Excerpt: Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is the long-awaited follow-up to the franchise's first efforts on the DS almost three years ago. Released this past January everywhere except Japan, Days of Ruin offers pretty much the same turn-based strategy formula as in prior entries and pairs it up with a darker, if cliche, storyline. Strategy games have found a comfortable home on the DS, particularly those of the turn-based variety.
Excerpt: The Advance Wars series has a well-earned reputation for insanely challenging, but highly rewarding, turn-based strategy. Its cutesy-and-colourful style may have put some gamers off in the past, but Days of Ruin (a.k.a. Dark Conflict ) sees a drastic shift to a post-apocalyptic setting. A deadly meteor shower battered the land leaving only 10% of the world’s population alive. They may be living, but the world has been plunged into a state of chaos.
Conclusion: Advance Wars: Days of Ruin seems to have grown up just like all the fans did. The story may not be as dark as some M Rated games, but hey when you compare the atmosphere in Days of Ruin to the last game you will notice a huge difference. With all the new additions made to the game it seems just as many other features were taken out too. As upset I am with the sudden losing of the shop Days of Ruin has top notch game play.
Excerpt: You get used to it eventually. The smell, I mean. The stench of decaying bodies and burnt flesh. It’s especially bad during the day; as the heat rises off the ground, it makes everything rot so much faster. You can’t avoid it, either. There will always be corpses, no matter where you look. Millions of them, piled high in these ruined cities. Most of them don’t even look human anymore; just maggot-ridden bags of meat with their eyes eaten out and their bones exposed.
Excerpt: On the Game Boy Advance, we saw a lot of games get 'advance' versions -- no franchise was immune. Many of the new franchises would have the word advance tacked in front of them, too. Advance Wars was, arguably, one of the better games to get this adjective tossed in the front. An interesting take on the top-down strategy style games, Advance Wars was just fun to play for almost any gamer.
Excerpt: Turn-based strategy games seem to particularly suit the little slab of portable gaming joy that is the Nintendo DS, and if there's one franchise that's damn-near synonymous with portable strategy, it's the Advance Wars series.