Advance Guardian Heroes (GBA)

By Gavin "Blayd" Keating

Published on Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Graphics: 10.00
Sound: 8.00
Gameplay: 10.00
Replays: 10.00

Treasure, developer of such incredible games like Gunstar Heroes, Alien Soldier, and the original Guardian Heroes, has been creating games that has shattered standards for the Side-Scrolling genre. Sadly, their impact has been softened in the States due to poor marketing choices like the grotesque American boxart for Gunstar Heroes. Mistakes like these forced Treasure out of the lime-light. Until now. Being released on the tremendously popular Gameboy Advance, Gunstar Heroes is not only a triumph among the already outstanding games found on the platformer, but also a triumph of Treasure itself. And that is saying something.

Graphics in AGH are quirky and, at times, cute. The pseudo-distorted proportions of the body bring originality back to an already diverse platform. Back grounds, enemies, and your characters are highly detailed and spiced with an “anime” touch. Attacks and actions are quick and electrifying adding to the already insane thrill of the gameplay. The game is graphics intensive, so when many enemies are on the screen it may slow down a little.

AGH’s soundtrack is expansive and creative, merging songs from that could be found in the Middle Ages with thrilling techno beats. Moves and enemies have sound bites, but unfortunately all spoken dialogue is in Japanese.

Gameplay is where AGH really shines. Although AGH is a button-masher, it does a damn good job at being one. Attacks are varied and satisfying. A cool feature found in AGH is the ability to develop the stats of your characters using “Soul Crystals”. Assigning Soul Crystals to your stats is necessary to over come the challenges that wait in the game. All though I don’t want to spoil the story line, lets just say it definitely makes you part of the game.

If you enjoy a good Beat-’em-up or a fast paced Action RPG get Advance Guardian Heroes. If you don’t, get Advance Guardian Heroes. You can not possibly go wrong with this game.

Overall Rating: 9.50

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