Natural Doctrine (Vita) review
"The developers seem to believe that mastering their web of convolution is its own reward."
The jury's still out on whether or not Natural Doctrine is the worst tactical RPG that I've ever played, but I can say with zero hesitation that it's certainly the messiest. It stacks arbitrary complication upon arbitrary complication and mistakes this for depth. It believes that the open acknowledgement of a sharp, unwelcoming difficulty curve excuses a game from being balanced and fair. It encourages us to familiarize ourselves with rules and systems that aren't adequately communicated, and then it punishes players who can't keep up, which is everybody, since the rules don't make sense to begin with. The interface is a mess, and constant design oversights make the inherent flaws of the combat even more senselessly frustrating. As a miscalculation, Natural Doctrine is impressively thorough.
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