Golden Sun: The Lost Age Reviews (Game Boy Advance)
|This golden masterpiece shines like the sun||Bregalad (969)|
|This game is a lot better than the first||Jester236 (39)|
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|AI||The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents.||3.2|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work and the game plays.||4.0|
|Graphics||The visual quality of the game||4.2|
|Personal Slant||A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes||3.8|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.9|
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|Overall User Score (32 votes)||3.8|
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Pixel-Heroes.de (Oct 28, 2010)
"Golden Sun" ist und bleibt eines meiner Lieblingsspiele! Diejenigen, die mit einem klassischen Rollenspiel eher etwas anfangen können, dürfen hier zugreifen. Auch dem zweiten Teil vergebe ich, wie hätte es anders sein können, volle zehn von zehn möglichen Punkten.
Golden Sun: The Lost Age may not be a new game, but if you do not own it already, I strongly suggest you buy it now, because it is the best GBA RPG since the Game Boy Color Pokemon series! There was never a time when I got tired of playing it, and there were always things that kept me determined to play on. The music is fantastic and atmosphere enhancing, while the graphics are outstanding and never disappoint, and the battles are fantastically intense. From Felix swinging on a vine to walking on a tight rope, each movement and animation of the characters in the game is flawless, and it shows how much time and care was incorporated into this game by the developers. The Lost Age is another RPG masterpiece and I can only hope that Camelot continues making great RPGs in the future. Completing Lost Age may make me sad, but at least I can finally get some sleep now…
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (Jan 29, 2005)
Golden Sun: The Lost Age is the best sequel possible to a title such as Golden Sun. The storyline ties in perfectly, just as what many have hoped for, and it truly better than what most would have imagined. Just because of the sequel, the original Golden Sun becomes more memorable, more beautiful, even closer to becoming a classic. This is most definitely a recommended purchase for all gamers, and a welcome addition to the Gameboy Advance's library.
Snackbar-Games.com (Jan 29, 2006)
I really can't say anything bad about this game. It is a perfect game styled after the RPGs of old, and just like the first one, it was a very solid gaming experience. With the longer gameplay(about 35 hours compared to the previous 25 in Golden Sun), you really get the most bang for your buck. I can't recommend this game more to anyone who owns a GBA. If you like RPGs in the least, you owe it to yourself to go out and buy Golden Sun, and then follow it up with Golden Sun: The Lost Age. You will be glad you did.
Gaming Target (Apr 29, 2003)
This is quite simply the greatest single RPG to be released in many years, and a must have for any Game Boy Advance owning enthusiast. Golden Sun was a flawed, though insanely fun game, and still worth playing thanks to its unique ability to link up with The Lost Age and transfer over information. Indeed, an entire dungeon and quite a few side quests and rewards remain exclusive to those who utilize this ingenious design decision. However, whatever your feelings on the first game’s story and characters, The Lost Age demands to be judged on its own merits, and it will not be found wanting.
Golden Sun brings back many fond memories. I was able to practically revisit all my favorite experiences on the SNES with an even more impressive GBA game. Whether it be through design, story, or gameplay-– this solid title competes with some of the bigger titles we’ve played on some next generation systems. And so, Golden Sun comes across as a highly recommended title for anyone who enjoys an epic story and a challenge. Disappointment is not an option.
Mag'64 (Sep 19, 2003)
Was bleibt mir am Ende eigentlich noch zu sagen. Für Spieler des ersten Teils brauche ich eigentlich keinen Test zu schreiben...... Neueinsteiger werden mit beiden Teilen glücklich. Wobei der Nachfolger von allem einfach mehr und mehr und mehr bietet.... Anspruch, Technik und Spielspaß wie es nur wenige Spiele bieten. Man wird immer streiten welches Spiel das beste auf dem GBA sein könnte. Golden Sun 1 und 2 gehören auf jeden Fall dazu. Also Mädels und Jungs, worauf wartet Ihr noch! ;-)
Just RPG (2003)
The graphics used to depict everything from the villages, characters, battlefields and Psynergy powers are artistically designed and incorporated within the game. You will find these graphics to be some of the best on the GBA system. You will also be amazed at the power of the musical score. I never thought the GBA could produce the eloquent music or memorable visuals that you will find in the game. Let us not forget the great gameplay, the challenging puzzles and the use of your Psynergy and Djinn. Both of the Golden Sun games demonstrate the talent that Camelot has in giving us an impressive RPG gaming experience. Golden Sun: The Lost Age concludes the epic story begun in the first game, a story you will find suspenseful and well-written. I hope Camelot decides to grace us with a sequel worthy of these excellent RPGs. Golden Sun: The Lost Age stands triumphantly as ultimate proof of the intense RPG gaming to be found on the GBA!
