Summary: The gameplay is same as before, something that Golden Sun fans love. Graphics and music are great! The biggest letdown is how quickly the game is beat. Not enough interaction and involvement as GS and GS:TLA.
Summary: It is! It's my fault for being desperate for a good JRPG on my DS. I'm so desperate that I'll pick up the aggressively mediocre spawn of one of my favorite portable RPGs, and you know what? I'll probably even play it to the end. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is a disappointment, made all the more so by the excellent first installment of the series, which came out way back in 2001. The sequel, Golden Sun: The Lost Age, well-reviewed but unplayed by me, came out back in 2003.
Excerpt: I played the first Golden Sun for the GBA and felt, while it wasn't the best portable RPG for that system, it had some great innovations such as the Psyenergy and Djinn systems which the game revolved around as well as challenging puzzles and sidequests. Now the DS sequel still holds these intact, but this sequel is lacking in substance that made the original games so popular.
Pros: Solid gameplay, great graphics, interesting battle features and puzzles
Cons: Plot mostly filler and cliched, boring characters, lack of replay value