Czar_Yoshi Posted January 16, 2015 Share Posted January 16, 2015 (edited) I don't think it's been mentioned but I think one thing that helped Awakening's numbers was the amount of advertising that went into it. It has, but not nearly enough. Marketing sells games. Having a good series reputation does too, but marketing is the biggest factor- how else do you explain sales figures for abominations like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial? Quality of a game certainly helps thanks to word of mouth, but the presence of rabid fanboys does dilute the meaningfulness of that a little and Awakening certainly has a lot to fanboy about. Its flaws are also only apparent if you think about them (which the game encourages you not to do), so they weren't obvious to a lot of people who now complain about them at first. I could write multiple essays on any one of the problems with Awakening's story alone, but I still loved it on my first playthrough. Anyway, other than the fact that world building is completely different than having a varied environment (Awakening isn't even the best here- Volcano, Desert, Swamp, Ruins and Castle levels are hardly exclusive to it), a world fleshed out (minimally) through inference alone is not a very fleshed out world. Spoilers for pretyt much every FE, by the way. So Awakening's villains are all completely evil because their people have been persecuted (completely off camera by someone who doesn't even have a name) and they want revenge? They just happen to have a country with which to raise armies and be evil. FE4's villains (the main ones) have also been persecuted for generations, but the reason they're in power is because someone who shared their ancestry was born into power and was willing to do anything to end the persecution in the name of peace and unity, and they took advantage of that. Where has Validar ever worked to get his job (fighting heroes aside)? So Grima is a bone-grinding dragon who flies around and summons zombies to turn the world into a desolate wasteland? Medeus is a former good guy tasked with guarding his fallen people. After sitting around for a thousand years witnessing humanity's persecution of his people, he formed an army to try to create an empire so dragons could be restored to power. When has Grima ever had a reason for grinding bones (Medeus's reason doesn't count- that's SD's world building. Awakening needs to do its own, or at least directly acknowledge what came before it)? So the Grimleal worship Grima and the Ylisseans worship Naga for power alone, despite the fact that neither seem to have it? In Gaiden (yes, I'm holding up Gaiden above Awakening), the deities that are worshiped both actually have power, and we see what that power can do. There's also a short commentary on the differences between the cultures that arose due to the separate worship- when does Awakening ever talk about the actual differences between its religions other than who is worshiped (Chrom is a special case, as he seems to worship Emmeryn)? So Awakening has a few wars in the past that we don't know much about- not even how long ago they occurred (those in-game ones are not historical events, which is what are being discusses). Back to FE4, we have a complex record detailing not only how and when the presently existing countries were created, but also what conditions led up to their creation, and even to an extent what conditions led up to those conditions. There are also quite a few more countries, and their relationships are quite a bit more complex than "you attacked us, we hate you". When does Awakening ever talk about what the Grimleal were doing back in the glory days, or how the nameless First Exalt defeated him (beyond "he used Falchion")? Chrom won an alliance with Ferox by sharing a common enemy? Roy won an alliance with Etruria by cleaning out their corrupt government and reinstating the exiled Prince. Chrom and Lucina thwarted an assassination on their close family member? Hector and Eliwood thwarted an assassination on the Prince of an enemy nation. Validar sends equipment to help you defeat a single roadblock of his? Arvis gives you leave to take over the world for him, and then steals it from you. Walhart's tactician tried to betray his "master" to steal power for himself? Manfroy completely subjugated his and ruled through him. The bad guys betrayed someone they were pretending to help? No duh, that's what bad guys do. It's only happened in like every FE game ever at some point- Orson even joined your team for a chapter. When has Awakening ever gone beyond single-trope plot points? Again, sales reflect marketing. Not game quality. Edited January 16, 2015 by Czar_Yoshi Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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