An amazing spectacle! The best RPG on the GBA!!!!!
posted by RPGamer (SAN DIEGO, CA) Jan 19, 2007
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Why reinvent the wheel? It's always great to see interesting and unique elements in a game, but it's okay to stick to the tried and true formula as long as it is done right. Camelot stuck to this formula, and they certainly did it right.
STORY: The story is amazing! It never gets in the way of gameplay, and yet it delivers truly powerful moments making it unforgettable. Also, it should be noted that the graphics push the GBA to its limits and the soundtrack is one of the best I've ever heard in any game, period!
GAMEPLAY: This game is perfect for any RPG fan. If you lived through the SNES era, it will be a wonderful reminder of the glory days. Anyone too young for that era, will be able to experience what they missed out on with one of the most finely crafted 2D RPGs ever!! The game follows the traditional RPG formula with an overworld, dungeons, random encounters, and billions of quests. The dungeons contain what may be the very best puzzles ever crafted in an RPG. It also contains its own touches, such as Djinn, creatures found throughout the game which can be used in battle (performing various things such as attacking the opponent, defending or healing your party, and many other things) that add a whole new layer of strategy to the game. Also, though it may seem annoying at first, if you had multiple characters set to attack one creature and one of the characters kills that creature before the others attack, they enter defense mode rather than attacking that creature. This implements a new layer of strategy to battles, because it makes you think about which creatures you should attack instead of just hitting the attack button without thinking every turn. This small change makes random battles much, much more exciting.
LASTING APPEAL: The game contains a lengthy thirty hour main quest and billions of side quests. This game has enough depth to keep you occupied for a long time.
This is one of, if not the, best RPGs ever!! A must own!
If you're a lover of classic RPGs, Golden Sun will find a special place in your heart.
Story 8 The story in Golden Sun is a very simple tale of four heroes forced to go on a daring quest to stop the antagonists from fulfilling their diabolic plot and rescue the friends they abducted. But even though you've played this story before, Golden Sun does a wonderful job of captivating your interest all the same. I knocked off some points as the story didn't wrap up with the end of the game. There is a sequel but, as the story wasn't truly complete, I didn't feel it deserved a full 10.
Character 7 The characters in Golden Sun do little to stand out, but for the tale they are trying to tell, it works well. The main character may not undergo harsh trials that press him to the limit and push him to mature and grow, but the game wasn't trying to force these developments either. They might be archetypes, but you will soon find yourself cheering for them to complete their mission and rescue their friends.
Game Play 10 The game play was engaging and fun. As you journeyed across the world, you would come across Djinn, summon creatures. You could set them to your characters to increase their stats and magic skills. You could also summon them into battle, though you would lose the benefits of its stat's increases for a time. Mixing different elemental Djinn on one character would result in different types of magic spells to cast, making your characters much more customizable. You also had access to certain spells outside the battle screen and use them to solve puzzles to find secret items or Djinn, some of which could prove to be challenging.
Sound 7 The limitations of the GBA prevented voices from being added to the game, which I find was probably a blessing. The background music was appealing, although nothing particularly stood out about it either.
Graphics 9 The sprites looked nice and the color scheme was bright. The world map was a bit dull but overall was very well done.