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Pokemon meets Final Fantasy Tactics,
This review is from: Pokemon Conquest (Video Game)
Over the years there have been quite a few Pokemon spin off games. Most felt like Nintendo was just squeezing this cash cow franchise and were mediocre at best. If you haven't grown tired of the "Gotta catch em all", which if your reading this review I'm guessing you haven't, you may enjoy this title. First off this game in Japan was called Pokemon+Nobunaga's Ambition and was developed by Koei. Many may not be familiar with the NES and SNES Nobunaga's Ambition games or other Koei titles. For those familiar with them, you will see some of those elements in this game. Now the gameplay itself is not at all your standard Pokemon. You do not walk around catching Pokemon with Pokeballs. You travel by clicking on different locations on the map. Also the battles are not turn based, they are more like Final Fantasy Tactics where you move around the battlefield. While this is a big change to the series, it is done in an easily accessible manner. This was meant to be an entry level strategy RPG. Fans of the series will be happy to know that Pokemon types still play a huge role in being effective in battle. Also gone is the XP leveling, it is replaced by "Bond". Bond is how well your Pokemon and warlord interact, and each warlord has a perfect Pokemon match you have to discover for best use. In each kingdom you can only have six warlords, so you have to manage where you leave them and you can set them to do different tasks. Also it seems Nobunaga is out trying to take over kingdoms as well so you have to make sure you have a decent force in kingdoms you conquer so you don't lose them. The goal of the game is to take over all 17 kingdoms so the legendary Pokemon that created the land will reveal himself. After playing about 5 hours I would say the system works quite well. The battles are fun and most only take several minutes or less to complete. That said if you are a huge Pokemon fan or even if your just a strategy RPG fan this game is definitely worth a try.