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Advance Wars 2: 2 Vol. 2 Part Two 2nd Chapter the sequel sequel, gets christened

October 20, 2007

en garde, scoundrel!

I finally have a reason to be covering this redundantly-titled game so keenly. Except now it has a real title: Days of Ruin. That sounds joyful!

But there’s so much more than just the name to get excited about. Wifi, always the dealmaker, is at last part of the package. There’s no doubt in my mind that this is gonna be the game that brings all the intendo editors together for the first time. And it will be beautiful: voice chat is included, as well as a Map Center which’ll allow us to share and download each other’s maps. Now that is joyful. The YouTube influence is in full effect as well, letting you rate others’ maps. Watch Ryan give me nothing but 1-star ratings, that G.I. Joe-making bastard.

As for the gameplay tweaks, there are many. Lots of stuff has been removed. Dual-screen battles are gone, and thank god, because those were a poor utilization of the two screens and failed really hard at trying to justify the extra vertical space, as did many early DS titles. (Now, all battles play out using both screens in a stylish Battleship-y way). Also, “many advanced units” have been taken out. Not clear on what those could be, however chances are they’re talking about the mega-tanks, death star satellite, and the toonsy things like that. The CO powers are now less unfair, so you’ll have to rely more on your wits and less on those twits.

To compensate for the missing units, Intelligent Systems have added some new ones… and they’re all cool. The new Motorbike troop is lightly-armed and can capture territories. I imagine the deal is that they have a higher movement range per turn and can press forward more quickly than the on-foot guys (tanks and artillery can’t capture), probably with a slightly lower capture rate as a tradeoff. The Flare troop will be able to clear away the enragingly enraging Fog of War from a distance, so that one poor recruit you always send up the mountain to look through the fog will get a break, just this once. And representin’ the dogfighters, the Duster plane will be able to mix it up with other aerial gunners as well as ground units. Sounds kinda like that new dropship in Warhawk, but more two-dimensional, i think. The art style is coming along nicely, by the way, looking mighty fresh.

Intendo is looking forward to this game with well-hidden boners firmly pinned down by our pleather belts. How bout chu?

Videos at the source; kick ass gallery here.

{from here, via here}

zoinks!

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2007 6:45 pm

    Hey do they got an asian race in there, cos the asians will kick your asses, fo show.

  2. October 20, 2007 6:47 pm

    >>so that one poor recruit you always send up the mountain to look through the fog will get a break, just this once.

    Oh haha jesus I can’ remember how many infantry i sent off to DIE to scout the area. Heroes all of em.

  3. October 20, 2007 9:29 pm

    I think taking out the advanced units and CO powers is a good idea… The basic strategy of the game is fun, but that added junk always bugged me. It’s like all the failed attempts to “improve” Tetris. Just let the game breeeaaaatthh!

  4. October 20, 2007 10:03 pm

    “Hey do they got an asian race in there, cos the asians will kick your asses, fo show.”

    Only in numbers. But then again most Americans are dumb. I mean fucking stupid!

  5. October 21, 2007 1:46 am

    So we’re all getting this, right? Albo included? We need to bring the Warcade back.

    I’m glad they removed it also. It was way too goofy. I could use a decent story, too. Man, i will defend to the death the spin of the N64 tet game, “The New Tetris”. Nobody badmouths that game in my presence and lives to blog about it.

    They had asians before, dunno about now. Either way, in this game i’m certain he’s gonna be relegated to the scientist role, and the Americalies and Euros will be doing the killing. Gotta love stereos, especially when they type.

  6. October 21, 2007 5:47 am

    No way, he’ll be the honorable asian stereotype that doesn’t like guns and uses swords.

  7. October 21, 2007 12:07 pm

    Or the one whose only weapons are his limbs. That guy’s a beast.

  8. drewmg permalink
    October 23, 2007 8:44 am

    i’m so getting this game. i was really kind of annoyed that the last advance wars looked like a GBA Game.

  9. October 24, 2007 12:30 pm

    I didn’t finish the last one, but this one looks like a sure winner… I’m getting it as soon as it comes out!

    Finally, a game worthy of taking out my Etrian Odyssey catridge out of its DS slot!!

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