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  • Summary: This DS sequel is set one year after the original Xbox 360 title and returns players to the story of Shu and his companions, who control powerful phantom shadows. They have to deal with new enemies spawned from the devastation wrought in the first title. At first glance, you might mistakenly believe Blue Dragon Plus to be a strategy game in the style of Final Fantasy Tactics, with little hand-drawn heroes and monsters arranged on an isometric 3D stage. But once the fight begins, everything starts happening in real time and you must feverishly put together your plan of attack, because those enemies aren't waiting for your turn. You command your units around the field with quick but simple controls that rely totally on the touch screen. You tell your units where to go, who to fight, when to heal, and when to move to special areas on the map. It seems like your attention is constantly needed everywhere at once, but the game gives you some room for error by providing a high number of healing items. Also, as you progress through each map, the game occasionally pauses to let some part of the story play out. The game features a thirty-hour quest as well as the ability to control up to sixteen humans and Mecha Robos in real-time battles and shadow fights. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  1. A great niche title that will please fans of RPG and strategic games. Looks and plays amazingly.
  2. While Akira Toriyama's characters seemed a little out of place on the Xbox 360 (host to the original Blue Dragon), they're perfect for a handheld game. [Mar 2009, p.89]
  3. A successful transition to the RTS genre. With FMVs, long lifespan and nice graphics, it's definently worth considering picking up if you're in to RTS games.
  4. On the whole only the story and the familiar characters will motivate you to play the game. If you are familiar with the Blue Dragon story, this title is entertaining.
  5. Blue Dragon Plus is a game that actually fell under the radar with its late February release, but it’s actually quite solid.
  6. An interesting take on the tactical role-playing genre, Blue Dragon Plus isn't quite honed enough to fulfill its potential.
  7. 33
    I'm taking Blue Dragon Plus for what it essentially is: a flat, RPG-like outing, which is mostly the fault of a design platform that needs revising.

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  1. May 16, 2013
    10
    Awsome, fun, pretty long and game is just what you need. This is my personal favourite DS GAME!!
    I JUST LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love
    it, love it, love it, love it!!!! Expand
  2. WallidK
    Mar 30, 2009
    5
    UGH. I hate it when a developer takes a really good concept like Blue Dragon, gives it really high production values, and then just kills it (I'm looking at you, Sonic.). Anyway, this is the sequel to a really good Xbox 360 game that's story is good, but if you didn't play the first game, you'll be totally lost. Why didn't Ignition just make another just like it? Anyway, this is an RTS, so i'll grade it like that. The game constantly becomes a muddled mess with no control on each individual character, the story is boring and uninteresting much unlike the original, and aiming certain attacks is a pain in the butt. There may be some CG sequences that are pretty, but when to shine a turd, all you get is a shiny piece of poop, which pretty much is Blue Dragon Plus. Expand
  3. JesseS
    Dec 14, 2009
    5
    Really loved the original Blue Dragon and the Mistwalker company, but it pains me to play Blue Dragon Plus. You won't find the same fluid storytelling, great character depth, or fun battle specs. Instead, you get a "real-time 'strategy' rpg" that isn't strategic at all- no more complex than auto-battle with occasional whack-a-mole contributions. The very unimpressive AI decides more about your units' behavior than your commands do, whether it's attacking, moving, or even trying to stand still. You'll quickly find there's simply no environment on which to employ strategy. Outside of battle, each character has several stats and equipment, but as complex as it looks, none of it matters more than how the AI dictates your units on the field. The game has some nice graphics, but a disappointing lack of new music- nearly an entire port of the original Blue Dragon soundtrack, which sometimes is placed strangely throughout the game. Sadly, it's best to pretend this title, perhaps even this flavor of the genre, never happened Expand