“A Timeless Remake”
This is my review for Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked.
I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked is a remake of the original Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor, released in 2009. This remake features extra features, new events and graphical updates. New events include an extra epilogue.
The game is set in Tokyo, where the government has shut down the city and placed it under a lockdown because of the sudden appearance of demons. You, the protagonist, have to capture demons and try to survive alongside your friends, while meeting new friends on the way.
It all starts when the protagonist and his friends, Yuzu and Atsuro, are given mysterious ‘handheld consoles’ called Communication Players. COMPS, for short. However, upon further tinkering with them, it’s discovered that they have been modified to allow you to summon demons!
The COMP of the protagonist has a special feature, however. It allows you to see a number above the heads of people, called a Death Clock. It indicates the amount of days a person has left to live. The main cast receive mails that predict the future. Only by battling demons, and overcoming their fate, they can survive.
To anyone who’s ever played a Shin Megami Tensei game, it’ll feel pretty familiar. But the combat system is unique! It entirely mixes turn-based RPG combat with strategy-RPG! Every human party member can have up to 2 demons assigned to them. You can have 4 human characters on your team(The Protagonist, and three others), and every human is divided into a team of three.
An enemy party, consisting of three demons.
Making for a total party of 12 seperated into four teams, it allows you to control four teams. All of the game takes place on the lower screen. The top screen is almost never used, which means that all the action takes place on the lower screen aswell. You can move your teams around, make them cast buffs/debuffs, and make them battle demons. You can decide the stat growth of the protagonist, but the stats of your other party members are determined by the AI.
One of the main characters, Yuzu, in-battle
Each battle engagement lasts only one turn, unless someone on your team or the enemy team earns an Extra Turn. In VERY rare cases, it’s also possible to earn a Double Turn.
Throughout the came, you’ll be able to move from location to location, talk with NPC’s and talk with your party members. You can also access extra events, some of which may decide the fate of a party member. Or do a Free Battle to grind your characters!
World Map. City map actually, since you never leave Tokyo
After you defeat an enemy, you may receive a bonus, which is extra Macca(Macca is the in-game currency). A bonus can only be earned by reaching certain conditions, such as surviving a fight without taking damage, defeating multiple enemies at once or attacking an enemies’ weaknesses. Macca can be used for purchasing in demons in the Demon Auction. Later in the game, you’ll get a Demon Compedium which will also let you register your demons, so you can get them back should you have used one in a fusion process. However, getting your demon back will require a fee of Macca. Also, some fusions require a Macca fee.
Before you begin the battle, you can choose which skill a human can Skill Crack from an enemy. Skill Crack allows you to obtain a skill from an enemy upon defeating the enemy. However, there’s a catch. The enemy which is yet to be skill cracked by the selected character MAY NOT be attacked by ANOTHER CHARACTER, because then the Skill Crack will be lost.
The voice acting in the game isn’t really bad, and some of the sound effects in the game have been changed. I prefer the soundtrack of Devil Surivivor 2 though.
As mentioned before, Devil Survivor Overclocked ONLY takes place on the bottom screen, with the top screen being used in rare instances, such as Demon Fusion, the opening movie, and other sequences. Thus, barely any 3D functionality.
Overall, I’d give this game a…
I think Devil Survivor Overclocked serves as a great remake. It still retains it’s sound effects, great dialogue, amazing battle system, and more. It is dissapointing that no use has been made of the other screen, for that would’ve perhaps added a bit more to the game overall. Grinding still takes a long time, sadly. And there’s nothing that can make up for that. But the 8th Day extra epilogue is a great addition to the game, and the story itself. The voice acting is also pretty great too.
This was my review of Devil Survivor Overclocked.
Thanks for reading!
This review copy has been provided by Ghostlight Ltd.