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Well, now that the insane hype of E3 2014 has passed and I am safely in the knowledge that spectacularly awesome games or going to be coming out for my good friend the WiiU this year and next, I decided to take a dive into my backlog while I'm waiting.

There was one game in particular that got backlogged for god knows what reason: Fire Emblem Awakening.

Seriously, don't ask me what happened there, because I honestly have no idea. For some reason I haven't been able to get into it until just this week. I think it might be my devotion to the Fire Emblem: Tellius games. I love Path of Radiance so much, and Ike and the Greil Mercenaries in particular, that it was actually kind of difficult to dive into Awakening and to get to know Chrom and his Shepherds. It kind of goes without saying, but I'm really glad that I finally took that dive this week!



I started playing on Hard Mode - Classic, which is actually giving me quite a challenge. I'm OCD enough that I'm not letting anybody die on my watch, or I'm starting the entire fight over again. So far that's happened quite a lot, not because I don't pay attention to enemy placement or whatever (thinking is what I do best, so I rarely if ever miss relevant information), but because I tend to underestimate the enemies significantly. I mean, surely my armor-clad General will be able to survive three axe users, right? Nope, because those guys hit pretty damn hard, even if you do have high defense.

It's starting to get a lot better though, because I've found out which units really pull their weight. Well, that and the immense value of Pair Up. Stat boosts for the lead character and the benefits of fighting as a team? Hell yes. I found this to be especially useful to power up my flying units; Sumia and Cordelia tend to be fast enough to do double strikes on almost anyone, and teaming them up with a defensive guy or a powerhouse helps them a lot to murder dudes while staying alive themselves. In fact, one of the last missions I did was set in a desert, and Sumia/Chrom tore through it like it was nobody's business. Although to be fair, Cordelia/Stahl helped a lot too. My flying ladies are doing great work, let me tell ya. Sumia/Chrom is especially great though, because that's currently also my only married couple, meaning that their power is boosted even more when they fight side-by-side.



Apart from Chrom and Sumia, I haven't really decided on any other battle couples yet. I tend to keep the group together as much as possible, so pretty much everybody is building relationships with everybody, but I haven't really dedicated most of them yet. The only ones I'm sure of at the moment are Donnel/Panne. I don't have a good reason for them, I just thought it was fun to hook up a proud warrior race girl with a meek little villager type. Both of them are fierce on the battlefield though (Donnel takes some training, but his stats took off like a fucking rocket), and the support conversations show that Donnel's traps frequently get the better of Panne's rabbit-like instincts. They make a cute couple, and become (literally) beastly once paired up.  

So yeah, having tons of fun now that I've finally dug Awakening out of my backlog, and I am deeply ashamed that it took so long. Great strategy, great challenge, nice characters with fun interactions, and a story that's starting to pick up well. Can't wait to play more. In fact, I might just do that now!

* - I'm pretty sure Voltech was just waiting for an excuse to post about Kamen Rider here. Now he's found it, linking the main character from that show to Beyond: Two Souls' Jodie. No points for guessing who comes out on top.

* - Pixielated shares the tale of the knights who fight at Elenex, while the Bard is making his own sweet music. This may or may not be a metaphor for something.

A - Xero had to do some backpedalling for this blog, but there are still some good points in here.

A - Replaying JRPGs isn't always the most rewarding experience. The trick is finding the ones that are worth it.

A - RedHeadPeak has some great games that he can always go back to. What are yours?

A - Noice, Time liked Jagger's video game rehab blog....that wasn't posted on Dtoid. You've got some explaining to do, mister!

A - The Yoshi's Story 64 OST Case study. Those singing Yoshi's are forever ingrained in my memory.





C - Scholarly Gamer has been on Dtoid for a little while now, but has some pressing concerns about the Cblogs. Go over there and ease his worries for me?

F - Xbox FNF and Scield made a funny.




- Pictured: two of my best units.

A - Hoffmann's (fixed) site is going to be hosting new Mario art come september. Looking forward to it!

M - The OC Remix crew has made a Mario album, and Timnoldzim is here to give you the lowdown.

C - Needs more substance, but liking Metro is respectable at least.

F - Stop hyping what I don't hype!


- And rabbit warrior girl pussy.



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