At last, Advance Wars is back on my DS. Hands down this series is my favorite game on ANY platform.
The new game is called "Days of Ruin" and it is great. I play it every night at bed time and it keeps me up or I sometimes fall asleep on my DS system. I'm so caught up in the game that when I do wake up, in a daze with my game on, I fight to stay awake enough to finish the battle at hand before turning the game off. I play it on the toilet. I play it after showering while my hair dries. I'm rushing to write this blog because I'm about to play it some more.
My complaint about this new version is they tried to make it more serious and dark. Part of the fun of playing war on this game was the cartoon-like soldiers with their big round heads and eyes. See how cute they are? How fun is it to see them get blown away?
The soldiers in the new version are more "realistic" I guess. AND THEY HAVE NO FACES WHATSOEVER!!!!
I just think that sucks. I mean I'm still obsessed, but this new "grown up" version of Advance Wars just takes itself too seriously. Not only that, the main character constantly makes anti-war statements. What's that about? You create this game with WAR in the title. The whole premise is WAR.
See this is a great example of one of the ways the new batch of more serious characters just come across as pretentious. All this does is make the oodles of written dialogue that much more annoying to sit through to get to the next fight.