Yeah, the voice acting is a bit rough at times. Even Azura’s song has that very typical English Dub feel to it, despite being a nice song.
The first 6 chapters, and the beginning chapters or each path, go very very quickly. I haven’t gotten too far in, but it feels like the pacing has slowed down a bit since then. We’re given some time to get used to the situation at least.
There are a couple problems I have, both of which connect with the messy pacing of the starting chapters. First, the game doesn’t feel like a big conflict as Awakening did. Maybe it’s due to the removal of the map screen, or maybe it’s how quickly events transpire… Whatever it is, I don’t feel as invested in the countries of this realm as I did with somewhere like Akaneia. This has a weird effect on the atmosphere of the game too… I’m not really getting it. Maybe I need to warm up to the soundtrack or something.
The avatar’s position in the world is pretty strange too. He’s supposed to be this sheltered kid, but, at least in the Hoshido side of it all, he takes up a leader position and gets by fine. It’s not like Robin where you start weak and become stronger as you move out from under Chrom’s shadow. Corrin’s personality doesn’t match what I expected from the first few chapters. This all might be fine to me eventually, but for now, it certainly feels strange.
The important stuff though is almost all there. Lots of couples to ship. There’s a cool castle to design, you can interact with more characters between missions than in Awakening, and there’s some new interesting weapons and classes this time around. Avatar customization was a bit lacking, but you can’t get it all right.