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Natural Doctrine

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[edit] Background

Natural Doctrine is a RPG with strong strategy influences seen in it's turn-based combat; it is often described as being a tactical role plating game. It was released in 2014 for Japan, North America then Europe; the Japanese developers Kadokawa Games created it and also published it in Japan.

Natural Doctrine is based on the concept of natural selection; the story plays out from the main protagonist, Geoff, who is accompanied by two women. In a 40 hour campaign, the player is sent to defeat evil beings that live in the large sprawling mine network and in the ruins about the fortress city of Feste. It starts with a small group of mercenaries looking for work but they quickly get sucked into the world saving journey they embark on. Natural Doctrine has both English and Japanese voiceovers with only English subtitles.

[edit] Game Play

The combat in Natural Doctrine is turn-based and large battles between allies and enemies are common; in battle, time can be controlled dynamically and units can be controlled in a single area to attack a single enemy, a group of enemies , to move across the battlefield and even to hide behind objects. When in combat, units will be able to return to their camp at the end as long as their encampment has not been destroyed in the fight.

During a turn, every unit can be directed to immediately follow other allies by using a Link Turn; it is possible to link all the allied units together for one massive attack. During these large there is no saving and checkpoints in the game are not very common, large battles can take up to one hour to win. Friendly fire exists in Natural Doctrine and friendly NPC's can also harm or kill your units. The death of certain characters will give an instant game over, even if they are killed by friendly fire.

Players are able to move skill points mid-game to swap skills if needed. Magic in the game demands the use of Pluton which is a fictional element and it is required to cast spells; the element is a finite resource however and finding it can be difficult. Without Pluton mages cannot use magic.

There is a multiplayer mode where players can fight in a versus mode or play co-op together to fight for victory; the multiplayer mode is the only time that players can be a non-human species in the game. Multiplayer can be played cross-platform on all the consoles this game has been released on currently.

[edit] Features

Turn-based Combat – Player's have full control over every unit on their side of the battlefield

40 hour campaign – With around 40 hours to get through Player's should be kept occupied through the game

Instant Game Over – This added feature makes the game much harder and forces players to be more strategic

Massive Battles – The battlefields are huge as colossal battles between player and AI rage on

Multiplayer – There's a multiplayer mode for versus and co-op which spans across several consoles

[edit] Hardware Info

Natural Doctrine is a Playstation exclusive and is available on the Playstation 3, Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita.

News

Natural Doctrine coming PS4, PS3 and PS Vita in September, Kadokawa's strategy epic

Dark, gritty Japanese strategy RPG? Okay

Jun 30, 2014, by Rory Young | 0 comments
Natural Doctrine localization confirmed, NIS America releasing the strategy RPG in 2014

The strongest shall spread throughout the world and the weak will fail

Apr 01, 2014, by Rory Young | 0 comments
Natural Doctrine announced for PS4, PS3 and Vita, an SRPG from Kadokawa Games

"Assault through the world by natural selection"

Sep 09, 2013, by Rory Young | 2 comments

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Release Dates
  • North America: Sep 30, 2014
  • Japan:
    • Apr 4, 2014 (PS3)
    • Apr 3, 2014 (PS4)
  • Europe: Oct 3, 2014
  • Australia: Sep 25, 2014
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