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The developers of Glory Days 2 obviously subscribe to the axiom of leaving the audience wanting more. Job well done. I can hardly wait for Glory Days 3.
Thus far the DS has been met with innovation from the adventure, simulation, puzzle, and mind-teaser genres, but this is the first action game that has made a serious impact on Nintendo’s handheld. Ignore the pseudo-Desert Strike appearance – Glory Days II is nothing like that game. Both are great, but this one has created a new class of action game that all future releases will be judged on.
Auf den ersten Blick unterscheidet sich Glory Days 2 von seinem Vorgänger eigentlich nur durch die Verwendung des zweiten Bildschirms - auf den zweiten Blick hingegen wird klar, dass sich das Spielprinzip deutlich, wenn auch nicht dramatisch geändert hat: Zwar gibt es nach wie vor klasse inszenierte Oldschool-Daueraction, dieses Mal jedoch mit weitaus mehr strategischem Touch - eine teuflisch-brillante Mischung, die allerdings Gefahr läuft, Fans beider Lager gleichermaßen zu verschrecken, von Grafikfetischisten ganz zu schweigen. Dennoch hat dieses Spiel mehr als einen zweiten Blick verdient, denn Idee und Umsetzung sind einzigartig, nicht nur auf dem DS. Allerdings sollte wie schon beim ersten Teil eine gesunde Portion Frustresistenz vorhanden sein, denn Glory Days 2 wird sehr schnell sehr anspruchsvoll.
Though it doesn't need a particularly impressive presentation for the formula to work, Glory Days 2 surprises with silky-smooth, colorful visuals reminiscent of a shrunken, high-speed Metal Slug. The soundtrack is also absolutely epic, with booming war marches that compliment the destructive weapon effects perfectly -- get the headphones out. For what it is, it's really a complete package, and quite obviously a labor of love accomplished by a small team with very big ideas. If you've an interest in strategy games and want something a bit different, you owe it to yourself to hunt this game down.
And that might be a lot to demand from gamers, considering that this is an obscure DS title that can't be summed up in one sentence. Not only does Glory Days 2 require you to master a completely different style of gameplay, it throws more tasks at you than any real-time strategy game in recent memory, while at the same time insisting that you dust off classic arcade shooter skills. But ultimately it's worth it. If you can approach GD2 on its own terms and conquer it, the utterly unique gameplay experience is simply, well, glorious.
Armchair Empire, The
Nonetheless, there’s a lot of fun to be had in Glory Days 2. It tugs at players’ nostalgic sensibilities to some degree, while adding some nice, but not overwhelming, strategic elements. If you want a portable game with a nice amount of action that also makes you think a bit, you would do well to try this game.
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Glory Days 2 is published by Secret Stash Games (an Eidos label), which is befitting since Glory Days 2 is a bit of a hidden gem. While there’s definitely a learning curve with respect to the controls and the fact you’re performing double duty as a pilot and army General, the combination of aerial combat and real-time military strategy is a rather enjoyable mix. If the premise sounds appealing to you, Glory Days 2 is a Nintendo DS game worth seeking out.
When the original Game Boy Advance game "Super Army Wars" hit the scene a couple of years ago, I was amazed to see how few game critics "got it." The game had its issues, but it took classics like Choplifter, Wings of Fury, and Rescue Raiders and mashed them up into a contemporary piece that worked pretty darn well on the GBA. The DS sequel gives the concept a second chance: the developers improve on the concept with enhanced gameplay features and more strategic elements, and push a full-on multiplayer mode. I can't help but feel a little disappointed for the lack of single cartridge and online multiplayer, but as is Glory Days 2 is polished pretty well. It's a unique game in the DS line-up that deserves checking out.
As commonplace as the components are, Glory Days 2 adroitly assembles them into something pretty rare. It's lamentable that the campaign is as short as it is, but it's not enough to keep the rest of the game's unique charms from shining through.
Glory Days 2 is a game with its highs and lows, and certainly won’t appeal to everyone. However, for players who are willing to take the time to master the game’s otherwise complex controls and get used to the chaotic nature of the battles, there is still plenty of great looking, fantastic sounding fun to be had with this game.
Gamers' Temple, The
Glory Days 2 can be enjoyable, primarily because it is a rather unique game. On the downside it feels like the game was designed for a larger screen and that it could use a little more unit and aircraft variety. Still it is definitely worth a look for gamers on the go who are looking for a little light strategy action.
A fun action/strategy flight game, it's easy to lose a day or two in Glory Days 2. It's a little frustrating at times when it feels like your units are vastly underpowered compared to the opponents, but it makes it more satisfying when you finally defeat them. Still, despite the battle and multiplayer modes, it's unlikely this game will be able to hold your interest for too long. The level of strategy and action just isn't deep enough, and after a while, it just feels like you're doing the same thing over and over again as you cover the battlefield with bombs for the dozenth time. A quick and fun, though average, game.
Even with the frustrating controls (at times), the too-near camera and the juggling of simple strategy elements with shoot ‘em up action, Glory Days 2 remains unreasonably fun. Like the arcade shooters of yore, there's just something about the simplicity yet adrenaline pumping nature of it that makes you want to play more and more. Will it win any awards? Likely not. For DS owners sick of only puzzle, brain training or casual games coming out, though, it's a nice reminder that Nintendo's little handheld that could is very capable of other things. Now to wait for other developers to remember this and step up to the plate as well...
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Its low-key nature means it will probably remain something of a cult classic, though. How different things might have been had Nintendo got its hands on the design and slapped on the Advance Wars brand? Glory Days 2's battle for players' attention against better known franchises wouldn't have looked anywhere near as gruelling.
All in all, the scaled-down warfare is quick paced and fun, but it doesn't provide the level of strategy it purports to due to the convoluted nature of its layout. Glory Days may pass you by, but perhaps that's reaching too far for a Springsteen reference.
Sadly these things are quite immediately apparent, and coupled with those confusing opening moments, will undoubtedly serve to put people off. You almost get the feeling it's on the wrong system. Played on a big screen with the ability to take a much wider view of the battlefield, it would be much less stifled and tough to grasp, and the individually awkward or squirmy action bits would be more acceptable. But it isn't and they aren't, and getting past the game's flaws is ultimately more trouble than it's worth on a system already packed with action and strategy games that are consistently better than what lies beyond the frustration herein.
Glory Days 2 propose un gameplay finalement assez sympathique et relativement subtil sous ses dehors un peu old-school et faussement simplistes. Mais un bon nombre de soucis de prise en main, de visibilité ou même de décision étrange (la perte du contrôle de l'appareil pendant la gestion des ressources ?) ont tendance à tirer le jeu vers le bas. On se dit qu'avec quelques boutons en plus et un écran plus grand, Glory Days 2 aurait tout à gagner. En attendant, il sort sur portable et ça ne l'aide pas nécessairement.
Glory Days is a real pleasant surprise and something that I really didn't expect to be as good as it was. The game isn't perfect but those looking for a solid DS game with a lot of action and a hint of strategy should check out Glory Days 2.
The Review Busters
Glory Days 2 is a relatively unknown game. I can't really say that it's a hidden gem, because I found myself getting a bit bored with it after a while. The lack of storyline to go with the gameplay didn't help very much. However, I can say that the concept is unique and if you're looking for something different on your DS, then you may want to check this one out. I'm giving this a 5 out of 10 only because I'm still not sure about this one. If you do decide to get it, try to find a used copy if possible.