|Dev: Spike Chunsoft|
|Release: November 20, 2015|
|Screen Resolution: N/A||Mild Cartoon Violence|
Having that extra sense of security at least alleviates tedium when dungeon crawling, as does an improved means of recruiting other Pokemon to your cause. One of the highlights of Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon is being able to have all 720 known Pokemon join your adventures. In previous games, like Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, recruitment could be rather random. Sometimes after beating an enemy in a dungeon, they'd join your party. This could mean repeating areas endlessly in the hopes someone would eventually tag along.
In Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, there's a Connection Orb. Think of it as the Pokemon equivalent of Facebook. As you explore the dungeons and meet new "people," your social network grows. You'll then see them in the Connection Orb and learn how to bring them into the fold from there. You might only have to talk to them, but more often a trip into a dungeon to save someone or beat a boss is required. It's a far more efficient system than ever before, which is great whenever you realize there are 720 freaking Pokemon out there waiting to join your party.
It's one of many things that helps enhance Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon's replayability after you get through the 20-25 hour slog of a story. After you've accomplished the primary goals and are able to do whatever you want, a task that took me almost 24 hours, you can take on any quests and dungeons at your leisure. It's a freeing and attractive experience, given how vibrant and diverse the characters and mystery dungeons are, the abundance of items and enemies, and variety of monster houses and traps to occasionally amp up the challenge.
Think of Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon as a title where the endgame is the reward for enduring a plot where the dialogue is repetitive and lackluster, characters take way too long walking you through every little thing, and you have to spend about 20 hours earning your right to do whatever you want. Once you do get over that hurdle, Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon can be one of the best entries in this series, but you really have to earn your freedom.
Date: November 23, 2015