While PALGN might not sound wildly enthusiastic about Dark Conflict - it is, after all, fundamentally more of the same - there's no denying that it's a very good game. Compared to Dual Strike, Dark Conflict is a sober affair - if Dual Strike is Risk, then Dark Conflict is a bit more like chess. Dark Conflict loses a lot of the flash and glitter that either delighted or annoyed you in Dual Strike and instead presents rock solid, addictive strategy gaming.
PALGN can't help but feel that there was room for something a bit more fresh and innovative in Dark Conflict but will also happily admit that the game doesn't really need any more bells and whistles. Advance Wars: Dark Conflict keeps the series at the very top of the DS strategy pile and is a great place for both newcomers and veterans to keep on fighting the good fight.
Graphics - 7
Sound - 5.5
Gameplay - 8.5
Lifespan - 8.5