On a whim the other day I decided to rent this game, and I discovered that I had been a bit spoiled by Nippon Ichi
when it comes to turn-based Tactics RP Gs
. Even so, some of the things I think make the game difficult to play are barely related to the difference between the two.
1: Each Pokemon has one pre-set move, with no choices in what those moves are. This would have been easy to change by giving them an attack pool similar to an earlier game, Pokemon Rumble
2: You can only attack after moving. Charge attacks are nice (especially if you have a 'mon with Run Up), but hit-and-run is an actual tactic that would be nice to use.
3: Each Warrior is stuck with whatever Pokemon he gets, including those they link to. What I mean is, isn't one of the ideas in the main series (and I know, as the other review pointed out, this isn't a main series game) to trade Pokemon? If I can't find a Wild Sneasel, but I've run across four different Free Warriors with Sneasels, why can't I recruit one of them, then trade their Sneasel to a different Warrior for one of theirs that might be more compatible for the both of them?
All in all, in my opinion, if you just want to play this game, I'd say rent it, don't buy it (but be careful, renting doesn't usually come with an instruction booklet).