Golden Sun: The Lost Age
is the sequel to the popular Golden Sun
, also for Game Boy Advance. The second game is a continuation of the mission that ended abruptly in the first game. The world is peaceful because of the exclusion of alchemy, the power to control the elements, is locked away. However, the sealing of the elements is causing the planet to slowly rot. In The Lost Age
, you take on the role of Felix and his group, whose goal is to release the power of the elements from their prison before the world withers away.
While this is an actual continuation of the first game, those who haven’t played the original are provided with enough back-story to deal with what comes in this game. To gain the full experience though, it is recommended you play Golden Sun first.
The unleash system in The Lost Age replaces what many RPG fans are familiar with in the critical hit system. Instead of characters randomly getting a stronger attack, there are two stronger forms in which you may strike. Critical hits still take place, however; every now and then your character “lets out a howl” and strikes the enemy with a special attack unique to their weapon called an “unleash.” These can be elemental or physical attacks, but they are usually very powerful. Some even kill the enemy instantly. Not all weapons have an unleash attack, though.
Characters in the Golden Sun series are more balanced than many are used to in an RPG. Typically, a party will have one or more magic users, pure fighters, and a sprinkling of average characters. The Lost Age starts you out with fairly even characters. Some can wield better weapons or wear better armor, but you can always count on even your weakest physical character to be effective in battle without magic, which is called “psyenergy” in Golden Sun. All characters may attack using psyenergy, each character having a different element that they can use.
A third type of offense and defense in The Lost Age are the Djinn. Djinn are elemental spirits that you can get to join your characters to aid during battle. You may mix and match the Djinn on your characters in any way you like, although different combinations may make for more powerful characters. Mixing odd Djinn (water and fire, air and earth) may actually decrease your character’s strength, so be careful.
Djinn that have been set to a character can be used in battle. Some Djinn can perform offensive attacks, while some can heal or defend for you. If a Djinn is used during battle, the character temporarily loses the bonus associated with having that Djinn set. In order to re-set a Djinn after using it, you have to perform a summon. Summons are the most powerful form of attack that you can use in the Golden Sun series. Summons can be performed on one Djinn at a time, or in combinations for devastating moves.
As with its predecessor, The Lost Age is a satisfyingly long game with an emphasis on exploration and discovery. There are things that you can do in the game that aren’t required, but will help you along your way. Forgeable materials can be found that you can bring to a blacksmith for powered up weapons. There are several side quests that you can go on if you’re stuck. Also present from the first game is the two-player battle mode, where a team of three of your characters can challenge a friend in a fight to the finish. Also, as with Golden Sun, you may save cleared game data so you may continue (in a future sequel) with the items and weapons you found throughout your quest.