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Important Importables Preview: Fire Emblem Awakening

January 19, 2013 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports Preview: Fire Emblem Awakening

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I’m a gigantic Fire Emblem fan. Even before I really liked strategic RPGs, I was enjoying Fire Emblem games. The series fell out of my favor with the DS entries, due to the removal of
the relationship elements. However, when I heard about Fire Emblem: Awakening, I got excited again and, after trying a friend’s Japanese copy of the game over the holidays, I had to share
what I’d learned about the game after just over an hour of playing.

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Let’s talk about my Fire Emblem: Awakening experience

Since my Japanese isn’t fantastically fluent, I’m just going to go over some of the things I experienced while playing my friend’s copy of Fire Emblem: Awakening here. That’s one part of it.
The other is that I played from a portion of the the middle of game and what I did understand would be quite spoilerific. So I’ll go ahead and skip to some general experience musings instead.

If you’ve played a Fire Emblem game before, fighting shouldn’t pose much of a challenge. It’s still a strategic, turn-based affair. Players select a unit, move it on the map and then either
take action or wait. If near an enemy, an attack can be launched. The attacker gets priority in the attack. There’s a rock-paper-scissors system in effect where axes best lances, lances best swords
and swords best axes. Likewise, fire magic bests wind, wind bests thunder and thunder bests fire. What’s new for Fire Emblem: Awakening are Dual Attacks. Two characters adjacent to one
another can attack one enemy together. The character nearest the…

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Important Importables: 2013 import games to watch

January 5, 2013 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: 2013 import games to watch

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Hey everyone, welcome to 2013! The new year is upon us and happens to be filled with opportunities. After all, we aren’t even one week in yet. Who knows what fantastic games will come.

Actually, scratch that. We do have some idea of what 2013 import games to expect. We’ve been hearing rumors and talk about them since late 2012. Quite a few were revealed or hinted at least year,
so at the very least we know what to expect from the beginning of 2013 and I have to say, it looks like a good year.

I’ve been going through the lists of games GamerTell has reported on and I’ve heard about from various sources and figured today would be a good time to offer up a list of 2013 import games to look
forward to in the coming months. We’re all still recovering from the holidays, so a nice, refreshing list of upcoming titles seems like a good way to ease back into this whole “reading” thing. That
way, we’ll be all prepared for the next Hot Japanese Imports where I preview Fire Emblem: Awakening.

So here we go with the brief list of 2013 import games to watch. It’s Sony heavy, I know, but that’s because Sony’s the only company still promoting the whole region-free lifestyle.

  • Digimon Adventure (PSP) – Remember the surprisingly awesome Digimon anime? This is an RPG based on it. It follows all of your favorite characters from the original series…

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