Critic & User Reviews
Perfect Strategy Game
posted by Kimoon (BROOKLYN, NY) Apr 27, 2006
Member since Jan 2003
13 out of 14 gamers (93%) found this review helpful
The graphics of the game are quirky. Even though it is a deep involved war simulation the game has very cute graphics. Oddly enough it works. The games battle animations and the facial expression of the commanders as they win and lose battles are often hysterical to watch. However with that said, you will turn off the animation since they do get repetitive.
The turning of the animation isn’t a knock against its graphics though. It is more of a testament to the addictive gameplay. The game is so good you will want to squeeze in many turn as possible. The game AI is awesome and will give plenty of challenge to anyone. There is a decent storyline in to the main campaign and the game also has enough maps and CO to extend the life of the game as a single player or multiplayer.
The features of the DS are implemented well into the game. The top screen usually displays information on either terrain or unit that has been selected. While you can control your units with the stylus should you choose to do so. One of the new features is a double screen battle. Where air units will fight on the top screen (automatically, but you have to send reinforcement) while ground troops fight on the bottom. This adds a whole new tactical element to the game. The other new feature is using two CO. This adds a lot of new strategical elements since each CO has advantages and disadvantages.
Advance Wars DS will be instantly familiar to those who played the series before but has enough new features to make the game fun again. For those new to the series this is easily the best game of the bunch.
Extremely Fun and Highly Addictive Strategy Combat
posted by HybridMark (SAMMAMISH, WA) Apr 12, 2008
Member since Apr 2008
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Check this game out if you like strategy games like Fire Emblem (although this does not have RPG elements, I still believe any Fire Emblem fan would absolutely love it). Great characters, cool story, awesome vehicles. Rent it!
posted by Kagenin (ROCKLIN, CA) Apr 18, 2006
Member since Jan 2006
10 out of 15 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
If you like deep gameplay that you can spend hours engrossed in, pick it up. If you trip over your own IQ, and require a game with gratuitous sexuality or violence, well, then don't waste your time. Maybe get a PSP instead?
I hate it
posted by btlejongo (MODESTO, CA) Apr 28, 2006
Member since Mar 2006
6 out of 59 gamers (10%) found this review helpful
The first thing i noticed about this game was the very dorky main character. he by far wins my award for the most dorkiest character EVER. he says things like..."word" and (a direct quote) "you should be all like, what up now black hole" i guess they were just trying to make this person seem and talk like a real person would in today's world, but it just looks stupid when its written down and especially when its in a video game.
i must be really handicapped or something because i thought this game, though it seemed quite solid, was very hard! i couldn't even pass the 5th mission or so. i must have missed something, because i had no idea how to use each unit to its full potential.
i just don't agree with the people that say that this is a 10 or that this is a must have for the DS. i just plain didn't like it. it didn't interest me and i thought it was very ...lame. so with this i concluded and realized that i don't like war strategy games... or just strategy games in general.
Only for those who have played the previous games!
posted by gameexpert13 (FREDERICKSBURG, VA) Aug 16, 2012
Member since Jun 2012
A Great Old-School Advance Wars Title
posted by ichiji (OAKLAND, CA) Sep 9, 2009
Member since Apr 2006
This title goes back to the original formula, and that's all good. The last title (Days of Whatsit) got too far away from that. This title is back to the old look and feel, and the old mood -- more upbeat. The mission maps are well designed and just the right amount of challenge.
My only gripe about this title is that it doesn't have the many War Room maps that the last title did. Also, I wished I could turn off the special CO features -- I prefer the "pure" game play. (Maybe there were settings to change this but I did not find them, though I completed the mission storyline.) The "tag" feature seemed a bit like cheating to me, and I barely liked it more when it was my turn to take advantage of it than when it was used against me.
But those are minor gripes. It's a great game.
posted by BlackDog33 (HARVEST, AL) Jul 30, 2008
Member since Oct 2007
Didn't like the anime drama between missions (and didn't see a way to skip it entirely). Simple game style would have fit in better 10 years ago.
Great Strategy Game
posted by dabluesman (ALEXANDRIA, VA) Jun 21, 2008
Member since Apr 2008
Strategy Plus 2000, and it's Even Mini
posted by bajjer (SAN ANTONIO, TX) Nov 21, 2007
Member since Nov 2007
Intelligent Systems even did a great job improving several points of the game's system. We are met at first with a chunky amount of gameplay of several different menus more than before, such as the War Room (this shouldn't seem new), survival, and combat, among others. More noticeable are the refreshing three-dimensional graphics, an improvement from the previous 2D prequels. In more depths can find a much smarter AI that can pose to be a challenge, and the famous strategic value this game's series delivers. It is true, though, that Andy from GameInformer gave undoubtfully correct judgement about the game's strength in strategy above most other games; it is far above average in challenge, intricacy, and innovation from any modern or past RTS (more specifically, tbs, turn-based strategy) the game industry has seen. If you are looking for a video game to tickle your logic like Checkers, then Dual Strike is simply perfect for you.
