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  • Summary: (Also known as "Advance Wars: Dark Conflict" in the UK/EU) After a cataclysmic meteor strike exterminates 90% of the population, the survivors must battle barbarians, disease, and strongmen who seek only to secure their own power. Advance Wars has been reinvented. Set amidst a world in(Also known as "Advance Wars: Dark Conflict" in the UK/EU) After a cataclysmic meteor strike exterminates 90% of the population, the survivors must battle barbarians, disease, and strongmen who seek only to secure their own power. Advance Wars has been reinvented. Set amidst a world in chaos and featuring new characters and settings, a gritty look, an engaging storyline, and online Wi-Fi battles and map trading. Try you hand with new COs and units, realistic graphics, and a new environment. Use Nintendo WiFi Connection and battle against a friend halfway across the world, or use the map editor to create, trade and battle on your own custom maps. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    94
    A couple of options and a decent script away from being the best strategy game ever made on any format. [Issue#20, p.84]
  2. If you have any interest in strategy warfare games whatsoever, then do yourself a favor and get this game. It’s a wonderful departure from the happy-go-lucky Advance Wars games of old.
  3. One for experienced series fans, Advance Wars: Dark Conflict marches in near-flawless fashion to strengthen the cause of turn-based strategy gaming.
  4. Nintendo Power
    85
    If there were anything like the gaming equivalent of comfort food, Advance Wars would be it. [Feb 2008, p.86]
  5. 83
    Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is essentially the same as previous installments, with some good upgrades and bad downgrades.
  6. Long-time fans shouldn't miss it.
  7. If you’re a fan of turn-based strategy, don’t let my little multiplayer rant deter you from picking up this game; it’s definitely a fun and interesting title, especially if you’re actually going to utilize the multiplayer modes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. JamesK
    Jul 15, 2009
    10
    Soooooo good, amazing in every way. These are exactly the kind of gameplay changes that I was desperate for in AW 2 and 3, but now Soooooo good, amazing in every way. These are exactly the kind of gameplay changes that I was desperate for in AW 2 and 3, but now they've done it in an awesome post-apocalyptic setting. Expand
  2. RolLeger
    Apr 28, 2008
    10
    As a big fan of the Dual Strike game, this follow-up is a standout game... One of the best in the DS library! I've now spent more thanAs a big fan of the Dual Strike game, this follow-up is a standout game... One of the best in the DS library! I've now spent more than 100 hours+ on this game (trying to get the elusive "S" medal on every level) and have many more hours of fun on the way. A keeper!! Expand
  3. Sep 18, 2012
    10
    I think it was a great step foward for the franchise, the campaing mode contain an amazing story and I found the combat more balanced than theI think it was a great step foward for the franchise, the campaing mode contain an amazing story and I found the combat more balanced than the past advance wars games, I really liked the way CO power works and there is just no need for 50 COs in it (just as dual strike did). So, I think thats it, my dream of a more hardcore advance wars came true. Expand
  4. IanL.
    Mar 5, 2008
    9
    The strategy is as deep and fun as ever, but it seems like the game takes a few small steps backwards with the removal of the (somewhat The strategy is as deep and fun as ever, but it seems like the game takes a few small steps backwards with the removal of the (somewhat overpowered) CO abilities and powers from the previous games. A standout title nonetheless. Expand
  5. Dec 23, 2012
    9
    The story was brilliant, I enjoyed the living dickinson out of it. The gameplay was great, and everything about it was great... BUT theThe story was brilliant, I enjoyed the living dickinson out of it. The gameplay was great, and everything about it was great... BUT the difficulty was quite weird. The level, "A Hero's Farewell" is one of the hardest (if not the hardest) things I have ever done in a game. The final level is a cakewalk compared to it. But this game is still just fantastic, and one of my favorite DS games. 9.25/10 BAM Expand
  6. Dec 21, 2011
    8
    This is essentially the Advance Wars series perfected. In terms of gameplay, it is not such a major difference, but all the details are nailedThis is essentially the Advance Wars series perfected. In terms of gameplay, it is not such a major difference, but all the details are nailed and it is easily the best balanced game in the series, and the best turn based strategy game ever made, for that matter. Too bad they don't release it for iPhone, as I have essentially outgrown DS. Expand
  7. GuylianP.
    Mar 14, 2009
    3
    If they didn't used the name 'advance wars' it would have been a 7, but now they misused this name. Advance wars had it's If they didn't used the name 'advance wars' it would have been a 7, but now they misused this name. Advance wars had it's own style and character list, which they completely ignored when they made this game. So in my opinion, it's rubbish because the name 'Advance wars' indicates a new part in the series, and this game is certainly NOT a new part in the series, it's completely different. Expand

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