I’m just going to flat out say it. Fire Emblem Awakening is a dating sim. It isn’t “just” a dating sim. It’s primarily a strategic RPG, naturally, but the relationship building element in this installment is strong enough where it can’t be written off as a minor feature. Making sure your avatar and the other characters make friends and perhaps even fall in love with other characters is so crucial that I’d say it wouldn’t be too far off to consider the game a strategic RPG/dating sim hybrid. Moreover, it’s probably the best dating sim I’ve ever played.
First off, the best dating sims are the games that aren’t all about dating. They have other game elements as well. Take the Tokimeki Memorial, Harvest Moon, Rune Factory and Persona games, for example. All allow players to do more than just date. Tokimeki Memorial is a life sim that involves planning weekly events (so the girls and boy will like you more).Harvest Moon and its sister series Rune Factory put farming (and dungeon crawling) first and socializing second. With Persona, dating is something you do to make your avatar more successful when it comes to fusing new personas. Fire Emblem Awakening is the exact same. While it does have the relationship building element found in all dating sims, it isn’t the primary focus and provides fantastic perks to people who take advantage of it.
The thing is, what makes Fire Emblem Awakening so good when you look at it as a dating sim. I’d have to say the ability to have your avatar interact with, and perhaps even marry, anyone of opposite gender is a good start. In all of the other games I cited earlier, players are restricted in who they can or can’t build relationships. There’s no restriction like that in Fire Emblem Awakening. The avatar character can support any other character. As long as the opposing character is of the opposite gender, the avatar can even get the conversation up to S rank to trigger a romantic relationship and marriage. There are very few limits, which means players can go after pretty much anyone they want.
Not to mention the conversations that stem from support relationships in Fire Emblem Awakening are fantastic. They’re a mix of insightful, dramatic, funny and even adorable. When I saw how hilarious it was when Sully overreacted to Kellam in the C-rank support conversation, where she thought was protecting her when he was just fighting alongside her, I knew I had to pair them up. Likewise, I thought my female avatar’s pelting of Lon’qu with figs, to the point where she snuck into his tent while he slept to prove she could hit him, was hilarious and makes me think they might be a good couple. The dialogues are all well written and do a good job of conveying characters’ personalities.
There are also no requirements to worry about in Fire Emblem Awakening. In some games with dating sim elements, like Harvest Moon, Rune Factory or Tokimeki Memorial, you have to answer certain questions correctly, complete certain quests, build up certain stats or reach a certain point before you can start trying to win a virtual character’s heart. In Fire Emblem Awakening, you just have to make sure the units you want to fall in love are always right next to each other. It’s that simple. Pair them up and they’ll be making googly eyes at each other after about 10 battles. There’s no fuss, no guide consulting and no worrying that you’ll do anything wrong.
The thing that pushes it over the edge and makes me think Fire Emblem Awakening is the best dating sim ever is the practical application of relationships. The closer a relationship between two units, the stronger the support bond. That means if the two characters are adjacent when initiating an attack or being attacked, the one who isn’t attacking or being targeted will offer a support bonus to the one who is. For example, hit, avoidance and/or damage could all go up. Defense can increase as well. The supporting character may also step in and take a blow for the other character or may follow up the other character’s attack with one of his/her own. In addition, if two characters who have a strong bond pair up, it will make the active character in the pair more powerful than if the active character had just paired up with some random person.
Fire Emblem Awakening is a fantastic game and I’d argue that the ability to build up relationships between all of the characters is one of the reasons why it is so good. It’s a fantastic strategic RPG, naturally, but most people may not understand or appreciate how its support system also make it an incredible dating sim. The way it’s all integrated together, in fact, makes it one of the best and if you enjoy building bonds with virtual characters or playing matchmaker, Fire Emblem Awakening is a game to pick up.
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