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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army (PlayStation 2)

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For many years, the members of the Kuzunoha family have been skillful detectives, specializing in supernatural cases. They have mastered the secret of devil summoning - call forth beasts from hell and make them fight against their own kind, on your side. This unique ability was transferred from parent to child over generations.

It is the Taishou era in Japan: the First World War is over, and the country enters rapid industrialization, growing to become one of the leading economies in the world. You play as the fourteenth Raidou Kuzunoha, and one seemingly ordinary case makes you confront a demon. That's where your newly discovered devil-summoning skills come in handy. After defeating your first demonic enemy and summoning your first allies, you are determined to explore the city, to solve supernatural cases, and to find the truth behind the demons' presence.

This is the third entry in the Devil Summoner sub-series of the Megaten franchise. Unlike the two previous games, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army incorporates action combat into the traditional demon-summoning system. You can still capture and summon various demons, but they will be controlled by AI (which you can configure) during battles. You have physical control over Raidou Kuzunoha; although the battles take place on separate screens, like in usual turn-based Asian RPGs, you can move freely and attack enemies in real time. You can use sword or gun attacks, and also perform different moves such as dashing and striking the opponent. You can also defend by pressing buttons at the correct time. Outside of battles, you will have to do a lot of detective work: walking around the city, talking to suspects, hunting for information, etc. Some demon abilities can also be used outside of combat to gain advantage in your investigation.

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Alternate Titles

  • "デビルサマナー 葛葉ライドウ対超力兵団" -- Japanese spelling
  • "恶魔召唤师 葛叶雷道对超力兵团" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidō tai Chōryoku Heidan" -- Japanese title
  • "Devil Summoner 3" -- Common title

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Deeko Oct 10, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Video Game Talk Oct 18, 2006 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
G4 TV: X-Play Oct 18, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamers Europe Jul 02, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Jeuxvideo.com May 14, 2007 15 out of 20 75
IGN UK Apr 27, 2007 7.2 out of 10 72
Futuregamez.net Sep 07, 2007 71 out of 100 71
Legendra Jan 10, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Play.tm May 30, 2007 68 out of 100 68
Super Play Aug, 2007 4 out of 10 40

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Oleg Roschin (164803) added Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army (PlayStation 2) on Apr 06, 2006