Consoles Plus (Sep, 2003)
Très bien réalisé et doté d'un excellent scénario, Golden Sun n'a rien à envier aux plus grands RPG. Si vous aimez le genre et la GBA, foncez !
DarkZero (Feb 19, 2006)
The Lost Age is just as captivating as the original Golden Sun, if not better. The adventure will last around forty hours to complete, and will last even more with the multitude of side quests to complete, items to collect, and Djinni to capture. It has a strong, and welcome, sense of familiarity, with traditional enemies, along with its own additions to the mix. Psynergy is more beautiful than ever, as are the magnificent summons utilising the powers of the Djinni. Characters are just as alive as ever, and there are more things to do and see. Absolutely wonderful.
Gamer 2.0 (May 02, 2004)
Golden Sun: The Lost Age is one of the best, if not THE best RPG available for the Game Boy Advance. It is a worthy sequel to the first game, and it picks up right where it left off. Also, at the beginning, the game asks if you'd like to Import your stats from the original Golden Sun via a Game Link Cable or a Universal Medal Code. The Medal Codes are for players without a Game Link Cable, but the Gold code is a shocking 6 pages long! In the end, Golden Sun: The Lost Age is a flawless RPG with a great continuation of the original cliffhanger. It'll boast about 30 hours to beat your first time through. And even after, Golden Sun: The Lost Age will prove to be a golden part in your Game Boy Advance Library.
Lawrence (May 19, 2003)
The graphics are last generation, but still great for the Advance. The sound is much better this time around, with cleaner clanging and bashing sounds, taking good use of the hardware. Of course, the best way to listen to your Advnace is through good in-ear headphones. I had the same amount of enjoyment out of Lost Age, which is what I expected. You should expect the same.
Diehard GameFan (Jul 15, 2003)
Though not perfect, the game itself is as good of a sequel as could be expected. The story continues right after, and it plays almost exactly like the original, but there is enough difference that it proves that it is a different game. Fans of the original, go get your copy now. You won’t regret it. Fans of RPGs in general, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not picking up both of these games. Hell, if there’s any game out there that could start someone on the path of an RPGamer, it’s this game and it’s predecessor.
Kombo.com (Nov 14, 2003)
TLA is the best RPG I have played this year. Despite it's shortcommings it's still a really great game which is absolutely worth the money. Sure, if you don't like RPGs you probably won't like this game, on the other hand it may change your mind because it is a really good and simple entry-level RPG. Either way, GoLden Sun: The Lost Age is, at it's heart, just a really good game.
Mygamer.com (Aug 20, 2004)
Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age are two fantastic games RPG fans will go crazy over. The second installment, although only offering a handful of new features, is still an amazing game. With its great story, breathtaking graphics, and simple but deep combat system, GS will find itself in many gamers' hands. It is great to see an original RPG made for GBA in an overwhelming sea of remakes. Once players start playing this game, they will probably only stop when they need to put new batteries in or recharge the SP. Even people that do not normally enjoy RPGs will still probably enjoy GS as it offers more than your stereotypical RPG. So if you are looking for a great, original RPG with an outstanding combat system and visuals, then either GS will whet your pallet. If you play one, you will feel it is your duty to play through the other.
Game Vortex (2003)
Golden Sun: The Lost Age is one of the games I think every RPG fan should have in order to call their library complete. It’s a great game in a fresh series in whose genre is notorious for stale games. For those who love the puzzle solving in Zelda, I would also recommend The Lost Age. In fact, as long as you don’t hate RPGs, and you have a Gameboy Advance, this is a recommendation to buy.
