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(04-01-2014, 05:02 PM)
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Today, IGN can reveal that Natural Doctrine -- the slick-looking strategy-RPG -- will be released in western markets. The game was developed by Kadokawa Games and launches in Japan on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita on April 3rd. Kadokawa is publishing the game itself in Japan; in the west, NIS will publish it.

Natural Doctrine puts players in a fictional world that revolves around a substance known as Pluton. Adventurers plunder Pluton from dangerous underground caverns, but there are evil and dangerous beasts, monsters, and more standing in between them and their loot. As evil follows these explorers to the surface, it's up to them to protect the city of Feste from destruction.

In some ways, Natural Doctrine seems to be most akin to games like Final Fantasy Tactics, Advance Wars, and even Valkyria Chronicles. It will be available in the fall of 2014 in both North America and Europe and can be purchased both digitally and at retail for all three PlayStation platforms. The game comes toting both Cross-Play and Cross-Save functionality, though it's unclear if there will be any sort of Cross-Buy between the versions.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/04/...9d0af93e00001c
DarkLordMalik
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(04-01-2014, 05:06 PM)
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Not surprised.

A bit worried that its score in Famitsu isn't that great, hopefully, it can be decent.

Natural Doctrine (PS4) 7/8/8/8 [31/40]
Natural Doctrine (PS3) 7/8/8/8 [31/40]
Natural Doctrine (PSV) 6/8/8/8 [30/40]

DrROBschiz
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(04-01-2014, 05:06 PM)
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Cool Stuff

I hope its good
Famassu
(04-01-2014, 05:07 PM)
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Originally Posted by DarkLordMalik

Not surprised.

A bit worried that its score in Famitsu isn't that great, hopefully, it can be decent.

It could probably be enjoyable if you don't except quality on the level of Valkyria Chronicles 1/3 or Final Fantasy Tactics.
Aquamarine
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(04-01-2014, 05:07 PM)
Boxart:

Shinta
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(04-01-2014, 05:08 PM)

Originally Posted by DarkLordMalik

Not surprised.

A bit worried that its score in Famitsu isn't that great, hopefully, it can be decent.

For Vita it should be a nice fit. For PS4, I think it'll be pretty underwhelming.

I'm still really curious to see which turns out to be the better SRPG, this or Unsung Story. I really think it could go either way at this point.
DrROBschiz
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(04-01-2014, 05:08 PM)
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This comes out soon in Japan right?

Should be able to get accurate impressions on here soon right?
Quixzlizx
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(04-01-2014, 05:08 PM)
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Great news. I hope it's good.
ZeroAKA
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(04-01-2014, 05:08 PM)
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I watched a few videos for this game and still have not figured out how it plays.
Shengar
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(04-01-2014, 05:08 PM)
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Originally Posted by DarkLordMalik

Not surprised.

A bit worried that its score in Famitsu isn't that great, hopefully, it can be decent.

They give 28/40 to Demon's Souls
I think this is the kind of game that you must try on your own.
Dark_castle
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(04-01-2014, 05:09 PM)
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Nice.
DrROBschiz
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(04-01-2014, 05:09 PM)
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Originally Posted by ZeroAKA

I watched a few videos for this game and still have not figured out how it plays.

Supposedly draws inspiration from Valkyria Chronicles.
Zhao_Yun
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(04-01-2014, 05:10 PM)
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I hope they keep the boxart for the Western release.
djplaeskool
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(04-01-2014, 05:10 PM)
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Originally Posted by DrROBschiz

This comes out soon in Japan right?

Should be able to get accurate impressions on here soon right?

This week.
I'll write up some impressions if y'all want 'em.
Squalor
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(04-01-2014, 05:11 PM)
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Originally Posted by Aquamarine

Boxart:

That's actually a fantastic design.

I'm surprised.
Dark_castle
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(04-01-2014, 05:11 PM)
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Wait, this isn't April Fool right?
Shinta
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(04-01-2014, 05:11 PM)
This is the game with the main character "Jeff" right? Best main character name ever.

