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Nexomon Extinction Review

Nexomon Extinction

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Release: 28/ 8/2020
Publisher: PQube
Developer: Vewo Interactive
Genre: XBox One Reviews
PEGI: 10+
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The world is on the brink of extinction as mighty Tyrant Nexomon fight for dominion over humans and monsters.

Join the Tamer’s Guild and begin an epic journey to restore balance before all hope is lost…

  • Begin Your Journey
  • Leave the orphanage you grew up in, choose your first Nexomon, and start your life as a tamer.
  • Explore a world teeming with Nexomon
  • Trap and tame 381 Nexomon from nine elemental types, with powerful evolutions.
  • Join the Fight
  • Tyrant Nexomon roam free and the Tamer’s Guild is stretched to the limit, can you change the tide of the battle?
  • Step up and take on would-be challengers and dangerous foes in beautifully animated turn-based battles.
  • From arid deserts to freezing tundra, navigate challenging environments, and manage their effects on your Nexomon.
  • Uncover secrets, stumble upon side-quests, and encounter a raft of eccentric characters.
  • The dynamic difficulty will see the world around you get more challenging as you progress, as even defeated trainers come back stronger than before and ready to battle again!

Right off the bat, this game gave me serious Pokemon vibes. From the top-down view to the types of monsters, to the gameplay loop (capture, train, repeat).

You start the game off as a young orphan about to receive his first Nexomon and go on a journey to become a legendary trainer, sound familiar?

But quickly the game takes a different spin with a much more adult story of a Tyrant (Dragon) that is hell-bent on ridding the world of the human race. Its a story about a war of Nexomon vs Mankind. There are of course trainers who befriend the Nexomon and with their help turn the tide.

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With 381 different Nexomon to choose from and capture it feels very much like Pokemon, even some of the character models look similar. There are nine different types of Nexomon (Normal, Fire, Water, Plant, Mineral, Wind, Electric, Psychic, and Ghost) that each has advantages and disadvantages against the other types.

Graphically the game looks pretty darn good, dare I even say, better than Pokemon at times. Runs perfectly didn’t run into any issues during my game time. Plays exactly as Pokemon does so is very familiar to anyone who has played these monster-catching RPGs. Some slight differences make it stand out, instead of PP per special move of your monsters there is overall stamina that will deduct the PP from the overall bank instead of per move. Swapping out your Nexomon is clutch here as VERY rarely do you end up so overpowered that you can one-hit kill your opponent. When catching Nexomon is pretty similar, you weaken your target and then toss your trap and catch them with a quick time button pushing event sequence to seal the deal.

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The writing in this game is very funny at times as many characters break the fourth wall and make dark or sarcastic remarks to you the player. The world is pretty alive in the sense that many NPCs will actually have a reason to talk to you, whether to do a side quest that provides you with some decent rewards or items or some are looking for specific Nexomon and will offer cash (which is pretty sweet).

Overall Nexomon: Extinction is 100% heavily inspired by Pokemon but aimed at an older audience. Its difficulty is higher than that of Pokemon as well. While it is definitely the best monster catching knock off I’ve played. For whatever reason, it doesn’t quite have that same charm of the Pokemon world. Worth checking out for sure and some hardcore Pokemon enthusiasts would definitely have some fun here for the right price.

 

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blank Kevin Austin has been in gaming journalism in one way or another since the launch of the Nintendo Gamecube. Married and father of 3 children he has been gaming since the ripe age of 6 when he got his first NES system and over 30 years later he is still gaming almost daily. Kevin is also co-founder of the Play Some Video Games (PSVG) Podcast network which was founded over five years ago and is still going strong. Some of his favorite gaming series includes Fallout and Far Cry, he is a sucker for single player adventure games (hence his big reviews for Playstation), and can frequently be found getting down in one battle royale or another. If it's an oddball game, odds are he's all about it.

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