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GF Rating
8.0

1229 ratings

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

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 isn't an orphan and the world is not at risk due to the threat of an evil maniac who wants to take it over.

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!

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GF Rating
7

Good

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

If you're like me and have suddenly developed an interest in the Shin Megami Tensei series since playing Persona 3, let me just tell it to you straight--it doesn't get any better. Nocturne's a decent RPG, but it's by no means as good as Persona 3. None of the SMT games are.

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.

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GF Rating
7

Good

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

The story is the only thing that keeps the game moving. The monster trainer/battler not so fun, but a great concept. the slow pace of the game wont keep your attention. So you will save and go do something else, And theirs the problem. There is no “Log” or “Quest” book to show you what you were doing so you will end up running to the same spots a few times.

Bottom Line: A great rental!

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