Friday Favorites: Fates Characters

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Fairly recently I’ve been playing through Revelations, the third game of the Fire Emblem: Fates trio. Considering the game combines all of the characters from Birthright and Conquest, there’s tons of fodder for your army in Revelations. It can actually be a bit overwhelming, but there were a few characters that stood out to me as my favorites.

fefatessubaki4. Subaki

I was excited to see a male Pegasus flyer, to be honest. It was refreshing to see that the gender restrictions were lifted on the classes, and Subaki seemed to fit the Sky Knight class well. His calm persona and, admittedly, ridiculous need to be perfect amused me in his supports with the other characters, especially with Sakura, since he was her retainer!

3. Jakobfefatesjakob

Jakob is a neutral character, his loyalty lying only with the Avatar character. He’s of the Butler class, a new class that uses shuriken and daggers as well as staves. I enjoyed using the class, but Jakob’s snarky attitude paired with his effectiveness won me over to his character. He was always on the Avatar’s side, but had no problem speaking up and sharing his opinions with a side of sarcasm.

fefateskaze2. Kaze

Being the first ninja class character, the class reminiscent of the thief and rogue lines of previous Fire Emblem installments, that the players encounter, I already had a good first impression of Kaze. His character development and personality throughout both Birthright and Conquest, and his growing loyalty to the Avatar, gave him a spot on this list.


1. Camillafefatescamilla

Admittedly, I was a bit put-off by Camilla mostly because she was blatantly designed to be eye-candy for those inclined to ladies. There wasn’t much practicality to her armor (or anything at all, in certain shots) and her excessive doting on the Avatar was a bit… strange. She was a good unit, though, and her protectiveness of her siblings and “big sister instincts” made me use her more in the games. Hearing snippets of her backstory, of how her mother used her as a tool in the cutthroat world of politics, made me wish that her character had been explored much more than what we got in the final games.

What are some of your favorite characters from Fire Emblem: Fates?

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What Are You Playing?

Happy Wednesday, everyone! It’s one more day closer to the weekend! Rachel and I are blessed with a long weekend coming up and, of course, we’re talking about what we’re going to do with our free time. Besides a Disney movie marathon (because why not), our weekend will definitely include video games.

We are going to have no social life this week! But that’s great because I can’t wait to kick my feet up and play through a couple of games. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and just worry about the next boss battle in my game for a long time. There’s always something that needs to get done or I have to go to work or something like that…

But that’s what makes playing video games special. We’d get bored pretty quickly if we did nothing but play video games all day. Not to mention, it’s probably not that healthy to be staring at a screen with pixelated characters all day. When we can play video games, it’s usually a great time!

We’re still playing Yoshi’s Woolly World. We still have to get all those flowers and unlock those extra levels! In the meantime, I’ve been playing Paper Mario, one of my all-time favorite games.

Paper Mario won’t take you long at all to finish. We’ve played it so many times, it barely takes us twenty hours to finish the game anymore. I’m still working on Fire Emblem Fates, Birthright to be exact. I probably could have finished the Birthright storyline by now, but Birthright is known for being the easier of the three Fates installments. I’m a sucker for building my army and their supports.

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I’m almost done with the game. I got the second star in about an hour and got two other stars in one night in just a couple of hours. It’s a pretty easy, straight-forward game, but when you’ve played it so many times it just gets easier and easier. Though I’ll never stop playing it. I have to say, I’ve never played a Fire Emblem game.

Paper Mario may be simple, especially after enjoying the game so much, but it has fantastic replay value for us. I think I’m going to make you play a Fire Emblem game. It’s definitely more of a solo game with the strategy that’s involved, but it’s challenging with a great storyline and awesome characters.

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I’m sure it is! It’s just not something I’m used to playing. If I could have a bunch of games just like Paper Mario I would play those all day long.

What have you been playing lately?

Level Up & Grinding

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

In the world of video games, grinding is defined as the process of engaging in repetitive tasks, usually defeating basic enemies to earn experience points and level up faster. What are your thoughts on grinding?

The game that I’ve been recently playing is Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright. For those who may not know, Fates is the latest installment in the Fire Emblem franchise, a fantasy strategy series that enables the players to take control of an army. The classic mode of these games boasts permadeath — when a character dies in battle, he or she will not respawn.

In the recent Fire Emblem games — Fates and its predecessor Awakening — the casual mode was introduced, which enabled characters to come back to life after a battle. Many longtime fans have argued that it wasn’t a true Fire Emblem option, but for someone like me who can become so invested in the characters’ stories and supports, it’s a nice game mode. With that said, I’m not above grinding to be sure that my characters have high enough levels when it comes to the actual story game play.

Between Birthright and Conquest, Birthright is the simpler of the pair and is made for more beginner players. It allows grinding, while I heard that Conquest does not. With the game play and all the support conversations, grinding is a typical past time for a player like me. I’m the type to try to keep every character around the same levels, give everyone an equal opportunity, and Conquest may not allow me that.

While I’m looking forward to Conquest, especially in regards to the story, the lack of grinding will give me the challenge of picking and choosing the best soldiers for my army. It’s similar to Pokemon. Everyone grinds to level up their Pokemon for gym battles and the like, especially in Nuzlocke challenges. However, does grinding negate the challenge?

What do you all think? Does grinding help in a game? Or do you prefer to fly through the story, to take on whatever challenges you can without worrying about leveling up?