33 points, 3 votes
if: Playing this at a few years remove meant playing an old classic pretending to be a far older classic, but the gameplay stands the test of time. The controls are fantastically tight and the 2D exploring and light platforming/shooting captures almost everything that made Super Metroid great without resorting to plagiarism. The choice of which weapons to upgrade and the way that they detiorate again as you lose health adds an enjoyable extra element of its own. It also helps that the whole thing is ridiculously charming, from the music to the setting to the pixel drawings of each character when they speak.
Z S: played this on PC a couple of years ago, assuming it’s just as good on DS
25 points, 2 votes
CraigG: I spent a HUGE chunk of the start of the year playing this while taking the train back and forth between Newcastle and Edinburgh. I think they got the balance just right in this one; it’s much less complicated compared to the last Advance Wars game.
Will M: This game isn’t as ‘dark’ or ‘serious’ as people are playing up; some of the art is a bit more grown-up but it still has the same silly sense of humor underneath the whole post-apocalyptic setting. Some of the added units really piss me off, like the Anti-Tank which is indirect (like artillery) but can counter if attacked directly. Also, nothing does good damage to it, but it ruins EVERYTHING. Pretty much the only solution is bombers.
Abanana: Bikes are great, but I haven’t used the anti-tank much yet. Flares make fog-of-war stages much less luck-based. I beat the campaign although I had to look at a walkthrough for the last mission (it’s simpler than it seems, although you still need some luck). Anti-tanks are weak against infantry (BIKES). Still, they’re a lot better than small tanks, which cost around the same amount.
Creeztophair: Dual Strike was much better than this.
32 points, 4 votes
Jamescobo: Buy it quick before Nintendo comes to their senses!
Abanana: The widescreen support and motion controls definitely improve the Gamecube titles. Also, they don’t give me motion sickness like the originals did.
EZ Snappin: The first game is one of the best games ever; now it has the control scheme it deserves. Can’t beat the value for the money.