Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy DS

User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
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  1. 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 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 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. Collapse
  2. PeterV.
    Dec 12, 2006
    9
    Its one of the greatest games I played but the graphics bring it down a level.

Awards & Rankings

#55 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
#19 Most Shared DS Game of 2006
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
  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. Play Magazine
    70
    Playing the game is satisfying, but never stunning. Still, if you like Fullmetal, this is the one portable game you can't go without. [Dec. 2006, p.92]
  3. 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.