Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy DS

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
Buy On
  1. My dual sympathies go out to gamers who find themselves playing this short and dull game.
  2. Nintendo Gamer
    40
    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]
  3. A lousy conversion of the anime's story, as well as some equally poor beat-'em-up action, keeps the golden shine out of Fullmetal Alchemist on the DS.

Awards & Rankings

#56 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
#21 Most Shared DS Game of 2006
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. PeterV.
    Dec 12, 2006
    9
    Its one of the greatest games I played but the graphics bring it down a level.
  2. NoelV.
    Oct 15, 2006
    6
    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 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. Full Review »