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  • Summary: In Pokemon Conquest, players take on the role of a young Warlord who is linked with a Pokemon. Together, they must set out to recruit Warrior allies to strengthen their growing kingdom. Along their journey, players will encounter a variety of Pokemon, as well as Warriors and WarlordsIn Pokemon Conquest, players take on the role of a young Warlord who is linked with a Pokemon. Together, they must set out to recruit Warrior allies to strengthen their growing kingdom. Along their journey, players will encounter a variety of Pokemon, as well as Warriors and Warlords inspired by the Japanese feudal era. The game contains nearly 200 Pokemon, including many from the recent Pokemon Black Version and Pokemon White Version games, which have sold more than 4 million copies combined in the United States.

    As the battlefield unfolds in Pokemon Conquest, players must choose the correct Pokemon 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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Oct 24, 2012
    91
    One of the last "must-have" we'll see on Nintendo DS. It's simply one of the bests and most original SRPGs right now, with many hours of fun waiting for you and very interesting characters to lead us through the plot.
  2. Jun 21, 2012
    90
    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.
  3. Oct 8, 2012
    88
    Pokémon Conquest's replay value is through the roof. After the first campaign is completed many more stories that allow the player to control different warlords open up. These different stories have their own objectives that the player has to complete in order to win. After 33 of these stories are completed, a campaign similar to the first one becomes available. In addition to these, more stories can be downloaded from the Nintendo WFC. All of this, combined with online multiplayer, will leave one with hundreds of hours of Pokémon themed turn based strategy excitement to enjoy.
  4. Jun 11, 2012
    80
    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.
  5. Jul 29, 2012
    80
    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.
  6. Jul 6, 2012
    80
    At the end of the day, despite some presentation and interface issues, Pokémon Conquest does a splendid job of combining two seemingly uncombinable franchises.
  7. Jun 28, 2012
    50
    It wants to be so many games, and for each of its inspirations, it delivers a different demand. As a logical and unfortunate result, Pokemon Conquest is just too damned demanding.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Jun 20, 2012
    10
    Much to my surprise, this game was fantastic. The odd pairing of feudal japan and pokemon somehow gels well, and the strategy aspect is simpleMuch to my surprise, this game was fantastic. The odd pairing of feudal japan and pokemon somehow gels well, and the strategy aspect is simple yet fun. In a way this is a breath of fresh air Pokemon desperately needed. Expand
  2. Sep 25, 2013
    10
    A huge leap for Pokemon, Nintendo has tried something new with the series, placing it into a, while still turn-based but more Final FantasyA huge leap for Pokemon, Nintendo has tried something new with the series, placing it into a, while still turn-based but more Final Fantasy Tactics-esque role playing game. The player is given the ability to take over several kingdoms and starts out with one, in the setting of feudal Japan, namely the Sengoku era. An interesting take on the Pokemon series, the game does not stray too far from its turn-based roots, while still offering a much different take on how Pokemon games usually play out, aside from the Ranger and Dungeon series.
    Overall, its worth its cost as a DS title, and possibly a good pick-up for those who enjoy strategic turn-based games and Pokemon fans.
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  3. Jun 19, 2012
    10
    This is a strange game to rate. It's not as complex as the main pokemon games but it's a strategy rpg, meaning not everyone will like it evenThis is a strange game to rate. It's not as complex as the main pokemon games but it's a strategy rpg, meaning not everyone will like it even before turning it on. I for one am thoroughly satisfied by what this game turned out to be. The story is a wash but it's the gameplay and the numerous amount of different things you can do that will keep you coming back for more. Pokemon fans will like since it keeps most of the original games' battle formula (each pokemon has a type that is stronger or weaker to another one) but it can be a bit more complicated since you only can use one move with each pokemon. It really gets you to thinking about how to best prepare yourself for the coming battles. At any rate, this is easily the best pokemon spin off game since Snap on the 64. You'll have a hard time putting it down the moment you start it up and that's the best type of game in my book. Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2018
    9
    This game is one of the best if not the best Pokémon game I've ever played, and my second best on the DS.
    I didn't even realise it was a
    This game is one of the best if not the best Pokémon game I've ever played, and my second best on the DS.
    I didn't even realise it was a fusion with the nobunaga's ambition series and honestly any criticism to do with that doesn't really matter as most kids in the Us or Europe won't have a clue what that is and it is a kids game after all.

