Devil Summoner series
Group DescriptionDevil Summoner
is a sub-series within the Megaten universe
. The first installment, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner
(1995), as well as its sequel Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
(1998) were close to the main Shin Megami Tensei
series gameplay-wise, retaining and enhancing its demon communication, recruiting, and fusion system, and introducing the "loyalty system", which required the player to raise the loyalty level of recruited demons to make them more obedient during battles. The Law and Chaos alignments of Shin Megami Tensei
, however, played a lesser role in these games; the stories also eschewed apocalyptic and religious overtones.
With Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army
(2006), the series entered a new phase. The setting has been changed to the Taishō era (1920's) in Japan, and the story revolved around the investigations conducted by the detective and devil summoner Raidou Kuzunoha. The gameplay underwent the biggest change, abandoning the traditional turn-based combat and conversations in favor of action-oriented battles, in which the player controlled only Raidou and one of the recruited demons.