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Platform: Playstation 2
Genre: Role-Playing
Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Atlus
ESRB: March 22, 2005

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Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga


If there is any Japanese RPG series that has locked down a strong cult following in North America, it is Shin Megami Tensei. For years now, fans of the series have been sinking their claws into whatever they can get their hands on, often times resorting to importing new installments despite any language difficulties that may come up. Recently, Atlus has been making an effort to bring the series to our shores, releasing Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne over here last year. Now they are bringing out yet another installment for English speakers to play with Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga.


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The game follows the adventures of Serf, a member of the Embryon tribe, as well as his four companions who are on a quest to find Nirvana, something that can only be accomplished by champions of his home, Junkyard. One day, however, a mysterious Pod appears, out of which come a number of shining orbs whose light unleashes the demonic powers of Serf and his friends, as well as in all of the other tribes in Junkyard. With these demonic powers also come some bloodthirsty desires as Serf and company are filled with a need to tear their enemies to shreds. Shortly after these powers are awakened, a dark-haired girl named Sera appears. She cannot remember her passed, but she is somehow able to help Serf and his comrades control their demonic powers. With this, the Church of Karma assigns Serf, Sera, and friends to make their way to Nirvana, and the adventure begins.


In terms of gameplay, Digital Devil Saga should have quite a bit for players to take in. Most obvious of these abilities will be for players to have the option of switching characters between human and demon mode during combat. On top of this, characters will be able to do linked attacks where their combined force brings even greater results. Interestingly, it would appear that the game will also allow characters to absorb the abilities of enemies, almost like was found in the blue mages of Final Fantasy. But it isn’t just the offence that is getting some dandy options, the defense will have some special skills too, most 



notably the Break system which will help to protect characters from enemy attacks, as well as sometimes reverse the attack of an enemy. For those looking for a new type of RPG-esque “system” with a fancy name, they’ll find it in Digital Devil Saga with the Mantra Flow system, which will allow players to customize and improve their characters.


When it comes to the Shin Megami Tensei series, most people who plan on getting the game have made up their mind to buy a new game in the series long before it actually hits shelves, and it stands to reason that the same will hold true here. With a bunch of new gameplay elements, and a decidedly dark world of demons at their disposal, hopefully fans of the series will feel right at home with Digital Devil Saga.


Mr. Nash
(March 15, 2005)


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Game Features:

- Devour your enemies and absorb their devastating powers and special abilities! 
- Strategic battle system! Switch between your human and demon to take advantage of your opponents weaknesses. 
- Customize and develop your characters using the unique Mantra Flow system. 
- All new Break system allows you to protect you from an enemies attack and even reflect it back at them. 
- Discover special link attacks to unleash the power of your party! 
- Experience an epic sci-fi fantasy story with over 50 Hours of gameplay!




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