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Overall, I would have to say this is a game for the FMA fans. While there is an interesting mix between mini games and the alchemy system, the game is simply too short and enemies aren’t much of a challenge to beat. Controls are poorly configured because even though there are only two actions, you can’t perform any alchemy moves with the remaining buttons, forcing you to tap the screen with your stylus. However, it’s still quite fun to play beating up the bad guys and with the great amount of FMA unlockables, fans of the series shouldn’t find themselves disappointed.
Overall, the game is pretty good, but appears to be only really accessible to fans of the series. Those who pick up the title out of sheer curiosity will find the game's initial excessive dialogue and thickly condensed story mode tedious and annoying. However, if they're able to pass the story mode, the unlockables are almost worth playing through the lackluster story mode.
I give this game a 7 with caution: Dual Sympathy is action-packed entertainment. The bosses are great and the story is wonderful. But you may only feel the need to play through this game twice, and it’ll barely take two hours on the first – much less on the second. With that in mind, know that this is a good game, but don’t buy it if length means anything to you.
Fullmetal fans looking for a solid representation of the series they love should be suitably impressed by what Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy has to offer. The game remains faithful to the anime from beginning to end, and tosses in a lot of fun little bonuses that fans will be sure to appreciate. And if you haven't been exposed to the world of Fullmetal Alchemist yet, Dual Sympathy is a good place to start.
Full Metal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy is a bit shaky from whichever perspective you take it. Fans of the show will get irritated that the story with which they fell in love has been chopped up, cannibalized, and made into another generic beat-'em-up, and people new to the series will be confused as the plot bounces around viciously in Story Mode — which must be completed before the much quicker, more notable arcade-style Character Mode is available. It's a disgustingly short game emphasizing multiple playthroughs, but at the same time, the gameplay is moderately repetitive and the levels all reek of sameness. Go ahead and give Full Metal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy a look if you long for the days when games like Streets of Rage and Final Fight were prevalent. Otherwise, you aren't missing anything by keeping away.
Despite its quality beat 'em up gameplay, numerous flaws hold Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy back. It's baffling given the prominent amount of source material, a short adventure makes the game a relatively brief experience, further marred through arbitrary use of the touch screen, pointless mini-games and the lack of multiplayer. Fans of the show will no doubt get a kick out of tackling hordes of bad guys and defeating the few clever bosses, as will hardcore gamers reminiscent of the olden days. However, with the potential of the game exhausted after the first few hours, there's simply no reason to purchase Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy when a mere rental will suffice.
Fans of the Fullmetal Alchemist series are going to be the most disappointed with this game, which is a shame since it's obvious the game was made just for them. The Streets of Rage style of gameplay isn't fleshed out enough to carry a whole game, and the lack of any sort of multiplayer really brings the title down. Sure the game looks alright, and it's nice that the developers stuck in sound bytes from the show, but they also glossed over the major parts of the story in an effort of whisk players to the more action packed parts. As it stands, Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy is the skeleton of a good game that is inaccessible to fans of the show and newcomers. With any luck Fullmetal Alchemist fans will get a sequel, one that does the series justice.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy is less a game than an extended cut-scene with a shortened version of the animated Fullmetal Alchemist series.
This four to six hour play-through isn't worthwhile the first time; what's worse is the developers expect you to replay this multiple times with different characters. While it's sort of interesting to see your darling dudes from the show demonstrate their custom alchemy warfare, a single sit-through is exasperating enough.
Completing the main single player game does allow further characters to be unlocked in order to view a sliver of a different cut-scene, yet they don't really add any significant difference to how you play. Worst of all, it's missing any multiplayer option, as fighting along with a friend might have added a little bit more enjoyment. Obligatory mini-games don't really make up for it, making this a brawler that's more a nod to easily pleased fans than an essential purchase.
The game does include a few extras for when you’re done with the story mode after a couple of hours of play. There are a few mini games, none of which is particularly entertaining, and some artwork that will appeal primarily to fans of the show on which the game is based. That’s about it. If you’re not a fan of the show there’s really no reason to spend any time with the game, and if you are you’ll be disappointed with the gameplay that is at once repetitive and overly short.
As benign as most beat-'em-ups are, the ESRB wasn't kidding around with the T it slapped on the cover of this box. Because the story has been stripped down to its bare-bones essentials, a lot of the charm of the anime falls by the wayside and is replaced by a disturbing storyline that lacks redeeming qualities. Plus, the lousy beat-'em-up action and undistinguished bonus media do little to salvage the package, so it's probably best to just avoid this one altogether, even if you're a fan of the anime.