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Great game sporting a hard-to-find storyline
posted by Efaw0006 (WINTER PARK, FL) Sep 28, 2006
Member since Jul 2006
15 out of 17 gamers (88%) found this review helpful
1. You can switch your demon powers to adjust your special abilities as you wish. When you want an ice power, you can get an ice power. Follow that up with a healing power, or fire power... whatever you wish.
2. You can capture or convince your enemies to join you. If successful they will fight along side you in battle until...
3. You can combine your demons at a shrine and create new creatures. Two demons become one... and using this method you can create some totally neat demons you haven't even seen in the game yet.
The graphics were very good, and the effects were awesome.
My gripe is that its not always easy to know where to go next to advance the story. There is no quest log or anything you can check... so lots of times your just running around to every place you can think of hoping you hit a checkpoint.
I gave this game a seven out of ten. Excellent RPG with some nice features, but the story will have you running in circles. This is a game that may force you to use an online walkthrough.
posted by Koujin (TUCSON, AZ) Apr 20, 2006
Member since Aug 2005
9 out of 13 gamers (69%) found this review helpful
Pro:Beautiful Game! its so awesome and its only for the True RPG Fans and you can Fuse Monsters together to get better Monster.....tell me that isn't awesome?
Con:well...my only Cons are that The Difficulty is Hard, and you can't change it
It would also have been Good if they had SOME voice acting, but I can understand because when this was made, PS2 games didn't really have Voice Acting.
this is my 5 th game
posted by dulun21 (CHANDLER, AZ) May 31, 2008
Member since Aug 2007
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
If only more RPGs were like this...
posted by Jeremymia (GAINESVILLE, FL) Apr 21, 2007
Member since Oct 2006
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
The main character is a newly-made demon, and the world has ended. The apocolype (or, conception) has occured. The number of humans in the world can be counted on one hand.
Sounds unusual, doesn't it? Unusual describes this game perfectly. Your party members are not other people; Your party members are demons you convince to join you through conversation.
Combat is not a matter of "Attack, attack, attack, attack, OMGHEAL, attack, attack..." It's strategic. Using an attack that the enemy is immune to, for example, causes one of your demons to lose his turn (to put it simply.) Yet, at the same time, combat is fast and does not seem boring.
Everyone in the new world is truly on their own, and that means making all of your decisions. The choice component of this game reminds me of the Myst series. A few people want things to go their way, and it's up to you to decide which way it goes. Unlike Myst, though, there is no right answer.
What's more, the question is rather high-stakes: You're defining the nature of existance! I don't want to go into what your choices are, here, but I do want to say that there are about 6, depending on how you look at it, and they are all very different. (Oh, don't go neutral. It suuucks. Agree with SOMEONE at SOME POINT.)
The game, thematically, is amazing. It has definite hindu influences but a lot of other ones are there. Looking up the mythology behind these demons can be a lot of fun.
The soundtrack is a bit odd, but also good. It's sort of a rock/deathmetal type thing, but not really.
This game is ... perhaps the best RPG ever? I don't know, probably not. But it's not to be missed!
It's no Persona.
posted by borislav (DES PLAINES, IL) Apr 27, 2008
Member since Jul 2007
6 out of 14 gamers (43%) found this review helpful
Let's start things off with my biggest complaint of Nocturne: the random battles. The longest you'll go without running into enemies is about 10 seconds. Sometimes you'll only go three steps before the next encounter.
Granted, the game has an "Auto" battle feature which makes things easier on your thumbs, and many of the battles end almost as quickly as they begin, but it doesn't change the fact that frequent enemy encounters seriously interrupt the game's flow.
Another thing to mention is that while the plot's very interesting right off the bat (I couldn't put the game down for the first hour or two), things really start to slow down the more you get into the game. It's another pacing issue.
Otherwise, Nocturne lives up to the SMT name. You'll find many of the same dystopian themes, a few mysterious characters, and an awesome soundtrack. If you're expecting greatness on the level of Persona 3, however, you won't find it here. And for such a high acting price, I can't recommend this game as more than a rental unless you're obsessed with cult-status Japanese games and have some money to burn.
Great concepts, but poorly executed.
posted by Dasher (SAINT PAUL, MN) Apr 25, 2006
Member since Dec 2005
4 out of 12 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
Bottom Line: A great rental!
WE NEED MORE APOCYLIPIC GAMES LIKE THIS ONE:)
posted by wraith (HUNTINGTON, WV) May 21, 2007
Member since Jun 2006
1 out of 4 gamers (25%) found this review helpful
posted by il21loo (DAYTONA BEACH, FL) Jun 26, 2006
Member since Jan 2006
1 out of 5 gamers (20%) found this review helpful
Oh. My. GAWD!
posted by Faerie_Knight (DUBUQUE, IA) Mar 27, 2013
Member since Mar 2013
Or maybe you'll be able to escape combat, but you're party gets the stuffing knocked out of it by the enemies popping up every three steps in the area you must go through. Stuff like that happens fairly frequently. So save often.
That doesn't mean it's a bad game, just insanely hard. I love the game. I plan on tracking down a copy of my own. But it's also a game that can be very frustrating. So I give this a six out of ten. Awesome game with difficulty issues. Kinda reminds me of a certain NES game cough ghosts'ngoblinscough
Dante is a Sell Out
posted by Terrents (CARLSBAD, CA) Jan 28, 2010
Member since Jan 2010
The game feels extremely lonely with its lack of characters and no voice acting for the characters that are even there. But luckily you can talk to demons! Yay? Right? But the only demon that I felt was worth talking to was pixie. Having some dialog that I somehow found interesting. (or should I say Dia-Log) The other demons just stood there talking to me. Staring at me with their awkward faces shaped like a broom or some other household object. Whenever you find an object that was the equivalent of a chest, the game asks you if you if you want to open it after you press X saying you want to open it. It prompts with a yes or no menu. Which I was only hesitant to say yes the first time. In which case I was afraid the object might explode on me. The camera control was rather odd making you use the L and R buttons to turn it. When the thumb stick could of easily done that. But instead they made it so the right thumb stick throws the camera across the room forcing you to stare into a wall.
The game did an overall bad job at explaining what the heck I was doing or even how to do it. Leaving me constantly wondering if I was playing it right. I felt like I was being judged by the game itself to play it better.
posted by greenman30 (CONYERS, GA) Jun 25, 2008
Member since Feb 2008