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Natural Doctrine - PS4 Review | Chalgyr's Game Room

Chalgyr's Game Room writes:

At a glance, Natural Doctrine should be a title that I immediately fall in love with. I love the RPG and strategy genres, and when they are blended together, I spend hours upon hours considering how to best level up my characters and approach the tactical situation. This dates back to older titles such as Shining Force and Warsong, but also newer games such as King's Bounty and Fire Emblem. Natural Doctrine does some interesting things but somehow manages to make a challenging title that misses the mark in enough places to hold it back. It is a shame, because I was coming into this hoping and even expecting to love Natural Doctrine, but in the end I only found myself liking it - and I suspect I am the target audience, so others may not be so forgiving.

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Eonjay1479d ago

I heard that this game was horrendously hard.

Chalgyr1479d ago

It is quite difficult. I think the tactics genre in general is sometimes a bit more challenging than others, but I've been playing them for years and can honestly say this is one of the most challenging to date. The problem is, it has layers of rules that just get in the game's own way, if that makes sense.

Torque_CS_Lewith1479d ago

This is one of those games that the defenders will say was too hard for the reviewers.
Somehow Demon Souls and the Dark Souls games managed acclaim despite being difficult but when it comes to this garbage game "reviewers are noobs"

Chalgyr1479d ago

Haha - you're probably right. Thing is, we love Demon's Souls and Dark Souls at our site. I've been playing strategy titles since the Genesis era. It is clear that the devs wanted to make a challenging game, but somewhere along the way they forgot to make the fun readily accessible due to layers upon layers of rules. There is fun to be had there, but you do have to dig to find it.

Tex1171479d ago

I was hoping this game would have been better as well. As someone who enjoys an occasional SRPG, I was ready for some challenge.

However, cheap deaths in SRPG's are rage inducing to me.

Guess I'll play Fire Emblem again.

knifefight1479d ago (Edited 1479d ago )

Great RPGs abound, my friend!
If you haven't played these tactical RPG greats, consider also...

Saiyuki: Journey West (PSOne Classic)
Disgaea 4 (PS3 or PSVita)
Valkyria Chronicles (PS3)
Tactics Ogre: Let us Stand Together (PSP)
Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions (PSP, iOS, um I think a few others)
Jeanne d'Arc (PSP)

...Probably others I'm forgetting. One of my favorite genres!

I say this, and I love the genre, and yet, I can't get behind Natural Doctrine. I beat the Japanese import, but it was a slog -- an exercise in bad game design. I found myself playing it, but not having fun; instead, I was interested in the same way museum goers are interested in skeletons. I was fascinated at the inner workings. Amazed at how some designer could think that this was awesome and worth $60.

Chalgyr1479d ago

So much I find myself agreeing with, from some of those great titles you listed to my overall impression. I understand that the devs wanted the game to be difficult, but I think you hit it on the head: it just feels like a log to get through.