Blue Dragon Plus Review
Blue Dragon Plus box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Feel Plus 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: AQ Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Feb. 24, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

As far as the story goes, Blue Dragon Plus feels like more of an addendum to the events of the first game rather than a full-fledged sequel. The last game ended with the world splitting into different cubes, and while Blue Dragon Plus certainly acknowledges this, the actual storyline again revolves around a great evil, and begins with the re-appearance of supposedly-dead-bad-guy Nene. Although there are a few nice moments in the story, especially regarding the whole romance sub-plot between Kluke, Jiro, and Shu, the whole thing just felt a little flat and incomplete, especially when compared with the story in the first game.

Blue Dragon Plus screenshot

One area where this title excels, however, is the graphics. Gameplay graphics are pretty standard fare and feature little sprite-based characters and nice 2-D environments. However, it is the cutscenes in this title that really take the graphics to the next level. These cutscenes are pre-rendered and I can confidently say that they are on par with the cinema scenes in the original Xbox 360 version. This is mightily impressive considering the DS's rather limited hardware, but what is even more surprising is the frequency of the cutscenes. In the first two hours of gameplay, I would estimate that I saw about ten 1-2 minute cutscenes, which is a darn good ratio, again considering the DS's hardware limitations.

The sound in Blue Dragon Plus is also very good, and I would say about 90% of the tunes are taken directly from the original title. However, the songs have been remastered and optimized for the DS's small speakers, and the good news is that you'll hear that annoying boss song a lot less. Sure, it's still there, but it won't play during every boss battle, which was a big complaint that players had for the first game.

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Blue Dragon Plus was definitely an interesting game for me to review. When I first started playing it, I instantly hated it for changing the battle system, which was what sold me on the first title. However, once I was able to get past my resentment, I found myself enjoying this quaint little title. Though the size and scope aren't anywhere close to its console predecessor, Blue Dragon Plus provides a nice new chapter to the storyline, and if you enjoy RTS gameplay, you will probably like the battle system as well. However, if you are expecting another turn-based epic, well I am sad to say that Blue Dragon Plus is not the follow-up that you were looking for.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.7
Graphics
Some of the best graphics on the DS. Cutscenes are particularly impressive, especially with regard to their frequency.
3.4
Control
The touch-based controls work well enough, although their simplicity make early levels feel shallow.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Almost all the music has been carried over from the original Blue Dragon, which is definitely a good thing. Voiceover, however, is nonexistent.
3.3

Play Value
Although the new format may turn off those who appreciated the old school feel of the original Blue Dragon, there is still a lot to like here, even if the story feels a little tacked-on.

3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Control up to 16 humans and Mecha Robos to fight against a horde of enemies.
  • Equip your units with items and alter their composition to bolster their strength.
  • Exciting Real-Time Battles and Shadow Fights!
  • High Quality Dual Screen FMV's Showcasing More Than an Hour of Story Events!
  • Exciting RPG Elements Such As Item Collection, Character Progression, and Robot Customizations.


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