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Need More? - 9 Games Like Fire Emblem: Awakening

By Edited Dec 5, 2015 0 0

Fire Emblem is a turn-based strategy game that is, in many ways, much like any other strategy RPG. Characters advance through the story, fighting massive maps of enemies through a map grid system and levelling up. However, in the past, Fire Emblem set itself apart by having a brutal "when you die, you're really dead" battle system with its characters. However, except for its hardcore fan base, the game's popularity waned due in no small part for it only being available in Japan for some time. This went on until Fire Emblem: Awakening for the Nintendo 3DS came and brought with it a marketing strategy and quality game that caused Fire Emblem fever once again. Naturally, once gamers beat Fire Emblem: Awakening on Lunatic+ difficulty for the fifth time, they crave something new, but not necessarily different. For those that want more games like Fire Emblem: Awakening, other Fire Emblem games are naturally the first choice. However, for those that want games similar, here are some excellent alternatives.

Note: These are recommendations for 3DS, consoles and the PC just so gamers can get a game in the same variety for whatever they want to play it on. Naturally, there are some games like Fire Emblem missing, but these recommendations are a good place to start and specifically aimed at those that like Fire Emblem: Awakening in particular and not just the Fire Emblem series in general.

games like Fire Emblem: Awakening on the 3DS

Games Like Fire Emblem: Awakening for the 3DS

The home console of FE:A, so naturally those looking for new games like Fire Emblem will want something for a console they definitely already own.

Bravely Default - Nintendo 3DS
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Aside from Fire Emblem: Awakening, Bravely Default is the most popular RPG on the Nintendo 3DS. Even though both games continue to age, the debate between them rages on fiercely to this day. Bravely Default is considered the spiritual successor to the Final Fantasy series, created by many from previous Final Fantasy games. Many consider the most recent Final Fantasy games to have gone downhill, but Bravely Default returns to the roots of the series. Unlike FE:A, Bravely Default does not have a strategy map-based combat. Instead, it features a still strategically viable turn-based small party system. However, combat is still heavily influenced by a varied job system, much like Awakening but not as extensive. The major feature that puts both games in the same league is that they both feature long and interesting stories. Bravely Default's "cute" character designs put some people off, but for those willing to look past it, there is a fantastic story underneath that will keep RPG fans busy for days. However, unlike FE:A, Bravely Default doesn't have the longevity through post-game content and DLC.
Shin Megami Tensei IV - Nintendo 3DS
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Shin Megami Tensei IV is another game that stands among the ranks of Fire Emblem: Awakening and Bravely Default as a fantastic RPG on the 3DS. Like Bravely Default, it takes on a turn-based traditional RPG combat system, but lacks that augmented reality that both FE:A and Bravely Default sport for the fighting characters. The game also boasts a similar anime style to both the characters and enemies when they talk and host full voice acting, a first for the Shin Megami Tensei series. While the story is subpar, the game is long with a path system and New Game+ that allows for a great deal of replayability. A major bonus for hardcore Fire Emblem fans is that the Shin Megami Tensei is notorious for being hard. Shin Megami Tensei IV is actually considered the easiest of the series, but it is still definitely challenging. While there is no job system, something many like about Fire Emblem, there are a huge number of demons that players can recruit and use to crush their enemies, essentially like a darker version of Pokemon. The biggest feature that Shin Megami Tensei IV has in comparison to FE:A is that it doesn't just do battle to battle, there is tons of exploration in their world and always something new to see.
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars - Nintendo 3DS
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Conception II is a newcomer to RPGs on the 3DS and an oft overlooked one, mostly because it has quite a few silly anime trappings in the story and animation. However, the anime style is beautiful and also contains elements of relationship building. The combat is turn-based traditional RPG combat similar to Bravely Default and Shin Megami Tensei IV, but with a few twists, like being able to move characters positions for different attacks and bonuses. The story is somewhat lacking but it is comparable in length to Fire Emblem with less post-game activities but still a few things to do. There are also several different endings, so Conception II has quite a bit of replayability. Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars has been called a "worse Fire Emblem: Awakening" by many because of one important feature: breeding. A key element in Conception II is to breed powerful children to fight in battles. So for gamers whose favorite part of FE: A was making kids between their characters--don't lie, I know there are a few--this is an excellent follow up game.
Games like Fire Emblem: Awakening for the PC

Games Like Fire Emblem: Awakening for the PC

Many played Fire Emblem: Awakening on emulators due to their lack of a 3DS so instead of looking for something to play emulated, there are plenty of alternatives on the PC.

