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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.

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Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance GameCube Before a Battle you have the preparation screen
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance GameCube Father and son have a conversation
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance GameCube Title Screen
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance GameCube Managing Skills.

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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The Press Says

N-Zone Jan 03, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2005 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Oct 17, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
Fragland.net Jan 26, 2006 85 out of 100 85
Armchair Empire, The Dec 01, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82
GameSpy Oct 21, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxpo.com 2005 8 out of 10 80
G4 TV: X-Play Mar 28, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RPG Kingdom Feb 27, 2006 15 out of 20 75

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Trivia

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.

Awards

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

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