EDIT: Changed issue #4.
EDIT: Changed the issue and reason for #5.
EDIT: 14. Bow range isn’t high enough.
Not only can magic counter bow attacks at 2 range, they can also hit the user up close at 1 range so there isn’t a counter attack, and throwing weapons can do the same thing, bows are the only weapons that can’t attack either without a counter attack, the range should at least be 2-3 IMO.
EDIT: 15. Mounted units should be unrescueable, should be able to rescue unmounted units, but shouldn’t be able to move again without the Savior skill.
Mounted units are very if not too good.
EDIT: 16. Boss weapons should be unbreakable.
I see little reason for the change to be done in the vanilla game if issue #1 on my list isn’t done, but if it is then it needs to be done.
EDIT: 17. One or all the stat boosting items need to be nerfed, especially the Angelic Robe, maybe (please don’t quote me on this) to +3 instead of +7, and to +1 instead of +2 for the rest, then make them more available through unique acquirement circumstances, like a hard to reach chest on a limited turn map, a hard to reach village, a unique purchase from a NPC merchant etc.
Stat boosting items can fix a weakness (or weaknesses) in a character that make them distinct and unique among the cast, while I think they should stay I also think they should be nerfed, especially the Angelic Robe, and then players can acquire more in the game as a reward for something impressive they do.
EDIT: 18. Most classes should only use one weapon.
If characters could use multiple weapons it could allow them to have the WPN Triangle advantage almost always which makes things much easier for the players especially if they are in good terrain.
- Weapon and stave uses are too high, making the uses redundant (hence Fates Infinite uses).
It allows you to stack weapons in your inventory and never use them,
(we’ve all been there,) and allows you to just use silver weapons or
Killer weapons with little worry, with reductions of the problem it
makes the sell prices go down a lot more per use, so if you acquired
a new weapon by exempli gratia an enemy drop, selling it could be a lot
more useful than just chucking it into the supply.
- Vulneraries and Elixirs have too many uses,
they should have only 1 use IMO.
This gives too much forgiveness to the players and allows them not only
to heal three times but to heal, then have another unit trade it to their
inventory and heal them, and then rinse and repeat once more or more depending
on the number you have, compared to the enemies who can do it
only once if that, or if a boss has an Elixir/Vulnerary and is a tank
it just prolongs his/her inevitable end (imagine Lunatic Grima with a 3 use Elixir
shiver) when it could have just one use
and bam use it once they can’t use it again.
- Terrain gives too much avoid.
This is again so the player gets less favor from the
mechanics because the player will reach the better terrain first,
but this also helps the players if an enemy Swordmaster
got in a mountain or forest which is unlikely, if you’re a
good FE player but it’s still something.
- Most GBA playable characters base stats are too high, except characters who already have low stats like Nino, Amelia and Ewan.
This is so leveling up is a lot more varied,
even until the end of a players level ups and of course
because of the 30 stat cap, I don’t want enemies or players
to be capped in every stat by the end because that takes away
from the variability of the game, when members mentioned
‘stat inflation’ I set out to fix the problem, here it is.
The 30 stat cap GBA limit is also why
Nerf > Buff for the GBA. @MeatofJustice
- Weapon stats aren’t balanced.
But specifically all weapons may need more
hit rate maybe 5+ or 10+, and I guess the Killer weapons need to be nerfed,
also I think the iron weapons MT needs to be reduced or bronze weapons need to be added.
Most enemies have low skill and luck, giving more hit to weapons
will balance out this difference and make the players hits more likely
to succeed and the enemies, not just the players, this way if the
player had an 80% chance of hitting they would have 85 or 90 instead,
and when it comes to already high
percentages higher is even better,
the Iron weapons MT being reduced or Bronze weapons being added makes the Def or Res stat better and armor knights as well.
also MT of weapons can be in the player’s favor as well, like
the Silver Sword, which does unusually high damage
(only one less of the Silver Lance???) and is
a weapon the player will mainly be using, specifically
- Important enemy boss character stats aren’t high enough on Normal and higher difficulties, this does not apply to easy mode.
If there is an important boss like Lyon for example, without strong units I don’t think surviving his attacks should be guaranteed because that makes him dangerous and rewards players for good strategies. this does not apply to easy mode.
- Defense and resistance stats maximum at 30 isn’t high enough.
Weapon MT being too high causes this to be a problem.
- Weapon MT is too high and goes past 30 Atk too easily to 40-50, and so makes beating a general easy because of the 30 Def/Res cap.
I agree with Zmr nerfing weapon MT or class Str caps isn’t a good idea.
- Base classes should have varied class caps, so that a base class can’t go too high in every stat.
Stat boosters are what can make this a problem
if a player with a Mage got two Dracoshields and kept first/one turn resetting
for Defense they could have about 10 or 12 Defense, or if they got two
speedwings could have 16 or 20 Speed which I feel is too much.
- Weapons, staves, and items don’t cost enough.
Most of the time at the end of the game you have
too many weapons in the inventory and haven’t used many,
this will reduce how many weapons you can keep and makes
enemy weapon, stave, item drops, and chests, much more appreciated.
- Class base stats, need to be balanced better.
Most Magic classes have odd very low Atk or Magic stats,
the Soldier class is pathetic, the Assassin class has the OP
lethality and odd bases (that are just as good as a Theif’s? W-what???)
The mercenary classes base stats are too high etc.
- (For FE7-8 only.)
WPN TRI. improves/reduces Hit and Avoid too much
at 15+ or - Hit and Avoid, I recommend 10+ or - Hit and Avoid.
Enemy and player balance again.
- The text speed options aren’t useful, and the
normal text speed is slow.
The Slow and Normal option is what I’m
talking about here I should have mentioned that, who
uses those two options? I think everyone can read just fine without the slow text speed,
and the FE6, FE8, and JP FE7 text speed I still find slow on normal.
Here are some of my opinions on the issues with the GBA games, they are of course also some small problems I have with: The Sacred War and Project Ember hacks. In case anybody is working on a hack and wanted to improve the gameplay of their games, some issues to consider could be here.
Concerning why I consider these problems:
Let me start by saying for me I feel most FE games
unfairly favor the the player, with broken weapons
(like the killer, silver, reaver, and throwing weapons)
and characters especially because of there high base stats
and high growths, I feel the ‘strategy’ element of FE
is made too easy to disappear because of the problems I’ve pointed out,
and so you know, I’m talking about the GBA FE games on
their Normal difficulty level, Hard or higher can be just as easy IMO, but takes
more grinding, if you don’t farm EXP you could have a very annoying time
finishing the game, and might even get stuck mid playthrough,
a very good example of that is the final chapter of PoR on Hard mode
but it’s BEXP LV up resetting instead of EXP farming,
(assuming you didn’t know about the Wrath and Resolve combo
and didn’t get Nasir)
if you weren’t carefully increasing
Ike’s stats and getting certain scrolls you can get stuck at the end.
If you played on Normal, of course, the beginning has medium difficulty, but as you play through the strategy element disappears or reduces, the player becomes laidback and IMO
just slogs through the game with boring bosses and enemies,
to make characters even better you have broken stat boosters that
can fix pretty much any stat, especially the Angelic Robe
which gives a large HP increase of 7,
think about Seth, Ike or Ryoma only FE playthroughs.
The reason why I want most of these changes is so that the game
favors the player less and favors the CPU more, and as a result
makes the gameplay more balanced between the player
and the CPU, so that on any difficulty having a single
character playthrough is more difficult, and on
the hardest difficulty without farming impossible.