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Me and one of my buddies have just been listening to some of our favourite Golden Sun soundtrack songs and I'm so fucking pumped right now. This game is easily my most wanted game of the year since Nintendo first revealed it last E3. So I thought I'd post a few of these songs to get things rolling.
Nostalgia is punching me so hard in the face right now. Next week is too far away. Also, a collection of reviews so far:
GamesRadar - 8.0 Nintendo Power - 8.0 IGN - 7.5 GamePro - 3.5/5 Famitsu - 9/8/8/8 ONM - 92% GameTrailers - 8.5 JoyStiq 4/5 Nintendo Life - 8 1up - B Kotaku 4/5
The rundown so far: Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is a great game especially for Golden Sun fans. However, the main complaint is that the game is much easier than the previous titles and this is actually quite disappointing.
Not going to give my detailed impressions yet, I'm taking my time with this game and trying to find as many secrets as I can when I go through levels. I will say that it is a lot easier than the previous games which is a bummer, but so far, I'm really enjoying it. Progress wise, I just travelled through the Teppe Ruins and I'm on Morgal now. Sveta just left my party.
So I was a bit hesitant coming in because this game seems to get a lot of "meh" impressions, but I'm about 7 hours in and well... it feels like more Golden Sun to me. Which is definitely a good thing. Don't get me wrong, it has flaws, but most of them seem like the type of flaws that the series has always had (for example, a bunch of wordy dialog.)
@Mr_Mustache But that's the first game, this is the third one!
@DrFinkelstein I put four hours into it yesterday and I like it quite a bit. The game is excessively chatty, but the combat and exploration is top notch. My biggest complaint is having to push the A button constantly in battle to move things along. I know I can just hold down the A button and it'll cycle through all the combat text, but an auto scroll with speed control would work wonders.
The soundtrack is good at times and awkward at others. Some of the tracks, especially the ones including fake guitar noises, makes me feel like I am playing a Tales of Symphonia spin off. Overall I am glad I bought it and I will continue playing. I only paid $17 for a sealed copy of it.
Not sure if I ever posted my final thoughts on this game, but after finishing it (awhile back) I left feeling like it was... ok. Definitely not up with the first two for me, but not the trainwreck I've heard a lot of people suggest it is either. A solid, if not standout, Golden Sun game.
@Zero, I agree. I was completely enthralled by the original Golden Sun, and The Lost Age, and this E3 announcement blew my mind. When I got the actual game though, I was underwhelmed. It was a solid game, but I felt like it could have been more, and the cliffhanger ending, with no sequel in sight, is very unfulfilling.