December 18, 2007 - Advance Wars fans will be forgiven if they've been skeptical about the new directions Days of Ruin is heading. The latest entry in the series is a departure in both its visual design and overall mood -- decidedly darker than previous Wars. Even the music has a harder edge to it (very Rammstein-ish). The change is bound to be jarring for longtime fans of the series. We are happy to report that the gameplay, however, hasn't changed, and the handheld strategy game appears as fun and addictive as ever.
The Days of Ruin story unfolds through the eyes of a weaner new recruit named Will who was stuffing his face in the lunch room when a meteor attack devastated the planet. With enough food to last for months, he was able to survive and dig his way out of the rubble -- only to be attacked by ruthless scavengers. The game begins when he is rescued by a hardened war hero named Captain Brenner that is scouring the land looking for survivors.
Gone are the happy-go-lucky characters from previous Advance Wars. The story of Days of Ruin generally involves people struggling to find their humanity in the face of devastation. As Brenner and his crew travel the land trying to help where they can, they are constantly facing opposition from the very people they would rescue. The destruction has left people selfish and ungrateful.
While the faces are new, each playable commander still has their own CO Power that affects different factors in battle. Will boosts the mobility of direct-attack ground units; Captain Brenner can heal units; Lin, the intel officer, adds +2 to the vision of ground units. Early in the game players will encounter a mysterious young woman suffering from amnesia. Will eventually names her Isabella, and she boosts the mobility and attack range of indirect units.
As is expected, there are a few new units at our disposal:
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