I downloaded this game last night, it took almost 3 hours to download, probably because there would have been a lot of people downloading right off the release. I had never played a Fire Emblem game before. I have played a few strategy games, and they were never my favourite style of game. I downloaded the demo of Awakening and was hooked right away, I had to have this game.
I am now about to start the 7th chapter, I beat the first DLC map ,(I won't tell you what I got as a prize) and I have to say that this is perfect for a beginner like me. I love that you have so many options to choose from, of course I am on normal mode and casual, I really don't like the idea of my characters dying off. I need them. :) and I want to hear all they have to say. I have reset twice, once I killed off someone I wanted to recruit.:P
FE awakening is visually beautiful, and exciting. It did not take me long to figure out how to work things and where to find information. I miss not being able to just wander in towns and on a world map, at free will, but there is so much going on and the story is really fascinating , the characters are funny, and serious in turns and are all very interesting. I know you can get married in the game, so I am really playing around with seeing who works best together. I can see it is the character's stories that drive this type of game, the game play itself is challenging, like a game of chess, and you have to really think about placement and weapons, but it is the interest in the story that keeps one going forward.
I am very glad I tried the demo and also glad I get to experience a new type of game. I may have to look at others in this series at some point.