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  • Summary: (Also known as "Advance Wars: Dark Conflict" in the UK/EU) After a cataclysmic meteor strike exterminates 90% of the population, the survivors must battle barbarians, disease, and strongmen who seek only to secure their own power. Advance Wars has been reinvented. Set amidst a world in chaos and featuring new characters and settings, a gritty look, an engaging storyline, and online Wi-Fi battles and map trading. Try you hand with new COs and units, realistic graphics, and a new environment. Use Nintendo WiFi Connection and battle against a friend halfway across the world, or use the map editor to create, trade and battle on your own custom maps. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 54 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. A couple of options and a decent script away from being the best strategy game ever made on any format. [Issue#20, p.84]
  2. A new look with classic gameplay intact makes Days of Ruin a win/win for weary Advance Wars fans, purists, as well as anyone who enjoys strategy games.
  3. As you've probably guessed by now, I love Advance Wars: Dark Conflict. It's yet another classic entry to the series and continues Advance Wars' proud heritage with all the ingredients that have made it so damn great since the original game was released.
  4. Days of Ruin is strategy game bliss. Its super addictive and exhilarating combat make it one of the hardest games to put down. You will hate it every time you have to stop.
  5. Online play alone will make this cartridge a near-permanent fixture in my DS. [Mar 2008, p.83]
  6. Dark Conflict remains one of the best games on the DS, is perfect for a lengthy commute, works brilliantly online and, for us, comes out on top compared with Dual Strike.
  7. If you’re a fan of turn-based strategy, don’t let my little multiplayer rant deter you from picking up this game; it’s definitely a fun and interesting title, especially if you’re actually going to utilize the multiplayer modes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. JamesK
    Jul 15, 2009
    10
    Soooooo good, amazing in every way. These are exactly the kind of gameplay changes that I was desperate for in AW 2 and 3, but now they've done it in an awesome post-apocalyptic setting. Expand
  2. MattE.
    Feb 5, 2008
    10
    Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is exactly what I wanted and expected from the new iteration: A game that was true to it's roots, and still had enough change in it to be truly new. I find the changes to be extensive and extremely well placed, while not overwhelming. The actual changes to the game play were in my opinion one thing that needed fixed about this game. Certain units have been repriced. (MD Tank, slightly worse but cheaper and more economically viable.) Others have been rehashed. (Neo Tank and Mega Tank turned into War Tank... Which isn't overpowered or insanely overpriced.) There is a multitude of other changes as well, and naval combat has gone from being slow and tedious to high stakes and deadly, where everything can end in one clean stroke. Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is amazing because it has fixed the game in my opinion. Ever since the original, it's all become about higher firepower, this game reduces that element and creates a more balanced game. And who could seriously say this new look doesn't suit the game? And what of WiFi abilities? The fact that balance has been restored to the game makes WiFi amazing. Expand
  3. Nov 10, 2011
    10
    This game is very fun, the music is great and the difficulty, while high, manages to please. The story and setting also get a little more darker, which in this case isn't a bad decision at all, and it actually benefits the game. Characters are also likeable, and villains are detestable. Perfect!
    For TBS fans, this should be a must play. It's really awesome.
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  4. IanL.
    Mar 5, 2008
    9
    The strategy is as deep and fun as ever, but it seems like the game takes a few small steps backwards with the removal of the (somewhat overpowered) CO abilities and powers from the previous games. A standout title nonetheless. Expand
  5. Dec 23, 2012
    9
    The story was brilliant, I enjoyed the living dickinson out of it. The gameplay was great, and everything about it was great... BUT the difficulty was quite weird. The level, "A Hero's Farewell" is one of the hardest (if not the hardest) things I have ever done in a game. The final level is a cakewalk compared to it. But this game is still just fantastic, and one of my favorite DS games. 9.25/10 BAM Expand
  6. Dec 21, 2011
    8
    This is essentially the Advance Wars series perfected. In terms of gameplay, it is not such a major difference, but all the details are nailed and it is easily the best balanced game in the series, and the best turn based strategy game ever made, for that matter. Too bad they don't release it for iPhone, as I have essentially outgrown DS. Expand
  7. GuylianP.
    Mar 14, 2009
    3
    If they didn't used the name 'advance wars' it would have been a 7, but now they misused this name. Advance wars had it's own style and character list, which they completely ignored when they made this game. So in my opinion, it's rubbish because the name 'Advance wars' indicates a new part in the series, and this game is certainly NOT a new part in the series, it's completely different. Expand

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