|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Wicked Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Majesco||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 13, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The biggest shortfall of the combat is the inability to skip past the combat animations, which get repetitive quickly. When youve watched your Summoner suffer the same status effect rendering her moveless for the twentieth time and realize youre going to have to sit through it every single time shes in your party for every round shes active, it gets annoying quickly. Youd think it wouldnt have been hard to include a button press to skip over the current animation to speed things up but apparently the developers decided we were to watch every combat rendering ad nauseam and appreciate the work theyd put into it.
Music and sound effects are nothing special and dont particularly help or hinder the overall package. While I wouldnt call the music particularly grating, it does get repetitive and led to my muting of the Nintendo DS on several occasions when I was all battle-musicd out. It should go without saying theres no voice acting. Or at least I hope it should.
Dawn of Heroes also supports multiplayer battles against friends. This was a feature I was unfortunately unable to try out but is a wonderful inclusion. As fun as the battles were against the computer AI, playing against a buddy would be even better. The tactical aspect of the game would be put to their best use when trying to out maneuver an living, breathing opponent.
All in all, Dawn of Heroes is a fun game with a lot to offer gamers on the handheld platform. Tactical RPGs arent abundant and ones that are both fun and have character are even less common. The game certainly isnt perfect; combat can get repetitive at times and battles take longer than it seems they should, but it is hardly enough to distract from the overall fun factor it offers. Dawn of Heroes is a wonderful game with a unique charm and has thankfully finally made it to store shelves. I, for one, plan on keeping this in my regular DS rotation with plans to finish more of the optional objectives.
CCC Freelance Writer