me get this out of the way early and say that this game is every bit the tactical RPG you want it to be. There is a grand and sweeping tale that takes you through an international war, there is romance, there is leveling up and there is plenty of battling. Most importantly, however, for the Fire Emblem faithful, there is lots of hardcore difficulty.