|Release: February 28, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: N/A||Alcohol Reference, Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence|
However, the game's soundtrack is one area where attention and care was given. Devil Survivor had a rockin' J-Pop fusion sound going for it, but if you are expecting more of the same from the sequel, you will be surprised. The music in Devil Survivor 2 is much more moody, and there's a lot more variety this time around. The songs are still quite catchy, and you'll definitely be humming battle and dialog themes for weeks.
Devil Survivor 2 is a great sequel to an awesome game. Really good JRPGs are few and far between these days, and the DS was the platform of choice for these titles. The only real complaint I have about Devil Survivor 2 is that it plays a little too closely to its highly-successful predecessor. The nearly identical setup, battle system, and copy-and-pasted visuals will definitely annoy those who have fond memories of the original and are expecting something completely new. However, if you can forgive these grievances, you are in for a wild ride with a compelling story, plenty of demons to collect and create, and branching paths that allow for plenty of replayability.
I can't imagine this game not being successful, but hopefully when the time comes for Devil Survivor 3 (I refuse to believe this won't become a long-running franchise) there will be a bit more new content for fans to discover. Simply adding new characters and story elements doesn't make for an amazing second game, and it would make for a truly disastrous third entry. I'm willing to overlook some of these flaws this time around, but I don't think fans will be as forgiving if it happens again. The ball's in your court, Atlus.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Contributing Writer