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Fire Emblem: Awakening: Scramble Pack DLC for Nintendo 3DS

The third DLC pack for Fire Emblem: Awakening is definitely my favourite so far, and actually shows a level of effort and polish which the first two utterly lacked; it’s also very very silly, and chockablock with that uniquely Japanese tradition of sexualised fan service towards popular characters.

Each mission in this pack brings Chrom and the Shepherds to an idyllic location, which is promptly attacked by monsters or bandits; a harvest festival, a beach and a hot springs.

The main draw of this pack isn’t the actual combat, but instead the charming conversations which can be started between certain characters. Not everyone can talk to everyone though, and I recommend looking up who can speak to who before starting each mission to make sure you don’t bring a bunch of characters who don’t gel together.

The beach DLC contains new swimsuit art for four characters, Chrom, Gaius, Cordelia and Tharja, but the translation team have a lot of fun subtly mocking this rather absurd Japanese tendency; to be fair to them, the male characters are genuinely sexualised as much as the female characters, which is something I’ve very rarely seen in a game before. There’s art for the hot springs DLC too, focussing on the younger generation of characters.

The Scramble Pack is actually remarkably well presented, especially compared to the laziness of the previous DLC packs. The beach mission in particular contains a completely ridiculous calypso rendition of the classic Fire Emblem theme, with this attention to detail showing up throughout.

This is a DLC for the people who love the characters and story of Fire Emblem, so those who are focused upon the series solely as an awesome tactical RPG (which it is) may want to give this one a miss. It’s still overpriced, so I can’t recommend this unequivocally, but it’s a lot of fun and definitely the best DLC of the first three.  FireEmblemAwakening1

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