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Platform

DS

 

Genre

Role-Playing

 

Publisher

Nintendo

 

Developer

Camelot

 

ESRB

E +10 (Everyone)

 

Released

November 29, 2010

 

 

- In-depth RPG
- Hours of gameplay
- Holds true to the original and adds a few new twists

 

 

- Not quite as charming as the original
- Slow start, the story drags in the beginning
- The game still feels like itís on the GBA at times

 

 

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Golden Sun: Dark Dawn

Score: 7.5 / 10

 

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Itís a good year to be an RPG fan because there are certainly a lot of them coming out on the Nintendo DS as the system reaches its maturity. Thatís not necessarily a good thing for Golden Sun: Dark Dawn as it attempts to stand out from the crowd in a certainly over crowded market.

Taking place 30 years after the first set of games on the GBA (circa 2003) the world is once again in danger and you have to take on the legacy left by your parents. Iím

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not going to say much else about it because I donít want to spoil it, but suffice it to say there will be a lot of dialogue to explain what is going on (and in some cases, I almost felt like it was too much Ė for a handheld game anyways).

With your party you are of course going to encounter battles. Itís pretty standard fare here, with turn based battles that let you attack with your weapons or

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magic (which here is called Psynergy). Youíll also collect cool little creatures called Dijinn. Honestly, they are a little bit like Pokemon.

This is probably the best part of the game, in my opinion. The Dijinn can be used to summon bigger creatures to help in battles (and they have their own cutscenes). It adds an element of excitement to an otherwise standard rare RPG. Keep in mind that I might be a little jaded in this respect, just because the game does feel more like an evolution from what we had almost ten years ago in this series rather than something completely refreshingly new.

 

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The puzzles in the game are fairly simple, taking a cue from many games before it where the clue to solving the mystery usually lies within the latest magical ability you acquired. Itís just a little too predictable in that regard.

So if youíve never ventured into Weyward you might find this offering just rather average compared to what else is out there, but if youíve been in this world before and you like it, youíre going to again. Itís like RPG comfort food. Youíve been here before, you know what to expect, so sit down Ė grab your stylus, and prepare for another journey.

 

- Syd Bolton

(April 4, 2011)

 


Syd Bolton is Canadaís top videogame collector who surrounds himself in thousands of classic video games at the Personal Computer Museum (http://www.pcmuseum.ca/) in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

 

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