Random fact: I guess the composer for this game composed the OST for Rurouni Kenshin in 1996.
zenosparadox
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(04-01-2014, 05:13 PM)
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Terrific box art. Looking forward to my first PS4 SRPG.
Coxy
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(04-01-2014, 05:13 PM)
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dontbeanaprilsfoolsdontbeanaprilsfoolsdontbeanaprilsfools

oh thank fuck, I've been hoping this one would make it :D

NISA is dfoing it? double excellent, hopefully it'll have a snazzy CE so I can support it with all my wallet
redcrayon
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(04-01-2014, 05:13 PM)

Originally Posted by Shinta

For Vita it should be a nice fit. For PS4, I think it'll be pretty underwhelming.

I'm still really curious to see which turns out to be the better SRPG, this or Unsung Story. I really think it could go either way at this point.

I thought Unsung Story missed it's Vita stretch goal?
androvsky
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(04-01-2014, 05:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by Shengar

They give 28/40 to Demon's Souls
I think this is the kind of game that you must try on your own.

They also gave Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z a 36/40. Yes, a 9/9/9/9.
GuitarAtomik
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(04-01-2014, 05:16 PM)
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Gameplay footage of this has always interested me. Hopefully it's good.
Seda
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(04-01-2014, 05:16 PM)
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I'm certainly curious about this title, and definitely interested in seeing impressions when the game releases in Japan.

EDIT: NISA has yet to say anything, so I have to wonder if this has anything to do with today's date. Sony hasn't either.
EdibleKnife
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(04-01-2014, 05:17 PM)
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Sweet!
mrjohill
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(04-01-2014, 05:17 PM)
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Originally Posted by redcrayon

I thought Unsung Story missed it's Vita stretch goal?

It can still get it with paypal.
ShogunDarius
(04-01-2014, 05:18 PM)

Originally Posted by DarkLordMalik

Not surprised.

A bit worried that its score in Famitsu isn't that great, hopefully, it can be decent.

don't judge what you will play on reviews, and especially theirs.
HassanJamal
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(04-01-2014, 05:19 PM)
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Will buy on vita, if performance isnt rubbish. If it is, PS3/PS4 will be my go to consoles.
Callibretto
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(04-01-2014, 05:19 PM)
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can't wait for the adventure of Jeff
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(04-01-2014, 05:19 PM)
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Originally Posted by DarkLordMalik

Not surprised.

A bit worried that its score in Famitsu isn't that great, hopefully, it can be decent.

I wouldn't really trust Famitsu scores; that low score just means the devs didn't pay them enough for a higher score :)
Just watch gameplay videos when they're available and read impressions on GAF.
Trigger
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(04-01-2014, 05:20 PM)
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I hope the impressions are good. I could use more strategy games in my life.
Shengar
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(04-01-2014, 05:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by androvsky

They also gave Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z a 36/40. Yes, a 9/9/9/9.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z? 36/40
Bu-but
Shinta
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(04-01-2014, 05:20 PM)

Originally Posted by Callibretto

can't wait for the adventure of Jeff

I vote for a title change for western release.

Natural Doctrine: The Adventure of Jeff.
Scrawnton
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(04-01-2014, 05:21 PM)
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Anyone else laugh when this name popped up at the end...

"Jeff"

Hah.
DarkLordMalik
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(04-01-2014, 05:21 PM)
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Originally Posted by Shengar

They give 28/40 to Demon's Souls
I think this is the kind of game that you must try on your own.

Originally Posted by androvsky

They also gave Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z a 36/40. Yes, a 9/9/9/9.

Never knew about this one, lol.

This does seem like the perfect fit for Vita. I don't care much for the story, hopefully the gameplay mechanics are good.
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(04-01-2014, 05:24 PM)
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Nobody....and I mean nobody...should ever trust a Famitsu review.....ever......EVER.....ever
MSMrRound
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(04-01-2014, 05:24 PM)
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Originally Posted by Seda

I'm certainly curious about this title, and definitely interested in seeing impressions when the game releases in Japan.

