I put the fun Metroid Prime Pinball to one side, having enjoyed a week of messing around on it. I really want to come back to it and get good at it. I love its presentation and tables.
My next DS game is... Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. I have had this sat on my shelf for MONTHS
I think my issue with it is the fact that Advance Wars 1 on the GBA is one of my all time favourite games. I played the sh1t out of it back in the day. Its a masterpiece for me, and up there with Pokemon, Tetris, Link's Awakening and Dragon Warrior Monsters as one of the best handheld games ever made. I didn't get the sequel as I didn't see the need for one. The amount of content, and the perfect balance of 1 negated the need for 2.
I picked up the first DS game near enough at its launch and it was a massive disappointment. I thought the new hardware would bring new ideas. Sadly this was not the case, outside a few new modes which I didn't take to. It looked identical to the GBA games as well, even though it was on more powerful hardware. The only real improvement you could have made to the GBA games was in the presentation. The campaign was also very poor, and I didn't even both finishing it. The missions were just average and not all that much fun. The story was pish-poor. The biggest problem was the unbalanced units and over the top powerful CO powers, which made the game into a bit of a mess in terms of balance. Its still a good game taken in isolation as it has a lot of the features of the first GBA game, though it had added stuff that was either rubbish or unnecessary.
So coming into Days of Ruin I was a little unsure what to expect. I was aware that the devs had turned the game on its head to some degree, but I wasn't expecting great things. However, on playing it last night I was pleasantly surprised. The campaign started off well and the story is actually pretty good! The graphics are much different and the game has been completely rebalanced. I am very impressed. I went into the War Room and got stuck into the first mission, which too me a good 90 minutes to complete and was fun for every second. Excellent stuff then - lets hope it continues like this....