Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker (Nintendo 3DS review)

It’s been a common trend where Japanese developers release enhanced ports of games that were released within the last few years. While many of those games have been given improved graphics and some new content, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker shows just how great it can be with improved visuals, full voice acting, and a brand new canon story known as the “Triangulum Arc” with additional 20 hours gameplay.

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At the start of the game, players can select between the “Septentrione Arc” and “Triangulum Arc.” The Septentrione Arc is the original story from the Nintendo DS version of Devil Survivor 2 which focuses on an apocalypse that hits Tokyo, causing panics, riots and demons that threaten humaniy’s existence. A mysterious phone application known as “Nicea” gives humans the ability to summon demons that fight alongside them, and the app also sends out videos of people dying before it happens. This gives players a chance to save other demon tamers. The demon tamers together must save Japan from complete annihilation and solve the mystery to what caused the calamity.

If you’ve already beaten the Septentrione Arc in the original Devil Survivor 2, you can jump straight into the Triangulum Arc. The new campaign takes place directly after the demon tamers saved the world for the first time, but once again find themselves facing an ever greater threat, leaving them wondering what they did wrong the first time.

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The SMT series is known for being rather difficult, and Devil Survivor 2 is no different, since it’s a tactical RPG that requires strategy. One of the new additions to the game is multiple difficulty settings. Be prepared to grind quite a bit to earn money and experience, giving you access to stronger demons. Devil Survivor 2 features a Fate system that is very similar to the Social Links in Persona 3 and 4. As each day progresses, you are given the option to talk to your team members and learn more about them and interacting with them. Deepening the bonds between your teammates give you access to more powerful demons that can be fused and abilities that can be used in battle, and very late in the game your bonds will play a very big role on your final team.

I applaud Atlus for re-localizing the game and adding full voice acting for both arcs. While normally I am not a huge fan of English dubbing in game, Atlus has done an amazing job with its English cast and Devil Surivor 2: Record Breaker is no different. The games audio is the biggest improvement of the game. The original DS version had some sound issues that took away from the experience, but now the game is crystal clear and very enjoyable to listen to while playing.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker features about 60 hours of gamplay and is a combination of everything that makes the Shin Megami Tensei series exciting and fun to play. It shows just how much fun you can have on a handheld system.

Rating: 4.5/5 Atoms

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Title: Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker
Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Atlus
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Rated: T
Release Date: May 5th 2015

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