Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Review

One of my favourite games that Jules has lent to me was Fire Emblem for the GBA so I’m delgihted to bestow upon you this Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance review. Thanks Jules.

Fire Emblem Path of Radiance GameCube Art

Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Cover

Platform: GameCube
Compared to Sacred Stones? Plays the same, in-game graphics are different. Better plot.
Best Character: For killing things? Oscar. Otherwise, Mordecai AKA “Big Blue Banzai”

OK, here’s a quick summary of the similarities and differences between Path of Radiance (GameCube) and Sacred Stones (GBA).

What is the same between Path of Radiance and Sacred Stones

  • They’re both Fire Emblem games. You lead an army of people with colourful hair.
  • The battle gameplay is exactly the same
  • The character art is pretty much the same anime style art

What is the difference between Path of Radiance and Sacred Stones

  • Different Plot, new characters etc.
  • Support conversations happen outside of battle. Thank goodness!
  • You can award characters “bonus exp” which is awesome. Depends on how well you performed in the last battle and stuff
  • 3D battle graphics compared to 2D
  • No possibility of level grinding. Once you’ve done a level, that’s it, you can’t revisit the area again. This makes sense however! In Sacred Stones, the land was being invaded by monster – in Path of Radiance, it’s just your army versus their army. Storywise it just doesn’t make sense to be going back anywhere
  • This one has a sequel for the Wii
  • No individual endings, what the fuck!

And now that’s out of the way here’s the best part

Character evaluation

Ike Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Ike

Ike is our protagonist. Like Prince Derp from Sacred Stones he has blue hair. He’s actually not as HurrDurr as Ephraim was. By the end of it he could dodge pretty much everything and hit everything critically.

 

 

 

 

Boyd Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Boyd

Boyd is Ike’s best friend (I think). He starts out pretty strong, but by the end of the game he can’t hit anything for shit and compared to some other characters his defense is pretty low. However when he did hit things he was pretty good.

 

 

 

Princess Elincia Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Elincia

Elincia is our obligatory royal character. She’s a bit wet and you don’t actually get to use her until right near the end of the game, by which it’s a bit too late to make her useful enough to not die.

 

 

 

 

Mist Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Mist

Mist is Ike’s little sister of indeterminant age. In the sprites she looks about 8 but in the cutscenes maybe 12? However she can have a romantic-ish support conversation with Boyd who… has to be in his late teens, at least…. so… Anyway, she was a healer and you basically had to make sure she didn’t die.

 

 

 

Oscar Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Oscar

Oscar is Boyd’s older brother. He is HurrDurrTacular. Looks like the love-child of Kyle & Forde from Sacred Stones. At the start of the game he’s… actually pretty crap. But then he becomes a paladin and nothing will stop his quest for blood. Oliver sent me this very true picture:

 

 

 

Oscar Fire Emblem The Last Thing You Ever See

Rhys Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Rhys

Rhys was your traditional “White Mage” so we decided to bulk him up and make him as indestructable as possible. He ended up being able to defend himself and also take many souls for God by using white magic against his enemies (because he’s cool). Now that I think about it he looks kind of like this guy from Shadow Hearts:

 

 

 

Nicolai Shadow Hearts

Leisurely Jogging with Nicolai

Rolf Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Rolf

Rolf is Oscar & Boyd’s youngest brother. He’s um, a little kid and you probably shouldn’t ever bring him anywhere if you don’t want him to die. I’m sure he could have been made to be useful but… once you get guys on horseback that can shoot arrows (Oscar as a Paladin for example) there really isn’t need for Rolf. Either way, he had A ranked support with Mist because little kids should have an arranged marriage.

 

 

Soren Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Soren

Soren (not to be confused with Soreen) is a little brat who deserves a smack for his back-talking to his elders. Not to mention, looks like a weird child that Saleh & Knoll (from Sacred Stones) could have had together. Broke his knees someway through the game but still managed to give us battle reports. Mostly, I saw Soren as resembling Dante from Vampire Doll (who is also a little brat that needs a smack):

 

 

Vampire Doll Cover Art Hugo Dante

Dante is the one with knives for fingers.

Titania Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Titania

Titania is the sexy-lady paladin that you get from the start of the game. She looks like the produce of Seth (remember, our souless paladin from Sacred Stones?) and Tethys. Fire Emblem guys, please be a bit more creative with your character designs. Titania was the only one who wanted to kill things more than Oscar. Therefore we married her off to Rhys because he needed to learn how to kill in the name of God.

