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Golden Sun

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Platform: Game Boy Advance
Genre: Turn-Based RPG (Fantasy)
Developer: Camelot Software Planning
AKA: Ougon no Taiyou: Hirakareshi Fuuin (JP)
Publisher
Region
Released
NA
11/11/2001
EU
02/22/2002
JP
02/02/2006
AU
??/??/2001

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Staff Reviews

Golden Sun review

Reviewed June 20, 2003

Erin Bell says: "Despite the attractive environment that the game immersed me in, what dawned on me quite early on into the adventure was that Golden Sun actually seems to purposefully conspire to make the process of playing it as mundane and drawn out as possible."
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Golden Sun review

Reviewed December 31, 1969

James Gordon says: "If you're unsure of what you'd be enjoying visuals-wise when you buy Golden Sun, expect lush, detailed backgrounds with the most variant and complex color palette of any GBA game so far. Sprites are well-animated and look better than many PSX sprites."
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Reader Reviews

Golden Sun review

Reviewed December 31, 1969

jaksiel says: "For now, Golden Sun is the best RPG you can purchase for the GBA, and the actual gameplay and battles are a blast. Unfortunately, I find the quality of the storyline and characters to be very important in an RPG, and Golden Sun simply does not come through in this area. "
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Golden Sun review

Reviewed July 09, 2004

jerec says: "On a platform filled to the brink with sixteen-bit rehashes, it is pleasing to know that the Game Boy Advance does actually have some new games. Golden Sun has generated a bucket load of hype due to it being the first RPG to hit the GBA, but sadly, the bucket has a hole in it, as Golden Sun unfortunately falls short of being a classic in a few key areas. "
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Golden Sun review

Reviewed December 31, 1969

matsuko says: "From its incredible graphics to its engrossing storyline, Golden Sun proves that huge surprises can come in small packages. "
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Golden Sun review

Reviewed December 31, 1969

mortis765 says: "After playing countless great RPGs by Square, everything else looked sub par. FF8, despite it’s flaws, was still a grand game and better than most games out there. So when I heard a non Square RPG, a RPG made by the folks who brought us Mario Tennis, was a god send... I had to check it out. (Apparently Camelot has a series of RPGs, but I didn’t know...I should look into it.) "
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Golden Sun review

Reviewed October 28, 2004

overdrive says: "Golden Sun should have been perfect. On the surface, this early Game Boy Advance role-playing game has everything a person could want. Huge dungeons with tons of brain-bending puzzles that bring back fond memories of Lufia II, vibrant towns and cities that truly seem alive and the ability to customize each of your characters how you see fit due to the innovative Djinn system. "
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Golden Sun review

Reviewed April 09, 2003

psychopenguin says: " It seems every week a new ''greatest game of all time!'' comes along and brings along with it a ton of hype. While sometimes this amount of hype is completely warranted (Final Fantasy 7 is a pretty good example of this), most of the time, the exceedingly increasing amount of hype causes decent games to look absolutely crappy. Metal Gear Solid is a good example of this. While it is a fantastic game in its own right, it was implanted into everyone's brains for over two years that it was going to..."
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Golden Sun review

Reviewed December 09, 2002

ratking says: "Nintendo is a dominating company, but ever sense the Super Nintendo died out, so did their success with RPG's. Then the Gameboy Advance came out, a system very similiar in power to the Super Nintendo, and it was time to bring back the RPG's. However they didn't just port old RPG's. They created new ones. Golden Sun is such an example, and was a very succesful one. It create an immense quest and an original magic system known as Psyenergy, and little creatures known as Djinn. Immense puzzles, and..."
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