So, I'm a major XCOM fanatic. Have over 600 hours into it, beat it on Impossible with several Second Wave options. I bought Fire Emblem because of Patrick's praise and saying how much more complex or depth it has than XCOM and if you're a fan of XCOM you should try it.
After playing it, I feel that recommendation is one of the worst I've ever followed up on. The game is nothing like XCOM. There is no randomness as far as I can tell and the entire battlefield seems to be the exact same on retry's (presumably upon starting a new game as well). I've done a few missions and kept losing a lot of people and restarted. This is how I eventually figured out what moves I needed to make to win, but then I can make those exact moves for that mission and as far as I can tell it just causes me to win every time; unlike the entire point of XCOM, it being a random affair and needing to make the best decision you can on the fly. Not to mention the meta-game is absent.
So, being annoyed and not having fun, I stopped playing. But now, I want to give the game another go by looking at it as its own game and not a game similar to XCOM. It may have been that expectation that made me not like it.
But then, how do I play this game? If I retry a mission enough times it seems I eventually figure out what the optimal moves are, but I'm not having a ton of fun with that specific type of trial and error. I'm assuming it's possible to finish missions first try, but I'm missing something into how to go about doing that.
It seems my characters do very low amounts of damage. I need 2-3 guys to take out one enemy. They only need 2 sometimes 3 to take one of my guys out, but it seems I'm mostly outnumbered. I haven't found a way to protect my people. If they are in range, they will get hit. But they need to be in range eventually or else I can't take anyone out. In the end, it seems like whatever move I make, on the first counter of the enemy turn they can take out at least one of my guys.
Like I said, I've found ways to completely avoid this, but that's by just analyzing my failure and enemy movement and retrying. I don't really want to do that. Does anyone understand what I'm talking about? Any tips to how I should play this game? I'm probably just missing something, but I can't really see what it is.