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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor is easily one of the best strategy-RPGs on the Nintendo DS and may even be one of the better strategy RPGs ever made. It does almost everything right. Players are given a wide variety of freedom, both in combat and in the story line, which really helps keep the player's attention. Combat is fun and fast, and it encourages players to think ahead and use everything in their inventory. The stage design is great, with a wide variety of interesting mission challenges to keep the game feeling fresh. The difficulty level and reliance on escort missions may be a barrier for some gamers, but those willing to break through it will find an excellent game awaiting them.
Devil Survivor is a tough but rewarding game, a welcome addition to DS despite the system's RPG glut -- and it's a great opportunity to spend another week in Tokyo, too.
To those looking for a great portable Shin Megami Tensei experience, this is it, and any fan of tactical turn based games should pick it up as well. A little warning though: while the Devil Survivor starts off easy, it will soon remind you that it is, in fact, an SMT game as the difficult ramps up. Devil Survivor never gets to unreasonable levels of difficulty, but it does provide an engaging challenge for on the bus, between classes, or eating up hours and hours of your spare time at home.
Atlus has a terrific new series on their hands, and Devil Survivor is an easy recommendation to DS owners looking for something different--as long as you don't mind a decent level of difficulty. Once the storyline kicks in and the game really starts to hit its stride in the first couple of hours, the random bouts of frustration are overshadowed by what is otherwise a top-tier title.
Atlus makes its demon summoning debut on the Nintendo DS with Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor, a clever blend of standard and strategy role-playing games. While it was technically titled Megami Ibrunroku: Devil Survivor when originally released in Japan, this is a Megami Tensei game, and all the familiar features and settings that fans have come to love are in this game as well. This means that Devil Survivor also has a modern day setting where demons become allies. And yes, even Jack Frost is here. Hee-Ho.
This fantastic hybrid role-playing game will pull you in with its thrilling story and keep you coming back for more.
Blending a mix of classic strategy RPG gaming with first-person traditional role playing battles and a demon collection system that feels like a ramped up version of Pokemon or Dragon Warrior Monsters, Devil Survivor is easily ranked amongst the top tier of each of its respective genres.
Devil Survivor est une très bonne surprise et signe avec brio le retour de MegaTen vers le T-RPG. Si le design nous laisse présager quelque chose de plus enfantin proche des Devil Children, on se rend vite compte que l'histoire et les personnages sont bien plus matures. Le système de combat réussit à parfaitement imposer l'exploitation des faiblesses et l'importance des skills chers à la série, en mixant le tout dans un hybride Tactical - Classical. Dommage que les musiques soient si peu nombreuses et que l'absence de plusieurs emplacements de sauvegarde empêche d'accéder facilement aux nombreuses fins disponibles. Au final, un jeu à faire pour tous les fans de MegaTen, et à essayer pour les autres.
Despite those minor rough patches, it's not hard to recommend Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor to anyone looking for an above-average SRPG experience, especially on the DS. The writing is strong, its unconventional take on the standard SRPG formula shows creativity, and there's just no denying the fact that this series keeps putting out top-quality game after top-quality game. Anyone looking to sink a few hours into their DS with a game that's actually worthy need look no further.
Bible-bashing aside, Devil Survivor is an excellent tactical RPG and possesses an interesting story, an addictive fusion system for crafting new demons which is exciting and keeps the battles engaging right up until the end. However, the boss difficultly is erratic and never feels balanced to the extent that it will have many walking out. The story kept drawing me back with its well constructed branching paths for the characters and delivered some interesting themes, but I was disappointed with my ending; there are 6 to choose from so maybe I was just unlucky. I suspect most SMT players will know before even reading this review if they want to play Devil Survivor and to them I say go for it. For everyone else out there, if this style of surviving a demon apocalypse doesn’t resonate then you might want to look elsewhere. I personally enjoyed Devil Survivor but I don’t think I have the energy for a second bout at the apocalypse.
Devil Survivor obviously lives off of its own ambience because, as I mentioned earlier, it's no graphical powerhouse, even for a DS game. Visuals, though sufficient, won't be the game's major selling point. Music probably won't be, either, although it IS a rocking soundtrack, featuring a killer guitar riffin' battle theme. (Much of these issues were actually improved upon in Devil Survivor Overclocked, a remake for 3DS.) If anything, the gameplay itself will probably be the reason anyone comes to this -- plus, perhaps, the Shin Megami Tensei name, should anyone be an Atlus fanboy.