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Natural Doctrine (PS4)
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- Offers a hardcore experience for fans of strategy games
- A dynamic twist of "strategy" and "turn-based" action
- Use several different viewpoints to help initiate your attack
- For fans who love tough strategy games that offer a true, "You only die once", experience
- Multiplayer mode that offers both cooperative and collaborative play
- Utilize the full functionality of the PS family with Cross Play and Cross Save
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Seasoned explorers and novices alike venture under-ground into dangerous caves to collect the coveted material known as Pluton. During your first trip down into the depths of one of these mines, you and your new explorer friends quickly realize that things may be more dire than you had imagined as you encounter a brand-new type of evil lurking below the surface. You and your newfound friends must strategically defeat these new difficult foes and warn the kingdom of their presence before it's too late.
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The battle system before you get the hang of it is just downright evil and both of the starting locations contain things that can and will grind you to paste with no warning should you try opening the wrong door or hang around and actually try to fight.
IF you can get over that initial hurdle though, a deep tactical game lies underneath, one where a single miss-step can often lead to failure as you watch the enemy link chains and utterly destroy you.
That's why turning the tables is so much more satisfying and using your gunner(s) to take out the next enemy in the initiative line and finish the battle without damage just feels really good.
Skills can be swapped at any time, so your never left in a position where you have "the wrong build". You can mix and match them for the situations at hand. Magic is also quite different with no magic points or uses. Rather pluton which you gather from mines is expended to fuel spells. There is always the question of whether or not you are better off keeping it, or using it. Which makes magic something you tend to think about rather than spamming at everything.
A certain kind of gamer is going to love this, but the mainstream will probably be left confused and frustrated so not really somethimng you should buy as a gift for anyone other than a hardcore strategy gamer, even if they play RPGs.
The battle system takes some time to master. But once you do, you'll be kicking yourself over how bad you were at first. Tip, keep your ranged fighters out of the same spaces as your melee fighters. Keep someone in Reserve while you target the next enemy that gets to make a move. Kill that enemy, and your reserved character gets to make a move. Which can lead to you chaining a constant stream of attacks. Of course the enemy can do this to. The only problem I have with the battle system is when there are no enemies around, you still have to take turns moving your units. Wastes a lot of time.
The voice acting in English is your typical bad Dub quality. But if like me, you prefer the Japanese voice over with English Subtitles, the option is there.
Story wise, its enough to keep you playing. There is a nice shock early on that caught me completely off guard, but I wont spoil it. The dungeons are your grinding places. So play the easy ones until they close, then move onto story missions. They do re-open eventually. Doing the Dungeons nets you items and Pluton. Pluton is the resource you use to cast spells. Spells being something that become increasingly useful as you progress through the game. But don't feel like you never need to use them early on. If it wins you the fight, use it.
There is a checkpoint system during "missions". But you can't manually save outside of the main map. So expect to spend 15-30 mins on some missions.
Overall. This isn't for everyone. Its clunky and niche. But for some reason, winning is so satisfying. I like it.
The characters are typical generic JRPG characters which isn't a bad thing as none of them are really dis-likable but don't do too much to make themselves likable or stand-out. The story of the game isn't bad but like the characters its just not that good either just a pretty average game in this regard which starts in such a random fashion that you will think "eh?" when you first start the game as it throws you straight in with no explanation as to who the characters are or anything about the world which makes things much harder to understand or connect with in regards to the characters and the story as their just isn't enough explanation of anything in the opening hours that pull you into the loop of what is actually going on in the game.
In the end though the game is not bad, its not great. I do recommend it however as I feel there is some real appeal and fun to be had in the combat for people who like action strategy games with Japanese characters/story elements in the vein of Valkyria Chronicles(Nowhere near as good as that however) but yeah it is the first JSRPG on the Playstation 4 in Europe/NA and that was what caught me eye when I first read about this game, Its a good effort and for a proper score id give it a 6/10
It can consume hours of your day without realising it and if you thought dark/demon souls were hard games get ready to die a lot here. It never feels frustrating as there are checkpoints throughout the stages and it genuinely feels like it makes you better at the game. Nippon have done great RPGs for the ps2/3 most notably disgaea series and even though this is bit up there the battle system seems to be trying something different and it works for it. Biggest off putting feature is the graphics that probably are not going to do it don't favours sales wise especially if you like me play this in between games like destiny. Appreciate it for what it is an ugly duckling with a lot of heart
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