Summary: In Sands of Destruction, based on the Japanese TV anime World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokuni, you'll experience an action-packed story featuring a unique range of characters, a artistic atmosphere and an intense RPG battle system.
Everybody wants the boy with the power to destroy the world: you.
19 January 2010
Conclusion: Sands of Destruction is a solid RPG with a good battle system that is fun to use – once you get it all figured out. The upgrade system also takes a while to get your head around, but you’ll appreciate how it allows you to guide the evolution of your party. But those random battles have got to go. They just make the game feel old, even while it tries to innovate in other areas.
Conclusion: Sands of Destruction looks good, and sounds good. But the story premise collapses under its own weight, and it may very well be the easiest RPG I have ever played in my life. It's an entertaining diversion as long as you understand that you won't be challenged at all.
Conclusion: Certainly Sands of Destruction isn't one of the top JRPGs on Nintendo DS. However, it is a very competent one that portable RPG enthusiasts should definitely put on their list (or queue). The fast-paced battles, unique customization system, and interesting narrative go a long way toward surmounting, but don't entirely overcome, the glut of random battles.
Excerpt: When it comes to JRPG’s, there’s always a few things you can count on. The hero is an ordinary boy, destined for greatness. That hero will often meet up with like minded individuals in order to vanquish their foes. After numerous random encounters, there will be a final boss that usually requires an epic amount of punishment to defeat. If you have any hope of creating a JRPG, these elements seem to be essential, with the rarest of exceptions.
Summary: In the overall scheme of things, Sands of Destruction doesn't tend to deviate too far from many of the traditional gameplay aspects fans of the Japanese RPG genre have come to know and love over the years, yet somehow it still manages to introduce enough new twists into the mix to at least make the game stand out from the crowd.