Excerpt: The two previous Shin Megami games both received glowing nine out of ten reviews from Console Obsession. The new game Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Radiou Kuzonoha vs. the Soulless Army (to be called Devil Summoner from hereon in, otherwise we might break our poor old keyboard!) is not a part of the wonderful Digital Devil Saga series and is also nowhere near as good.
Excerpt: When I had played the first Summoner game, I was thrilled with the story line and the graphics. I had never anticipated a sequel to the game, until finding the advert on the back of another game manual. When receiving the game, I was expecting better graphics, a better story line and improved battle system. I wasn’t prepared for what was in store.
Pros: + Pros-Good game play and story line
Cons: - Cons-Some of the events are a bit too difficult
Excerpt: Although the graphics in Summoner 2 are adequate, one would think that the graphical prowess of an RPG of this nature, on a two-year-old system, would be better. It's unfortunate that you won't get that 'WOW' factor you may be expecting, but instead will be bombarded with the same tired-looking visuals. Even the 'special' summons don't really do anything except brighten the screen with some lighting effects.
Excerpt: Everyone knows that life can be pretty harsh. Think about all of the problems you might have to deal with on a day-to-day basis: school, work, bills, and family. All of these things seem willing to conspire together to suck time, fun, and relaxation out of your life, or at least away from your current video game obsession. Sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it?
Excerpt: I was a complete split on the first Summoner. To be perfectly honest, the graphics, animation, sound - the very presentation - was utter shit. It did have, however, a rather solid, engaging storyline, but you had to sit through all the crap to really enjoy it. The second Summoner remedies nearly all the problems from the first game, but it still lacks a few key things that keep it from being the next great American RPG, something to show that not all the big-name console...
Excerpt: Back in the fall of 2000, Summoner was one of the most anticipated launch titles for the Playstation 2. However, numerous glaring flaws turned what could have been a great game into one of the most disappointing titles in recent memory. Horrendous load times, terrible draw distance, and a horribly flawed battle system made Summoner difficult to enjoy. When a sequel was announced, many people were more than skeptical, figuring Summoner 2 would be more of the same.
Excerpt: Though Volition started as a PC game developer, the last couple of games from the company debuted on the PlayStation 2. In fact, Volition's first two PS2 games--Summoner and Red Faction--did a lot to help the system's then-meager software lineup, providing it with both a solid role-playing game and a first-rate first-person shooter.