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DescriptionFifty years have passed since the hero of Shin Megami Tensei followed the neutral path, defeated the leaders of Law and Chaos, and founded a state where followers of both ideologies could live freely. But his reign of freedom doesn't last long. The Messian faith gains power, expanding the Cathedral into a new enclosed environment named Tokyo Millennium. The Gaians rise up, but their rebellion is repressed by the Messians' elite warrior class, the Temple Knights. People flock into the encapsulated city, submitting themselves to the strict hierarchy imposed by the Messian Center, where only the privileged living in the Center district are safe from demonic assaults.
A few years later, a retired arena fighter Okamoto rescues a man named Hawk, who was fighting for his life against a demon. He trains him to fight in the arena of the Valhalla district, hoping that he would win the tournament, which will grant them both citizenship in the Center district. When Hawk succeeds, he is brought before a Messian bishop, and learns the shocking truth about his own origins and the role he is supposed to play in the grand scheme of events. A new battle for a better future begins.
Shin Megami Tensei II retains all the gameplay features of the previous game. The player is able to summon demons, fuse them to create more powerful ones, make them participate in battles, talk to random enemies and receive information from them, etc. The combat is turn-based, and the player explores the complex, maze-like dungeons from a first-person perspective view. Like in the first game, the Law, Chaos, and Neutral alignments play an important role: during the course of the game, the player will have to make choices that influence the alignment of the protagonist, steering the storyline into different directions.
New features include a "magic succession" system, which allows demons to carry over their original magic spells when they are fused into new ones, a few additional spells and abilities, and the possibility to play at the casino and win unique items.
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TriviaThe world of the game is faithfully reconstructs the system of sephiroth (ספירות), the ten vessels of creation in the Jewish mystical teaching Kabblah. All the locations of the Makai (魔界), or the "Demon World", are named after the sephiroth, and are arranged in exactly the same way as they are shown in the drawings of Kabbalah teachers. For example, the lowest sephira, Malkhut, is represented as our world, the world of human beings, while the Makai begins with the second-lowest sephira Yesod and gradually expands into higher sephiroth.
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YID YANG (164454) added Shin Megami Tensei II (SNES) on Nov 03, 2003
Kazuma Kaneko (金子一馬), Sawako Satō (佐藤佐和子), Tetsuya Murakami (村上哲也), Akira Noguchi (野口暁), Masafumi Hondō (本堂雅史), Tomomi Iwasaki (岩崎智美), Izumi Kataoka (片岡いずみ), Yuka Miyashita (宮下裕香)Sound Composer:
Tsukasa Masuko (増子司)Cooperated Plan:
Yū Kikaku [遊企画], Kazutoshi Ueda (上田和敏)Director:
Kōji Okada (岡田耕始)Producer:
Hideyuki Yokoyama (横山秀幸)Presented by: