Strangely enough, as much as I loved playing as the Fire Emblem characters in Melee and Brawl, I never found interest in their games. That changed when one of my friends introduced the Disgaia series to me. I was not only enthralled by the action packed battles, but the intelligence and strategy needed to pass though the levels. When Fire Emblem Awakening was announced for North America, I took a look into it, drived by my love for the characters and genre. After I played the demo, the rest was history.
Fire Emblem Awakening has a well structured plot with many clever twists. From the revealing of Lucina to the genius plan devised by the Avatar to best Grima, many of the predictions I made about the plot were thankfully wrong. I love all of the characters, minus a few (Stall seems a little generic). All of them have unique personalities to distinguish one from the other and I constantly find myself remember 80% of the characters' names and personalities. The presentation is also good. At first I was turned off by the fact that there are only 9 animated cutscenes, but the dialogue between the characters more then makes up for it. Heck, the voice grunts also improve the experience. I honestly felt Chrom's emotions when his sister fell, even though it was just through dialogue. The battle animations are good and some of the maps are outright gorgeous.
Gameplay is as simple as moving your units by selecting them and moving them. However, using the pairing, support, and twice attacking system, strategy takes a whole new turn. Besides going over the gameplay from previous games, it is mostly self explanatory. There are numerous items that you can obtain, but I find myself paranoid of breaking certain items like Ragnell. This also brings up DLC. The DLC is fantastic, and can easily increase your game time by 10-20 hours. From the Champions of Yore maps to the Challenge maps, there is a map for everyone. I especially love the Exponential Growth map, which can make units like Lucina a beast.
Overall, this is my favorite 3DS game. I have clocked in many hours onto one file and I look forward to replaying the game again and again. This is a game that every 3DS owner should own, no matter if you dislike the genre or not. This is the perfect strategy game for beginners of the genre, and even to veterans. This game is HARD!