Netjak (May 30, 2003)
Do yourself a favor, no matter what your GBA status is, and step inside the glory of the Golden Sun world... you won't be sorry.
Cubed3 (Sep 19, 2003)
Golden Sun: The Lost Age may not be the pinnacle of role-playing gaming, but it certainly gives the large franchises such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest a good run for their money. As far as the GBA is concerned, gamers should know that the title can happily sit on the same level as the likes of the Zelda III remake and the brilliant Sword of Mana in terms of quality. Camelot deserves a round of applause, many pats on the back and probably a couple of drinks as gratitude for turning out such an exemplary piece of software.
NintendoWorldReport (Aug 24, 2003)
In conclusion, The Lost Age is a surpremely playable RPG. It has an interesting plot, a refined fighting system, beautiful graphics, a superb soundtrack, and intuitive controls. What’s more, it’s a long game. It cannot be regarded as a truly unique and groundbreaking game. Since it’s a direct follow-up to the original, it offers few new ideas, but ultimately, that doesn’t matter much, considering how brilliantly everything blends together. Now, the only thing we need is a GameCube incarnation.
Jeuxvideo.com (Sep 17, 2003)
Posséder une GBA et ne pas goûter aux joies d'un titre comme Golden Sun est déjà un crime, mais passer à côté de Golden Sun : l'Age Perdu relève de l'hérésie. A moins d'être totalement et aveuglément réfractaire à l'univers des RPG, l'expérience offerte par Camelot dans ce nouveau volet saura vous faire voyager dans des contrées que vous n'auriez jamais imaginé trouver sur une console portable.
GamersMark (Apr 25, 2003)
The original Golden Sun did not have a conclusion, as it was part of a larger story. The Lost Age is as Camelot puts it, "book two" of the story. As such, it is recommended that you do not play The Lost Age until you have completed the first Golden Sun. It would be like opening up a novel and starting on chapter two. The Lost Age allows you to load a clear file (basically a save game created at the end of the first) by way of password or link cable, for reasons which I will not spoil for you.
GamePro (US) (Apr 14, 2003)
The sequel to Golden Sun takes the word "sequel" to new heights of literalness. Your starting party is Felix and Jenna (both antagonists, sort of, in the original), and the story begins with Jenna running away from the final battle of the previous game. Despite this convoluted opening, The Lost Age's story soon devolves into typical RPG stuff: tour the world, find people in distress, and beat down their problems.
IGN (Apr 10, 2003)
Even with its already established dialogue and battle quirks, Golden Sun: The Lost Age is still a impressive GBA game, even with its first-generation GBA technology. Camelot made the Golden Sun engine one that would last through the rising expectations as the Game Boy Advance moves on in years, and other RPG designers on the handheld have yet to topple Camelot's original game. The sequel won't offer an entirely new experience on the handheld for players that have already made it through the first game in the series, but its extended storyline and slight additions to the gameplay are more than enough make it an extremely enjoyable (and lengthy) adventure on the Game Boy Advance.
N-Zone (Oct 07, 2003)
Endlich ist es da! Die Spannung, wie die Story wohl weitergehen würde, war ja fast nicht zu ertragen. Auf die Handlung im zweiten Teil bin ich bewusst nicht genauer eingegangen, da ich euch die Überraschung nicht nehmen wollte. Auf jeden Fall erwarten euch wieder spannende Storywendungen, die sich nicht nur Fans nicht entgehen lassen sollten. Alle Eigenschaften, die dem ersten Teil zu einem Hit verholfen haben, wurden ausnahmslos übernommen. Auch wenn es sich bei diesem Spiel lediglich um eine Fortsetzung des ersten Teils handelt, das Spiel ist und bleibt einfach genial!
GameZone (Apr 21, 2003)
It's hard for me to believe that the first Golden Sun wasn't a multi-platinum hit. Perhaps it's due to the lack of promotion (if I wasn't a hardcore gamer, I probably wouldn't even know this series existed), or maybe it's due to the name, which still hasn't received the recognition that other great RPGs have. Regardless, Golden Sun: The Lost Age is spectacular game, one that every RPG fan should get. It's very lengthy, very deep, and has some obvious (yet confusing) puzzles that'll drive you nuts! The story is good, too, and the music is extremely enjoyable.
