SEGA has decided to take a different turn with this latest RPG installment of the Megami Tensei series by publishing the game for iOS and Android. Yes. You may now have another reason to rapidly drain your battery life! Oh, did I mention that the game is Free-To-Play?
Now, would Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2 be a welcomed addition to the Megami Tensei franchise? Let’s get right into it!
*No plot spoiler ahead!*
- Platform : iOS and Android
- Release Date : July 24, 2019
- Developer/Publisher : SEGA/Atlus
The game’s premise is set in a dystopian universe where the world is overrun by demonic entities, in which you get to harness the power of these demons to, well, kill more demons! Yes. You. An ordinary person you, get to turn these demons against each other to save the world as you know it,
To over-complicate matter unnecessarily, humanity has now divided themselves into two warring factions: the Acolytes and the Liberators. Typical humans. Pshh.
You get to join a faction practically a few dialogues into the game, after a peculiarly dandy old man (Eijherjar) appears on your smartphone, persuading you to download the Liberator app, making your character a Liberator by default. Et voila! You’re now an official Devil Downloader (D2), ready to venture the augmented reality setting to take out those rogue demons and those pesky, pesky Acolytes.
As a turn-based battle game, Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2‘s basics should be very familiar to those who have been exposed to the Final Fantasy franchise and the classic Pokemon series. Your demon attacks, then enemy demons attack, then it’s your turn again, and the battle ends once one party’s demons are all incapacitated.
There are also aspects of the game that’s going to be dictated by how you choose your dialogues – things such as your character’s personality and alignment (Law, Neutral, and Chaos), is highly dependent on the dialogue choices that you’d make as the game progresses.
The demons ain’t all bad. You could very well persuade them to join you on your endeavour, for in the beginning of every demonic encounter, you get to converse with them. The success rate of recruiting these creatures depends not only on your dialogue choices, but also the grade and rarity of the demons
These diabolic creatures also come in many incarnations of the demonic entities that ranges from angelic beings, to straight up archdemon such as the Baphomet. These demons can be fused together to form an even stronger demons that would be of a great asset to your rolodex of demons.
Nothing too scary though; not for me at least, save for the black, pot-bellied monstrosity with talismans as earrings *shivers*.
But hey, you wouldn’t be playing the game if you’re averse to the creatures of the underworld, now would you?
Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2 is clearly optimized for mobile users, as the interface is designed so that the game could be played with one hand in portrait mode, without having the need for your dominant thumb to stretch to the other end of your screen in landscape. Good news for me and the lot of you who love to play your mobile games while lounging on your sofa or bed, without even the littlest intention to move any more muscle than the necessary ones to do the all the work single-handedly (no pun intended).
As previously mentioned, this latest entry to the Shin Megami Tensei subseries has a very heavy Digimon-style graphics feel. The menu interface, the summoning and fusion scenes – basically a good chunk of the more passive aspects of the game is set in a very digitized, tech-heavy style, which might be off putting to some. I mean, the marriage between demons and hi-tech stuff isn’t usually the most appealing concept, but hey, it’s fine by me.
As a virgin to the Megami Tensei series, I’d say that I enjoyed playing the game thoroughly. I did not feel like I was missing out on plots from previous installments of the series, and I was able to cruise through the story quite breezily.
What’s also lovely about Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2, is though the game features an extensive in-game currency based upgrades, I haven’t felt compelled to make any real purchase to advance in the game. The energy system that would hinder an extended playing session would probably drive some of you to whip out your credit cards though, but for us lot who hold patience as a virtue, not a problem. I’d play the Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition while waiting for my energy to refill *phone battery screams*.
If you’re already a part of the Megami Tensei cult, then you should definitely play the game. If you’re new to the series, give Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2 a chance. Just make sure there’s a power-plug nearby.