ech. yet again i’m in catch up mode. part of why i got behind again was because, like the obsessive freak i am, i started bulldozing my way through fire emblem (a.k.a. fire emblem 7) less than a week after making my obsessive way through fire emblem: the sacred stones (a.k.a. fire emblem 8).
unlike most people i played FE8 before FE7, so it’s perhaps not too surprising that overall i liked FE8 better. i enjoyed the smaller cast of characters in FE8, which means you get to focus on them more, and i really liked the post-win “creature campaign” where you get to embark on marathon missions (with no saves!) with your favorites to unlock secret characters and, perhaps more importantly, max out your characters’ stats. i also liked that there’s a world map and that in between missions you can take a break and fight some monsters, although this ability to level up outside of the story chapters does break any of the game’s control on its level of difficulty. i found i also missed getting to choose which class to promote to (although in most of the cases it’s fairly clear which you should pick), and you also get characters that can be promoted twice which is cool. all in all i found most of the differences make FE8 the more interesting game overall, but as i said it could just be that i’m just biased b/c i played it first. in any case, i’ll def. be playing through the second storyline.
overall i also found the story in FE7 to be less compelling somehow. it’s been just a couple of weeks since i finished it and i had to really try to remember anything about the characters i used. the character images above, taken from the english fire emblem documentary site, are the three characters i got to level 20 by the end (kent, erk, and bartre), plus canas who as the only dark mage was an easy favorite (not to mention the awesome purple hair!).
i thought i’d conquered my fire emblem obsession after playing this game and resisting starting fire emblem: path of radiance, but it turns out i haven’t: i have to confess that i’m playing through the other quest of sacred stones on hard mode. playing with different characters is fun, and the satisfaction of unlocking more support conversations is a big lure. it’s also nice to be playing it less obsessively than before, and i might even be able to actually give it a rest by the time i get back to where the two stories join up again (although somehow i doubt it).
a-link-a link-a link:
– a handy table of the supports at rpgclassics.com
– as with FE8, english fire emblem documentary has some great stuff on FE7, inc. wallpapers, cool official artwork, a good character guide, and a table that lists all the bonuses from supports.
– fire emblem online has some good stuff too, including all the cutscene artwork and wallpapers.
– ign has a decent, although somewhat barebones, guide, though it omits the bonus chapters.
– ign also has this good FAQ and this FAQ which contains a good character FAQ section.
– some random tips ‘n tricks
– wikipedia has a general guide to the characters.