Here is where a mature underdog, above most other games of this genre, is located. It includes enough of a superior AI, different gameplays, and strategic system that can last one almost as long as any modern online-multiplayer game. Really, it does happen to hold an unforgettable play in the industry, and we hope to see that again in the upcoming sequel, Advanced Wars: Days of Ruin, set to release January of 2008.
BEST DS GAME EVER
posted by jkranger (TULSA, OK) Jul 26, 2007
Member since Jan 2006
Must have for the DS
posted by Well111111 (NEWARK, DE) Jul 14, 2007
Member since Apr 2007
The only reason this game could get a low rating is because people that don't like tactical games (like this one) play the game don't get how to play there-fore thinking it's too hard and give the game a unfair score.
I AW:ds is a turn-based tactical game similar to chess, but not as complex. Very fun and worth the money to buy cause when your bored, this game is a great time killer!
The perfect strategy game
posted by Bonnie (ANCHORAGE, AK) May 11, 2007
Member since Aug 2005
The game is relatively simple at first, getting introducing you to many different tactics. Then, as the name implies, you are introduced to a type of battle in which you have two battlegrounds: one on on the bottom screen and one on the top screen. You only control the battle on the top screen, but its very important that you keep an eye on the top screen as well. You'll have the option of sending reinforcements up to the battle on the top screen (which usually takes place in the sky), and changing your comrade A.I.'s fighting style. What style you choose is heavily dependent on what you are trying to accomplish.
As I mentioned before, you'll truly feel like a commander as you survey the battlefield and look over your options as you decide your next move. Although you'll want to try to eliminate enemy forces, it's not always so simple (or smart) to just charge your opponent in a full frontal assault. Each type of unit has a limited amount of fuel and ammo (each time a unit moves, it uses up fuel/rations relative to the distance it travels.). You'll also come across factories, which you'll want to capture for producing more units. Factories are a very good way to rally an army. To defeat your opponent, you'll need to either defeat all of his units or capture his HQ, which is the "king piece" of chess. If ur HQ is captured, you lose.
However, almost all games have a downside of some kind. The game might get boring for those of you that don't like strategy games, and the amount of options you have is almost overwhelming.
This game is a must have for those of you that love a good puzzle or strategy game.
posted by Chainsawed (MONTEREY, CA) May 4, 2007
Member since Apr 2007
Not much new...
posted by pixelator (SAN RAFAEL, CA) Apr 20, 2007
Member since Nov 2005
The graphics seem to be a step backward from the previous two GBA outings for this franchise, and the dual battlefield scenarios are somewhat tiresome. I also found it quicker and easier to manage units with the d-pad and buttons... So much for the touchscreen making a difference.
Just not as great as I'd hoped, but still the best turn based strategy game on DS (or PSP).
Gotta rent it!
posted by killaxdawg (HONOLULU, HI) Mar 8, 2007
Member since Jan 2007
posted by DrPepper (BROOMFIELD, CO) Nov 16, 2006
Member since Dec 2005
posted by Pizzalogic (DAVIE, FL) Sep 14, 2006
Member since Sep 2006
Pros: Improved units, missions and, maps. Touch screen used well. Both screens used together in very creative styles. With a TON of lasting apeal.
Cons: No online play. And DS download play, only lets u play real time combat mode.
All in All: A very interested, fun addictive game. You will not be disopointed.
posted by mrgamer (SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ) Sep 10, 2006
Member since Jul 2006
one of the best
posted by drunkyb (FORT WORTH, TX) Sep 2, 2006
Member since Mar 2006
For most gamers,you cant go wrong with this game.
posted by mooserule (LARCHMONT, NY) Jul 23, 2006
Member since Jul 2006
Turn Based Strategy / Tactics DS Style
posted by Unwound (SACRAMENTO, CA) Jul 5, 2006
Member since Jun 2006
Why would I prefer this game over say Civilization IV, Heroes of Might and Magic V, or Final Fantasy Tactics? Simply put, this game combines many of the best attributes that have led to the success of the aforementioned franchises.
Advance Wars: Dual Strike has a friendly approachable cartoonish style appropriate for any age group. The Game play is easy to grasp, but quickly becomes more complicated as you are pitted against greater odds, and increasingly complicated AI's. The Scenarios in the game often are simple enough to complete in less than half an hour, which by my opinion is right on the money for a portable game.
This is a game that I would recommend to anyone who owns a DS system. Especially if they enjoy the Turn Based Genre.
posted by Salem17 (BRONX, NY) Jun 15, 2006
Member since Oct 2004
GREAT GOOD TO GO GAME!
posted by R0MN3y (REEDLEY, CA) May 3, 2006
Member since May 2005