Review: Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow (Nintendo DS)
10 September 2010
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: 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.
Conclusion: There is a lot to love in Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow, although like he first instalment before it, you have to fall into a very specific camp of role-playing fan to get the most out of it. If you tire of strategic turn-based combat and you want something a little more fluid, then this is a title you would do well to check out. Otherwise, you may feel a tad short changed.
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.
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.