Review: Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker (3DS)

Your days are numbered. This is a chilling reminder that the apocalypse is upon us.

Pros:

  • Really nice graphics. Cut scenes are your Anime style with cutesy pixel graphics for the main battle portion of the game.
  • Full touchscreen support for all parts of the game and menu.
  • Full 3D implementation.
  • Two difficulty settings.
  • Two story paths that you choose at the beginning. Basically one has a bit of backstory and prequel stuff where as the other one cracks on with it.
  • Fully animated cut scenes.
  • Story revolves around a website that once you sign up to will send you videos of peoples death before it happens.
  • Menu looks like a smarthphone and is actuallyy really well laid out. You unlock new parts of the screen as you progress thrugh the story.
  • Five save slots.
  • Turn based combat. A grid comes up to show how far you can move and then you can use an item, fight or use magic.
  • Earn exp from battles and level up to increase stats.
  • Choose conversation choices.
  • Ongoing tutorial support.
  • Settings: change text speed/skip messages, Movement speed, Difficulty and control options.
  • Spot and street pass integration.
  • Fully voiced conversations and done with a high performance.
  • Story is a 7 day affair and with that actions like travelling to new areas or battles advance time.
  • Save whenever you want from the menu screens.
  • Your 3DS will buzz when a message comes through.
  • You can capture/align yourself with demons who add buffs and new attacks to your team. You can assign them to individual team members through the advanced team management system.
  • Auction house: Go here to buy instantly or bid eBay style on demons.
  • Free battle is an optional battle you can do and leave at any time keeping any gained exp and items.
  • Skill crack: You can assign a team member to go after an enemy and if they do it successfully they earn the enemies abilities.
  • Full ability to set your team up before deploying them including formation and demons equipped.
  • Deep and rewarding gameplay.
  • The story is really well done and engrossing and will keep you coming back.

Cons:

  • Slow game play.
  • Party management can be confusing and overly complicated.
  • Game is very stop start with fights used very little and only, It feels to act as a like a commercial break to the story.
  • A lot to take in initially as you learn what the game expects from you.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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