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August 23, 2009

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Walkthrough

The new Shin Megami Tensei release for the DS might be my favorite DS game so far ( Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor Walkthrough ). It is close, with Final Fantasy IV, Dragon Quest IV and Suikoden Tierkreis. But Devil Survivor puts a unique twist on Tactical RPG's.

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If you have played Persona 3, you know about Social Links and managing your time to see certain people's storyline. Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor is a lot like this in that you have a certain amount of time during the day, but many characters to visit (anywhere from 2-8). Throughout the day you will have battles at various locations, and sometimes you'll miss certain battles / scenes if you do not know where to go ahead of time. In turn it is easy to miss playable characters in this game, as you have to save them / recruit them in certain time windows.

Battles flow quickly. You will have 3 or 4 ally unit leaders, and the unit leaders can have up to two demons in each group. If the leader dies, the whole unit is gone (same for enemy units). You buy demons with the money you acquire from battles. They can use the same abilities that the ally leaders have (the humans). It is typical SMT-fare, as you have to cover up your elemental weaknesses and exploit the enemies. Some of the bosses are extremely difficult if you don't know what you're doing, notably the demon lords fighting to be King of Bel. For help with bosses and a walkthrough through the game, check out the Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor Guide.