Emblem: The Sacred Stone may tell a different story
but for better or worse it's the same Fire Emblem
that we played nearly a year-and-a-half ago.
Sacred Stone isn't so much a sequel as a variation
of the original Fire Emblem. With different characters,
enemies, locations and a different storyline, there
are very few new gameplay elements to distinguish
it from the original. Thankfully the original was
so good that most gamers won't mind revisiting it
in a slightly different form.
Sacred Stones is a turn-based RPG that focuses on
character development within the framework of a very
deep storyline. If you're looking for a button masher
you might as well leave this review right now. There's
a lot of text to digest that you just can't skip over
because it gives you valuable information on upcoming
situations. Some of these missions can be hours long
and you don't want to miss out on hints such as the
location of various items or some mention of an enemy's
long time ago, peace was established among several
kingdoms by the use of the five Sacred Stones which
eradicated the threat of the evil monsters. Now after
a century of peace the Grado Empire has attacked the
Kingdom of Renais, causing the prince and princess
to locate the five stones to once again establish
peace on the continent. A map will outline your missions
and allow you to revisit areas to earn more points
and goodies to build up your characters.
are turn-bases and can be fought with weapons, magic
and summoned monsters. There are many classes in the
game each with special abilities and skills. With
experience points earned you can upgrade your characters
into new classes such as cavaliers, paladins and great
knights. The battles look spectacular with great animation
and particle effects. Expanding on the fantasy theme
this version includes monstrous enemies such as zombies,
skeletons and gargoyles.
the storyline you will forge deep relationships with
the characters in your party. Not only will you help
to upgrade them but you'll learn a lot about them
through the storyline and as you interaction with
them during the game. This is the perfect set up because
if you lose one of them in battle they're gone for
good. The only way to get them back is to start the
entire mission over again which can take a few hours.
This really gives you something to worry about since
you will obviously have a lot invested in your characters.
production is top notch, with great graphics and animation.
It looks, sounds and plays just like the original
which is a really good thing since many consider it
an instant classic.
blend of RPG and turn based strategy is an excellent
combination, at least for this game. You can replay
the single-player campaign countless times and never
have the exact same experience. For a change, the
single-player mode is actually better than the multi-player
mode. Expect weeks upon weeks of pure gaming fun.