It was a very simple trailer, but a very effective one. It depicted a young man (who would later become my favorite video game character) racing to find his father fighting a knight in pure black armor. The fight was intense, and though skilled, the father would eventually lose.
Again, a very simple trailer. In fact, to my recollection, they showed nothing else but that, no gameplay, teases of what else was in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, just that very heartbreaking scene. And that was enough for me. I wanted to know more, and I wanted to play the game.
So I waited for Path of Radiance to come out, and when it did, I got it. At first, it wasn't the game I was expectred, probably because i went from full motion trailer to turn based strategy RPG. But I quickly got over that, and soon become fully immersed in the world that was Fire Emblem. And I loved it.
Path of Radiance still stands as one of the best Fire Emblem games in my mind. The characters are great, the writing is tight, the gameplay is fun and deep, and I loved the themes that were running throughout the game. Themes about the role of one man in the world, about how our own nature can cause great pain when don't like someone cause of how they look or act. I'm a story guy, and that meant a lot to me.
So as I beat Path of Radiance, I was very content. It was a good game, I would replay a LOT going forward. But even then...my journey had just started...