Dustin Spencer of Capsule Computers writes "When Demon Souls came out years ago, it brought us a deep challenge that was all about memorization, attention to detail, and responding to repetition. It was the ultimate test in trial and error, and though its merits may be up in the air for some, there is no denying the impact the franchise made due to the heavy amount of copycats that followed shortly after. NIS America decided to take that same style of play and implement it in a new strategy RPG by the name of Natural Doctrine. Sure, you will die, even the trailer mentions that countless times. The question is with this new release is does one formula work in another genre. Well, the results are in. How does Natural Doctrine fare?"