Actually, it is a good thing to easy make a mistake in an altering-game choices. I mean, if it was like Persona then that would be bad because in Persona you can change the ending in just one part of the game. In the case like Devil Survivor, it's like Shin Megami Tensei where you change the ending throughout the game.
Enthralling combat and a potent story make Devil Survivor 2 a great strategy role-playing game.
- Masterful combat system with lots of depth
- Great story with multiple endings
- Demon fusion system is improved over the original
- Ever-changing variety of combat objectives keeps you on your toes.
- It's still too easy to make major, game-altering mistakes
- Difficulty spikes considerably in certain fights
- Lack of stylus support in combat is irritating.
The original Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor was one of the sleeper hits of 2009, endearing itself to many players thanks to its brilliant blend of story, in-depth strategy, and fun collection elements. Though the original Devil Survivor saw a rerelease on the 3DS, the sequel returns to the older DS hardware that spawned it. But just because the platform might be aging doesn't mean that a game is less impressive; in fact, Devil Survivor 2 has such a captivating story and enticing combat that you won't care which system it's on.
Devil Survivor 2's story follows the intrepid young hero (you choose the name), a normal high school senior just trying to pass his college entrance exams in modern-day Tokyo. All the kids in class are going nuts over an underground website that can allegedly predict future deaths of people, which you sign up for out of morbid curiosity. It isn't long before you and two friends receive a creepy email on your cell phones containing a movie showing your own impending deaths. While you manage to dodge your predicted fates, a cataclysm seems to have struck, destroying much of Japan's infrastructure and leaving citizens in a panic.
Making things even worse are demons running rampant and terrorizing the masses. Fortunately, you and your friends have been mysteriously gifted with a demon summoning app on your phones to conjure up your own otherworldly minions. But as the death predictions you receive become more and more frequent and society collapses around you, you need to not only excel in combat, but make wise life-or-death decisions to determine the fate of your friends--and even the world itself.
The story is excellent, filled with drama, tension, and interesting characters that you form a strong attachment to over the course of many hours of play. While the original Devil Survivor took place strictly in central Tokyo, Devil Survivor 2 has you traveling across the whole of Japan to many of the country's famous locales, adding some variety and local flavor to your team's ongoing quest for the truth behind the madness. This expansion of the game's world helps establish the scope of the calamity that has taken place. It's more than just a localized disaster; it's something that has worldwide repercussions. It isn't a linear tale, either: you often have choices about where to go and what to do. These choices can have a variety of effects, from simply strengthening your relationship with a companion character (and thus increasing his or her combat ability), to altering story sequences that can affect the game's ending.
As superb as the story is, the combat is the meat of Devil Survivor 2. The core elements of these sequences are largely the same as in the original Devil Survivor. Characters take turns moving around a map along a square-based grid. When an enemy unit is in range, an attack can be initiated. The game then switches to a screen like that of a traditional turn-based role-playing game, where your group of three characters (a human leader and two demon allies) faces off against a similarly constructed team.
Each character in combat chooses what sorts of actions he or she wants to perform, be it physical attacks, magic skills, or other support-driven actions. Based on your choices (and a little bit of luck), you can potentially earn extra attack turns that let you get in some bonus strikes or recovery/support actions. But everything you can do, the enemy can do as well--and sometimes you're up against foes that have some downright brutal tricks up their sleeves. There's a tension to combat with even basic foes, since a few ill-advised choices can leave the enemy taking advantage of you. Even figuring out which member of a team to attack first is laden with strategy: taking out a team's leader fells an entire team, but leaders with teammates still alive take far less damage and yield less experience and money when defeated.
fun and addictive hopefully somebody posts alternative endings on youtube. lol I remember getting the worst ending in the last Devil Survivor game my teammates were just going crazy I actually thought they would continue off of the last game in number 2 but the story in this one is still great
I am so loving this game, I started playing on Friday and I'm already 15 hours in and I'm loving every single moment of it. Great game!
If it is "every bit as excellent of an experience as the best of its higher-powered brethren," then why did it get a lower score?
@desperate001 I wouldn't recommend waiting for a 3DS version... It would take a few years, IF they decide to even do it. I'd just buy it now, while you still can.
As much as I need to own this now, should I wait for a possible and/or eventual 3DS enhanced version as with the first game?
@fireboltDS what are you talking about? it's on the main pages top 10 right now and on top of the DS pages top 10 as well.
Nice to see this game get a good score, but I also wonder why this didn't show on the main page. GS might be playing a game of "favorites" again.
The Atlus team deserves so much more success and recognition than it's getting right now, releasing ridiculously good RPGs consistently. And why has this review been overlooked on the main page. I didn't even know it was getting released.
"The Bad" for this game are actually "The Good" to me. 1) You don't make mistakes, but you won't get the ending you want automatically, you'll have to finish it more times for that; 2) Difficulty spikes, in a world in wich you can finish a game half-afk it's a pro; 3) No stylus? This is a DS game not cos of the stylus, but rather because software houses think they won't sell on "TV-consoles" unless the game has an amazing graphic. One of the best DS games since... Devil Survivor 1.
I'm in love with Altus. Most of their games are a must for me. Announce Persona 5 and you've made my day.
"... some of those choices don't offer obvious consequences. A bit more transparency to the game's consequences would have been ideal." It seems developers can't win. Offer clear-cut and transparent choices like inFamous and Mass Effect did and that element of your game gets derided as shallow or "laughable" (inFamous 2 review). Take away the certainty of consequences - i.e. make it more realistic - and it becomes "aggravating" because you can't get a "perfect playthrough" the first time. It shouldn't even be a point of criticism either way. It's really a matter of taste whether less transparent decision making is a good thing. In any case, I'll definitely check this one out after I finish DS1.
Never checked out this games before. Wish I had the time. Maybe when this gets released for the 3DS I'll look into it.
- Player Reviews: 8
- Game Universe:
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner (SAT, PS2, PSP),
- Shin Megami Tensei (PS3, VITA),
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 (DS),
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (3DS),
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable (PSP),
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor (DS),
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon (PS2),
- Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 (PS2),
- Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga (PS2),
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children - Messiah Riser (GBA)