Advance Wars is a game in which you need strategy, power and a lot of patience. This is a game in which you need to afford loosing to learn from your mistakes and in the next battle kick the enemy’s sorry ass.
This is a really complex game in which you really need a tutorial (which is really explanatory in the game). The game consists in a war game in which you need to either destroy all the enemy units or capture his HQ. There are 3 main kind of units: ground, air and naval. Ground units are divided in soldiers, tanks and cars. Every unit has a kind of attack or is useful for an specific job (transportation, direct attack, indirect attack, recon). You need to be able to know how to use each and every one of this in your advantage. On the other side you need to keep check on your fuel and ammo because, what is of a tank with out ammunition? Just a mobile piece of metallic crap. Another bonus feature in the game is the experience of a unit. Every time a unit defeats another enemy unit it gains “experience” wich makes this unit a little bit more stronger. You can only level a unit three times, (beating three enemies) which makes that unit a veteran. I need to clarify something in this part. Every time you finish a battle, that’s it. You don’t get to keep the rest of the units for another battle. You start fresh every time a battle begins.
The graphics in the game are not as good in other advance wars game but they make the game look a lot more serious than in the past games. The world is a lot more “darker” which makes it look a lot more real and the character are less childish. The only down is that the battle scenes are less detailed.
The game sounds are also more better because they make you feel in the moment and makes you think of a real battle situation. Although the sound isn’t the best soundtrack, it accomplishes its purpose.
The following is a video of a mission on the campaign to show you a little bit of the gameplay. It is NOT made by me but it is better to see some one play it that some one else only explain it.
The story is based on a futuristic scene. The world has been devastated by the fall of meteorites on the world making dust cover the entire world covering the sun and leaving almost no survivors. Will, a student from the academy, survived to the devastation and found himself in front of a bunch of raiders who, with the thought that they can do anything they want, attacked him. Suddenly he is saved by Capitan Brenner form the Brenner’s wolves. Will joins the ranks of the Brenner’s wolves and their first motivation was to look for survivors. In one of Will first scouts he finds a little girl who cant remember her name but has an immense data on a lot of things: tanks, factory locations, weapons info, etc. This girl (which is given the name of Isabella by Will) is eternally thankful to Will and starts to follow him everywhere. The Brenner wolves continue on through the devastated world searching for a way to survive and in their way they find helpful people like a doctor who accompanies them through out their journey and helps them to look for food, and they find un-helpful people like a mayor of a new town who only knows how to give his back on them. Not only this but the survivors of their opposing nation (the Lauzarian army) continue attack them although there is no more reason to continue on fighting and they also have the New Rubinell Army who later on they become addicted to power and give their back on you. To make matters worse they have an unknown doctor with an infinite army using them as experiments. This game doesn’t have a happy plot but one of revenge, death and sorrow. Although this may not be encouraging the plot is really interesting.
Advance wars games have a really unique form of battle in which the Commanding Officer (CO) can change the tables of a battle into a victory. Every CO has a unique ability and can make either your tanks be stronger, or have a stronger air force but lower your navy, etc. In difference with the other advance wars games (In which your CO power affected all your units) they decided to make CO in this game a bit more realistic. Your CO can actually enter the battle. He can join any unit making that unit immediately a veteran unit (which increases its firepower and defense) and making around that unit a CO zone. This CO zone is for filling up your CO meter. Every time a unit battles inside this zone, your CO meter goes up and some CO powers only affect the units inside this zone (not all).
I actually don’t recommend this game for kids. The actual rating of the game is E+10 which is what a consider enough for playing it since it is challenging enough. This is a real challenge for any gamer and it may be worth your time to pass in hard.
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