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Sun: Dark Dawn
Score: 7.5 / 10
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
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
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.
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.