Originally Posted by Leo_Ames
So Fire Emblem is fun?
I'm kinda surprised you never gave one a try given what appears to be an extensive gaming background. If you're into strategy RPGs at all I can't see what you wouldn't love about them. Other than of course the unforgiving difficulty, which I'm sure you've heard about--when a character dies, he/she's gone forever, period. Nothing like spending two hours carefully making your way across a map, only to accidentally move your guy one space to far to the right, thus luring the boss out to one-hit-kill your archer that you've been carefully leveling for 18 previous missions.
I admit that I was only willing to even try the series when given the opportunity to play them on a *cough* emulator (thus liberally abusing save states), but I got hooked enough that I eventually played nearly all the GBA/GC iterations in proper form. The GC versions are slightly more forgiving, at least allowing limited mid-battle saving, but Sacred Stones on GBA is piss-easy. It's the only game in the series that has unlimited side missions, meaning you can grind your characters into godhood if you wish, not to mention that most of your characters are unusually powerful for the series to start with. (Perhaps as a side effect, its characters are among the least memorable in the series.) But like I said, this does make it the easiest game to start the series with.