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Sterok Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Sterok Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Oct 22nd 2015 at 8:53:07 PM

Make way for the king. The demo is up on the American eshop. My first impressions:

  • Aside from the models of the Yokai vs the Pokemon models, this shits all over the 3DS Pokemon in production values. Overworld feels more lively, human animations are less clunky, and most importantly, the framerate holds steady even in 3D.
  • No tile based movement like Pokemon has. That bugged me there.
  • Battles take a bit to get used to, but I see it being fun. Switching Yokai in and out constantly to make use of their various abilities seems like it'll be very hectic. I'm not sure how much depth it really has, but as long as it's fast-paced and engaging it should be good.
  • The designs are going to take me a bit to get used to. Though new Pokemon always take me awhile to get used to, so that's not really a negative. Jibanyan is my favorite for now, though I'm sure I'll find another I like more.
  • I like the formula it seems to have set up. Instead of going on a grand adventure, you're helping people all around the city and get to know it and the residents. At least that's the impression I'm getting from the demo. I found some gum under a truck, so there are secrets to be had as well.

All in all, I really liked it, and I'm excited for the full game. I can see this evoking the Pokemon feeling of being engrossed in a new world with so many monsters to battle and collect while putting its own spin on the genre. Hopefully this resonates with as many people as possible. It sure did for me.

Your preferences are not everyone else's preferences.
Customer Forgetful Sleepyhead from Georgia Relationship Status: Charming Titania with a donkey face
Oct 22nd 2015 at 9:20:50 PM

Sounds good. I'm looking forward to the full game, but I'll try to acquire the demo if my net lets me.

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Chariot Just as the spell says. Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
Just as the spell says.
Oct 23rd 2015 at 1:15:14 AM

I might have to pass this up after all. I tried the demo and the battle system is too cluttered and confusing more my liking.

Irene Whip It Good from Friend Code: 1203-9265-8784 and 4571-1389-1915 Relationship Status: It's complicated
Whip It Good
Oct 23rd 2015 at 1:49:28 AM

Tried the demo. Pretty fun, honestly. A bit more engaging than some games, so I'd have to play it when I'm not being called away quickly. I barely beat the samurai-like character. Didn't beat the main boss of the demo, though.

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RockRaider Rock Raider from Toronto, ON Relationship Status: Singularity
Rock Raider
Oct 23rd 2015 at 6:11:51 PM

I saw a video of the game in action. I think I might give it a shot.

Geist-Fox loafing about from north Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
loafing about
Oct 24th 2015 at 4:49:42 AM

No demo here yet, at least last I checked. sad

I'm curious of it.

And my GF is excited for it...

Customer Forgetful Sleepyhead from Georgia Relationship Status: Charming Titania with a donkey face
Oct 27th 2015 at 4:28:08 PM

I played the demo. Combat is interesting, to say the least. I think I've gotten used to it, but I feel like it might get a little overwhelming at times in the full game. I wonder if there's a "All Defense" option or something for when want your Yokai to defend against something specific (like an enemy's Soultimate), instead of just hoping that they do it themselves.

My main interest in this besides finding all the Yokai was that the game was heavily reminding me of Ni No Kuni, another game by Level 5 that I absolutely adore, and includes catching monsters as well. In fact some of Yokai designs (like the ghostly ninja and the samurai bug Yokai) reminded me of Ni No Kuni's familiars. So far, I'm pretty satisfied and will probably get the full game soon after it's released.

Also, I saw a commercial for the game, which was kind of silly, but reminded me of those old Pokemon ads where real people were interacting with the 2D mons.tongue

Speaking of commercials, I know we have a thread for LBX, but it's weird to me that Nicktoons keeps promoting the anime while the game never gets advertised (especially since it kind of feels like the show only came back because the game is out). At least Yokai Watch appears to be averting that.

Didn't beat the main boss of the demo, though.
Same here, but I think the game is scripted to beat you there. I couldn't knock the boss out of their special attack charge up, and after it hit (KO'ing two of my Yokai), the game abruptly ended the battle (and the demo along with it).

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Halberdier17 We Are With You Zack Snyder from Western Pennsylvania Relationship Status: Dating Catwoman
We Are With You Zack Snyder
Oct 27th 2015 at 4:31:40 PM

I've seen this commercial on TV like 30 times already this week.

