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Fire Emblem: Binding Blade

ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣

Developer: Intelligent Systems Publisher: Nintendo
22 March 2002
Fire Emblem: Binding Blade [ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣] - cover art
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The continent of Elibe was once divided amongst humans and dragons, who lived in peace until humans ignited a bloody war between the two known as "The Scouring", where humans drove the dragons from the realm. Now, a millennium has past, and the humans solely rule over the land, divided into five domains: Etruria, Lycia, Bern, Ilia, and Sacae. Peace was maintained amongst these domains until King Zephiel of Bern began conquest to conquer Elibe. Lord Roy of Pherae, one of Lycia's territories, is now tasked with defending and taking back the land from Bern's invasion.
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FE7's endearingly scuffed dad
One of the most uneven games in an already pretty uneven series. Some maps have incredible replayability and some are horrendous slogs. The obscene variety of playable characters is undercut by how some are practically mandatory on hard mode and some are near-worthless even on normal mode. The story is pleasantly conventional with a lot of potential for great worldbuilding, but it doesn't really do anything all that interesting or unique with its premise until the penultimate chapter of the true ending... Unless you read the deceptively deep supports, which take roughly 10000 turns of idling to unlock. The main villain is refreshingly an actual person with agency rather than something supernatural and unknowable, but I can't say he's anything special without his expanded-upon backstory in FE7.

For everything Binding Blade does well, there's something it does equally badly, with two key exceptions that make it worth playing if you're a strategy game aficionado. Exception 1: maybe it's just the combat animations, but FE6 has a very strong sense of personality that keeps me engaged with the greater world it creates. Something most strategy games (and JRPGs in general) fatally fail to accomplish in my eyes. Exception 2: FE6's hard mode is one of the only consistently tough but (mostly) fair campaigns in all of Fire Emblem. Even its awful maps are more just drawn-out than outright bullshit (I like Chapter 14 though, so make of that what you will). With that in mind, FE7, even with Lyn's 10-chapter tutorial grinding all fun to a halt, is still the much better starting point for the Elibe saga.

Shoutout to my man Bartre, the best dad and only good axe-user in the game. Fuck FE7 for making him a terrible unit.

(Please look up a guide for the true ending because you probably definitely won't get it going in blind.)
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Its like fine bro
The base game is kinda whatever: the story isn't bad, the characters can be fun, and the animations (like always for the GBA games) are the best in the business. At the same time, you will miss 60 percent of your attacks all game and have about 6 viable units to work with throughout Roy's entire journey, so you can expect a lot of frustrating resets. With mods its a lot better so I'm just giving it a 3.5 as a whole (probably a 3 without mods, 4 with a good mod). If you're a huge fan of the series, try this one out and especially take a look at some of the mods like project ember, but otherwise, stick with the other GBA titles. They will prove a lot less frustrating and will give you a lot more freedom with how you want to play.

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MammaLuigi ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣 2022-06-28T20:43:33Z
2022-06-28T20:43:33Z
3.5
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SergioZen25 ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣 2022-06-12T01:24:26Z
2022-06-12T01:24:26Z
3.5
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LandonAlex ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣 2022-06-05T11:28:21Z
2022-06-05T11:28:21Z
4.0
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Fereval ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣 2022-06-03T14:53:00Z
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morveux ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣 2022-05-30T18:06:25Z
2022-05-30T18:06:25Z
4.5
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MangoMarc ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣 2022-05-27T12:48:32Z
2022-05-27T12:48:32Z
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landschneckt ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣 2022-05-27T06:29:22Z
2022-05-27T06:29:22Z
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lindsaylohansvocals ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣 2022-05-26T23:52:38Z
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BigDaddyTuesday ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣 2022-05-25T03:14:37Z
2022-05-25T03:14:37Z
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TropiZ ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣 2022-05-24T16:49:37Z
2022-05-24T16:49:37Z
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stein1337 ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣 2022-05-22T10:23:27Z
2022-05-22T10:23:27Z
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Dragonhawk ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣 2022-05-08T15:02:35Z
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  • edgelordweeb 2021-06-29 02:33:02.279568+00
    Criminally underrated, easily the second best game in the franchise after Genealogy
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    • UnmistakableRin 2021-08-13 14:50:43.50837+00
      Lol
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    Playing this makes it obvious how the toned down the difficulty in the other two GBA games, presumably with the western audience in mind. That said I'm going for the true ending, so that definitely complicates things.
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