Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
minding its for a handheld system, the graphics don't disappoint, the sound is fantastic, and gameplay is unique to a fault (albeit there are no faults). the game and all it has to offer you works, period.
while I am not a fan of turn-based combat, the djinn the game offers makes it different from the final fantasy style of simply-pick-your-move-and-watch, not to mention a great deal of customization pulling you deeper into combat and the knowledge behind the mysterious creatures known as the djinn.
a game i'd play more than once, and have.
rpg fans, get into it
Definitely a play-it-again game!
While the most recent installment in the Golden Sun series is not as strategically demanding and challenging as the previous two, the complex story line and unforgettable characters make it just as good as it's predecessors. With new classes introduced, including the long sought after Wind Fighter and Earth Mage, the psynergy seen in this game coupled with the stunning new summons make it eye-catching even with the DS's limited graphics. Overall, one of my favorite games and definitely something to try out if you are a fan of fantasy.
One of my favorite game series.
Dark Dawn is a great addition to the Golden Sun series. It is well worth the money for all the great hours of gameplay you will get out of it. Even though the game gets a bad rap, it is actually a great game. I hope they make a forth game and continue the series.
I played the game for 37 hours straight and I usually don't go crazy like that. This game is truly beautiful with it's original concepts and the way the world is built so perfectly, it truly lives up to the first Golden Sun.
It did tick me off a little later on though. Some of the Djinn are a little harder to get to and I missed a lot of Summons on the way. Plus, right when I thought "All I wanted was the feather! Why is saving the world a side quest?" The game ended with so many unanswered questions that you already knew the answer to. Not to mention the fact that after passing certain checkpoints, you can't go back to finish things you didn't know you missed.
Honestly, it's a really good game for those who love games like Legend of Zelda or Kingdom Hearts and is definitely a recommendable.
A great installment to the series
Long ago, I got the first two Golden Sun games, and once I played through both of them, I loved the storyline, mechanics, and almost everything else the game has to offer. When I heard that there will be a Golden Sun 3, I just stood by and waited.
The day came when I went into Gamestop and picked up my reserved copy of Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. I spent my sweet time playing through the game, seeing all that I needed to see, and eventually beat the game after a week (which was me holding back). My final review on this game is that it is a great third installment to the game, and (no spoiler) if the ending is what it seems, there could be a fourth game.
This game has taken all of the great qualities that were in the past two games and put them into this game. The only thing mainly different about the game is the music, graphics, and more spells and moves.
There is only one "flaw" in this game that isn't in the past two games which I dislike, and that is after a certain part of the story, all the zones that you went to before got locked and you can never go back to them. If you missed a secret chest, or missed a Djinn (powerful ally that you pick up on your travels to boost your stats and acquire powerful moves), you can never go back and get them. Its ether search every nook and cranny of every zone and town, or just look online for a guide to make sure that you have gotten everything.
Beyond that, this is a great game to get, and I would recommend getting the first two games to play so that you can understand every detail about what is going on in this game.
Not too bad.
First off, this is the only Golden Sun game I've played, so I can't (and won't) compare it to the first two. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is a neat game, but I thought the battles were too easy; they should've included a Hard mode of some sort. The story was interesting (even though it ended with a MAJOR cliffhanger) and the Djinn are fun to find. I've played the game through to the end at least three times, and I still haven't found them all. Overall, this game is very good if you like puzzles, and decent if you're looking for a RPG.
Great game, hard puzzles....
I have played Golden Sun 1 on the GBA (skipped over two ^_^), and am still trying to beat 3. The graphics were above my expectations for the GS series, the Summons are spectacular, and the game moves at a faster rate than most RPGs. Other than that I wouldn't actually keep this game after beating it (the main reason being the hard puzzles, and sometimes the story tells you to go here, and yet you were where you needed to be when that happens >:( ). I only reccomend this if you are a GS fan, but for an RPG alone, it's good if you are saving up for a better game on the DS.
Great new game for the series
Like many other GS fans, I was so happy when they finally announced a new game for the series. The best part of this game is that it doesn't change the things that were good about the originals. The main characters are awesome and the plot is interesting. However, this game's graphics could have been better, seeing as it was released on a better system then the other two. About the only time they really take advantage of DS graphics are the cool summon sequences. Also, the game is way to easy, even for someone would hasn't play the other games. Hopefully, the next game is more challenging. It's still an awesome game and I don't know why their are so many negative review for it.
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.
Great game except for a couple of things...
The storyline and characters are all pretty sweet. my only complaints are the fact that you don't have any large dungeons. in The lost age you have places like airs rock or mars lighthouse, the kinda places that take at least an hour. in dark dawn you don't see many of those. my other complaint is that compared to the past games the bosses are way to easy. you dont need to stratigize for any of the bosses you just pretty much spam the djinn button.