Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Nobunaga's Ambition X Pokemon Now Pokemon Conquest
So, uh, this was officially made a thing whilst I was on hiatus and while I was a little skeptical when the Japanese version was announced, I more or less figured on it being a reality. Of course, without proof, I can't really prove that, so you'll just have to believe that I became less of a skeptic and this is not me being full of hot air. Regardless, it had a pretty good shot just being a Pokemon product of some form, so that it's coming out in America (and PAL Land as well) isn't too much of a surprise. The only thing to wonder about is just how well it's going to sell since the Pokemon name will give it legs, but not for everybody of course. I imagine it's different enough that people won't be buying it on blind faith alone, and the Strategy aspect might turn off some of the more casual players of the game (which I imagine is a good bit). At the same time, maybe the twist will go over more smoothly than I think.
Being a title in June however is, well, a problem. Hell, being a DS title is kind of a problem for it for me, since I honestly don't really use my DS that much anymore, but even if I loved playing my DS and was hungering for a new Pokemon game (which, obviously, neither is true), I wouldn't be buying the game at launch because there is just no time whatsoever. Depending on how it reviews and word-of-mouth, I might pick it up for the latter portion of the year, provided I'm not full of -other- new games to play, but, really, no guarantees here. Which is pretty wild to imagine; not being able to buy new games because I have too many new games already. I mean, I have too many games that I haven't played at all or at least not enough, but I haven't had a situation where I've literally bought a few games and just went "Shit, what do I play first, screw you every other game".
I guess talking about purchasing the game might just be a little premature, however, since I really don't even know what Pokemon Conquest is, in a manner of speaking. Yes, I know it's the Sengoku Era of Japan, except everyone has Pokemon and the wars are thusly fought with Pokemon battles that take place on a wide map as opposed to just one-on-one duels, but I don't know the rest of it. I guess asking for a 'why' is a bit much, but I guess a 'how' would work. As in, a better showing off of the mechanics, not only with the battles themselves, but overall. How will you get more pokemon? You should likely be able to get more than just the Eevee to participate in the battles, I mean, and even then I imagine you'll be able to evolve said Eevee at some point. And I still don't really know how other people are going to be set up with their pokemon either, since some have 'favored' ones that aren't actually the ones they've been showed off with or something.
I guess what I'm saying is that there is still a lot about Pokemon Conquest that is a mystery. At the same time, that's probably a good thing since such a weird thing as this cross-over would be a little disappointing, I think, if it could be explained with ease. However, part of me is just so curious since it's no secret that I enjoy KOEI's take on History, despite them making it really fucking difficult for me to like it, and that's basically what this is: KOEI's take on the Sengoku Era, ala Samurai Warriors, plus Pokemon for absolutely no reason. Not that a reason is necessary of course, since it'll be pretty fun regardless; just where it falls on the 'wackiness vs. good' scale it lands is hard to tell. Based on my exposure to the battle system in Nobunaga's Ambition, it should be fun enough if it follows along with it. Though it might be a more stripped down version since the one I played was free-move where this is grid-based.
Even if I probably won't be buying it right off, I did at least want to bring it up since it's something that I -would- have written about had I not been on hiatus. Just because it's a KOEI thing, it's a Pokemon thing and it's both of those at the same time as well. We all know that's just a recipe for my genuine interest more than many things could hope for. Well, unless it was Yakuza and Feudal Japan but Sega would never....oh right, but at least they would localiz....oh..right. Now I've made myself sad. I guess I'll just bide my time by drawing up a pool of the next crossover game to be announced from Japan since that seems to be a thing for now. Strike while the iron is hot and all that. I'm only partially kidding about the pool, though.