 

 

Astrid Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Astrid

Astrid is a character who when you meet them is very very squishy. However, with time she becomes unstoppable and will do anything for blood. I hardly saw her get hit.

 

 

 

 

Bastian Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Bastian

Bastian is a pretty good mage type you get quite late in the game. His speech patterns are… interesting (that is: no one talks like this). In love with both Geoffrey and Volke.

 

 

 

 

Brom Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Brom

Brom is a simple man who would probably rather be farming than fighting. I like Brom. However, towards the end he was just a bit too clunky and prone to getting hit to be of much use.

 

 

 

 

Calill Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Calill

Calill is some kind of hooker mage. She deals pretty sweet damage and hardly took any damage from magic attacks, but that didn’t help when you’re mostly fighting guys with swords that want to stab you. I imagine she could have been good friends with Bastian. They seemed… weird.

 

 

 

Devdan Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Devdan

Devdan is the only light-skinned-but-clearly-supposed-to-be-black character in Fire Emblem and he speaks in 3rd person. This is a game about how racism is bad. But the only black character speaks like a stereotypical cotton-field worker from back in the days when slavery was okay. I never actually recruited him because I think someone killed him by accident.

 

 

Ena Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Ena

Ena is a cute girl who can turn into a dragon. One of few people who can damage the final boss. It seems that she takes a lot more damage than enemy dragons do… However, that’s only when things hurt her, which didn’t happen often.

 

 

 

 

Gatrie Fire Emblem Path of Radiance

Gatrie

 

Gatrie was clunky and could never get hurt really. He liked cute girls, tried to chat up Astrid but she wasn’t interested. His aim was pretty bad, but when he hit something he hurt them a lot.

 

 

 

 

Giffca Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Giffca

You have the option of letting him join you in the final level. He’s a cool guy that turns into a lion. I didn’t pick him (sorry).

 

 

 

 

Geoffrey Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Geoffrey

Geoffrey is a rather squishy paladin who survived thanks to some miracle (that is, Haar saving his ass in one level). A bit DurrDurr and looks like what would happen if Ephraim and Innes (the princes from Sacred Stones) had a kid and he grew up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haar Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Haar

Haar was a dragon rider guy who would rather sleep than do battle. That being said, he was one of the best fighters we had even though he only had one eye.

 

 

 

 

Ilyana Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Ilyana

Ilyana is a mage with a tiny body who wants food because she’s hungry. We tried to get her to be in a relationship with Zihark, but she died and he was crap so… Also, she looks like the missing purple-haired Sailor Scout.

 

 

 

 

Ilyana Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Full Body

Silly hair, short skirt, boots, magical girl…

Sailor Moon

Silly Hair, Short Skirt, Boots, Magical Girl…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janaff Fire Emblem Path of Radiance

Janaff

 

 

Janaff is a cutie little guy that turns into a bird. Pretty speedy – it’s generally quite hard to hit a bird.

 

 

 

Jill Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Jill

Jill is the dragon rider you get before getting Haar – she is used to recruit him. She died promptly after this, where I felt a little bad. But her stats were very… average. Getting her to hit things was a bit of a challenge.

 

 

 

 

Kieran Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Kieran

 

Kieran was a jerk who couldn’t hit to save his life and when he did, it was… dire… So I didn’t feel too bad letting him die.

 

 

 

 

Largo Path of Radiance

Largo

Largo is this weird, funny, body-builder type guy. He’s normally the type of character I really like using, but you get him quite late in the game and I only used him about once. However it didn’t stop a hilarious conversation between him and Muarim where Largo’s basically like “Woah! Your muscles are awesome! You’re so manly!” Amazing.

 

 

 

Lethe Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Lethe

Lethe AKA “Little Orange Banzai” is a girl who turns into a cat. She’s a bitch, but a very good party member – dodges nearly everything and hits back really hard. We tried to hoom her up with Muarim.

 

 

 

Lucia Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Lucia

Lucia is Geoffrey’s sister and pretyt good at using a sword. Like Largo, would have liked to use her more, but never seemed to get around to it.

 

 

 

 

Makalov Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Makalov

Makalov is.. what’s with this guy? I never recruited him (having not recruited the person you need to recuit him with…) but he ran away a lot. Yep.

 

 

 

 

Marcia Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Marcia

Now, Marcia is who you need to recruit Makalov. I missed out on recruiting her because Ike was busy dicking around killing guys instead of going to talk to her. Yep.

 

 

 

 

Mia Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Mia

Mia is hyperactive and a bit obsessed with fighting, but I rarely used her because she was squashy.

