The well-respected RPG from Nintendo's second-party dev studio, Camelot, receives its much-anticipated sequel with the release of The Lost Age. For those of you not familiar with the game, Golden Sun is an involving, Final Fantasy-esque role player that follows a group of Adepts on the quest to recover a stolen artefact that is threatening the world. The Lost Age is basically more of the same, continuing the adventures of the gregarious group and picking up where the original left off.
According to ancient legend, alchemy wrought the base elements of humanity into thriving civilisations. But, after its unbridled power began corrupting the hearts and minds of men, four elemental lighthouses were built to seal it away. After the adventure in the first game, two lighthouses remain, and so The Lost Age sees the quest to light these two and thus return the power of alchemy to the world. The thing is, it's still not known whether doing so will bring forth another golden age or the destruction of the world.
In true Japanese RPG style, the game sees players explore vast landscapes, visit an assortment of diverse locations, and solve a host of puzzles, whilst being continually confronted by your typical random battles. Your group grows in size as you meet and join up with new characters throughout the epic journey, each one in possession of his or her own unique attributes and abilities.
One of the main sources of power for our heroes is called Psynergy. This is a form of psychic energy that imbues each character with various magical abilities, which can be used both in and out of battles. As well as Psynergy, you can also take advantage of Djinn, which are element-based creatures that you meet along the way that aid you in battle in much the same way as Materia does in FFXII - by offering various different attack moves and summon options via different elemental combinations.
The Lost Age delivers over 40 hours worth of gameplay and spans a massive seven continents - quite an impressive offering for the Game Boy Advance. Camelot is an extremely experienced team when it comes to RPGs and it clearly shines through in this title.