Devil Survivor Overclocked Impressions

With the 3DS release just around the corner, we sit down and experience the first few hours of the game

When it was originally released on the Nintendo DS back in 2009, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor was praised for its interesting combat system and branching storylines. More than two years later, the game is getting a second life on the Nintendo 3DS with Devil Survivor Overclocked. The upcoming release includes a few new features and is hoping to introduce itself to an audience that may have missed it back then.

For those unfamiliar with the original Devil Survivor, you take control of a group of youngsters who are trapped in the heart of Tokyo after a series of events has caused the area to be riddled with demons and caused security forces to place the area under heavy lockdown. On top of that, it appears the end of the world is fast approaching, and you three may be the only ones who can stop that from happening.

As in most Shin Megami Tensei games, our heroes have the ability to combat and ally with the various demons thanks in part to the use of COMPs, communication devices that reveal the demons and make it possible for these teenagers to fight them. By defeating these foes, you may be able to find out how they came to be and hopefully prevent the end of the world.

With Overclocked, there are a few new inclusions not seen in its original release. For starters, the game now features full voice work by all the main characters in the game. With a game as deep as this, the addition of voice acting is certainly a welcome treat and is in line with what you'd expect with most SMT titles.

The other inclusion is a new epilogue chapter, titled "The 8th Day," that chronicles the events following the game's original conclusion. The 8th day aspect of the game should be quite a treat, especially considering that the DS game already had the possibility of completing the story in a number of different ways. This inclusion can exponentially increase your play time, and considering the length of the first game, don't expect it to last only an hour.

The decision to rerelease Devil Survivor on the 3DS is an interesting one. It is clear that with a follow-up planned for 2012, giving those who missed out the first time around an opportunity to try the game is nice. Unfortunately, the use of the 3DS functionality is almost nonexistent. Essentially no aspect of the game, from combat to communication between characters, takes advantage of the system's 3D capabilities. We did play for over four hours and are hoping 3D comes into use later on in a more meaningful way.

Overclocked features full, spoken dialogue

Although it is still too early to give a final say on Devil Survivor Overclocked, if you missed it the first time around and are desperately craving a long and engaging Japanese role-playing game experience in a handheld, you probably will want to pick up Overclocked. For those who already played through the main story, be sure to come back in the coming weeks to find out if the additional content is worth reinvesting in.

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Discussion

26 comments
CaptainAhab13
CaptainAhab13

I'm interested in GAMES, not hyperrealistic graphics. This has piqued my interest.

DARKNESSxEAGLE
DARKNESSxEAGLE

Oh wait, looks like this game will NOT be released in Europe. And Nintendo is going with region locking the 3ds so I can't even play this version of the game...

DARKNESSxEAGLE
DARKNESSxEAGLE

I'll finally be able to play through this game! It has everything I like in my RPGs from customization to an amazing story (or at least the presentation of the story). This is going to be awesome.

mat989
mat989

@Ps3_1337 indeed you're right, I can't question that since I have a psp of my own what I'm trying to say is: good games takes time to get ready, specially in new consoles like the 3DS now...persona 3 portable came about a year ago...God Eater, same thing...metal gear, same thing...Final Fantasy, yeah, it's more than 1 year...if so, I'd say Tactics Ogre too, great game, but came late. Of course, nothing's set in stone yet, just said that 3DS have a great potential to receive great games in the future, even if Vita pawns graphic-wise....oh well, but whatever, we don't need to fight over that, do we? let's just wait and see how all this turns out =D

DS-man
DS-man

I I never got to play the orignal, looking forward to this one SMT games are awespme

Zabimaru1
Zabimaru1

Well, there's really no complaining that this is the same game, since: A. The game's still good and is getting an enchancement on the 3DS. B. There's still Devil Survivor 2 coming up, which is a brand new game in the series. So all's good :3

twztid13
twztid13

@Shadow_Fire41 thanks, bud, i might have to check it out, then. i always thought it was strictly strategy rpg.

Ps3_1337
Ps3_1337

@mat989 if stayed with sony... then u should know that even psp have better games than 3ds... i'm not talking about better graphics... but in general... like u say psp have persona.. kingdom hearts.. metal gear... god of war... god eater.. final fantasy... valkyria chronicles... u know that kind of games that no one likes... i believe that Vita will continue with the legacy of the original psp... don´t u think :D

mat989
mat989

so, what have we learn today? Vita might show better graphics than 3DS, but 3DS games simply KICK ASS! graphics aren't what games are all about, but their stories and gameplay itself make a game a hit or a let-down...oh, and must I type here that the Persona series will now move on to 3ds instead of staying with sony's portable? (and don't say I'm a nintendist here because I stayed with sony almost 6 years from now =)

PsiPhiTy1
PsiPhiTy1

they are also releasing a SMT Devil Suvivor 2 on the DSi in Feb 2011, I hope its a sequal. I like the in-game demon auctions myself.

fer-
fer-

\o/ can't wait!

LKPWarrior26
LKPWarrior26

Hmm, never really gave it a chance on the DS. Maybe this time around I'll get back into it

crownedge
crownedge

3ds will always pawn vita in games

ACMC85
ACMC85

Amazing game, but needs more than an extra chapter to justify 3ds purchase. Still on the fence with that system.

awoody17
awoody17

I loved this game for ds (as well as the series), and this will be a day 1 purchase for me.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

@twztid13 you move your character around like in a Strategy RPGs, but then it goes to a fight screen that last 1 or 2 rounds that fight like a regular rpg battle.

twztid13
twztid13

isn't this more like a strategy rpg?

MigElite
MigElite

The reason I'm buying a 3ds...this is a great game.

hahamanin
hahamanin

loved it on my ds although this game is very tough....now will get this when i buy a 3ds

fkbwii
fkbwii

This'll be sweet. The 3DS library is getting better.

OverlordEX
OverlordEX

Never mind 3d, I'll be getting this anyway

Iridescent406
Iridescent406

WOOOOOO ATLUS!!! :D Hope this game works out.

jecht_35
jecht_35

seriously I didn't even know this game existed on the ds, see this is why games need to be advertised or else you miss them anyways the updates should warrent getting it on the 3ds.

gigk9
gigk9

Always wanted to pick that up for the DS but never got around to doing so, Guess I'll pick this up for My 3DS when it comes out instead