GameSpy (Apr 26, 2004)
Combat in The Lost Age is a turn-based affair that can be finished fairly quickly. After familiarizing yourself with the command layout, it's easy to zip through a battle with several deft button presses. Unfortunately, there are times when your party suffers from bouts of idiocy during combat. The lamest flaw is when two characters target one enemy and one character kills it. Rather than attacking something else, the other character stands in at guard, effectively wasting a command. This moronic failing aside, I really enjoyed the battles in The Lost Age. They're definitely a throwback, but turn-based skirmishes are my thing, and this game has a fine combat system.
GameSpot (Apr 15, 2003)
Ultimately, Golden Sun: The Lost Age is an excellent follow-up to the original Golden Sun. The game makes some solid refinements to the series' gameplay, features a longer quest, and makes some nice tweaks to the series' presentation. Despite the fact that the Game Boy Advance library has seen some notable entries in the RPG genre--such as Breath of Fire and Breath of Fire II, Tactics Ogre, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, and Lunar Legend--since the original game hit, Golden Sun: The Lost Age still manages to stand tall.
64 Power / big.N / N Games (Sep, 2003)
Zuerst die gute Nachricht: Die vergessene Epoche ist ein spitzenmäßiges Rollenpiel und gehört zum Besten, was der GBA zu bieten hat. Etwas ernüchternd ist hingegen, dass es sich spielerisch kaum vom Vorgänger unterscheidet und nur in Bezug auf die Story dem Anspruch eines Nachfolgers gerecht wird. Im Grunde ist es das gleiche Spiel, geht aber inhaltlich dort weiter, wo der erste Teil aufhörte.
RPGFan (Aug 16, 2003)
Still, despite the flaws, the game is good. It is not as great as the original, and it certainly suffers because Camelot has decided to overload the audience with more of everything that made the first game decent. Hopefully, they will remember that to be a successful entertainer is to leave the audience wanting more.
Overall, the game is fantastic. While not many improvements were made over the original Golden Sun, the Lost Age proves that you can remain true to the original formula and still be succesful without changing much. It has a great story and features fantastic graphics and gameplay. Still, play the first THEN get the second! They're both that good.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (May 11, 2003)
Golden Sun: The Lost Age is a hard game to recommend if you haven't played through the original, as the plot is complex and confusing. However, if you invested plenty of time in the original, and want to find out what happens after that abrupt ending, then you'll want to rush out and buy this immediately.
Game Informer Magazine (Apr, 2003)
Although Lost Age certainly maintains a high level of quality in many respects, outside of the story, the design and play mechanics resemble the original’s far too closely. Furthermore, the game begins in medias res (look it up); which, on a positive note, breaks the traditional banal beginning found in almost every other RPG. But to its detriment, this approach comes at the sacrifice of continuity, making it difficult to understand the plot and – more importantly – your objectives for the first three or four hours. Players who missed the original title will especially feel confused. One major problem Camelot did manage to remedy (thank goodness) is combat frequency. Now you won’t waste countless hours unnecessarily fighting every two or three steps!
The Lost Age isn't a true sequel but more of a continuation of the story set up in the first outing. Even the intro subtitles the game as 'book two' meaning that if you haven't played the original it's probably a good idea to do so. That's not to suggest that this game doesn't stand alone though and as with the equally impressive Final Fantasy Tactics, I?d suggest that you might have a problem getting anything else done as long once this is inserted into your GBA. The game is challenging and well paced with some devious puzzles that will have you banging your head against a wall before your solution becomes apparent. It has everything that you enjoyed in the original with some impressive enhancements to boot. Nintendo have done it again. The Lost Age really is an RPG that every serious GBA owner should have in his or her collection so if it's not in yours what are you waiting for?
Retro Gamer (Mar 02, 2006)
We've actually included both titles here, because it's really just one big adventure that's been spliced across two cartridges. While they're not as good as Camelot's earlier hits, both titles serve as a great introduction to the RPG market thanks to their relatively straightforward combat systems, enjoyable storylines and the many elemental familiars you're able to collect. Both games are very involving however, and will take an absolute age to complete. Definitely for long journeys.
