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Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

Released on 14 March 2008

Rating: 12+ (PEGI)

4.0 out of 5 (16 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Fight the power! That is the mantra of the Dawn Brigade as they battle to free their homeland from the tyranny of an evil empire in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, the latest in the long-running Fire Emblem strategy-RPG series.

Three years have passed since the last Fire Emblem adventure, when the kingdom of Daein invaded neighbouring Crimea and sparked a war that nearly consumed the continent of Tellius. Crimea held off the invasion, crowned the late king's daughter as their queen and rebuilt their beleaguered nation. However, Daein came under the tyrannical rule of the powerful Begnion Empire. Now, to break free from the grip of Begnion oppression, a handful of young revolutionaries - the Dawn Brigade - has banded together to save the lives of their countrymen.

Like the other games in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is a deep, tactical strategy game that boasts role-playing elements. Through strategic movements, effective items/weapons use and a little luck, players will need to defeat the opposing army on a map. Every time a unit of yours defeats an enemy unit, that unit receives experience points and becomes more powerful. Your army of rebels consists of dozens of unique characters, including knights, thieves, archers and warriors. These characters can rise to become legendary heroes, but if you're not careful, they could perish in battle, never to be heard from again.

To command your troops, you can use the Wii Remote or Classic Controller. With the Wii Remote, you'll simply hold it sideways (in the NES configuration), using the Control Pad to move the on-screen cursor and the 1 and 2 Buttons to confirm actions. Holding the B Button, you can also change the angle of the battle map, giving you a chance to view the battlefield from all angles.
  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn utilises your Nintendo GameCube completed game save file of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. You can insert your GameCube Memory Card with the save file into your Wii console and load special data to enhance your Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn experience.
  • Feeling attached to a character? You better watch his or her back. Each unit you command has unique attributes - with unique being the operative word. If your character is slain in battle, you lose that character for the rest of your journey.
  • The game features a Suspend feature, a temporary save file to give you a quick-start point if you're afraid you'll suffer casualties in battle. However, you can use this feature only one time per map and is only available when you play on Hard difficulty.
  • Fight for freedom over more than 40 chapters, three difficulty levels and more than 30 hours of gameplay. It's a game of epic proportions, and it's only available on Wii!

customer Reviews

 Average rating (16 reviews)

 An epic story that will consume hours... in the best way!

| | See all DarkLink001's reviews (1)

While Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn doesn't utilise the unique control system of the Nintendo Wii, it is refreshing to play a game without such controls tacked on. I remember a time when you were allowed to sit down and play a game without flailing your arms about...

Fans of the series will rejoice at this fact, returning to the tried and tested control system and playing style. While the graphics are by no means breathtaking, the story is epic and well written and you find yourself becoming emotionally attached to a number of the cast which will have you reaching for the reset button if they are killed in battle.

While this may sound annoying it is never the fault of the game and you realise that you must learn from your mistakes quickly!

If you are looking for a casual pick up and play game this is not it, it eat will eat up hours of your life but you won't want them back, on the contrary you'll find yourself playing through the game again within hours of completion!

 Fire Emblem - great strategy, thoughtful but a wii game?

| | See all zeDutchKiwi's reviews (1)

I've always liked Strategy games - and hence picking this game up was no surprise. What does surprise is wondering why this is a Wii game when it doesn't really use any of the Wii controls / movement.

It is an addictive RPG strategy which (I'm playing at medium level) is quite difficult and challenging especially if you don't want any of your characters to die! I certainly recommend it but doubt non-strategy fans will like it and not sure it appeals to the wider Wii fanbase.

A good if childlike guide is available and it's just a shame not more background is given to character growth / experience / weapons / mods etc and what you might require. On other hand this you pick up as you go, relatively simply.

I can't wait to get back and finish it...

Very beautiful movie story cut-scenes (japanese cartoon style) add to the feeling of the story as you progress but the graphics during battle time (turn based) from up high could have been improved on - reminded me of the C64!

4/5 for startegy / thinking / addictiveness
1/5 for using wii strengths
2/5 for graphics (movies nice but in game is where you spend most your time)

 Totally hooked!!

| | See all GordRam1's reviews (1)

I bought this game based on the reviews on Play. I was not disappointed! I love these turn based games and have played similar on the playstation. I bought the classic controller just for Radiant Dawn and it works very well. The graphics are much better than I thought they would be. I do get slightly bored with the constant 'A' pressing thru all the conversations (but, be careful, there is a point later in the game where you actually have to make a choice... I wont say anymore LOL). I would prefer a little more decision making (outside of combat) as the game is very linear. I am playing Zelda too, but I prefer Radiant Dawn!! I really hope more episodes of Fire Emblem are made available for the wii!

 Addictive...

| | See all JeesyChreesy's reviews (8)

This is the first Fire Emblem game I have played. It plays somewhat like a board game but on a console. This works for me a I am a fan of strategy and roleplay board games. I played the game addictively and enjoyed it immensely. I can see why fans of highly intense, quick moving action games would find it a little boring, but I loved it.

 Fire Emblem Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn

| | See all paulie1's reviews (1)

I've been a fan of Fire Emblem ever since Path of Radiance and still play it to choose my favourite characters, like others have said i will buy the wii to specifically to play Radiant Dawn. I have always been a fan of turn based RPG'S and always keep an eye out for good ones, which i know Radiant Dawn will be even without reading a review. But i hope some of the former games characters will resurface in the new one.

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Rating12+ (PEGI)