Draglade DS

  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Dec 4, 2007
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
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  1. RachelM.
    Jan 19, 2008
    8
    Draglade is basically a fighting game, which I normally hate (eww, street fighter, MK, shaq fu, etc.) but this one's different... I'm actually having fun with it. Why? Well, when you start out you get to choose from four characters, who each have their own little story lines. You go to the same places no matter what (but some places branch and you can decide), but there are Draglade is basically a fighting game, which I normally hate (eww, street fighter, MK, shaq fu, etc.) but this one's different... I'm actually having fun with it. Why? Well, when you start out you get to choose from four characters, who each have their own little story lines. You go to the same places no matter what (but some places branch and you can decide), but there are different characters, cutscenes and dialog for each. Each character also has different fighting styles... the default one has a sword, another has a two-sided-giant-spear, another has gauntlets, and another has a huge hammer. Besides your attacks, you have "bullets" which are essentially magic, and you can have six equipped at a time. The combos for them are "A", "Up+A", and "Down+A", and you can switch out spells by tapping the touch screen (You put two bullets in a row and just tap a row to toggle between). You have 5 MP to start with, but it regens pretty quickly. This also means you can basically heal yourself infinitely if you can find an opening in the enemy's attacks... which is easier said than done later on in the game! Also, you have the "musical" portion of the game, which doesn't seem to be very big part of the game. You can compose short "songs" that are maybe two measures long, and you hit "L" in the battle to go into some sorta mode and where you attack faster and your weapon makes noise, and if you time it right you get a higher bonus at the end of the battle. The game isn't just fight-after-fight-after-fight like story mode in other fighters, you can walk around town and talk to people, though they don't really have much to say and the only things of interest in towns are shops and the tournament places where you get quests and fight in the tournament to become a Major Grapper. Quests themselves generally consist of "defeat this" or "open a box at the end of a level", and you're warped immediately to them from the quest center. It's like part platformer and part beat-'em-up here, and it's pretty fun. But they can be insanely hard for some reason, and others can be easy. After you beat the game you're able to go back to any town or area and re-do quests and such. It even plays the cutscenes and such from that level, so you can sort of re-play-through the game with your spiffed-up character. You can also fight against someone else with the game, but it sets both your levels and stats to base so it's more like a normal fighting game (after all, it would suck to fight a higher-leveled friend with tons more HP!). You can use any of the four base characters, or any of the four unlockable characters you get after you beat the game with a certain character. Oh, and on a last note, the graphics are pretty nice as well. It's very polished and the sprites animate really well, and there's even some scaling during battles where the "camera" will zoom out when you two are far away form each other. The music is decent but really over-used. But the game is great fun. Not much replay value aside from the multiplayer part after you've beaten it with all four characters. Expand

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#89 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. There's a lack of scope to Draglade that makes repeated play-throughs an easy and unrewarding chore, something that a sequel should aim to address in the future.
  2. Draglade is a brilliant marriage of music and fighting.
  3. So if you have some spare time on your hands, Draglade is worth picking up to get your fighting fix. Fighting based around beats is interesting but not enough to carry the game the way it’s supposed to. Mortal Kombat will probably be able to suit your fighting needs better, but Draglade is a decent addition to the DS’s fighting catalog.