Excerpt: Once upon a time, the Shin Megami Tensei series took us on a journey to a Japan locked in a crisis destined to end the world within a week. The lives of many characters were covered as the world progressively melted down into a state of chaos, with the final ending changing based on the actions of the player. This game, Devil Survivor , was so good that Atlus decided to do it all over again with Devil Survivor 2 .
Excerpt: I have always been a fan of the Shin Megami Tensei series. Atlus has published some shining examples of the RPG series under the SMT label, including the first Devil Survivor. So, you can probably...
Pros: + Interesting story, + Good RPG elements, + Demon management is fun, + Nice anime visuals, + Catchy soundtrack
Cons: Almost the same as the first game, Difficulty issues force the player to level grind
Excerpt: Today’s youth has so many problem to deal with, especially in Japan. Keeping up with fashion, meeting up with friends, following the tech trends, investigating strange cults, fighting off demons, surviving the apocalypse… wait, what? You and your friends Yuzu and Atsuro are going to go have to contend with more than summer boredom if you want to survive the week in the first Shin Megami Tensei title from Atlus on the DS, Devil Survivor .
Conclusion: The combination of monster-collecting, tactics, and disturbing plot are sure to keep players’ heads in the game.
Pros: The skill-cracking system lets you unlock certain abilities by having one of your characters defeat a specific enemy, often forcing you to weigh the advantages of a quick kill vs. prolonging a battle for long-term gain.
Cons: You lose a mission over and over because the NPC you have to save takes the stupidest actions possible.
Conclusion: It’s well known that the DS has quite a wealth of very good RPG’s, this entry in the Shin Megami Tensei series is good enough to warrant itself to be one of the most exciting, engaging, and unique experiences to be had on the handheld—even with its eerie similarities to Square Enix’s The World Ends With You. The game may be extremely punishing at times, but those who stay along for the ride are definitely sure to enjoy the brilliant story, cast of characters, and...
Excerpt: The long-running Megami Tensei franchise has seen many incarnations, from the stylish detective adventures of Raidou Kuzunoha to the school-sim-slash-dungeon-crawlers action of the recent Persona games. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor, the latest game in the stygian series, is, like many of its predecessors, an odd concoction of mechanisms from a variety of genres.
Pros: Unique, strategic battle system is fun and entertaining, Intriguing story with plenty of mystery and style, Limited in-game time causes suspense and makes decisions meaningful, Many plot branches with multiple endings, Tons of character customization
Cons: Too many places to go with absolutely nothing to do