Review by stncldrwg
"An excellent follow-up to an outstanding RPG"
Almost two years ago, Nintendo released one of the greatest RPG's of our time on the Game Boy Advance, Golden Sun. Now, they have followed it up with
a sequel that is just as amazing, if not more amazing than its predecessor. This game being Golden Sun: The Lost Age.
This game picks up where the original left off. It gives a brief explanation as to what happened in the first game, but if you haven't played the original, you might be a little lost. However, the story is easy to pick up on. (or you can check out the original first, you won't be disappointed!) If you did play the first game,however, you will easily see that the sequel doesn't lose a single step.
Gameplay: 8/10: Nothing has really changed in the gameplay from the original. I find that to be a good thing, because the original play amazing. My only complaint would have to be the lack of and auto-targeting system, which can be frustrating at times. The original was plagued with this setback. But if you can get over that one single problem, you will find an excellent, enjoyable playing experience here.
Graphics: 10/10: Like the original, this game has the best graphics on the GBA to date. Each landscape and character is beautifully drawn. Also, the world map is done in Mode
7, which is great-looking on the GBA. Each spell and summon attack also looks amazing. Camelot did an outstanding, brilliant job with the graphics once again.
Sound: 10/10: The sound in this game is amazing. The soundtrack has great up-tempo beats, ranging for groovy percussion song in certain towns, to an outstanding battle
theme. Also, some of the amazing music from the original also makes an appearance in this follow-up. Camelot also included a sound test made accessible in the battle arena, so you can listen to the wonderful tunes anytime. The sound effects are also great to hear, from every slash from a sword, and explosion from a spell or Djinn summon. Camelot went over the top with each sound effect, and composed an unbelievable score which even rivals the excellent
Final Fantasy soundtracks.
Overall: 10/10: This is without a doubt the best sequel to come out in a long time. Camelot did an outstanding job with each department of the game, except for one small flaw in the gameplay. Golden Sun is easily the best franchise on the Game Boy Advance, and this sequel proves it. Just think how much better the next sequel could be!
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 04/16/03, Updated 04/16/03
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