Cursor/clock RNG manipulation is an unintended exploit.
Save states and ROM hacking is cheating.
Breaking Awakening in half is called 'buying and equipping a Nosferatu tome' or 'paying for grind DLC'.
Even if you cursor/clock exploit in FE7, you still need more strategy to get an S rank score than it takes to bowl through Awakening.
One more correction - (almost?) every FE from 6 onward takes two RNG samples to determine combat results, taking whichever result favors the player in hitting or dodging.
"this is what happens when you make a game for fans of the series first and foremost" uhh really? so people who enjoy FE for balanced, skill based tactical strategy aren't "fans of the series"?
Hey, you asked so I assumed you weren't familiar with RNG abuse. If all you can do is condescend and complain in response then enjoy talking to yourself!
I'd forgotten that you could promote a unit into basically any second tier class in Shadow Dragon. I can appreciate IS's decision to make that possible, but dang it could ruin a unit if you weren't careful. I just played it safe and stuck with the usual promotions.
Anyway, there are a lot of paralogue chapters to get all the kids. Some of them have been pretty dang hard too! I wanted EXP in Chapter 14 (at least I think it was 14 so I didn't side with either team and had to deal with the load of second tier reinforcements that showed up afterward. Haven't ground units in the DLC chapters for a while. I'm beginning to understand all the mystery in the story though after the chapter where I picked up the MU's kid. Outside of leveling the second generation, I'll probably hold off on the rest until after I complete the main story. I'm also thinking I'll start another game on Normal mode and play through it again, this time with a female MU. I'll also do a better job at pairing off the units. I did pretty good with some of them, but others I just paired with whomever was available and while they're still good units there is an obvious difference in their stats.
Lissa's kid is killing it. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have Donnel as his father and the kid is insanely powerful. Activates Lethality regularly, and they were able to tank their way, solo, through a tough map, filled with second tier enemies. Resistance is a little lacking like Donnel's, but otherwise totally awesome.