|SRPG; Nintendo DS; Atlus; 2011|
|"A Death website? Sure, that sounds like a great idea Daichi."|
The story to Devil Survivor 2 is a solid SMT storyline and much like the original Devil Survivor, the strengths in this story is it's cast. Characters are well developed and diverse, and those who are likeable endear themselves to you while those who are unlikeable at least are interesting enough to want to know more about them. While there are more characters that fall into clear cut archtypes unlike the original Devil Survivor, they are none the less still all-around solid characters, especially when late in the game the group is split into different factions over the fate of the world. However, while on it's own Devil Survivor 2's story is solid, it pales in comparison to the original, which not only had a likeable cast of characters with complex motivations, it also had a unique atmosphere and central mechanics for the story to work with, the Laplace Mail and the Death Clocks. DS2 tried the same thing with the "Death Clips" but it felt more hollow, and the concept of "survival" is completely downplayed given that for most of the game you are working with a massive organization that supports you. So in words, good story, not as good as the original.
Between fights, you can view events that will take up time in your day, but will either advance the story or strengthen your Fate with other characters, which gives you several different benefits such as natural resistances to elements, new demons, and access to new abilities. You also have the Demon Auction where you can bet money on new and more powerful demons and the Shin Megami Tensei stable of Demon Fusion, where you can combine two demons to create a more powerful demon with skills and Stat bonuses of the previous two demons. Devil Survivor 2 replaces the Magnetite bonus with Add-Ons, which can be added to fusions to either give Stat bonuses to the fusion, or add more skills to pass onto the new demon. This allows you to better give demons those resistances that are so necessary for survival, unfortunately you won't get the same level of command skill superiority. It's an interesting trade off.
|Who names the main character "ATLUS USA"?|
While I readily admit that Devil Survivor 2 is no where near as good as Devil Survivor 1, it is still a fantastic game. It's still that same old addicting fusion of classic turn base RPGs with a good helping of strategy and good old SMT flavor that made the original so popular. If you want a little SMT in your strategy RPGs, and can't wait for Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, then Devil Survivor is here for you. Highly Recommended.
Until the next year.