In-game Natural Doctrine gameplay: Niel Riverside battle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=HvBYeuMi7Mg)

I'm interested too, and Valkyria Chronicles is one, if not my favourite title of recent times *points at avatar. Imca is still one of the best.*.

I'm not going to kid myself though. While it can say to draw inspiration from Valkyria Chronicles, this doesn't quite look like the successor (spiritual or not) that I'm looking for.

From the initial gameplay videos, the textures look...what's a word for it? ...rather chunky..and those damage numbers too...yikes.

Not really digging the static character portraits conversation cut-ins too.

Still, like others, I'll be keeping an eye on first hand impressions in Japan. I might go for it if it proves to be somewhat decent.

Holding on for a Valkyria Chronicles 4 for PS4/Vita though. Come on SEGA. Stop asking the Skies of Arcadia/Valkyria Chronicles director to do Dengeki Fighting Climax. There's so much more that his talents can be used on.
OG Loc
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(04-01-2014, 05:24 PM)
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Aww yiss, mutha fucking SRPGs. I fucking love SRPGs.

I also need impressions asap 8o
Zephyl
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(04-01-2014, 05:25 PM)
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Originally Posted by Aquamarine

Boxart:

Man I'm digging that boxart, hoping it has a collectors edition.
mejin
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(04-01-2014, 05:27 PM)
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I thought It was a digital only title, I would pay at best 20 bucks and that's it...but at full price I'm out.
DrROBschiz
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(04-01-2014, 05:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by MSMrRound

Niel Riverside battle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=HvBYeuMi7Mg)

I'm interested too, and Valkyria Chronicles is one, if not my favourite title of recent times *points at avatar. Imca is still one of the best.*.

I'm not going to kid myself though. While it can say to draw inspiration from Valkyria Chronicles, this doesn't quite look like the successor (spiritual or not) that I'm looking for.

From the initial gameplay videos, the textures look...what's a word for it? ...rather chunky..and those damage numbers too...yikes.

Not really digging the static character portraits conversation cut-ins too.

Still, like others, I'll be keeping an eye on first hand impressions in Japan. I might go for it if it proves to be somewhat decent.

Yeah

Love the art style

Im interested! Looking forward to it
Squalor
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(04-01-2014, 05:28 PM)
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Twelve minutes of gameplay (Japanese version).
GunBR
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(04-01-2014, 05:28 PM)
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Day one to me.
Love SRPGs and it's great to see one in the PS4 already in the first year
DrROBschiz
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(04-01-2014, 05:29 PM)
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Originally Posted by Squalor

Twelve minutes of gameplay (Japanese version).

Im am trying to grasp the turn system

Is it Player/Enemy Phase or what?
kick51
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(04-01-2014, 05:29 PM)

Originally Posted by Shengar

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z? 36/40
Bu-but



Tecmo used overnight delivery on the check
MSMrRound
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(04-01-2014, 05:34 PM)
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Originally Posted by DrROBschiz

Im am trying to grasp the turn system

Is it Player/Enemy Phase or what?

Turn by turn (look out for those icons on top of the screen) . Allies highlighted in blue, enemies in red. Both sides are able to gang up on targets if conditions are fulfilled, while those supporting in the back can trigger and use magic/range/healing/support skills.
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(04-01-2014, 05:36 PM)
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They should change the spelling of his name to Geoff in the localization to make it fit better with a fantasy setting. Its a strange distinction but one which seems to be noteworthy given the response his name seems to get.
Shinta
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(04-01-2014, 05:36 PM)

Originally Posted by Squalor

Twelve minutes of gameplay (Japanese version).

Looks like a low budget VC with more magic and melee options. I'm down for that on Vita.
isual
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(04-01-2014, 05:37 PM)
gameplay reminds me of arc the lad on ps2.
krossj
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(04-01-2014, 05:38 PM)
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Want to play this. While the art direction isn't doing much for me the combat looks sort of interesting. Will pick it up when it is released over here if it seems like a decent tactics game.

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