    The gameplay is simple for newcomers of 5 year olds yet has the depth to become very complex due to how each map is unique and is decently large, allowing for creativity in how you tackle the battle. It has the rock paper scissors type matchups of a normal Pokémon game except it feels like it's on steroids, super effective moves do obscene amounts of damage especially in the late game(s)Moves have different hit areas as I'll call them which adds opportunities for older players to work to get the best team with variety for each Pokémon.

    The pixel style graphics works well to be visually appealing without drawing attention away from important things that younger players might forget about. It works like the black and white games with semi 3D obstacles, 2D textures mapped onto a 3D shape to make houses and such. The Pokémon move in place like in black and white which can help keep it interesting if you have to plan where to move the Pokémon a lot.

    The AI is easy and could use more complexity in parts of latter episodes, I wish it trusted the player to be smarter than a potato but at the same time it's predictability helps to give a sense of accomplishment to the younger kids who played it, like myself, as when they realised you can abuse the programming when an enemy is on a flag to defeat really strong Pokémon, you feel like you are a genius. Even though in reality the AI is just stupid. On the flip side there are rare moments when the AI will completely outplay you, as an example about a week ago my internet just died so I decided to play it again, this is where I learned just how absurd super effective moves are in this game, with my Glaceon one shotting a Zekrom. However later I was doing Hideyoshi's storyline, it was just me and Nobunaga, he sent Muneshide to take illusio, towards the end it was 4 on 2. I had gurdurr about to defeat a sneasel defending a flag with a pichu (Hanbei) and litwick (Kanbei) holding my 2 flags with Oichi's wigglytuff slowly beating the Lapras. Out of the blue gurdurr missed and sneasel beat him then blitzed to both of my flags and took them before wigglytuff could get to a portal.

    Ignoring my screw up, I love games with good soundtracks, if it has good music it will immediately go up by 1 or 2 and by God this game has a great soundtrack. The entire soundtrack is grand and orchestral mostly, helping to get you in the mindset of 'you're a basically king, go conquer stuff' and it's quite triumphant and happy in certain parts, while others it hypes you up for a battle. My recommendations are the credits theme, dragon theme or the normal theme. They are all great.

    As for any flaws there are a few, as I've said the AI is simple and lacks complexity, warrior evolution is a pain and confusing because I thought you should grind for them, like when it says "60% link with (x) Pokémon. You can't grind because in most stories the opponents get stronger faster than you so you just lose when that happens. You would have to pick the same story many times which could be fun but it's a bit ineffective and inefficient. I would like it more if it had a online mode, I don't know how they would do it (maybe each player controlling a kingdom) but if It had one It would be shut down by now so I don't really care. Now I'm just sad it probably wont get a sequel.

    Either way it's a great game for the DS and if you have a few days or your internet dies (thanks virgin) its great fun to play. 9/10 any day
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  5. Jun 25, 2012
    9
    Pokemon Conquest is the best Pokemon spinoff game created. It is and odd combination of the classic Pokemon game formula and a tactics gamePokemon Conquest is the best Pokemon spinoff game created. It is and odd combination of the classic Pokemon game formula and a tactics game like Final Fantasy Tactics or Fire Emblem. This new equation works really well and paired with the setting of Feudal Japan it is quite fantastic. The gameplay flows very well having you conquer kingdoms and recruit new warriors and their Pokemon. This added twist of a tactical style of a Pokemon game is crazy addicting and fun! I honestly didn't think I'd ever get hooked on a Pokemon spinoff game but Pokemon Conquest proved me wrong. Expand
  6. May 23, 2016
    8
    This game was a joy to play.The characters were all interesting and interactions between them were always entertaining. The stories played offThis game was a joy to play.The characters were all interesting and interactions between them were always entertaining. The stories played off each other well though some of the same objectives got a little tired by the end. Excluding some very minor issues (One or two Pokémon annoyed me a little), I very much enjoyed the gameplay and appreciated the new way to fight with my Pokémon. The gameplay does get a little boring by the end, however. All-in-all, I would say that this game is a great addition to the ever-growing list of Pokémon side-games. Expand
  7. Jul 5, 2012
    0
    The AI is horrible and they consistently camp at banners and the AI pretty much cheats, the game is generally pretty bad when the AI isThe AI is horrible and they consistently camp at banners and the AI pretty much cheats, the game is generally pretty bad when the AI is cheating. I would not recommend this game to anyone I know and this game has ruined the pokemon franchise. Expand

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