Review by Penguin Kirby

"Camelot Delivers Another Masterpiece"

When I first saw there was going to be a second Golden Sun game, I expected to see a lot of what I loved in the first game. The first game was a masterpiece and one of the best games on the GBA then, and it is still one of the best games on the GBA now. Following the footsteps of the first game, Golden Sun: The Lost Age delivers what the first game had and much, much more. A better battle system, the same stunning graphics, and the simple controls put this game over the top.

Gameplay: 10/10 - They couldn't have made much better.

This is the reason to buy this game. It delivers one of the best battle systems for a RPG. The Djinn and Summoning system are what makes the battle system shine. You get Djinn which help you on your quest by letting you equip them on your character and switch classes. There are a huge number of them – 72 to be exact. If you have many Djinn, you can summon powerful creatures to obliterate your opponent. There are more summons in this game than the previous game. The 16 old summons return along with a handful of new ones that you obtain from Summon Tablets found all over the world of Weyward. The Psynergy system is unique to the game and is basically a form of magic. Also, there are a ton of weapons to choose from to customize your character to do what you want he/she to do.

Furthermore, there are 8 characters in all, including the cast from the original Golden Sun. The world map has gotten much larger and you even get a boat to travel in. The world map has brought new dungeons, towns, caves, and even a lost civilization! Furthermore, with the Send option, you can transfer stats and Djinn from one Golden Sun to the next, allowing you to unlock the ultimate secret boss.

However, one of the major flaws are the cut scenes are long and tedious with a lot of talking. If you don't like games with long cut scenes, then you should avoid this game. However, the game is also longer than the first having around 50 hours of gameplay with longer dungeons and more places to explore.

Story: 7/10 - Same old. Same old.

This game has the same old story of save the world from evil and so forth. There are few, if no plot twists that will amaze you and leave you guessing. The story begins with Felix, Jenna, and Sheba escaping from the Venus Lighthouse accompanied by the main antagonist of the game Alex. The story will not amaze, but it will do what it has to.

Graphics: 10/10 - You simply can't describe it in words.

These graphics are the some of the BEST graphics on the GBA. From the stunning battle effects of the Psynergy and Summons to the breath-taking scenery, this is where this game truly shines. Al first the graphics will amaze you as you think about how such a little system can produce such stunning flowing graphics. The graphics are on par with the graphics of many PlayStation and Nintendo 64 games.

Sound: 8/10 - Incrediblefor a handheld.

The sound at first is really amazing, but later, you hear the same songs over and over again. However, some of the music can get stuck in your mind. Plus, the great sound effects of the summons make up for some of the repetitive music.

Replay Value: 9/10 - Many sidequests for your enjoyment

After you beat the game once, you will realize there are so many sidequests you missed. Try them, you will get many great weapons. Also, the second time through, you will learn many secrets. Also, try the going to the blacksmith to have him make the strongest weapon in the game.

Controls: 9/10 - A baby could play this game

They couldn't have made this any easier. Quite simply, you use A to select and B to Cancel with the L and R buttons as Hotkeys for the field Psynergies that you use a lot. The game also has a easy learning curve that let's you enjoy all the benefits from being an expert all the way through.

Difficulty/Challenge: 1-7 - Set your own.

This game can be a breeze if you over level (like me). However, some of the bosses might just frustrate you, even if you are at an insanely high level. Some of the bosses just seem cheap. Many of the battles truly depend on nothing but luck alone, meaning you might die 15 times before you beat some of the bosses. But even with this, the game is still very enjoyable. After you have finished the game once, you can play Hard Mode which makes the enemies harder or play Easy Mode where your characters levels are the same as in your last playthrough.

Final Summary:

Pros:

+Stunning Battle System
+Jaw-dropping Graphics
+Some Very Catchy Songs
+Good Replay Value

Cons:

-Cliche Story
-Repetitive Songs
-Little or No Character Development
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Gameplay: 10/10
Story: 7/10
Graphics: 10/10
Sound: 8/10
Replay Value: 9/10
Controls: 9/10
Difficulty/Challenge: 1-7

FINAL SCORE: 96/100
This is one of the best games on the GBA. If you a RPG lover and don't have this game yet, get this game now. Even if you usually don't like RPGs, this will have your interest all the way through.

Buy or Rent?

Definitely a Buy. Easily one of the better games on the GBA, if you RPGs, you'll love this one. Even if you don't care about RPGs, this game will still have you hooked to the very end without letting go.

All in all, this is a game you will not regret for buying. A minute in and you will get hooked. Try it once and you won't want to let go. it is truly one of the best games in recent years.


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 04/17/03, Updated 10/05/04


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