First off don't even consider buying the game, rent it. I rented the game and beat it in less than a day. And i'm bad at video games. So if you like games that aren't too hard to beat then this game is pretty good. However it is a drawback from the first game, the first game was much more difficult and much more engaging. DTLNC has some step ups, the graphics were much more improved and the game looked great for a DS game. The plot line was amazing, there's a lot of twists and turns, so if your a fan of the first game DTLNC is a must. The game follows the typical DTL format, you make a hero, you customize everything that helps you on your adventure. There are an excessive amount of cut scenes, but it most cases it helps with the plot line in major ways so they are necessary. You really have to pay attention to most of the cut scenes in order to even understand the plot line and especially the ending. Overall I think the game was great, despite the fact that it was a little less challenging and the game play was quick. But i highly recommend it.
The controls are similar to the mario series but you get to personalize your character and certain things in your environment. Don't expect detailed artwork, though. The screen is too small and the implements are to big. If you liked the 1st one you should like it, but if you didn't, this one isn't going to change your mind.
I had high hopes for this game because I loved the first one. Sadly, I don't even think the person who thought of this game even played the first one. I mean I would have enjoyed it if they hadn't made it a drawn to life game. I mean come on (spoiler) in the first game they kill off the main villain,then he comes back ?!? Also you never fight the interesting villains you found in the first game. Just the same villains over and over again. Also you don't get to customize things like in the last game. The only reason I didn't give this a one is because I am loyal to the first game.