Dark Deity is a great “classic” Fire Emblem for the Switch
When it comes to strategy games, Nintendo Switch owners are pretty lucky. We have entries in the fire emblem and Chronicles of Valkyria series here, as well as Advanced Wars on the way and Square Enix SRPGs like Triangle Strategy and the next The DioField Chronicle. But when it comes to fire emblem, not all of them are traditional. We have the actual port of the very first game in English, yes. It’s awesome. Corn Fire Emblem: Three Houses and the Fire Emblem Warriors the games are very different. That’s what makes an upcoming independent port so popular. dark deity brings more classic fire emblem elements.
There are many ways in which dark deity evokes the fire emblem spirit while remaining its own and unique entity. The first is its presentation. This is a strategy game that relies on its sprites and grids. When you walk into a map, everyone is in their own place, with the sort of traditional look you’d expect from such a game. Some maps may involve gimmicks like being adjacent to certain people or objects for interactions specials or be above portals to move around. But you have the classic look and motion pattern reminiscent of 3DS, DS, GBA, and SNES installments.
dark deity is also a game in which the distinct classes really feel like they matter. This way he can feel more like the fire emblem entries we played between the NES and GBA eras. Character skills stay with them and define them. So while you can move around when you promote them to levels 10 and 30, it’s not like you can cobble together an army of Galeforce users that wipe out most opposing forces in a single turn. People settle comfortably into their niche. You have to work with that.
It can mean dark deity requires the same kind of smart decisions as in the beginning fire emblem entries too. Yes, there is an “easy” difficulty level called Deadly. It makes enemies less intimidating and boosts your own strength. But knowing that you have to work with the characters and classes you get, while potentially dealing with stronger enemies than usual and fewer rewards on Deity difficulty could prove daunting. I would almost even argue that the Grave Wounds system, which spawns in place of permadeath and randomly cuts an ally’s stats by 10% each time they fall in a fight, might end up being more heartbreaking than to die. Because at least if someone is gone, you know you can focus on other units. A weakened unit could gradually get worse and worse if you are not careful.
I appreciate that too dark deity includes a feature that people online have unofficially cobbled together to fire emblem Games. Some people in the community have made it possible, for example, to randomize what people are capable of or when you’ll get them. Think of it as a way to complete the challenge or add replay value. When you start a dark deity run, you have that option. You can change abilities, randomize enemy classes, items, and weapons, and change the order in which party members are recruited. You can also change stat increases, how much gold you will earn, and experience earned. It’s exhilarating. It takes into account all possible players.
The downside is that there is some discomfort with the Switch version of dark deity. In some cases, this involves input choices. For example, when advancing after a battle or choosing a promotion, you press the minus symbol to accept, rather than A. Which may take some getting used to, since A is used to confirm otherwise in-game. You will also spend time watching the loading screens. Which might seem like a bit too much, considering it’s a sprite-based 2D game.
Still, Switch owners who try their luck dark deity get a new one fire emblem-as it respects the “old” ways. It can offer modern conveniences, like removing the durability of weapons or seals to promote. However, at heart it respects the traditional approach in terms of art and gameplay. This is another great option for people who like to think critically and are looking for a challenge.
dark deity will come to the Nintendo Switch March 17, 2022. It is also available on PC.