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Demongodofchaos2 Relationship Status: 700 wives and 300 concubines
Oct 27th 2015 at 5:25:44 PM

Quick question for ya. What Are THOSE!

edited 27th Oct '15 5:25:56 PM by Demongodofchaos2

Geist-Fox loafing about from north Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
loafing about
Oct 27th 2015 at 8:08:32 PM

Dem animu faces on actual people...

KILL IT WITH FIRE!

No but really, those faces looked terrible.

The concept of the ad isn't so terrible though.

Nov 1st 2015 at 12:12:50 PM

I think it's sold out on Amazon! In japan it has 95% of the market share, meaning 95% of the target audience has the game.

kablammin45 Slippery swallower from the ocean Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
Slippery swallower
Nov 1st 2015 at 2:51:14 PM

I tried out the demo.

The battle system took a lot of getting used to. (Probably since I'm more used to the Pokemon battle system.) I think I have an understanding of what's going on by now, though. The Yokai critters themselves are pretty cute/cool, too. (Though some are just plumb silly, like Tiny Granny Tattle-Tale, though not in the bad way.)

While I didn't absolutely love it, I think it's pretty great.

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Sterok Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Nov 5th 2015 at 3:22:39 PM

Comes out tomorrow in NA. I'm stoked. Finally, Shin Megami Tensei will be dethroned.

Your preferences are not everyone else's preferences.
Sterok Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Nov 5th 2015 at 3:34:01 PM

I felt like making a dumb joke.

Your preferences are not everyone else's preferences.
Geist-Fox loafing about from north Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
loafing about
Nov 6th 2015 at 1:11:08 AM

Because everyone was expecting Pokémon under it.

Nov 6th 2015 at 9:07:32 AM

Nah, with a spoiler tag that long, there was no way Pokemon was going to be under it.

Sterok Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Nov 6th 2015 at 10:12:46 AM

In hindsight I should've just abbreviated it to SMT and spaced it out long enough. But not everyone would recognize what that stands for, so eh.

Your preferences are not everyone else's preferences.
Nov 6th 2015 at 11:23:41 AM

Well, the game's out! How is it? :)

Sterok Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Nov 6th 2015 at 2:58:46 PM

I've got it. First hour impressions.

  • Three save slots, meaning I don't have to buy another copy in order to play a new game and not lose all my progress.
  • It's similar to the anime plot wise. Much closer relationship than what the Pokemon games/anime have.
  • Pokemon was inspired by bug catching, and you start off this by catching bugs. Cute.
  • Battles have a lot of little elements that add to the depth via tribes, timing of when you use soul moves, positioning, and so on. Still not super complex, but it's far from mindless spinning and tapping.
  • Figuring out what food Yokai likes might be annoying. I might end up using a guide for that if there's a particular Yokai I want.
  • It's basically an open-world game. You can explore a large part of Springdale right off the bat even when the story is linear. There are also some secret areas you can't get to until you upgrade your Yokai Watch.
  • Jibanyan actually gets some special treatment. Level 5 was definitely pushing him to become the mascot from the beginning, unlike Pikachu who wasn't that special in the first games.

It's good. Still not completely sold on the battle system, but everything else is solid and charming.

Your preferences are not everyone else's preferences.
Nov 6th 2015 at 5:29:16 PM

Apparently the game's intro uses an alternate anime theme that people hated, so it was changed to a localization of the Japanese anime theme for the show. But not for the game. XD

Sterok Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Nov 7th 2015 at 12:37:24 PM

There are a lot of sidequests. Many of them of the get something or find someone variety. I'd advise not doing too many of them in order to not be too overleveled, but I don't feel like figuring out how to optimize my team, and bosses are pretty difficult, so right now I just do however many I feel like before moving on with the main story.

Your preferences are not everyone else's preferences.
Envyus Dark Hero from Behind you Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Dark Hero
Nov 7th 2015 at 7:06:16 PM

Looking at some game play and I must note the system actually does have quite a bit of depth. Now here is a question for people that own it. Is there a vs mode? Can you take on other players. Because this system seems like it would be very interesting for two teams to take each on with.

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