The Banner Saga [Online Game Code]
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The Banner Saga is often left out of Fire Emblem recommendations not because it is nothing like the game, but rather because it was scarcely marketed. The game got its start on Kickstarter and has since made its way to release. It features beautiful hand-drawn art that sets it apart in a league of its own. However, what makes it so much like FE:A is its turn-based strategy combat through a grid map. The battles are much smaller in scale than FE:A but require in-depth thought. The Banner Saga is also rich in story, told through its fantasy Nordic setting, but the major downside of the game overall is that it is short. There is limited replayability, but those first few playthroughs are truly an experience for those that enjoy the setting, the aesthetic of the artwork or the characters. It is the story, rich characters and combat system that make this akin to a Fire Emblem game, but for many it is not worth the money for a game they will likely only play 12 to 15 hours.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - Sony PSP
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With such a generic title, it's easy to see why this game doesn't get much attention. This can also factor into the fact that it's dated, but for many years was only available in Japan. However, it has made its western release, finally, on the PC and PSP. This game as it can be bought on the PC is actually a trilogy, which means only one thing; it is quite long--easily able to fill 60 hours. In many ways, it is like FE:A in the fact that is a traditional style RPG. The battles take place on a smaller scale, but still utilizes a grid system. Sadly, its lack of a job system and the lack of a variety of interesting characters are a major downfall for this game. However, what characters it does have are interesting and the story is engaging, making for a great play.

This is the PSP Version, used for consistency of format, but the game can be bought on Steam.
King's Bounty: Platinum Edition (The Legend & Armored Princess & Crossworlds) [Download]
Amazon Price: $34.99 $19.99 Buy Now
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King's Bounty series is a massive turn-based RPG with a hexagonal map-based combat system. This is a fantastic game series for those that like the fantasy genre as it features all the usual trappings like magic, orcs, elves and the like. However, when compared to Fire Emblem: Awakening it is very Western in design and gameplay. The best part about King's Bounty is that there are literally tons of different games to play featuring different heroes and races. Personally, I prefer King's Bounty: Warriors of the North as it features Vikings. There are so few good Viking games, but this was one of them. Regardless of which game in the series you start with, you won't be lost in the storyline and each game is long enough to keep gamers busy for awhile. With the tons of different creatures, there is always something new to see in the games and it has a bit more exploration than FE: A. The hexagonal combat map also adds a new depth to combat and a greater challenge to strategy combat. However, most fights are still pretty easy to muscle through.
games like Fire Emblem: Awakening for consoles

Games Like Fire Emblem: Awakening for the Consoles

Consoles have become one of the most popular form of gaming machines. Sure, almost everyone has a computer, but not all are fit for gaming. Consoles, on the other hand, almost every household has at least one. So when craving another game like Fire Emblem: Awakening, there are quite a few options among them.

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions - Sony PSP
Amazon Price: $12.99 $11.95 Buy Now
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New Fire Emblem fans probably played FE:A thinking that it was just like Final Fantasy Tactics and loved it. However, the Fire Emblem series came long before, though remained in Japan. Regardless, those who haven't played Final Fantasy Tactics are in for a real treat. However, these days, you don't need an original PlayStation to play it. It is available for the PSP/Vita and ported onto the PS3. Anyway, Final Fantasy Tactics is much like Fire Emblem: Awakening, but without the relationship building and child making. It features turn-based combat on a grid map system, the gameplay is going from battlefield to battlefield exactly like FE: A and there is a job system that is less complex but still plenty varied. It has an interesting a fairly long story full of addicting twists and turns, but to thrive in the game it will also require either an awesome strategic mind or a lot of grinding. In that way it fits many different play styles and each victory is very satisfying.
Record of Agarest War - Xbox 360
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The Agarest series has always had a bit of a cult following and is often overlooked for being somewhat generic. However, the honest truth is that it is more akin to Fire Emblem: Awakening than any other game on this list. Player's progress through the plot on a battlefield to battlefield map, fight on a turn-based grid style map, and build relationships with their teammates in order to ultimately produce a child. Eventually, the guise of the main character will switch to aforementioned child and continue on the story. The major differences between the two games is that Agarest does not feature a class system, features smaller maps and has a smaller cast of characters with many only playable in certain generations. However, because Agarest does feature five generations of main characters the game (only three in Zero, the sequel, though) it is quite long, much longer than FE: A. There is a unique and fun system in the combat where characters can perform combos with each other. It is similar to the system in FE: A, but the whole team can get involved and not just two characters. So many turn their nose up at this game, but if you have a passion for Fire Emblem: Awakening, Agarest is sure to satisfy.
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten - Playstation 3
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The Disgaea series has been a staple on PlayStation consoles since the PlayStation 2. The series started off as simple turn-based strategy game on a grid map much like FE: A and has continued to stay true to that style with several different stories. However, the story has continued to focus on the various relationships between Demons, Angels and Humans in this fantasy world. The great thing about Disgaea is that while the games feature different main characters there are cameos from previous games. This allows for treats for hardcore series fans yet still allows for new gamers to the series to jump in with ease. There's no extracurricular relationship building in the Disgaea series, but there is a surprisingly fun class system. Players can use monsters on their team or train up different classes to unlock new ones. Some of the classes take hours upon hours of grinding to unlock which not only makes for a long game but for a lot replayability to see them all. While the bulk of the Disgaea series is on the PlayStation 2 and 3, Disgaea 5 is soon to come to the PlayStation 4, but there are plenty of long games to keep interested Fire Emblem: Awakening fans busy for a long time.


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