Odin Sphere: Meet Shakespeare through this game.

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I’ve been contemplating lately on what game I should play. Until I found this game shelved in my treasure box of things.

A couple of years back, I played this game. To be honest, I wasn’t really that interested when I played this game. I just played it for the hell of it, and eventually, I never got past the first part of the game. Fast forward to today, I never realized how beautiful this game was.

I just started playing the game a few days ago, and I’m pretty hooked.

First, let’s start about the art:

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From the center, clockwise: We have Alice, along with her cat Socrates, Cornelius, the Rabbit Looking Pooka, Gwendolyn The Valkyrie, Oswald The Shadow Knight, Velvet the Princess with no country, and lastly, Mercedes The Fairy Princess.

You first start out with Alice. In the screen, you see a book on the floor and your cat, Socrates, walking around. The book you see on the ground is the character you will be playing until you finish the whole book. The first book you start with is Gwendolyn’s book named Valkyrie.

Let’s start with the gameplay next. The gameplay is side-scroller like this:

It’s quite confusing at first, but after a  lot of tutorials, you’ll understand the gameplay immediately. From this screenshot alone, you can see every detail the game has to offer.

Isn’t this screenshot really pretty?

But I wouldn’t take this game for granted. Along with its beautiful scenery and simple looking enough gameplay, this game has much more to offer. I personally like the Shakespeare type of narration this game has. Maybe because I’m quite a poetic type of person, especially when it comes to story-telling.

The one good thing I do like about this game is you can change the voices to either English or Japanese. Not that I have anything against the English Voice Actors, but I much prefer the Japanese voice overs, rather than the english. Maybe because I do understand the language, but in the choice of words that they have, as well as how they deliver it is very deep.

So far, I’m finished with Gwendolyn’s story, and am at the last part of Cornelius’s story. I promise to finish this game as far as I can!

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Pokemon Conquest: Pokemon games meet Strategy Genre

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This article has some spoilers. If you do not want to read the spoilers. They will be displayed in big bold texts.

A friend of mine recently gave me his cartridge of Pokemon Conquest. I’ve been meaning to get my own cartridge, but it came in the form of ‘I cannot figure out this game, so you can have it’ wish.


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As I’ve seen back in the japanese release, its exactly like a final fantasy tactics mixed with adorable pokemons. A few friends and I went slightly crazy about the release of this game.

Flash forward to today. I just finished this game 2 weeks after receiving it from my friend. Most of the game, I laughed at it for being too easy. But there was only ONE POINT in the game where I had lost 2 times. Other times, I had just saved my skin from being too near the blades of death. Now, onto the story…

SPOILER ALERT!!!

Movie cutscene, you, who are born in the Ransei region, find friends, win battles, you know, the usual stuff.


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Since I’m a girl, its default that I choose the girl warrior (although I did want to try the boy warrior). You are the lord of the castle called Aurora and your partner pokemon is an Eevee, which is very rare in the whole of Ransei region. In this castle, you meet Oichi, Mitsunari, Kiyomasa and Masanori. Mitsunari, Kiyomasa and Masanori think that you’re a washed up leader. You cannot lead properly and you just owning one castle seems pretty out of the way. So Oichi tells you that you should conquer one castle; the castle of Ignis, right above the Aurora castle. But before you fight your first warlord, you need to go through the painstakingly annoying tutorial. After that’s done, you are able to challenge the castle of Ignis to a battle. Once you win your first battle, the warlord of Ignis, Hideyoshi runs off somewhere, and you have officially taken over Ignis castle. Hurrah!!

Then comes the tutorial on how to get more warriors. There are three ways to getting new warriors. First, defeat them in 4 turns. Second, defeat them using a super effective move. Third, if you are trying to recruit a warlord, you must have your player in the castle where the warlord is. After you’ve gotten a few castles, you’ll learn how to link your warriors with pokemon. Basically, its like catching pokemon. But instead of PokeBalls, you… well, link with them. A very funny thing I noticed was, when Oichi was explaining how to link pokemon, she mentioned that in other regions, they use strange balls to capture pokemon. Pokemon CONTROVERSY right here, people.

Later on in the game, you find out that Nobunaga, the one who is trying to unite the whole of Ransei, is actually Oichi’s older brother. Whoa, I TOTALLY did NOT SEE that plot twist coming. Eventually, you do end up uniting the whole of Ransei. Apparently, Nobunaga wanted to destroy Ransei, since warriors seem to use their Pokemon as tools, instead of partners, in which warriors have forgetten to give love to their Pokemon. Leave it up to the strongest warlord of the Ransei region to end up destroying the whole region. You return the castles that you took back to their original owners and thus, the story ends.

No, not really.

Once you’ve finished the game, you get access to the side stories of the warlords and people you’ve met in Ransei. So far, I’ve only finished one side story.

SPOILERS ARE FINISHED.

All in all, this game is pretty good. Challenging at only one point, but laughably easy at other points. I’d give this game 3 out of 5 stars.