Natural Doctrine... Aww, Mum! Do we HAVE to?!
MWAAAAA. MWA. MWAAA-MWA!
Sigh, having Charlie Brown’s teacher
for a mother really is a drag sometimes. We’ve been told to type it
NAtURAL DOCtRINE is a tactical JRPG,
brought to us by people who obviously have a busted shift key when
it comes to typing the letter ‘T’.
Anyway, the ‘NAtURAL’ is a hint to what it’s
basically about, which is NAtU- erm, natural selection. It’s
pleasing to see that in this day of airbags and rampant
mollycoddling Darwinism still retains some proponents.
try to keep up. You’re in a mystical world where stuff called
‘pluton’ is all valuable and minerally and stuff. Special explorers
hire bodyguards, as they need protection from vast evil while trying
to mine the stuff. You’re one such bodyguard – Geoff - who, together
with Vasily, takes care of Anka. In the protection sense, rather
than that of Tony Soprano, of course.
With the director of
the rhythmgasmic Patapon series, Atsushi Ii, at the
directorial helm, you might expect an easily-grasped strategy-lite
A convoluted tutorial introduces us
to the turn-based, team-focussed battle system. A convoluted game
Anybody unfamiliar with strategy exploits along
similar lines will find NAtURAL DOCtRINE quite cluttered,
sadistic and impenetrable. Actually, even some with a little more
nous for such excursions may find it quite cluttered, sadistic and
With so many options it’s easy to reach
overload, and anybody expecting to master proceedings even in the
time it takes to complete most other games nowadays may find
In some ways with its dungeonesque setting
and slash-a-go-slow play NAtURAL DOCtRINE is everything
that Diablo III wishes it wasn’t – and isn’t. Seriously,
only the hardcore should apply.
Others may be left requiring
psychiatric help. The DOCtRINE is in...