Pokémon Conquest Reviews (Nintendo DS)
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Gaming Age (Jul 03, 2012)
Pokémon Conquest is definitely one of the best spin-off Pokémon titles I’ve ever played, and has enough meat to it, along with some standard Pokémon trappings, that fans of the traditional series will find a lot to like here. And if you’re more of a strategy RPG fan than you are a Pokémon fan, you’ll still get a lot of enjoyment out of this. It’s not the most challenging experience outPokémon Conquest is definitely one of the best spin-off Pokémon titles I’ve ever played, and has enough meat to it, along with some standard Pokémon trappings, that fans of the traditional series will find a lot to like here. And if you’re more of a strategy RPG fan than you are a Pokémon fan, you’ll still get a lot of enjoyment out of this. It’s not the most challenging experience out there, but the sheer amount of content available makes this worth checking out. there, but the sheer amount of content available makes this worth checking out.
Vandal Online (Oct 24, 2012)
Esperamos que Nintendo cambie de parecer con Pokémon Conquest y acabe por traerlo a España, ya que estamos ante un auténtico juegazo y uno de los últimos imprescindibles que va a dar de sí Nintendo DS. Sería una pena que un título de este calibre se quedase sin llegar a nuestro país de forma oficial, lo que lo acabaría convirtiendo en un gran desconocido por nuestros lares. Independientemente de este problema de distribución, si no os preocupa que los textos estén en inglés y queréis disfrutar de uno de los mejores y más originales SRPGs del mercado y con decenas de horas de juego por delante, no os lo penséis y haceros con él, no os arrepentiréis.
Eurogamer.se (Aug 06, 2012)
Om du inte har något emot ett lite långsammare tempo och om du verkligen vågar ge dig hän åt uppgiften kommer du att belönas med ett spel som levererar en fantastisk upplevelse. Grafiken är välgjord, ljudet likaså men det är spelmekaniken som stjäl showen. Pokémon Conquest är en av årets hittills trevligaste överraskningar.
IGN (Jun 15, 2012)
Pokémon fans should not hesitate to give Conquest a try. It offers a new and different way to enjoy the Pokémon universe, and is well worth your time and money. The same goes for strategy fans, or those looking to get into the genre. For all these reasons, and for the game’s creative and apt execution, I walked away from the experience thoroughly impressed and amazed. It easily stands alongside the similarly well-executed (and unexpectedly splendid) likes of Pokémon Snap as one of the greatest, most fully realized Pokémon spinoffs in existence.
NintendoWorldReport (Jun 16, 2012)
For those with an interest in either strategy games or RPGs, but not sold on the other, Conquest is the perfect introduction to both. Watching your Pokémon and warlords evolve is a rewarding experience that will keep you coming back for more. Needless to say, the game is aimed toward Pokémon fans, though that doesn’t mean it’s exclusively for them; anyone can play and get a lot from it. Conquest is a good intro to each type of game it draws from—strategy, RPGs, Pokémon, and everything in between.
Cheat Code Central (Jun 19, 2012)
Pokémon Conquest comes out at just the right time, as it looks like the perfect summer vacation game. It's portable and breezy, yet has enough depth to keep gamers interested over the long run. In addition, it looks great even compared to a number of DS games, so DS owners won't feel like they're playing a game from the previous generation. This game is a breath of fresh air for the Pokémon series, and is perfect for series fans who want to do something new and different. It's also accessible to a wide audience, from strategy newbies to all but the hardest-core tactical gamers, who may find it a bit too easy, especially at first. For everyone else, this is a must-add to any portable gaming collection.
Inside Gaming (Jun 20, 2012)
Pokemon Conquest is a breath of fresh air into the somewhat stale Pokemon series. Creating a strategy game that is both accessible for newcomers and deep for veterans is quite a feat, and this game has done just that. There is potential here for a fantastic new spinoff series that can be just as popular as the main franchises. Incredible replay value, satisfying gameplay, and a perfect blend of two gaming worlds, Pokemon Conquest is an easy recommendation to anyone at all familiar with Pokemon or strategy games.
ZTGameDomain (Jun 25, 2012)
In conclusion, Pokemon Conquest is an incredible game that is both easy to get into and incredibly deep at the same time. This game might not be for everyone, but those who are open minded enough to give this a shot (Pokemon fans and just RPG strategy fans alike) will find that this game is strange, charming, and just completely awesome.
Cubed3 (Aug 09, 2012)
Nintendo has teamed up with Tecmo Koei for yet another successful venture, this time bringing the world of strategic battling and Pocket Monsters together for what is without doubt the deepest and most impressive Pokémon spin-off so far. Fans of Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy Tactics, Advance Wars, et al will certainly enjoy Pokémon Conquest, whilst newcomers to the genre are smoothly eased into the action.
