Wes Nihei of GameTap writes, Advance Wars: Days of Ruin kick-starts the rebuild with a darker, grittier storyline to inspire a darker, grittier visual style. The series shifts to a brand-new world that's been pulverized into social chaos by a meteor shower. Marauding bands of well-armed, ex-military units roam the countryside, mercilessly taking anything they want from a few enclaves of survivors. You join up with a small army that's trying to rethread the tattered shreds of society.
The visual facelift helps pull the story out of the quagmire. The traditionally cute, little Advance Wars army men and cartoony-looking military hardware give way to a cleaner, sharper graphics style. It's not quite gritty, but it definitely tempers the cute without completely abandoning classic Advance Wars style.
Advance War multiplayer battles remain a strong point. You can set up four-player fights as usual, but now you can go head-to-head over the 'net with voice chat, too.
Days of Ruin adds some sheen to an already polished product. It's true that the postapocalyptic look and feel make the overall mood darker, but the game maintains the essential Advance Wars style. Fans may find an excuse to face off over some of the changes made to specific battle units, but overall the gameplay and the fun advance intact.
Pros: Sharp controls; huge bank of maps; excellent replay factor.
Cons: Dialogue scenes too long; tired story line; so-so sounds.