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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: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  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. BarryB.
    Jan 30, 2008
    10
    This game improves on the gameplay of Dual Strike (which was nearly perfect) and gives the game a more grownup twist to try and interest This game improves on the gameplay of Dual Strike (which was nearly perfect) and gives the game a more grownup twist to try and interest casual browsers. Stop browsing and get this game. It is VERY good. Expand
  3. Nov 10, 2011
    10
    This game is very fun, the music is great and the difficulty, while high, manages to please. The story and setting also get a little moreThis game is very fun, the music is great and the difficulty, while high, manages to please. The story and setting also get a little more darker, which in this case isn't a bad decision at all, and it actually benefits the game. Characters are also likeable, and villains are detestable. Perfect!
    For TBS fans, this should be a must play. It's really awesome.
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  4. MattA.
    Feb 12, 2008
    9
    The reason that i'm giving this game a 9 is because it is an Advance Wars game. And that is my favorite thing. However, i have grown The reason that i'm giving this game a 9 is because it is an Advance Wars game. And that is my favorite thing. However, i have grown attached to the old characters over the years, and miss the querky attitude of the older games. Sure, i did enjoy the darker look, but i didn't care about the characters as much as i had in the last game. i hope that one day the creators will bring back the old characters... I just felt that the game could have used more diverse COs and perhaps a War Room mode, and unlockables. This would have greatly increased the replay value. Although, Free play is unlimited in itself, it's just more fun unlocking things. 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. May 23, 2011
    8
    This a really good ds game but somtimes gets boring and slow but most of the time it's fun it has good graphics for ds and there's so manyThis a really good ds game but somtimes gets boring and slow but most of the time it's fun it has good graphics for ds and there's so many classes and they all have good and bad things but it's a fun game overall! 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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