Excerpt: The story of Digital Devil Saga takes place in an area known as the Junkyard. During this time, several different factions are waging war trying to eliminate each other until there is only one group left. It is said that the surviving group will earn the right to climb the Karma Temple and reach Nirvana. As the Embryon Clan (your group) and the Vanguards battle it out, an explosion occurs, transforming everyone into demons.
Excerpt: The junkyard in Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga (that’s quite a mouthful) doesn’t have rusted cars and a pitbull named Monster. Instead, the Junkyard is a bleak world, loosely inspired by Hindu beliefs, in which a group of emotionless factions are caught in an eternal battle. The losers pay with their lives while winners will be granted entry to Nirvana. These people know nothing of friendship, love, or hatred.
Excerpt: The Shin Megami series has been popular in Japan for years and with the success of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne released last year, North America is getting the chance to experience this phenomenon. Phenomenon would be a pretty good word to describe the 'Shin Megami' series (as it's usually known) for it largely deals with things like demons and possessions, which is somewhat taboo in the US Market which explains why it's taken so long to make it here.
Excerpt: Right from the start of Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga , players are introduced to the intense story. Said story involves a heated six-way power struggle that often leads to combat between the different factions. During the first battle the players see, unexpected events lead to everyone involved with the war becoming infected by a strange virus. This has a life-changing effect on the body: an insatiable appetite for one’s enemies.
Excerpt: The game begins with the main character Serf, and his party, who are members of a tribe called Embryon, setting out for Nirvana, a land that can only be reached by the champions of Junkyard. In the midst of battle, a mysterious object appears and spheres of light are emitted by the Pod and infect Serf and his comrades, awakening their demonic powers. They develop a desire to tear the flesh and shatter the bones of their enemies, who have also been transformed.
Conclusion: Digital Devil Saga is a very enjoyable RPG but it fails to really go places that no other RPG has gone before. It’s recommended to anyone who enjoys a good old fashioned RPG but because of the immense amount of random encounters, it’s highly doubtful that too many casual gamers out there would be interested in the long road ahead.