Conclusion: Had this game been tagged with the valuable Advance Wars franchise instead of the unheard of Glory Days brand, this game could have been massive. As it is, I suspect what we’ve got here is the Nintendo DS’s sleeper game of 2007. It has its quirks, but there are barrel loads of kite-flying fun to be had in this terrific sequel without a prologue.
Excerpt: What was the first intuitive idea you thought of when Nintendo first announced its Dual Screen wonder, the Nintendo DS? Like many of you, I immediately imagined playing spinoffs of some of my favorite Real Time Strategy titles on a handheld and even fighting my friends using wireless internet. After giving developers a lengthy grace period there was no doubt in my mind that some company out there would be striking gold with their “first ever successful portable RTS.
Conclusion: Glory Days 2 is a relatively unknown game. I can't really say that it's a hidden gem, because I found myself getting a bit bored with it after a while. The lack of storyline to go with the gameplay didn't help very much. However, I can say that the concept is unique and if you're looking for something different on your DS, then you may want to check this one out. I'm giving this a 5 out of 10 only because I'm still not sure about this one.
Excerpt: I'm willing to bet that it's been a while since you've played a side-scrolling shooter strategy game. In fact, it's quite possible that you've never played such a game because it's a rather unique game genre hybrid. But that's exactly what you have in Glory Days 2, a game that has you flying air support for the armies that you yourself build. Glory Days 2 is certainly a unique game, but unique doesn't always translate into good.
Excerpt: For a system that seems so perfect for a genre that needs the swift use of a cursor, there have been surprisingly few ventures so far into the RTS genre. Yes we have the excellent Advance Wars DS, the worthy-of-a-mention Age of Empires, and of course that first real entry for RTS on the DS, Heroes of Mana. Whilst I cannot comment on Heroes of Mana, the other two were great games (although turn based instead of real time) that made excellent use of the touch screen.
Excerpt: War vets are speaking out against war games. America's Army, the game used as a recruitment tool for the US Army has been scrutinized by vets as representing war as a game, something it obviously is not. I strongly doubt, however, that too many army men are sitting around shooting up stuff with their DS's, so Glory Days 2 will probably fly under their radar. Even if they did pick it up, vets would more likely be sincerely moved than upset by this game.
Conclusion: If you're in the market for a new action game for the DS then Glory Days 2 is one to consider. Sure it's too short, features a steep learning curve, and doesn't have online functionality. However, if you can look past those flaws you'll find an innovative title that branches out your expectations of what the action genre could be on the DS. The game is a lot of fun with plenty of depth and it has a fantastic presentation.
Excerpt: If the classic Apple II game Choplifter ever hooked up with Nintendo’s Advance Wars series, their love child might look a little something like Glory Days 2. Combining a high-flying, side-scrolling shooter with real-time military strategy, Glory Days 2 puts you in the dual role of combat pilot and army General.