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  • Summary: After going dark six years ago, 2010 will see a new dawn. Golden Sun DS updates the popular portable Golden Sun role-playing series with an impressive graphical style. This installment follows the story of the previous heroes' descendants and immerses players into the magic of its adventureAfter going dark six years ago, 2010 will see a new dawn. Golden Sun DS updates the popular portable Golden Sun role-playing series with an impressive graphical style. This installment follows the story of the previous heroes' descendants and immerses players into the magic of its adventure by pushing the boundaries of intuitive touch-screen controls. Expand
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  1. Positive: 51 out of 63
  2. Negative: 0 out of 63
  1. Jan 5, 2011
    100
    The sequel takes everything loved about the original games and updates it for new hardware.
  2. Jan 31, 2011
    86
    Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is an excellent JRPG. Surprisingly, gameplay is extremely close to previous installments in the franchise and it's quite baffling Camelot did not dare to do more with this third episode. Despite this flaw in originality, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is a well done and refined lengthy adventure but it does not win over Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky as the DS game of the year.
  3. Dec 21, 2010
    84
    Camelot doesn't risk and create a game not so memorable as its predecessors but still very suitable for fans of the Golden Sun series.
  4. Dec 13, 2010
    80
    Golden Sun is great franchise, and Dark Dawn can comfortably stand next to its excellent prequels. The world set in place here is intersting and fun to explore.
  5. Dec 21, 2010
    80
    Having waited seven years for another helping of Golden Sun, cozy is exactly what I was looking for.
  6. Dec 13, 2010
    75
    While it may never be considered a classic, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is certainly a DS RPG worth playing.
  7. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    Golden Sun: Dark Dawn has plenty of great spells, enjoyable environmental puzzles, and enemies whose heads desperately need caving in. The magical djinn are its only remarkable feature, but unfortunately turn the combat into child's play. Dark Dawn is a perfectly serviceable JRPG, and fans of the two previous Golden Sun titles will undoubtedly enjoy it. But it could be far, far better.

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  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Nov 20, 2014
    10
    An incredibly polished game. For a DS game the amount of detail and diversity is incredible.
    I thoroughly enjoyed it despite its lackings.
    An incredibly polished game. For a DS game the amount of detail and diversity is incredible.
    I thoroughly enjoyed it despite its lackings. (too easy, music not as good this time around, dialogue long and repetitive etc).
    I was captivated and used my previous Golden Sun knowledge and experience to enjoy it even more (Djinn , summons etc)
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  2. Jun 7, 2011
    10
    I did'nt play the first game of golden sun but this is game is worth a 10/10.the story is fascinating.
    in a battle you dont use the control
    I did'nt play the first game of golden sun but this is game is worth a 10/10.the story is fascinating.
    in a battle you dont use the control pad/d pad you only press buttons but this game is totally worth your time. :D
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  3. Dec 13, 2011
    10
    I waited SEVEN years for this game, how can I not give it a 10? But in all honesty she is a beauty. The only sadness in my heart is from theI waited SEVEN years for this game, how can I not give it a 10? But in all honesty she is a beauty. The only sadness in my heart is from the short length of this game and that the puzzles were too easy. Make the next GS more like the gba versions because they were much much more memorable. Please don't make us wait seven years again! Expand
  4. Dec 27, 2010
    8
    Dark Dawn maintains throughout the adventure a fantastic puzzle element, but the overlong dialogue and stupidly easy combat prevent it fromDark Dawn maintains throughout the adventure a fantastic puzzle element, but the overlong dialogue and stupidly easy combat prevent it from being truly great. Expand
  5. Jan 1, 2011
    8
    Story: The story in Dark Dawn is great. Though the beginning part looked a bit stupid to me when the story really kicked off it was veryStory: The story in Dark Dawn is great. Though the beginning part looked a bit stupid to me when the story really kicked off it was very exciting. Though the story is interesting the way it is told isn't up to par. The game has you sit through long and unnecessary conversations. These conversations a can last very long and I wouldn't blame you if you got bored and just mashed the A button to skip it. Of course I want the story but I do not need every detail to be looked into in even greater detail because I can look into it in my own time with the in game encyclopedia. Every now and the you'll be asked your opinion on the situation and you answer from 4 different emoticons. These choices really have no effect on the story so I don't really see the point in them. Overall though the story is great and should be able to keep you interested until the climax. I did have one problem though but this only really applies to fans of the series. When I played Dark Dawn I thought the game felt short but it wasn't because it took me 22 hours to complete it. It felt short because by the time you have completed the story you have LOADS of unanswered questions and this game really needs a sequel to clean things up. I haven't discussed any part of the story becuase I do not want to spoil.

