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Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers

MobyRank MobyScore
Nintendo 3DS
69
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PlayStation
...
4.2
SEGA Saturn
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3.9
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Description

Amami City is a Japanese megalopolis of the near future. In this huge city, each house has a computer, and all computers are linked to one big network. The flow of information is being controlled by the government, and software companies create huge virtual locations-networks. An eighteen-year-old member of a hacker group called Spookies and his companions gain access to one of these networks - a virtual city called Paradigm-X, created by Algon Soft. However, an accident occurs during the hacking, and a mysterious demon who calls herself Nemissa emerges. The Spookies must find the true reason behind Nemissa's arrival, and confront a shadowy organization known as Phantom Society, which employs demon summoners.

Soul Hackers is similar in its themes, structure and gameplay to its predecessor, as well as to the main Shin Megami Tensei series. Set in a futuristic cyberpunk environment, the game contains many characteristic elements such as two weapon types (swords and guns) for the main hero, a female companion who can learn and cast magic spells, and a party of six active combatants, of which four are demons. Like in many other Megami Tensei games, the player can communicate with randomly encountered demons and recruit them into the party by selecting appropriate dialogue choices. These demons can also be fused with each other to create more powerful ones.

The loyalty system from the previous game returns; however, this installment makes it easier to raise the loyalty level of a demon. By taking a demon into battles and repeatedly performing action it likes (indicated by its comments to the player's choices), the player can gradually make it fully controllable and obedient. Attack and magic power of the demons raises together with their loyalty levels.

New in this installment is a limited ability to fuse demons outside of specific fusion places, by using the protagonist's demon-summoning computer (COMP). The player can also purchase and install software on this computer, which has a variety of functions, from combat-aiding and mapping utilities to the possibility to save the game anywhere in the dungeon.

Screenshots

Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers SEGA Saturn Conversation with an NPC on the street
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers SEGA Saturn Introducing the characters: the charismatic Spooky.
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers SEGA Saturn Viewing the statistics of a demon in your party.
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers SEGA Saturn Cut-scenes combine anime-style characters with CG.

Alternate Titles

  • "恶魔召唤师2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Soul Hackers" -- Nintendo 3DS title
  • "Shin Megami Tensei: Akuma Zensho 2" -- Common title
  • "Devil Summoner 2" -- Common title
  • "デビルサマナー ソウル ハッカーズ" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Legendra SEGA Saturn Jan 21, 2006 10 out of 10 100
Legendra PlayStation Jan 21, 2006 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
SEGA-Portal.de Nintendo 3DS Sep 23, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Nintendo 3DS Sep 27, 2013 16 out of 20 80
4Players.de Nintendo 3DS Oct 09, 2013 77 out of 100 77
Anime News Network Nintendo 3DS Apr 16, 2013 B- 67
Gamereactor (Sweden) Nintendo 3DS Oct 08, 2013 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

Cancelled US release

The Playstation version of Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers was one of the few Megaten games that were almost released in USA... unfortunately, the release was cancelled by Sony at the last moment, after Atlus had already promised the fans to carry the game across the Pacific and translated the script!

Related Web Sites

  • Aeon Genesis (This site hosts a "Sould Hackers" English translation project.)
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