Pokémon Conquest (Nintendo DS)
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As the battlefield unfolds in Pokémon Conquest, players must choose the correct Pokémon type to inflict maximum damage on their opponents. In the turn-based skirmishes, players choose different tactics for intense six-on-six battles, and battle conditions can change on every turn, keeping players on their toes in anticipation of what will happen next.
• Story: To save the Ransei region from Nobunaga, a powerful Warlord who is
trying to take over Ransei, players must conquer different kingdoms to
strengthen and grow their own kingdom. There are 17 kingdoms in total to
conquer. Conquering all 17 kingdoms and ultimately uniting the kingdom will
awaken the Legendary Pokémon and save the land from destruction. Story mode is
organized by episodes. Players unlock episodes as they progress and each episode
features a different playable Warlord and victory conditions.
• Army Mechanics: Players can grow their army by recruiting defeated Warlords and their Pokémon. After a kingdom is conquered, players will also have access to the kingdom facilities such as training grounds, shops to buy items and mines for money. Players can also strengthen their army by linking with Pokémon. Warlords can have various linked Pokémon and switch between them before battle to strategically prepare for the type of battle they are about to engage in.
• Battle Mechanics: Players will encounter a wide range of battlefields as they progress through the game. Each of the 17 kingdoms has a different type-themed battlefield. For example kingdom Ignis is fire-themed and has lava flows, lava beds and fire spouts for players to battle around. Strategically using water-type Pokémon to navigate through this battlefield will help players conquer this kingdom. Additionally, players can use the kingdom training grounds to train their army or find wild Pokémon and link with them. After battling with a Warlord, the game automatically registers them. Using the built-in local wireless connection on the Nintendo DS, players can battle with friends who also own the game with their registered armies.
• Warlords and Pokémon: Each Warlord has a special ability that can change the tide of battle. For example, Warlord Oichi has the ability to heal all the Pokémon in your army. Warlords also have types much like Pokémon. This will determine how well they link to particular Pokémon. Some Warlords will have the ability to choose from several different kinds of Pokémon to link with.
The Nobunagas Ambition series has been rarely localised in the west. The recent PS4 edition, Sphere of Influence being localised a big gamble on Koei Tecmos side. If it fails its money wasted, if it succedes its another series for us to enjoy.
Pokemon Conquest is a crossover between the Pokemon series the whole world knows and Nobunagas Ambition. To better identify the characters the warlords have Samurai Warriors 3 designs, a game in the Warriors series that enjoys many fans all over the world.
This game perfectly combines the child friendly approach Pokemon games have with the intricate details Nobunaga's Ambition demands from its players. Those who plan strategically will triumph, those that don't however, will suffer.
The main story introduces the features of the game slowly, your not able to collect more Pokemon, just Warriors who come with default Pokemon that are not usually their "Perfect Link". There is a very steady increase in difficulty introducing you to the game.
After the main story ends however, the game does not. In fact, the aftergame has more content than the main story. You unlock a story for all of the Warlords you have fought to that point (and some others you saw but did not fight) reaching around 30 EXTRA STORIES after the main game is complete.
When certain after game stories are completed you will unlock more, eventually unlocking a harder version of the main story, with your opponents using legendary Pokemon. As you play through the other stories the allies you make are saved in your gallery, so when you see them in other stories and recruit them again they will go back just to how they are as in the gallery, allowing you to form a perfect team for that final story.
Fans of strategy games should enjoy this, you don't need to have played Nobunaga's Ambition to enjoy this. Enough is explained you don't even need to have played Pokemon before to enjoy it!
Do yourself a favour and buy this game!