Games TM (Jun 19, 2003)
While you can obviously play The Lost Age as a standalone adventure, much of the story (as well as references to characters not i the sequel and the usances of how to use Djinn or Psynergy) will be lost on those who haven't experienced the original. This is a pity, as it may put people off - but then it should also be an incentive to buy Golden Sun, if only so you can enjoy the story as it was meant to be played. Believe us, handheld RPGs don't get much better than this.
Joypad (Sep, 2003)
Golden Sun est loin d'avoir pris de l'âge et ce deuxième volet s'inscrit d'emblée au même niveau que son prédécesseur, à savoir celui de grand RPG sur GBA.
Computer and Video Games (CVG) (Jul 31, 2003)
More sublime old-skool role-playing goodness, although it's more of a second chapter than a proper sequel. Could be somewhat impenetrable to series newcomers.
Game Informer Magazine (Apr, 2003)
For those who played the first title, The Lost Age is a welcome treat. You even have the option of transferring data from your original game to this one for added fun. Overall, I feel Golden Sun: The Lost Age is a slight disappointment. It’s still a solid choice for anyone mildly interested in RPGs, but without at least some new content, fans of the series will walk away a little too underwhelmed.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Jul 18, 2003)
In summary, The Lost Age is a thoroughly enjoyable game that matches its predecessor in every way. It's true that the plot never becomes as epic as Golden Sun hinted it might, and it's also true that the game will be a little too ‘freeform' for some RPG fans, but it is basically the middle of a story - and thus plays as such.
Legendra (Jul 20, 2004)
Au final, on peut dire que je suis devenu sacrément fan de cette série et j'espère qu'un nouveau volet sortira un jour. Vive Camelot! Vive Golden Sun!
Portable Review (Oct 17, 2006)
The game does not offer a great deal of game play. There are a couple extras, such as the optional boss that you receive from finding all the Djinni (from the first AND second games), and a couple lottery style vendors you find throughout the game. Is it worth spending another thirty hours to work your way through the game? Well, there is plenty of map to explore, and not everything on it is required to beat the core quest. As with every RPG, that’s up to the player. I would personally choose to replay both games only after not having played either in a long while. This game is definitely worth picking up for a good RPG adventure.
Super Play (Sweden) (Sep, 2003)
Kort och gott, klarar du av den andra halvan av den här kakan utan att spy? Själv äter jag glupskt. Inte helt utan olustiga känslor i magtrakten, det erkänner jag. Men trots att jag börjar bli ganska trött på smaken kan jag inte sluta. För den är trots allt inte alls dum.
Player1 (Oct, 2003)
The Lost Age gör egentligen ingenting för att förnya genren, varken berättelsemässigt eller via genuin spelbarhet. Man förlitar sig på beprövade knep och det mesta känns igen för de inbitna. Det Camelot levererar är ett helgjutet och välgjort äventyr i fickformat - utan överraskningar. Varken svultna Golden Sun-vänner eller nyfikna nykomlingar kommer att bli besvikna.
Game Critics (Aug 13, 2003)
Still, despite the flaws, the game is good. It's not as great as the original, and it certainly suffers because Camelot has decided to overload the audience with more of everything that made the first game so good. Hopefully, they'll remember that to truly be a success as an entertainer, you're supposed to leave them wanting more.
Gamestyle (Aug 08, 2006)
So there you have it. Arguably, this is the game that should have been released in the first place, and Gamestyle is certain that RPG fans wouldn't have minded the wait if it meant not having to pay full price for what is essentially the same game again. However, the story does finally wrap itself up nicely, and the way your quest goes against that of your former selves is a rarity handled well. Not a classic game, but very solid nonetheless.
Game Critics (Nov 26, 2003)
It's all right if Camelot wanted to take three games to complete the Golden Sun saga. There may have even been technical issues such as storage capacity that made it a requirement to use more than one cartridge. But so much of The Lost Age felt like extra padding. So much of it felt utterly unnecessary. Mike was right to say the game shows all its tricks in the first twelve hours. It's twelve hours of glorious entertainment spread out over thirty.