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  • Summary: Dual Sympathy is a side-scrolling action game that sees players take the role Edward Elric as he battles Homunculi and sets out on a quest to retrieve the Philosopher's Stone. The six playable characters in the game will have the ability to concoct weapons from various items (hence, the alchemy) and turn them on enemies. The DS version also features voice work from the actors in the television series, unlockable content, and 10 touch-screen-based minigames. Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. While there is an interesting mix between mini games and the alchemy system, the game is simply too short and enemies aren’t much of a challenge to beat.
  2. Those who pick up the title out of sheer curiosity will find the game's initial excessive dialogue and thickly condensed story mode tedious and annoying. However, if they're able to pass the story mode, the unlockables are almost worth playing through the lackluster story mode.
  3. The bosses are great and the story is wonderful. But you may only feel the need to play through this game twice, and it’ll barely take two hours on the first – much less on the second.
  4. It's nice to see a return of simple-yet-gratifying combat, but these issues prevent Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy from hitting the heights of the genre's heyday.
  5. An awful lot of plot for not much game, a balance that favours fans only. [Dec 2007, p.82]
  6. 55
    The Streets of Rage style of gameplay isn't fleshed out enough to carry a whole game, and the lack of any sort of multiplayer really brings the title down.
  7. Underwhelming in every single way. It's a weak fighter, made annoying by silly minigames and a story so messy it made our poor heads fall off. [Mar 2007, p.71]

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  1. PeterV.
    Dec 12, 2006
    Its one of the greatest games I played but the graphics bring it down a level.
  2. NoelV.
    Oct 15, 2006
    Still not the FMA game we're all waiting for. Fullmetal DS is a game held back by the simplicity of its concept. It's a side scroll brawler with a bunch of minigames that follows the anime's plot. Now, this would be nice for some other properties, but there's significantly less combat in FMA's plot than this game would have needed to work well. In the end, you spend over half your game time skipping through text waiting for the next playable segment, which more often than not is a 1 on 1 boss fight that is over in five minutes or a simplistic minigame depicting a memorable scene from the anime. Then, back to several minutes of unavoidable text narration (you'll keep tapping on your screen and buttons even after you've realized most of the text can't be even sped up). Graphics and sound are pretty good, and the game has quite a bit of extra content, but it's still boring to play. A real pity. Expand