Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
Finally, something that brings me back to the DS.
Okay, first off. The first two were huge hits in my eyes.
The story was gripping, the lore legitimate, and the characters had solid back stories. You could always know whats going on and would actually WANT to know whats going on in them. Which is something I can rarely say for RPG's.
The gameplay was classic, and amazing too boot. And I hope that they keep that here in the next installation, which I am greatly looking forward too.
So far, I can tell that it'll be a continuation of what happened from the second game. Which is something that's been pestering me ever since I beat the final boss in Golden Sun: The Lost Age.
Vale gets completely turn into a crater, everyone is okay though... However I always wondered what happened to the townspeople that seemed to have been missing from the final cut scene.
But, meh. NPC's are a dime a dozen.
But, all I can say is. I HIGHLY doubt the game team at Camelot will disappoint this time around.
This will be something I get on the second it's released.
I love RPG games. I've always been a fan of the Tales Series for the other consoles, where the combat is Real Time. However, before I ever heard of Real Time Combat, I decided to try this game on the whim, back when Golden Sun first came to GBA, because I was bored of all my previous games. I first sought it as a regular FF type of game, but I was wrong as they involved different mix of spells depending on a special creature called a Djinn. There are 4 types of Djinn, Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water. These Djinn can be set or unset, depending if you want to utilize their pre-skill, then unleash a powerful summon. Golden Sun mixes in a perfect combination of something we've never seen before, with the natural of summoning. If you love RPG games, you will LOVE this game. I've gotten all summons in the Golden Sun Lost Age, and I still play it because of all fun it is. It has some puzzles and neat spells as well as summons. Golden Sun DS is scheduled to come out in Early Nov 2010 :)
Pathetic, A HUGE Letdown.
I was and still am a fan of the Goldensun series through GBA, But this game, It hurt me mentally just to play it. Somehow the graphics are worse than on the GBA. The gameplay was far too easy, there was no amazing fights like on its previous versions because the enemy ALWAYS died too fast. Its like this game was made for children. I gave every rating a 1 because I can't give it a 0. The only reason graphics got a 2 is because the fight scene graphics were decent but because of the blocky, blotchy, and overall oddly shaped graphics I feel that a rating of 2 is generous. This game possessed no challenge. Leveling up, better gear, dinjin, these are things that hardly mattered since the fights were so easy. I believe the game could be beaten naked, that is without any gear at all. I hope to witness and enjoy future masterpieces like its predecessors and avoid another embarrassment like Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. I will be looking and hoping for another title from golden sun, I haven't given up on the series quite yet.
Quickly returned it
It's always hard to one up a great rpg but this games predecessors leave it in the dust. The introduction of so many new civilizations, groups of people, world events etc. watered the game down so much. They added nothing to the story. The story itself was also very lame pretty much the children of the warriors of vale trying to live up to their parents legacy. The worst part was the nonstop dialogue. There was more dialogue than actual playing the characters never knew when to shut up. I returned it after three days.
It's been years, and the wait is finally over!
I've heard of this game coming out for close to a year now, and they finally got the title. I seen the preview for the game the other day at GameStop, I paused at what I was doing, and looked up at the TV they have set up. Let's just say I am AMAZED at what I seen. I grew up with Golden Sun, I recall getting the first one when i was around 13-14, and the second one a year or two after, can't remember. I loved the games and I hoped for another one, after all these years, it finally happened! If the two GBA Golden Suns were that good, I hope for this one to deliver as well.
Just like the first two games.
It is an amzing game. The graphics are great (keeping in mind that its on DS) for the DS. The sounds are the same. You still get that funny sound when you jump, and the 'beeping sound' when you pick and option. The battle system has improved a lot. It's smoother and prettier now. The spells and summonings look wonderful, and the game still doesn't tell you EXACTLY what to do like in the first two. I haven't been able to put it down for very long. You can definatly play this game without playing the first two. It tells you what happened in those ones in several different ways. SUMMARY: Great game.
Good Story, Bad Sequel
I loved this game. It had amazing gameplay, incredible graphics, and the story in this individual game was really good. My only problem with this game (dropping it from a 10 to a 9) is the fact that it doesn't really continue Golden Sun: The Lost Age. Sure there are a few things related to it, but overall it doesn't really answer any questions that it created in relation to what happened in TLA.
It answers a few questions, but poses more than it answers. They made it seem like the ending would explain everything about what you most wanted to know, but it didn't really explain anything. It was, in my opinion, the worst ending I've ever seen in a game. It's a cliffhanger in which you fall to a perilous death. It implies a couple things, but it jumps over things that could make better.
*END OF SPOILER ALERT*
Overall, this game was awesome, and had it's own good story. However, as a sequel it didn't really continue the previous story as well as it could have. I have to wait for yet another sequel to have my questions answered.
Fun, but is very long and is repetitive
This game is very fun. The graphics are not the best, but they are pretty good for a portable system game. They are in 3rd dimension, in case you do not know. The music sounds like it could be from older games, but it's not a big issue for me. Definitely not as good as Dragon Quest, but it is another good RPG. A few problems are that when you change armor, it is not visible in the world view, or in battles. Only the weapons are visible, which is a bit of a disappointment. It has some scary sequences and frightening looking monsters, like zombies and bosses. I am saying that about my own frights; other things might scare you in this game, like the music or monsters. Just giving you a heads up. I will not give spoilers for the end of the game, but the end of the game is left hanging. It will probably lead off to the next game. I'm assuming the first part of the game was led from the previous games' ending. So if you don't mind the ending to be hanging, or it to be very long and a bit tedious, then this game is okay for you.
A great series is born anew
So the first two games in the series were amazing, they had a great story, a coulorful cast of characters, amazing abilities and insidious yet heartfelt characters. It brought handheld RPG's to a whole other level. The character development through out the two games (one full story, two games) was superb. This game is not a remake of the first two, it is more a sequel seeing as it takes place after the events of the first two. This series is awe inspiring and from the brief but amazing preview it looks like the improved on the already sturdy foundation. In my opinion this game is a must have for any RPG fans or people wanting a great game for the DS. I already have it on pre-order and I can not wait.
an excellent game, and it's well worth your time and money.