Good afternoon tempers and tempies. I woke up around 9:00 to be greeted by the beautiful box art of Advance Wars: Days of Ruin on the front page of GBAtemp. The first time I came on the site I just scrolled right past the NDS section without even seeing it, but to my suprise it was sitting right there. So of course I got to spend some quality time with the game
The opening sequence in Advance Wars Days of Ruin
To start off, this game has awesome art design. It's characters aren't like the old Advance Wars characters where the character is colorful and heavily cartoony. The new character designs look more like a grittier and dark anime style. The story is also much darker than before. AWDR starts off in a post apocalyptic world where your character, Will, has just dug himself out of rubble. Everyone and everything around him is destroyed, and he is left alone and confused.
Will is shocked to see the destruction around him
But it doesn't take long for people to find the dazed Will, or else there wouldn't be much of a game. You encounter a man named Beast and he threatens to take all of your food and weapons. This is where you make your first move in the game, and that's running away! After moving a few spaces over you get help from Captain Brenner and Lin. They adopt you to fight with them and the story progresses from there. While the story is a bit trite it still has its moments and it's enjoyable. I'm just glad the game doesn't have the terrible dialogue that Advance Wars Dual Strike did.
One of AWDR's battles
One thing that shocked me was how good the music was. I wasn't expecting the music to be notable at all, but after playing trough the first 8 missions I can already tell this game has a large musical scale. I can't even recall the music from the other advance wars, so it's hard to compare them, but this game has a cool soundtrack. And sound check is ready out of the gate, so you can just listen to the songs alone if you wanted to. But other than the music and new art design it's the same old Advance Wars that we've grown to love so much.
The battle animations in AWDR
I'll probably be playing AWDR all day, and if I'm not I will probably be seeing Cloverfield. If you want to play with me on wifi just post a comment below with your friend code and stuff. My dad might be taking my computer in to get it upgraded soon, so if you don't see me posting for a few days my computer is having plastic surgery. Have a good day tempers!