I really like Fire Emblem. The latest game Awakening is no exception, as proven by the fact that I scored it quite favorably in my review of it-- despite some pretty glaring problems that make it worse overall than almost any other Fire Emblem title.
Above all the other problems I mentioned, I think the writing is probably the worst offender of all-- the utter lack of overarching lore in Fire Emblem Awakening is pretty criminal. The two former-continents on which Awakening takes place, Valm (Valentia from Fire Emblem II) and Ylisse (Archanea from Marth’s games) have very rich background and history to them, yet it lies all but forgotten in the latest Fire Emblem installment.
As much as I love the silly high school locker-room supports in Awakening, I’d much rather the writers focused on some sort of secret texts for the player to find that reveals what kind of things happened in the 2000 years between Awakening and the other games.
*sigh* Maybe next time...