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Golden Sun Dark Dawn

 

 

SCORE: 63

 

Golden Sun Dark Dawn 

 

Golden Sun Dark Dawn brings back a Gameboy Advance franchise that many role playing gamers remember fondly. Sadly time has not been very good to this franchise. All of the spiritual aspects of this game are something else that holds it down. The puzzles have gone from challenging to mind numbingly annoying with constant need of magical (psynergy) application. The twists and turns of the storyline are so dizzying that it can take an outline to try and keep track. Especially when gamers finally get to a quest they had started ten side quests ago.

Graphically Golden Sun Dark Dawn is disappointing. The detail in the characters is lacking for a DS game. The emotion images are a neat little touch. Expect hours of violence in watching characters attack monsters, and the reverse. The Djinn are elemental spirits that are used to help the player. They are used in battles, and then giant god like creatures can be summoned to decimate the enemies.

The music in Golden Sun Dark Dawn is very good in many instances. The battle screens and menu screens are not one of them. In fact the special effect sounds in the battles is irritating beyond belief. This reviewer had to turn the sound off during battles. There is talk of gods, ancient power civilizations and the adepts magical powers. Golden Sun Dark Dawn also includes religious statues from different eastern religions.

Golden Sun Dark Dawn contains many hours of game play for those interested in all of the various quests. There are many items, hidden armor, weapons, and Djinn that can be unearthed. The more that is found the more powerful your team will be. There are also enough characters to form two teams. My own money was spent on Golden Sun Dark Dawn, and it feels wasted.

The system in Golden Sun Dark Dawn is pretty deep. Many of the puzzles in the game are very thought provoking. Some are extremely difficult to solve, and others simple as pie. There is an insight spell that can help solve some of the puzzles. This is a very limited assistance tool though. Too often it did not help me find the solution. The puzzle room after puzzle room in some dungeons became tiresome. Many of the plot points seemed to be done to rehash an area just to artificially extend the story. This makes Golden Sun Dark Dawn drone on.

It is strange that Nintendo would not want Golden Sun Dark Dawn regionalized in terms of the religious content for Americans. Hopefully a future release will be considerate of the religious belief of the majority of Americans. This hand held game is twisted in more than one way.
- RPG Master

 

Graphics: 65%
Sound: 69%
Replay/Extras: 70%
Gameplay: 59%
Family Friendly Factor: 49%
System: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Rating:    ‘E10+’ for Everyone 10+
{Mild Fantasy Violence}

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