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on 21 July 2007
I bought this game as I've read many reviews on Amazon and elsewhere hailing it as one of the best titles available on the Nintendo DS.
The game is a stategy game along similar lines to Command and Conquer. In essence you control a turn-based army including units such as tanks, bazooka teams, mobile howitzers, helicopers, jets etc. Your objective is to capture buildings to gain 'money' then use this money to build tanks, planes etc then attack your enemy until either their entire army has been vanquished or you capture their HQ.
This is all well and good and the gameplay is involving and challenging, unfortunately this is my first gripe: in my humble opinion it is far TOO challenging. There are supposedly 300 missions in total. I reached level 13 then got totally stumped. The game is very VERY hard to play after the first few missions, you don't get anywhere near enough money to begin with and before you have a chance to build up a decent army to fight with the AI (which has alot more money available to build units at the beginning and builds them much faster) moves in and crushes your feeble defences. Some of the Commanding Officer characters which are supposedly able to command tank units and entire fleets of ships and aircraft are all about 13 years old and use stupid phrashes such as "'Sup?" and "Word!" they talk endlessly about rubbish and their 'helpful' info about playing the game is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
The two most infuriating things are: Unless you attempt to complete a battle in exactly the way the game wants you too its almost impossible to finish the battle and you have to start all over again which after fighting intensely for over after 2 hours is so annoying it makes you want to throw the DS out the window. Also if you find the game too hard to play (and you will) there is no difficulty setting available to make it a bit easier.
The only reason I haven't given this game 1 star is because there are some plus sides. The graphics are good and the gameplay (at least in the early stages) is fun and does keep you occupied for hours however as I've said it does get very hard, very fast and although I like a challenge as much as anyone else it goes beyond being a challenge and makes you want to break something!
All in all I am very disappointed and learned the valuable lesson of not listening to hype before buying computer games.