A second playthrough that lasted more than double the time of my first later, my opinion hasn’t changed much. This game is great. Although really, the fact that I bothered to play a a game without New Game+ a second time and made it last twice as long should be a pretty good indicator of my feelings towaards this game. I could play even more and was planning to do a third playthrough (finally gonna try out Hard/Classic) as a twintail loli, but I realized that I got sidetracked enough and spent none of the past month clearing my backlog or playing the stuff I’m supposed to be playing. 100 hours of Fire Emblem with my 2nd playthrough MU reaching all his stat caps and getting all the skills I want on him and several children close to reaching the same status, I think now’s a good time for me to take a break.
Since my galge habits die hard (or rather, I have no intention of letting them die), I went and got the S-rank with every non-children girl with the exception of Sully, who I married off too early. My true wife was Lucina though, because hooray for screwing with timelines! Chrom must be mad, since I married his little sister in one playthrough, and his daughter in the next. Ahahaha, so much for obeying real-life morals and such. I really liked the support system, since most of the characters grow extremely out-of-focus in the main plot, which is understandable since it was written so that anyone but Chrom and the MU could die. I think more SRPGs should have support chats and such, because most of them end up with a bunch of characters that don’t get enough screentime in the main story to be truly interesting. Pairing characters up was fun as well, and not just with the MU either. As for the support chats themselves, some of them are really adorable and expand on certain characters’ pasts and/or quirks, but some just feel rushed. It would have been perfectly appropriate development for becoming friends from ranks C-A, and then marriage suddenly pops up in the S rank. They should have been longer. It was fun overall though, watching my units interact with each other on a more personal level. I don’t mean that from just a galge perspective either, I like spending time with my bros as well.
Gameplay is fun, very fun. I love tactical RPGs, especially on handhelds, and triple that if it has optional maps/recruitable characters and grinding is fun. I get so much more playtime on my handheld SRPGs compared to their console counterparts. The fact that the skills your units learn will stay with them even when they reclass gives many options for customizing and strengthening up units. Strategy is actually required, provided that you don’t go out of your way to purposely grind like hell. I still call bullshit on Lunatic, but since a considerable amount of people managed to go through Lunatic/Classic or even Lunatic+/Classic, I’ll just settle for the fact that my skill in strategizing is inadequate. The game seems to reward defensive tactics, which I am weak with. Or maybe I haven’t been praying to the Random Number Gods enough. Some people criticize the game for being partially luck-based, but honestly, so are most things. Luck is an element that can never be completely removed. A TRUE HERO needs luck (quote from some TRUE HEROES or their mentors). But you can’t make up for your bad strategy with luck either, so the game still requires skill. With that said, yes it is annoying when I miss despite having a 90% hit rate and the enemy criticals on me with their 50% hit rate and 5% critical rate. Also when I level up and see the lonely stat-up screen where only my HP went up a single point.
I guess the aspect I’d put the majority of my criticism in is the plot. It felt like they tried to do too many things in too little allotted time, producing three arcs that don’t feel very satisfying and don’t tie together that well. For a multiple-arc story like what most RPGs try to do, enough time should be given for each arc to develop properly. It seemed like they had some intricate multi-arc story planned, but tried to compress it into a game whose story could be beaten in 20 hours or so. But I’ll forgive its shortcomings in plot, because the gameplay was very fun and so were the support chats. I place an importance on characters over story when it comes to video games, so all is good. I sure am easy to please.
With all that said, it was a great game. I’ll come back for the beach and festival DLCs. And maybe a third playthrough as a loli one day when I clear some more of my backlog and want to satisfy my young maiden’s heart.