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- 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.
- Exchange friend codes with a close circle of military geniuses, then declare war over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection on over 170 two-, three-, and four-player maps.
- Pit your skill against the world as you take on random players on over 170 maps.
- Use the Touch Screen to design your own maps, controlling every aspect from troop placement to terrain features.
- Use the stylus to paint and create your perfect map, then link to a friend via local wireless communication or Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and swap your topographical masterpieces.
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Almost 90% of mankind has been killed off following a devastating meteor strike that has caused a massive dust cloud to blot out the sun. Scattered survivors pick through the wreckage, and the remnants of several military superpowers patrol the ravaged landscape, some factions protecting the innocent while the others prey upon them. The two rival world superpowers, Rubinelle and Lazuria, continue to fight among the ruins of their countries, the few surviving military leaders of each side carrying on the conflict begun before the catastrophe. In their wake, various warlords rise to power, seizing scarce food rations from the defenseless survivors and attempting to assert their dominance in the absence of law and order. Follow the Rubinelle COs Will, Brenner, and Lin as they embark on a mission to rescue as many of the survivors as possible, with the help of the mysterious Isabella, an amnesiac girl who seems to know vital military secrets, and various other sympathetic factions.
ESRB Rated E10 For Ages 10 and Up
Advance Wars has been reborn. Set amid a world in chaos and boasting new characters and settings, the latest game in the series features a gritty look, an engaging storyline and online battles and map trading. It's the most stunning Advance Wars ever.
- New COs and units, realistic graphics and a new environment bring the world of Advance Wars to life like never before. After a cataclysmic meteor strike exterminates 90 percent of the population, the survivors must battle barbarians, disease and megalomaniacal strongmen who seek only to secure their own power.
- Strategy fans will rejoice over the long-awaited inclusion of online play, which promises to add almost unlimited depth and replay ability. Hop on Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and battle against a friend halfway across the world, or use the powerful map editor to create, trade and battle on custom maps.
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin features a new group of COs and supporting characters, as well as a new setting. After a terrible asteroid strike that leaves few survivors, the world is in chaos. Toxic dust clouds are choking out the food supply. New diseases strike without warning. Terror runs rampant as people do whatever is necessary for their own survival. Against this background, one small band fights to restore human dignity in a world gone mad, but the mission seems impossible. Their own country is being led by a dictator. Their former enemy thinks only of revenge. And behind the scenes, a scientist with unbelievable power dreams of eliminating the human race once and for all.Game-play Modes:
- Single-player: Players battle their way through a lengthy campaign and the twists and turns of the main story.
- Free Battle: Players challenge themselves or up to three friends on more than 170 two-, three- and four-player maps. When playing with friends, players use one Nintendo DS and pass it among players.
- Battle: Fight up to three other players on more than 170 maps via local wireless communication or Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Each player must have his or her own game card.
- Design Room: Players use the touch screen to design their own maps, controlling every aspect from troop placement to terrain features.
- Trade Maps: Link to a friend via local wireless communication or Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and swap topographical masterpieces.
Multiplayer has always been the backbone of the Advance Wars game play, and the addition of playing via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection makes it even better. Here's a brief overview of the online experience:
- Exchange Friend Codes with a close circle of military geniuses, then declare war against one of them over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. While battling, players can communicate with each other using full voice chat.
- Players pit their skills against the world as they take on random players. They can choose to fight against people of their own skill level or engage whoever dares to take them on.
- Advance Wars: Days of Ruin contains one of the most robust map-creation systems ever seen. Use the stylus to paint and create the perfect map, then send it to a friend for a test run. It's easy, fun and very, very addictive.
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As far as gameplay goes there is balance changes for vets of the series. First of all the AI is stop notch. Dual Strike really upped the ante with it's AI over the GBA games but this one I feel takes the AI even further, it can be a challenge until you get really good. As for balance changes I will list off the ones I can think of quick: There is a new infantry unit on motorcycles, cheaper and weaker than a jeep and not quite as fast but faster than normal infantry and they can capture buildings like normal infantry. Mechs are 2500cr instead of 3k, this is huge as you can accept the loss of mechs more easily and use them to eat away tanks more. Anti-tank artillery is like normal artillery except it has armor similar to a Md tank, costs 11000cr, and can fire just as far as artillery as well as point blank. This unit can be quite overpowering because it can also counterattack like a normal tank. Standard tanks cannot kill this thing easily, and at 11000cr they are 5000cr cheaper than Md tanks and can really hurt a map of infantry and tanks. The gunboat has only 1 shot that can do about 75% damage to an enemy ship and can carry a single infantry unit, the duster is a propeller plane that is cheap and is basically an airborne jeep, best for countering helicopters. There is a new flare tank that can reveal a good 3-3 range on a map with fog of war.
Summary: This game plays like any other Advance Wars game but the large amount of additions and balance changes makes it play differently. Some of the same strategies that worked in the rest of the series don't pan out as well in this one. The atmosphere doesn't feel as good as the original games, almost like it tries too hard to be edgy with the darker art and heavy electric-guitar rock-type music riffs but stays within PG-13 or below ratings. Good game, it's still Advance Wars at it's core, this is just a different flavor. Since this and Dual Strike are not being made anymore get them now before the prices go crazy high.
Now, it's the same game, yes, and to those who do their research, the biggest difference between the two is the characters/chapters have different names.
It slightly irked me that I received that, but quickly got over it, since it is, still, the same under the hood, and I don't feel it constitutes a return. Overall, a great buy!
They all have their flaws but together they get stuff done. Its one big (strange) family.
Also the bad guys are SOOO bad. Never have I despised someone more that Mayor...
Unlike Advance Wars Dual Strike, "war" is a bad thing that Brenner's unit is trying to get away from. Trying to find a way home... So with this setup, during the actual battles, I saw each of my units on the as poor souls, and I felt the need to make sure they would all (or mostly) survive.
This is a great game if you have to ride somewhere on a long trip, no need for sound, tern based, not much reading and a quick save feature.
The downside is once you are done with the main story, you are basically done with the game.
No hard mode, not many unlockables, no trying out other commanders.
But there are a good stack of extra non-story maps. Or you can go for S rating on all the story maps.
Extra: Don't miss out on the oddly silly tutorials for each of the main quests battles. You never know who will show up!
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(and time for another 500+ hours onto it, lost my first copy with 900+ hrs, heck, Explorers of Sky has 350+ hours into it still.)
The story takes place as a group of survivors try and survive the horrible world...Read more