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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones Reviewed! --Graphics

TethysI managed to scare up the money to buy Fire Emblem on my vacation and was impressed. I haven't finished it yet, but I've played enough to do a decent review on it. This will be a six-part series of posts, hopefully one per night. Graphics, Sound, Gameplay, Multiplayer, Replayability, and Plot. The final one may take a while to show up, so don't fret if I haven't come up with it by then. Also, if you're worried about spoliers on the plot one, I will make it as an expandable post, so you don't have to read that one if you don't want to.

Excellent in most aspects. This game has some wonderful character sprites for the dialogues, and excellent backgrounds too. In the dialogues, the heads move around in just the right way that you know more or less exactly what is happening at all times.

The strategic view, or rather the overview of the battlefield, is done with nice, simple graphics than actually please the eye. Nothing too complicated, but still enough for you to be able to tell exactly what it is (which is more than can be said with many Gameboy games).

The battle animations are fluid, with some nice flashy effects. The battling character sprites are nicely detailed, but still simple enough that you can tell exactly what just happened. The only complaint about this area is that many of the battle animations were copied directly from the other Fire Emblem. However, there are so many new types of units, so that makes up for it.

Strangely, the graphics in general are nicely anti-aliased, to the point where I could have sworn some of the edges were dead smooth. How they managed to pull this off on the highly pixeled Gameboy is beyond me.

Overall, the graphics are wonderful. They managed to pull off a truely beautiful game out of the pixelized bucket of bolts that is the Gameboy Advanced. I bought it for the graphics, now I'll see if the other aspects were worth it.

+ 5 for new character sprites
+ 5 for new maps
- 1 for reusing the same sprites for battle
9 /10 in Graphics

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