|Strategy RPG; Nintendo 3DS; Atlus; 2011|
|Shin Megami Tensei Rule #1: It is Always the Demon Apocalypse.|
The story is awesome, as to be expected from the SMT series. Each character acts in a manner one would expect given the situation and a lot of the drama that occurs when you have characters you've come to like follow philosophical paths that you can sympathize with, but can't agree to. A lot of moments come down to a "What if someone had this philosophy and have the power to seize it" scenario. What if a person has the power over life and death and elects himself as the supreme Judge, Jury, and Executioner of the world? What if a Superhero Fangirl gets the opportunity to BE a Superhero? What if you knew how many days each person (including yourself) had to live? Then finally you get the choice of five different methods of ending the lockdown yielding six different endings. Instead of the standard "Be the Hero or Be the Villain" type ending choices in other games, Devil Survivor gives the full perspective of each choice. It's not as clear cut as a "Good Ending" or a "Bad Ending," more as a "These are the good things about this choice, and here are the bad things." It's fantastic how the game makes you second guess your preferred method of ending the game. If you know anything about the SMT series, you know that this game has what it takes to keep the player engaged.
|Shin Megami Tensei Rule #2: Weak means more than just extra damage.|
Of course, being an SMT game standard outside of battle mechanics are there including the Cathedral of Shadows which allows you to fuse demons together to carry over stats and skills and the Demon Compendium which records your best demons and allows you to recall them (for a price). Unique to Devil Survivor is the Demon Auction where you try to outbid other Demon Tamers for the contracts of various demons (some good, some average, some bad) as your main means of gaining new demons. Since Overclocked is a enhanced port there are a few new things in this version. First, the visuals are upgraded for finer details and smoother graphics (though it requires a side by side comparison to recognize a lot of them, hell even the COMPs where changed to resemble 3DS). The game is fully voice acted, with top-notch performances all across the board. New Demons in the available, as per SMT tradition for their enhance ports. And finally an additional 8th Day available for some of the paths, extending an already lengthy game with brand new content.
|Shin Megami Tensei Rule #3: Choose, but Choose wisely.|
Atlus has garnered a lot of acclaim recently thanks to it's Shin Megami Tensei series, and who can blame them. Their stories are top notch, their characters are practically real people, and their games are a brilliant mix of fast, strategic, hard-as-hell, but still additively fun. Devil Survivor is all that, wrapped in a Strategy RPG/Turn-Based RPG gameplay that is ready to go, and Overclocked is just an improvement to that. Whether you should get Overclocked if you already own the original is more of a personal call, there is a significant cosmetic improvement but unless the 8th day really grabbed your attention there isn't much here to sway you. However, if you never got a chance to play the original, you better make sure you pick up Overclocked if you have the choice, and it should be more available than it's predecessor. Highly Recommended.
Until next time.