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Gaming Evolution
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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Atlus
Developed By: Atlus
Genre: RPG
Players: 1
Rated: M (Mature)
Released Date: May 12, 2009
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Written By: Matthew Prunty

The PlayStation 2 console is known for having the largest videogame library of all-time, while playing home to a vast array of role playing games, some of which are engrained on the hearts of man for all eternity. The Shin Megami Tensei franchise has been widely popular over in Japan, however over the years is continually grown more and more successful within North America and Europe. While the average gamer has heard of the Persona series, many still are unaware of the ďdiamond in the roughĒ Devil Summoner series. Though the first installment, Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army didnít that well in North America, the buzz surrounding the title was enough for Atlus to work on releasing the sequel, Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon.

In Devil Summoner 2, you take control of Raidou Kuzunoha, the 14th person to obtain the title of devil summoner, who is sent out to keep a watchful eye over the capital. While there, Raidou takes on a seemingly simple task for a beautiful, yet suspicious woman, to find a man by the name of Dahn and returning him to her. While pursuing what seems like a regular missing-persons case; several events unfold and thrust our protagonist into the middle battle which could mean the end of the world. In order to find out whatís going on and set events in motion which would stop all this from happening, Raidou teams up with a unique cast of characters-Gouto, a talkative and sarcastic feline companion; Narumi, the head of the Narumi Detective Agency; Tae, a sassy journalist out to uncover the truth-in order to battle the evil.

Not spoiling the fantastic experience for you, Devil Summoner 2 isnít your typical RPG title where good must vanquish evil. This title has to do a lot with choices, questioning ones decisions, and looking at the situation from more than one perspective. Because of this unique structure, the gameplay mechanics are devised very well to allow for the storyís power to shine. While Raidou is looking for clues to help him stop this crisis, you stumble across wandering devils, which need to be dealt with a certain way. In a situation where you have to actually fight your enemy, using the power of a devil summoner will allow you to summon two devils to fight along your side. As the game progresses on, summoning key devils to aid you in battle will have to be based on your enemyís weaknesses on order for you to have a fighting chance. All battle sequences take place in real time, which keeps the action flowing pretty smoothly. Rounding out the battle sequences is Raidouís use of sword for up close attacks and a nifty revolver, which can stun rogue devils.

Like I said before, there will be instances where simply fighting each and enemy you come across isnít the smart thing to do. With our Raidou being a pretty good linguistic, through conversations with the random devils, you have the ability to win them over in order to help him successes in his main objective. Of course no devil will simply help you out through the kindness of their hearts (or lack thereof). First and foremost, the devils have to be in the mood to talk. If you come across one thatís seems like he/she needs to get something of their chest, you can conversate with them in order to win them over. Answering their questions and meeting their ďdemandsĒ are also key to winning the baddies over to the good side. As you find more and more devils to join your crusade and utilize them in battle, your abilities and as a devil summoner grow; granting new abilities and access to side quests.

At any time you need a break from the story-based action, you can return back to the Narumiís Detective Agency and complete various case files, which are piling up on your desk. Several of these side questions will grant you new abilities which will come in handy once you progress to key points within the story. You can also visit Dr. Frankenstein-like Victor and he will help you bond two devils together in order to create new, powerful devils to use. He also has a knack for weaponry, allowing you to bond various powers to your sword.

Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon doesnít follow the route of the Persona titles with anime-like character models and instead ops for a full 3D experience. For a PlayStation 2 title, the visuals are pretty solid and well detailed. The backdrop of transitional Tokyo adds to the creature flare and appeal of the visual presentation. For those who have a 20GB, 60GB or early 80GB PS3 models can play this game in HD via their console, HDMI cable and HDTV. The visual upgrade isnít mind-boggling, but it does give some animations a more polished look. On the flip side, the audio is somewhat lacking. While the musical stylings of Shoji Meguro are outstanding and fit the game quite well, the lack of any voice-acting creates awkward situations and a lack of connection to the characters on the screen.

For fans of Shin Megami Tensei and Devil Summoner, I donít even have to say go out and get this title because mostly likely you already own it. For those looking for a solid RPG experience that ventures for the norm in order to create a unique and engrossing experience, Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon is for you. With engaging action, and in-depth storyline and memorable moments littered throughout the title, RPG lovers have yet another title to add to their already massive collections.


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