Awakening is awesome. It includes just about every feature ever included in the Fire Emblem series, and adds even more. This game has everything
, which makes sense since it was expected to be the last one
The battle animations are beautiful (once you're used to the characters not having feet). The characters, which I feel are the best part of the game, are all diverse, likable, usable
, with surprising depth, and the generous amount of humor helps balance out the game's darker themes. With plenty of side quests, the option to grind, and hilarious DLC chapters, there's lots of room to level up and learn more about the interesting soldiers at your disposal. The story, while not perfect, still sets the stage for all of these great ideas to come together in a relatively smooth fashion.
On the subject of story, it is
rather weak. Some story arcs feel a bit rushed since this game includes three
wars to fight, not to mention a time skip. The main story runs on quite a few cliches. You play as the just, but slightly naive hero fighting against an evil cult bent on destroying the world. The bad guys are evil just for the sake of evil, and some of the things they do are just plain boneheaded. Walhart was my favorite antagonist because he actually had a sensible purpose for all the evil he committed, making him formidable, yet sympathetic.
Regardless, plenty of fun can be had in Awakening, if not from the story, then from the sheer OVERWHELMING amount of content jammed into this game. I'm currently doing my fifth
playthrough, and I'm still having a blast! You'd be surprised how much some voice grunts during dialogue can add to the experience. This game is definitely one of the harder additions to the series, but luckily, Casual mode was included, allowing newcomers to play without fear of losing their units forever to death. This game certainly sets a new standard for the series, which I will anticipate in the new entries to come.