Pokémon is a franchise that I grew up on. I watched the anime, I bought the trading cards, and I played the games. For me, Pokémon Conquest crossed a threshold. There has always been a gap between what a young gamer would see watching the anime, and what he or she could accomplish in the game. Pokémon battles are supposed to be full of spatial strategy, and explosive action. The rock/paper/scissors style fights just never lived up to this. Despite my mixed feelings about the game’s audio and graphics, Pokémon Conquest is a game I have been waiting for most of my life: We are finally able to strategically place our Pokémon in a battlefield, and use attacks that behave uniquely. This is the way a Pokémon battle is supposed to be fought.
Worth Playing (Jun 25, 2012)
Pokémon Conquest ends up being a fun title thanks to its simple but effective take on the strategy RPG genre. The presentation is done nicely, and the game manages to stick to some of the tenets of the series well enough to not alienate longtime Pokémon fans. Though the game feels like it breezes by rather quickly compared to the other series spin-offs, the bonus missions, the promise of downloadable content, and the prospect of local multiplayer give the game some legs and should appeal nicely to those who want to test their strategy chops with familiar characters. It's a very solid and fun effort that is possibly one of the last standout titles for the aging DS system.
AusGamers (Jul 04, 2012)
Pokémon Conquest is the best Pokémon spin-off I’ve played since the heady days of Pokémon Snap and Pinball, and it’s deeper than either of those games by a wide margin. It doesn’t have the desperate stench of a cash-in that all too many Pokémon games do, and for the first time in ages it feels as though the franchise is breaking new ground (even if it isn’t really – I just haven’t had a chance to play the original Japanese games it’s based on). Don’t be put off by how odd the whole thing is, because this is a damn fine strategy game, and probably one of the last truly great DS games we’re going to see.
InsideGamer (Aug 13, 2012)
Pokémon Conquest is een ontzettend geslaagd experiment. De game benadert Pokémon op een volledig nieuwe, originele en unieke wijze die erg in de smaak valt. Dankzij de lage instapdrempel is het eenvoudig de game op te pakken, maar al snel blijkt het een verdomd strategisch spelletje te zijn waarin je maar beter goed nadenkt over elke zet die je doet. De menu’s hadden wat logischer gemogen en ook de sprites zijn op enkele momenten niet ideaal. Deze minpunten zijn echter ondergeschikt aan de originaliteit en diepgang van deze strategische Pokémon-game. Pokémon Conquest heeft onze harten veroverd.
Multiplayer.it (Aug 07, 2012)
Dopo esserci abituati a una valanga di spin-off assolutamente mediocri, la paura che anche questo si rivelasse una delusione era più che comprensibile. Invece, Pokémon Conquest è una vera sorpresa. Chiaramente, non aspettatevi la profondità e complessità di un RPG strategico vero e proprio, quanto più un'incursione della veterana Koei nel colorato e gioioso universo delle creature Nintendo. Divertente e longevo, non possiamo che consigliarlo a tutti i fan di Pikachu e soci, a prescindere dalla loro età e dalla conoscenza del genere. Purché riescano a fare i conti con i testi completamente in inglese, ovviamente.
Destructoid (Jun 11, 2012)
As far as Pokemon spin-off games go, this is definitely one of the best offerings on the market, and is worth picking up by any fan of the series.
GamesRadar (Jun 19, 2012)
However, all the extra touches and rules gave much more to Pokémon Conquest than it took away. If you were concerned that a strategy game starring Pokémon would be simplified for a wider audience, let go of your worries. PC retains the addictive qualities of battling and team-building we love in tactics titles while fully embracing everything strange about niche Japanese titles like this one. By coming at it from a different angle, Conquest finds its own special spot in the world of SRPGs.
Pokémon Conquest is definitely a great first entry into an offshoot of the series but does have some shortfalls throughout the title that could be improved on. A better presentation along with a more in profound story would have brought a lot more depth to the title and created a better overall package and the AI could have used a bit of work. It was also disappointing to find a lack of online support where you could play against others around the world, but if I find a friend who has the title I do look forward to playing against another human player to truly test my Pokémon Conquest skills. At the end of the day Tactical RPG fans and Pokémon fans alike should give this title a try as it can be quite fun.
At the end of the day, despite some presentation and interface issues, Pokémon Conquest does a splendid job of combining two seemingly uncombinable franchises. With a wide variety of campaigns to experience at varying degrees of difficulty, the game can provide countless hours of strategic entertainment. Its a shame then, that forcing players to complete the intro campaign regardless of the player’s skill creates an unnecessary barrier to the real meat and potatoes of the experience. The campaigns after the main one make full use of the game's many kingdom management features and provide a much more in-depth experience. Despite this, Pokémon Conquest proves to be a remarkably engaging game, and a sign that the Pokémon franchise has plenty of life to it.
RPGFan (Jul 18, 2012)
Terrific for Pokémon fans and players not expecting a hardcore turn-based strategy title.
Nintendo Official Magazine (NOM) UK (Jul 25, 2012)
A quirky but smart strategy game that's a great entry point for RPG beginners.
