Pokemon Conquest – A Vast New Setting, A Vast New Game Play

Pokemon Conquest LogoSo, where’s all the Pokemon Fans?! Playing Pokemon Conquest, that’s where. Pokemon Conquest is the new game for the Pokemon franchise, and it isn’t like the predecessors of Pokemon. It is a well known fact that Pokemon usually, makes appearances in other games, and over the years these spin-offs have become more expansive and complex. From being able to connect to the main line of games to just being a stand-alone bunch of hours of fun.

Pokémon Conquest, known in Japan as Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition (ポケモン+ノブナガの野望 Pokemon Purasu Nobunaga no Yabō) is a role-playing strategy video game developed by Tecmo Koei and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS. The game is a crossover between the Pokémon and Nobunaga’s Ambition video game series.

Pokemon Conquest Gameplay Screenshot 6As you can both see and read, this Pokemon game is a cross-over game developed by Tecmo Koei (Dead Or Alive, Ninja Gadien and Nobunaga’s Amibition) and of course published by the rights holder of Pokemon, Nintendo.

First all, I must praise this game for holding my interest. Although I am a big turn-based strategy fan, as of lately those that were released didn’t hold my interest as well as I thought it would’ve. However, Pokemon Conquest, has proven to be the rain, in a dessert. The gameplay is very similar to most turn based games, just like Square Enix’s Final Fantasy Tactics. In fact, the game has a very minor learning curve. The game can literally be picked up by anyone, and they begin to master the game easily. Honestly, I was very tired when I started playing this game, so the fact that I could just played it like that was very appealing.

Pokemon Conquest Ingame Screenshot 2Now the game mechanics, like I said before is very similar to most Turn-based video games. However, each character has only one Pokemon, and their special abilities are activated only when certain conditions are met. This is automatic and the game will alert you to it. Now comes the strategy part, each Warlord (that’s the main characters you will be facing) has a particular effect that they can cast on their Pokemon, and its use is left entirely up to you. Now in order for you to ‘capture’ more Pokemon, you first need earn the respect of another Warlord, this is done by defeating him under certain conditions.

Also there are different types of matches so, you won’t always be beating the daylights out of your opponents. Instead you will also be in the midst of other matches like the capture the flag matches, and other matches that will be introduced later in the game.

Pokemon Conquest Ingame Screenshot 1The game’s sound is very reminisce of old Japan, well considering the game is set in the fictional world of Ransei which is kinda like the Meiji-era Japan. (Don’t quote me, I may have gotten this wrong. Most Likely.) The sound in the game is very upbeat and it does accent the game play, sometimes these games kinda just have a dumb down version of high quality music, but this doesn’t sound like it at all. Instead it sounds crisp and clean and it makes it as part of the game. It brings some good old life to the game.

The game is 2D for most menus etc. However the actual matches are played in the third person overhead, 3D titles. The pokemon themselves are represented in 3D, and the environment has both 3D elements and pseudo-3D elements. All in all, the graphics are pretty easy on the eyes and doesn’t take away from the gameplay.

Pokemon Conquest Character Mitsuhide Articuno Flat

I would highly recommend this game for anyone. Whether or not, if you have hours to waste or just a 20 minutes. The game is fun and takes a good stress relief off. If you are a hardcore pokemon fan (like myself) buy it, Its worth it. If you aren’t, you could probably borrow it from a friend, and see if you like it, no commitments.

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