 

 

 

 

 

Mordecai Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Mordecai

 

Mordecai is a man who is the size of a small mountain who transforms into a “Tiger”. Now, this “tigers” look exactly like Red XIII (who I named “Banzai”) from Final Fantasy VII. So we dubbed him “Big Blue Banzai”. He was just impossible to get past if he blocked the way, it was amazing.

 

 

Red XIII Final Fantasy VII

This is Red XIII from FFVII

Mordecai Tiger Fire Emblem Path of Radiance

And this is what a “Tiger” looks like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muarim Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Muarim

 

Muarim was a really cool guy and also a Tiger. So he was “Big Green Banzai”. His backstory made me sad, but he made up for it by eating anything that got in his way.

 

 

 

 

Naesala Fire Emblem Path of Radiance

Naesala

Naesala is a jerk who you can use in the final level of the game. He’s a jerk so I didn’t use him.

 

 

 

 

 

Nasir Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Nasir

 

Nasir is a mysterious guy who you can actually play as if you win a seemingly unwinnable battle. I didn’t get to play as him because I legitimatly thought it was unwinnable and ran away.

 

 

 

 

Nephenee Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Nephenee

Nephenee is like Jill – her stats are very “okay”. However, Oliver says he managed to utilise her well and make her unkillable so there you go. Feel kind of bad because Shinon murdered her in cold blood.

 

 

 

 

Ranulf Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Ranulf

Ranulf is a cute guy that turns into a cat – “Little Blue Banzai” if you will. He Was never quite as good as the other cats/tigers, but there you go.

 

 

 

 

Reyson Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Reyson

Reyson AKA Heron is a bit of a jerk who turns into a heron. He is a special snowflake because he is the last of his race, or something. Oh, and he’s defenceless. BLOODY HERON.

 

 

 

 

Shinon Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Shinon

Shinon is a total douche-bag. He’s an archer who’s pretty good and then he abandons you pretty soon after getting him. You can recruit him again but not with Ike (leader of the group) or Gatrie (his best friend) no but with ROLF who was not there. So instead of coming with us, we had to trap him in a corner and kill him Sorry dude.

 

 

 

Sothe Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Sothe

Sothe is another little shit who decides to come with you. He’s a theif who is very squashy and basically can’t hurt anyone. Yep.

 

 

 

 

Stefan Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Stefan

Stefan is a character you can recruit that I missed out on because I didn’t know he existed and either his house burnt down or I was trying not to die.

 

 

 

 

Tanith Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Tanith

Tanith is a Pegasus Knight who is a bit of a bitch, but she is so useful because of her ability to summon other units. These units were often pretty good and you didn’t have to worry if they died. We were going t get her to marry Oscar and then they could kill things together.

 

 

 

Tauroneo Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Tauroneo

Now, Tauroneo is another character you can recruit. However he starts out as a bad guy and I was buys trying to stay alive and didn’t really want to go near him or his guys.

 

 

 

 

Tibarn Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Tibarn

I love Tibarn – you only get to use him in the last level, but he’s awesome. He turns into a bird and just murders everything. He’s Heron’s new boyfriend after Naesala sells him (not even kidding).

 

 

 

 

Tormod Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Tormod

Tormod is a very little very squishy mage that you get. He is… his magic is fine but… using him without worrying about him dying…

 

 

 

 

Ulki Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Ulki

Ulki is a rather scary looking bird-guy with a cute sounding name. Pretty much on par with Janaff.

 

 

 

 

 

Volke Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Volke

 

Volke is a thief/assassin who is actually pretty good at getting criticals and killing things in one hit. He seems to always get followed around by Bastian.

 

 

 

 

Zihark Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Sprite

Zihark

Give it up for the worst character in the whole game! Zihark! Not only is he a pain in the ass to recruit, towards the end of the game he can basically not do any damage! Not to mention we were trying to get him to marry Ilyana and he just didn’t care when she died…

 

 

 

Who was your favourite character in this game?

2 comments

  1. JJ says:

    Stupidest review I’ve ever seen. Zihark the worst characer? No, that would be Bastian, Lucia, Lethe, Largo, Ilyana, Astrid, etc. I’m sad you didn’t even bother to try out the best units (Jill, Zihark, Mia, Haar, Makalov, Kieran, Soren, Boyd, Oscar, Titania, Makalov, Marcia, Gatrie)

    • Emma says:

      Ahhh come on JJ – you know it varies via playthrough, right ;) Astrid was amazing in my playthrough – nothing could hit her, and she killed anything. Lethe was a killing machine as well. Zihark, bless him, he tried so hard, but just couldn’t match up.

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