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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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  • Developer: Camelot Software Planning
  • Genre(s): Role-Playing, Console-style RPG, Console-style RPG, Japanese-Style
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
  • Cheats: On GameFAQs
  • Rating: E10+
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Score distribution:
  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
    All things considered, Dark Dawn is still the game series fans have been waiting seven years for.
  5. Dec 21, 2010
    80
    One of the best japanese RPGs that we've played this season, probably the most complete Golden Sun so far - we expected something more from its script, not just the plain and simple story that we've suffered several times, but still, it's a must-have no doubt.
  6. Dec 13, 2010
    75
    If you're searching for a first-class RPG with great writing and complex combat, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn shouldn't even be on your radar. But if you can handle an unhealthy dose of JRPG stereotypes and don't mind breezing through encounters, some fun is waiting to be unearthed here.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 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. Jan 19, 2011
    9
    This game will be a joy and a curse to all those who remember the old games. You'll love it because it's Golden Sun again - with added 3DThis game will be a joy and a curse to all those who remember the old games. You'll love it because it's Golden Sun again - with added 3D battles and animations, some of the old characters returning, and many references to the original games on the Advance. You'll hate it because it doesn't particularly bring anything new to the mix, rather just doing the same thing all over again. Though what it does, it does well and it's a great game regardless. 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. Sep 29, 2013
    8
    While this game was fun, the story unfortunately ended up petering out into a disappointing sequel hook with a few rushed party members andWhile this game was fun, the story unfortunately ended up petering out into a disappointing sequel hook with a few rushed party members and characters in the end. While some characters were endearing and dynamic, some feel like they didn't bother with a discernible personality. Barring the problems near the end, the game is very fun. The Djinn system is also very nice as they add a little boost and a fun collecting spree.I can only hope this game gets a sequel with the answers it needs.
    Art: 8
    Music: 9
    Story: 7
    Gameplay: 9
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  6. Jan 15, 2019
    7
    El juego es estilo clasico, muy bueno en general, pero despues de unas varias horas (mas o menos unas 25 o 30) es un poco repetitivo y se haceEl juego es estilo clasico, muy bueno en general, pero despues de unas varias horas (mas o menos unas 25 o 30) es un poco repetitivo y se hace pesado seguir. Me costo mucho lograr terminarlo, no por la dificultad sino porque pierde mucho el enganche que tiene al principio.

    El sistema de los djinn esta bastante bueno aunque a veces es un poco abrumador, y es facil perder una gran cantidad de ellos.

    Pequenos sistemas y mecanicas hacen relucir lo completo que es el juego y el esfuerzo que le pusieron a su desarrollo.
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  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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#7 Most Discussed DS Game of 2010
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#6 Most Shared DS Game of 2010