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So I finally am starting to play Fire Emblem: Awakening, but before even starting the game, I've hit a road-block: choosing the difficulty. I have played Path of Radiance (GC), Radiant Dawn (Wii), and Shadow Dragon (DS) before. I forget which difficulties I played those games on, but permadeath was always present (with a few exceptions.) So I've searched online about the difficulties, and people seem to say either Hard - Classic or Lunatic-Casual are good difficulty combinations. In the first case the game feels like classic fire-emblem, while in the latter case the gameplay feels quite different, more like a strategy board game (i.e chess.) Is this true? Which do you prefer and why? 



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Whatever you do, make sure you do it classic



Classic is best, though its the reason I take months to beat FE games. I restart if 1 guy dies or if I fail to recruit someone.



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So I finally am starting to play Fire Emblem: Awakening, but before even starting the game, I've hit a road-block: choosing the difficulty. I have played Path of Radiance (GC), Radiant Dawn (Wii), and Shadow Dragon (DS) before. I forget which difficulties I played those games on, but permadeath was always present (with a few exceptions.) So I've searched online about the difficulties, and people seem to say either Hard - Classic or Lunatic-Casual are good difficulty combinations. In the first case the game feels like classic fire-emblem, while in the latter case the gameplay feels quite different, more like a strategy board game (i.e chess.) Is this true? Which do you prefer and why? 

Why not both? The game has multiple save-games, I use it to try different difficulty-combinations. I play a map and then play it again in the other combination. Works for me.



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sc94597 said:

So I finally am starting to play Fire Emblem: Awakening, but before even starting the game, I've hit a road-block: choosing the difficulty. I have played Path of Radiance (GC), Radiant Dawn (Wii), and Shadow Dragon (DS) before. I forget which difficulties I played those games on, but permadeath was always present (with a few exceptions.) So I've searched online about the difficulties, and people seem to say either Hard - Classic or Lunatic-Casual are good difficulty combinations. In the first case the game feels like classic fire-emblem, while in the latter case the gameplay feels quite different, more like a strategy board game (i.e chess.) Is this true? Which do you prefer and why? 

Why not both? The game has multiple save-games, I use it to try different difficulty-combinations. I play a map and then play it again in the other combination. Works for me.

Sure I guess that is a good idea, since gameplay supposedly is affected a lot by it - and if I find I have more fun from one setting much more than the other I can just drop the other save file. 

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The reason why I chose not to do Lunatic & Classic is because I read that you'll just constantly be resetting the console to keep characters ( I found myself doing this enough in previous Fire Emblem games.) I've also read that even with the casual setting, Lunatic is harder than Hard & Classic. 



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Start with Hard Classic since you're not new to this game series

Go with Lunatic Classic/Casual after first run. (tbh, Lunatic is only difficult for the first few chapters, when your characters are super weak)



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Classic is best, though its the reason I take months to beat FE games. I restart if 1 guy dies or if I fail to recruit someone.


Just you wait till recruiting that general in FE6. He was one of the worst characters to recruit in FE6+ history :P



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I wanted to enjoy the game so I played in casual I believe when I beat it. Loved it



I'd say hard-classic for your first go at it since it is the traditional way to play Fire Emblem. I'd still recommend trying lunatic-casual but keep that off for a second playthrough since it feels like a different experience.



Thanks for the replies! I'll probably go with hard/classic then, since I'm used to it. But I'll experiment with the lunatic setting as well.