Challenge Unlocked: Sacred Stones

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krismii
As explained a couple of weeks ago, Rachel and I had the bright idea to challenge each other to play a video game that we had never played before. While I had played Luigi’s Mansion, I had challenged Rachel to play a game from the Fire Emblem series, and she borrowed my copy of Sacred Stones for the GameBoy Advance.

rachmii
I have never played a Fire Emblem game in my life. To be honest, the games looked kind of boring to me. But now that I’m not judging a book by its cover, it’s actually pretty fun.

krismii
I’m glad you enjoy it enough! They can be pretty heavy games and, I’ll admit, a bit tiresome when you are watching someone else play. They’re fantastic single-player games with tons of ways to customize your army. The perma-death aspect of the Fire Emblem games is also a great twist!

rachmii
I agree, I like the perma-death factor. Though it is annoying because when someone dies I feel as though I have to restart the game. I’ll admit, there have been a few people I’ve lost because it was my sixth or so time doing the same battle and I just decided to let it go. But it does make the game a lot harder.

krismii
I almost always restart a chapter while playing a game that doesn’t have the casual mode. I can’t help it. I get too attached to the characters or, if I just met them, I’m too curious as to what their story is. I understand wanting to get on with the story, though.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
The story itself I didn’t understand. There’s a lot to the mechanics of the game–the different types of characters, what they can and can’t do, which characters would be better for which fight, what weapons they can use, etc. So following along with the story, which I know is a very good one, hasn’t been anything I’ve been focused on, I’ll admit.

krismii
Again, it can be a bit heavy. Perhaps after a second play through of Sacred Stones, maybe going down the other sibling’s path, you’d be more focused on the story itself. It is a lot of different mechanics, and I remember feeling lost regarding the weapons triangle and the plethora of classes. Then again, I was always the type of gamer to read everything carefully and explore every option!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
See, I just like to get on with the game play. I don’t pay too much attention to instructions. I like to figure things out as I go along, but… This game has a lot to it. Though I love the characters. Each one is unique in their own way and the art design for the characters is very nice. Like Seth. Seth is nice. And nice looking.

krismii
Ah, yes, Seth was a good character, haha! My favorites had been Colm the thief and Joshua the myrmidon. I wonder if you would have been more into the story if you liken it to Pokemon? Pick and level up your team, know their strengths and weaknesses based on their classes, focus on saving the world somehow… Overall, though, I’m glad you seemed to like it. Perhaps you’ll be willing to try another Fire Emblem title one day!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Well, I’ve played Pokemon Conquest. Which, is different, but along the same lines. I wouldn’t mind playing more Fire Emblem games or even this one again. I just need to get used to all the new knowledge. Overall, it’s a great game.

Do you like Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones? What’s your favorite Fire Emblem game?

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6 thoughts on “Challenge Unlocked: Sacred Stones

  1. Nice discussion! I played Sacred Stones after playing other Fire Emblem games because I loved Path of Radiance so much that I wanted to try these out. This is a very underrated entry, usually not as well-known as the first western release of FE or the more recent entries. It’s still solid though. My favorite FE currently is either Awakening or the recently released Fates: Revelation, I love how accessible modern FE is!

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    • I’m so enjoying Fates (I’m on Conquest, going to tackle Revelations next) and Awakening is another of my top favorite Fire Emblem games! I’m thinking, somewhere down the line, I’ll have Rachel play one of those for another challenge. 🙂

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      • Pretty much all 3 Fates games are pretty good! So good that I played all 3 in a row! That’d be a great idea, using Fates games! Perhaps even a Birthright vs. Conquest-like challenge might be interesting. Or looking at classic Fire Emblem vs. modern Fire Emblem.

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