posted by dabluesman (ALEXANDRIA, VA) Jun 21, 2008
Member since Apr 2008
Advance Wars Dual Strike is a great game. It has decent AI to battle against, and there are a ton of maps. You can earn experience points and choose which abilities you want to unlock (each ability allows for a bonus modifier to a particular stat if you turn that ability on for a game). You can also use credits that you earn for playing to unlock more people, more maps, harder difficulty levels, etc. Campaign mode is challenging, especially if you want to go for all the best ranks (S-ranks) for each battle. A new mode introduced this go around allows for an action game where you can choose a CO, and control a tank, infantry, or artillery in real time and go around blasting the enemy. It is a great way to blow off some steam in between a few of the longer battle maps. In all, this game should be a definite buy game (not just rent) for any strategy fan out there. Unfortunately, it is very hard to find (the sequel is out, but I like this version better). Rent it and you will see what I mean. It's a great game.
There have been plenty of classic games within the mere RTS genre (real-time strategy), and a number have hit the Gameboy platform. However, never has one exactly embraced the concept to an extent that we can find in board games and what-not. Two series that hit the American market several years ago onto the Gameboy Advanced were both Advanced Wars and Fire Emblem, which many gamers cherished almost instantly the time of release. Although unfortionate, a Nintendo DS form of Fire Emblem was never developed, an Advanced Wars was into this game, Advanced Wars: Dual Strike.
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.