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Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (GameCube)

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Path of Radiance is the first installment in the Fire Emblem series to have 3D. Set on the Tellius continent, a soldier called Ike rescues the princess of Crimea and finds out that the Daein kingdom has invaded the country. He must guide her with his fellow mercenaries to Gallia. During the journey, the true reasons for the war are revealed.

You command your units across a 3D battlefield with turn-based mechanics. Each turn, you can only move a set amount of spaces over the grid. Turns can be used to visit locations, use items or attack enemies. Each battle is stats-based and has a specific objective. You do not fight yourself, instead you control the items and weapons to influence the stats, and make use of the enemies' weaknesses. The maps have different scenarios, where you have to rescue a certain character, create distractions to move past enemies, or kill certain foes.

The game is heavy on anime-styled story sequences. As with all Fire Emblem games, the characters are unique individuals that cannot be revived when they fall in battle. In order to continue with the story, only the team leaders need to survive. Characters can equip a range of weapons and possess magical abilities. Upon discovering 'hidden purposes', unique abilities can be acquired.


Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance GameCube Father and son have a conversation
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance GameCube In Support, you can make characters talk to each other, for bonuses during gameplay.
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance GameCube After finishing the Battle, Soren gives you a battle report.
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance GameCube The Tellius continent, with the various Kingdoms.

Alternate Titles

  • "ファイアーエムブレム 蒼炎の軌跡" -- Japanese spelling
  • "火焰之纹章:苍炎之轨迹" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Fire Emblem: Souen no Kiseki" -- Japanese title
  • "Fire Emblem 9" -- Informal title

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Cheat Code Central 2005 5 out of 5 100
N-Zone Jan 03, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2005 9 out of 10 90
IGN Oct 14, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpot Oct 17, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
Fragland.net Jan 26, 2006 85 out of 100 85
JeuxActu Nov 18, 2005 16 out of 20 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 09, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Life Apr 20, 2006 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Gameplanet Jan 20, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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1001 Video Games

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #3 GameCube Game of the Year
    • 2005 – GameCube Strategy Game of the Year

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