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.
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.