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Pokemon Conquest Review

Pokemon Conquest Review

The Pokemon series is well known for having great handheld RPG games, but when it comes to the series spin-offs that is where things have always seemed to miss their mark (excluding Pokemon Snap of course). This time Nintendo has continued their relationship with Tecmo Koei, offering the rights to the franchise - fans were probably wondering what they were thinking. However, before Dynasty Warriors Tecmo Koei were known for making SRPGs that took place in feudal era Japan. Now if this is a confusing idea for you just imagine Final Fantasy Tactics or Disgaea’s gameplay in feudal era Japan with warlords. Now, add some Pokemon and you have one of the best Pokemon spin-offs ever made.

The game has a relatively light story like most other Pokemon games, but this never retracts from the gameplay. You start off as either a boy or a girl with your Eevee and you are a young warlord in the Ransei region. The Ransei region is made up of 17 Kingdoms and legend says that if a warlord unifies these nations they will encounter a legendary Pokemon. You soon run into a young lady with a Jigglypuff named Oichi and she stays by your side for the rest of the game, as the two of you go from kingdom to kingdom. The story follows this premise pretty closely until you find out that there is an all-powerful warlord named Nobunaga out there who hopes to rule all kingdoms in the Ransei region through terror.

Despite being simple, the story is more than enough to keep your attention. One of the main reasons is the dialogue - it's hilarious. Going to all the different kingdoms and meeting all the ridiculous and sometimes super serious characters is just part of the game's charm. Also where the game shines is whenever you and Oichi are rising through the ranks. You can really tell how nervous you would be about being a young nation, but thankfully you become more confident with each kingdom you control. The story gave everything a nice background while not taking itself too seriously, which is nice to see in a game like this.

The gameplay of Pokemon Conquest is really quite deep with so much to learn, but the game breaks everything into little chunks, so you learn without thinking too much about it. By the time you are 4 hours in, you will be able to do just about anything in the Ransei region. As a warlord you, and other warriors you recruit with their own Pokemon, go into different kingdoms to find stronger warriors and better Pokemon to make a perfect link with.

Along with you and Oichi, you need to recruit as many warriors into your army so you can be as strong as possible. Each kingdom can have six warriors in it, but if you want to challenge another kingdom you have to have yourself and Oichi there every time. Even though there are a lot of warriors and kingdoms to control I never felt that I had to many things to do.

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