Review by John1741
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor Overlocked for the 3DS review
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor Overlocked is a 3DS remake of the 2009 DS game Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor. It is a strategy RPG with fun turn based game play and a great story. The 3DS version of the game added an extra day to the game as the story unfolds in days, and adds an easy mode. Easy mode was a welcome addition because the original game was incredibly difficult. However the easy mode doesn't by any means make this game too easy.
The story of the game tells of three Japanese teenagers who discover the ability to summon demons from their COMP's. Tokyo Square then gets locked down by the military in an attempt to contain the demon outbreak. The teens must discover how to stop the demon outbreak and get the military to release everyone before something bad happens in 8 days. The story is intense, interesting, and will have you on the edge of your seat just waiting to find out what happens next. To find out what comes next though, you must make your way through the challenging story battles. The battles make up a large portion of the game.
Everything you do in the game takes up 30 in game minutes, from talking to characters, to fighting demons to save lives or ends others. The battles take place in different parts of Tokyo Square. You move on a grid similar to games like Fire Emblem. Different characters can move a different amount of spaces. Your movement can also be changed depending on the type of demon in your party. Your goal is to eliminate all enemy demons or humans. To attack, you move next to them, or some demon types allow you to attack from a distance. Combat is three vs three with your character in the middle, and a demon on both sides of you. If you eliminate the character or demon in the middle row, you win. However, if your human is killed, you lose. The demons make this game what it is.
There are 20 demon types and 116 demons In total. The demons all look cool and have interesting abilities. You can buy demons in the demon auction, or fuse the demons you own to make new and stronger ones. This becomes vital if you want certain demons and abilities. Each demon has its own strengths and weaknesses. Demons can take extra, less, or no damage from certain types of attacks. Demon abilities add much more planing to this strategy role playing game. For some battles, it will be Most vital to have a demon who helps you move further or through obstacles if you have an opponent who runs away a lot. Or a demon who allows you to attack twice or from a distance if you are fighting stronger opponents. The game is great in so many aspects.
There are a few things holding this game back from being perfect. Such as the insane difficulty on easy mode, or the difficulty curve spiking occasionally, forcing you to level grind a lot. These problems by no means stop this game from being tons of fun. If you enjoy strategy games or RPG's I highly recommend this game. My final rating for Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor Overlocked is A nine out of ten. I enjoyed my play through of both this one and the original, but of you have a 3DS, I recommend this one more than the original.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (US, 08/23/11)
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