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YvoCaro Plays: Fire Emblem Combines Story with Tactics

Time to sit down for another YvoCaro Plays. As always, these blurbs are mostly about the video games I’m currently playing. Unedited thoughts that spring up in my mind, mostly game related. And sometimes a random train of thoughts starting with the game and ending somewhere completely different!

If you like these bits of gaming thoughts you can find the previous ones here

Wasn’t ready to let DQB2 go, but…

With some effort, I was able to tear myself away from Dragon Quest Builders 2. Not easy at all, as I wasn’t nearly done with the game. Not in storyline, nor in wanting to play on. But I felt I couldn’t let an important title like Fire Emblem slide by. So I put my sledgehammer in the corner of the room, and put my recipe book on the shelve. For now.

You see, Fire Emblem always has a special place for me. I have played many, many games over the years. But it’s not often that I come upon a game series the way I did when I found Fire Emblem Awakening.

Buying a game on a whim

Picture this, it’s 2013 and I’m in my most comfy chair. It was a Friday afternoon. (Isn’t it strange how we can so clearly remember a moment in an otherwise nondescript day? While really life changing moments seem to go by in a blur?). I can still see it clearly in my minds eye. It was my weekly day off and I had finally found myself some nice gaming time. Not as easy as it may seem on a day that I don’t have to go to my job. As every mom will tell you, there are always multiple things to do at home too and lots of loved ones clambering for your attention.

So there I was, wanting to get engrossed in a virtual world. Only to realize that I wasn’t in the mood for any of the games that I already had. I wanted something new, something exiting, something challenging. So, I browsed the online shop on my 3DS and stumbled upon Fire Emblem. A game that I had never heard of before.

And without even checking into it online I just downloaded it on a whim. Purely based on the description and screenshots. I’ve not regretted it for one moment. I loved the battles instantly. Liked that some fights could take an hour or more to win. And I particularly loved the storyline. (Despite the characters not having any feet, remember?)

Lots of sim elements in Three Houses

Actually, Awakening was one of the games that I finished twice, one on easy and one on hard mode. And that doesn’t happen to me often: usually I have a backlog of games that I have yet to finish.

And now I’m playing Three Houses, over seven years later. I like it, though I’m a bit surprised they have expanded so much on the sim elements in the game. I’m hours into the game, and have hardly any battles done. Getting to know my students ( I chose Golden Deer!), finding my way around the Garrech Mach monastery, fishing, sowing seeds and whatnot. I think I’m just about ready for some tactical battle though. So on the free day my professor character has once a week, I’m going to take her out to swing her sword. Bring on the baddies!


    1. I’ll make note of doing that. Paige reviewed the game and gave it an I like it a Lot, equaling an 8 or 9. I’m having fun with it so far, but it’s a game that does require your full attention. Not just in the battles, but around the monastery as well. What I don’t like is the small lettering. It’s really getting hard to read it!

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