Pocket Gamer UK (Jul 25, 2012)
More Pokemon spin-off delight as Pokemon Conquest proves an entirely enjoyable ordeal
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Jul 25, 2012)
It's not over yet, either, with main-line sequel Pokémon Black & White 2 due out this October. Even without that, though, Conquest would be one super effective swansong.
Games TM (Jul 29, 2012)
Perhaps the greatest achievement of Pokémon Conquest, however, is that it made us want to go back and play one of Koei’s earlier, duller and more convoluted Nobunaga games. And any game that can make us feel that way is worthy of high praise indeed.
Darkstation (Aug 02, 2012)
Conquest doesn’t excel at anything it does, but it doesn’t really take any missteps either. For what it’s worth, the fact that someone is trying something new and outside-the-box with Pokemon is commendable in itself, and I hope that this game is enough of a success that it makes it viable for The Pokemon Company to keep trying new things with the franchise in the future.
Gamer.no (Aug 06, 2012)
Pokémon Conquest er uansett et spill verdt en anbefaling, og om du har en forkjærlighet for lommemonstrene er dette i så fall et perfekt påskudd for å se figurene fra en helt ny side.
Digital Chumps (Jun 19, 2012)
Pokémon Conquest is a solid addition to any Nintendo DS library. Fans of the RPG series should enjoy this twist of tactics battling and will appreciate the level of complexity available with castle management, team building, and Pokémon training. It's nice to see a spin-off mash-up turn out to be a quality game.
Nintendojo (Aug 24, 2012)
Persist, though, and you certainly won’t be at a loose end, that’s for sure. With a lengthy single player campaign, thirty-three side-episodes to tackle after completing the story mode, and competitive Wi-Fi play, there really is quite a lot to do, and because of this feels like an excellent first effort in a new franchise. It’s easily the best entry in the series outside of the main installments, as it feels polished, solid, and complete. It does have some shortcomings, namely the lack of variety in the battling, but everything else mostly makes up for this hiccup. The upfront absurdity of Pokémon co-mingling with historic Japanese warriors may be hard for some to overcome, but once you do, you’ll find a deep strategy RPG that’s fun, challenging, and ultimately rewarding. If you like the Pokémon series, you’ll probably want to pick up this game.
Game Informer Magazine (Jun 19, 2012)
Pokémon Conquest takes the Pokémon you know and recognize (and love?) and places them into the world of tactical turn-based strategy with little kicking and screaming. Unfortunately, its simplicity will turn away tactical purists, and its complexity and management demands will turn off fans of the traditional Pokémon RPG.
Metro.co.uk (Jul 23, 2012)
The best Pokémon spin-off for years and an engrossing mix of family-friendly warmongering and engaging turn-based strategy.
Eurogamer.it (Jul 31, 2012)
Anche sul nostro mercato, Conquest è infatti interamente in Inglese, cosa che potrebbe creare non poche difficoltà a chi non conosce questa lingua, a maggior ragione tra i più giovani. Se però questo non vi disturba e siete in cerca di un titolo nuovo di zecca per tornare ad accendere il vostro DS, magari per trascorrere oziosi pomeriggi sotto l'ombrellone, Pokémon Conquest potrebbe essere la scelta che fa per voi.
Level 7 (Aug 13, 2012)
Pokémon Conquest är ett strategispel som följer de klassiska mallarna. Att ens trupper består av de japanska fickmonstren gör dock mycket för upplevelsen, inte minst för att de olika rasernas egenskaper är lätta att lära och komma ihåg. Tyvärr gör den låga svårighetsgraden att vana strateger kan bli uttråkade, men för strateginybörjare och Pokémon-fans är Pokémon Conquest ett ypperligt val.
GameSpot (Jun 20, 2012)
Pokemon Conquest's fun setting and rewarding strategic elements are hampered by slow, overly simplistic combat.
Gamer.nl (Aug 09, 2012)
Zelden is er een spel geweest met zoveel onbenutte potentie als Pokémon Conquest. Er zat een strategisch kunstwerkje in waarin het micromanagen van veroverde koninkrijken en verzamelde Pokémon-strijders voor diepgang zou hebben gezorgd. In plaats daarvan krijgen we een te simpele en korte strategiegame waarvan de basis prima staat, maar alle extra mogelijkheden en functies overbodig zijn.
Jeuxvideo.com (Apr 21, 2014)
Pokémon Conquest aurait dû être le T-RPG idéal pour permettre aux plus jeunes de se lancer dans le genre, à condition de savoir lire l’anglais, ce qui n’est pas à la portée de tous. Trop de détails entachent toutefois le titre. Au lieu d'être un tremplin pour la série Nobunaga’s Ambition, Pokémon Conquest encourage plutôt à se tourner vers d’autres T- RPG ayant déjà fait leurs preuves. Même les fans de Pokémon auront du mal à y trouver leur compte.