    Presentation: The graphics in this game a great. The inventory interface can be small annoyance but it is nothing too big. The sounds are cool but my major complaint here is the music. I know many people are going to disagree with me here but just listen. I loved all the music in the previous titles. All of them were memorable and overall the music was fantastic. However, for Dark Dawn the music just sounded bland. The dungeon music overall sounded bad. The battle music is okay but in the previous titles it was epic. The only tracks I found that I liked was the Boss music but there aren't many bosses in this and they are fairly easy to defeat (I'll cover this in the gameplay section) so you can't really enjoy it but I am glad they brought back the Saturos them though. EPIC!! Overall the presentation is solid only with a few minor flaws as I know many of you will disagree with me about the music.

    Gameplay: Not much has changed but more of the same is not always bad. In this case it is good because the previous GS games were fantastic. You have your usual Attack, Psynergy, Djinn, Summon and Item commands. If you've played the previous games you'll feel right at home here as very little has changed. You use Psynergy outside of battles to solve puzzles. Collect Djinn to boost your stats and change your classes giving you great customization. Finding/buying better gear to enhance your party's stats etc.. There were a few cool features added though, for example you have to 'master' your weapon to be able to use it's unleashes and most of the weapons have multiple unleashes and this teaches you to pick your weapons carefully and there is also 1 new Summon added.Again, there are problems with this games gameplay though. Overall, this game is just too easy. You don't really need to use Psynergy in battle apart from healing ones and you can just keep spamming 'Attack' until you win. Djinn and Summons make it insultingly easy as well. Spam with Summons and you will win in just a few turns. As I said in the presentation section too, there aren't that many bosses that are part of the main story line and many of then are a walk in the park. The only challenge you will get is from the final boss and one of the side quest bosses. (And if you've played this game you will know who I am talking about) Also, this difficulty spike is just huge, you've been blasting through the game for the last 20 hours then you are met with this boss and just get destroyed. But the biggest problem that I had with this game is that there 'Points of no Return'. In Dark Dawn, the are some PONRs meaning that when you get to a certain point the main quest you can no longer go back and explore areas before it meaning that if you've missed anything it is gone forever unless you start a new game. this wasn't the case in the previous games so I don't know why it has been changed. I like the story to be going at a decent pace but it comes with a big gameplay cost. Golden Sun Dark Dawn is a solid RPG and anyone who is a fan of the genre should pick it up. The story is great, it has some of the best graphics on the DS and the gameplay is innovative and fun but some flaws set it back from living up to it's 7 year hype.
    I know this has turned into more of a rant than a review but this is my first review and hopefully you can look passed that. Thanks for reading. =)
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  6. Apr 27, 2013
    8
    Unlike the first two games, Dark Dawn doesn't have the pseudo-3D visuals during the battles but it does retain the other familiar gameplayUnlike the first two games, Dark Dawn doesn't have the pseudo-3D visuals during the battles but it does retain the other familiar gameplay mechanics the series is known for as well as a couple new features (the in-game Glossary being a neat one, in my opinion). Expand
  7. May 9, 2014
    5
    It's fine up until the end. The final boss is way too hard. I was going to go back to get some stuff I missed as well as some more healthIt's fine up until the end. The final boss is way too hard. I was going to go back to get some stuff I missed as well as some more health items, but it locks you out after a certain point. You have to make sure you get absolutely everything in an area before moving on even if that means grinding money for that revival water. First time players will get totally screwed over if they just can't figure out how to get some of the djinn on the map and decide to come back to it later, which is easy to think about doing because of all the skills you get in the game. Why wouldn't you think that you can go back? They probably missed out on that kind of thing because they wanted to dodge all the complaints that back tracking gets.

    Also, the story is super boring and the inventory system blows. The game could be better, but it's okay.
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