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: Concept: Help restore the world's magical shadows with your fully customizable character
Graphics: Fully realized environments and character models look great on DS hardware
Sound: Legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu's trademark sound is present in this impressive soundtrack
Playability: Best to utilize strength in numbers via multiplayer, the solo experience falls a bit flat
Entertainment: A lengthy loot fest with plenty of quests to complete, though patience will be...
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.
Conclusion: It's been nearly three years since Blue Dragon first arrived in America, and since then we've seen the series offer us three different games with three totally different styles of play. Awakened Shadow, the franchise's latest release, shines in its introduction of real-time combat to the series, and supports that newest shift with some fun new takes on classic RPG concepts and strong multiplayer play.
Excerpt: When the original Blue Dragon came out on the Xbox 360 back in 2006, it was billed to be the platform’s premier RPG franchise. Both gamers and critics appreciated Blue Dragon for being an old school Japanese RPG that was brought to life using modern technology. As solid as the game was, it was far from being an extraordinary AAA hit but there was potential for it to become a big franchise.