Excerpt: For JRPG junkies, the mid-Naughties brought about dark and desperate times, with the shiny new Xbox 360 playing host to a slew of shooters, sports titles and not a whole lot else. Then, like a solitary ray of sunshine piercing the ominous grey skies, Blue Dragon arrived: a game with a pedigree powerful enough to cause foam-at-the-mouth excitement.
Review: Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow (Nintendo DS)
2 January 2011
Summary: Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow is the hack-and-slash RPG sequel to the XBox 360’s Blue Dragon , whose cast of characters return. You take on the role of a new and fully-customizable character whose search for identity makes up the bulk of the plot. The game boasts an online feature that will allow players to explore dungeons and defeat enemies together.
Excerpt: As a franchise, Blue Dragon has seen its fair share of "re-workings" since it first made an appearance as a jRPG back in August of 2007 on the Xbox 360. It's simple, traditional, yet addicting gameplay shone through the multitude of shooters and 3rd-person titles that littered the console, garnering a generally positive reaction from the gaming community.
Excerpt: When the first Blue Dragon game hit, many critics had mixed reactions. It was definitely an acquired taste yet it still had its charm. There was something about the characters and old-school, traditional battle system that kept many, myself included, playing. When Blue Dragon Plus, a strategy RPG for the DS, hit the scene it also garnered a similar reaction. It was either your cup of tea or it wasn't; there wasn't a whole lot of middle ground.
Conclusion: Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow is in desperate need for variety in combat. There are quests to complete, bosses to fight, and places to see. Unfortunately, players don't really do anything. Otherwise, if going places to hit stuff and roll a lot sounds like your idea of a good time, Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow is for you.
Summary: Set two years after the story of the original title, Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow brings the Blue Dragon RPG experience to DS. Awakened from a long slumber, the new enemies bear some resemblance to Nene, the defeated adversary of the first game, a conundrum which leads the player, Shu, and his friends into a terrifying fight to reclaim the lost shadows and restore balance to the world.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi founded the game studio Mistwalker in 2004. He’s still trying to figure out what gamers want from him. Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow is his third pass on a universe he co-created with Dragonball Z artist Akira Toriyama—it’s a world crawling with monsters, embedded with ancient secrets, and populated by young heroes eager to deal with the latter two.