Nath sits back and judges people for not playing some of what he considers to be absolutely essential games.
If you have played this game then you will know exactly what I am talking about. Released in November 2005 for GBA, it is tactical role-playing game where you play Eirika and Ephraim, brothers and sisters from the Kingdom of Renais, which has come under attack from the very powerful nation of Grado, as well as a large undead horde.
Pretty standard really, so each level you and your army have to wipeout the opposition or capture various strategic points. All sounds pretty simple really, however there is one massive catch. If one of your characters dies in battle, no matter if its a storyline battle or a training battle, that character is dead for real real not just for play play. This means your entire strategy for playing this game has immediately changed before you’ve even started. You can’t go in all guns blazing because you will lose someone valuable. If Eirika or Ephraim die, that is it, game over. Honestly prepare yourself accordingly.
The gameplay is simple yet fun. There is very good rock, paper, scissors type gameplay for the weapons and magic in the game. Sword beats axe, axe beats lance and lance beat sword. Also light magic beats dark magic, dark magic beats elemental magic and elemental magic beats light magic. There are some other types of weapons in the game but they are not important.
There are a lot of characters in this game too, 31 in total I believe. A complete mixture of ability, weaponry and class. Each party can be adapted at the start of a battle depending on what you are fighting. You can view the map before a battle in order to get the upper hand almost immediately.
The class system in this game is absolutely fantastic. You can cover all grounds with the characters you have and it is worth training up the lower level people as they will eventually become your greatest assets in the game. There are a lot of classes to experiment with as well, and if you pick your team carefully, you can be unbeatable.
It is a truly great handheld strategy game and I would implore everyone to give it a go. And good news – it has recently become available on the Wii U as of this year. Give the game a try, I would rate it higher than Advance Wars, which is big call, but I truly believe it.