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The most addictive game ever returns - but this time it's even better!
on 25 January 2008
Advance Wars: Dual Strike has always been my favourite game on the Nintendo DS, possibly even my favourite game from the past few years, racking up over 120 gameplay hours on it over the 2 years that I've had it. So when I heard that there was a sequel coming out, I just couldn't wait and I wasn't dissapointed in the slightest. In fact, it even exceeds my expectations.
GAMEPLAY - 5/5
Simply unbeatable. The actual structure of the gameplay is fairly straight forward - you have an army of units where you take it in turns with your opponent(s) to move your units strategically and eliminate all of their units or capture their HQ.
The game can either be played using the stylus and touch screen (which is my preferred way of playing, as it is faster and easier to use) or by using the d-pad and A, B, X, Y, L & R buttons.
GRAPHICS - 3/5
The visuals on the map screen in Dark Conflict aren't the best and aren't much better than they were back on the Gameboy Advance AW titles. The new gritty style to the game adds more seriousness to it and the animations do seems to be a lot better than the previous DS game. It just goes to show though that next-gen visuals are not all a game needs to make it brilliant.
SOUND - 3/5
Dark Conflict has lost it's quirky, memorable Nintendo tunes that were present in Dual Strike and have replaced it with rock guitar music that is ok, but not great. It does fit in with it's new image very well however.
LIFESPAN - 5/5
Endless. Like I said earlier, Dual Strike kept me entertained for over 120 hours (and probably would have kept going if this hadn't been released) so with the addition of the online play via Nintendo Wi-Fi and the 100+ maps on the single player Free Play mode (as well as Story, multi-cart and map builder modes) this game could literally be played forever with unlimited gameplay. There are also 270 medals to win, so once you start playing you will get addicted and try to win all of these.
OVERALL - 5/5
The only thing missing from Dual Strike was the online play, now that Dark Conflict has this feature, this game couldn't be more complete. Unbeatable gameplay, unlimited lifespan and endless entertainment. What more could you want? Good-bye social life!
- EDIT 05/02/08 -
After playing this for a good 2 weeks now, I must warn that if you are new to the Advance Wars series, it may be worth getting Dual Strike beforehand (unless you want it purely for online play) as this does get very difficult very early on in the game and I can imagine would be quite impossible without previous experience.