Shin Megami Tensei Liberation DX2 iOS and Andriod review.
Shin Megami Tensei is not a series known for being kind in terms of difficulty, or time investment. So, it feels a bit strange playing Shin Megami Tensei Liberation DX2 on mobile, where we can speed battles up, quickly tap our way through them, exploring dungeons and collecting demons as we go.
It all feels so, immediate.
Which is something we’re not really used to in the series.
Shin Megami Tensei
If you are not familiar with Shin Megami Tensei, it is a very old school, hardcore JRPG series. Which is known for its difficulty.
In this mobile version, you will be going into battle with a team of demons, battling other demons and using elemental infinites to your advantage.
Kind of like a dark take on Pokemon. Then again like Pokemon, there is a strong collection element.
You will have a demon compendium, which will be filling out much like a poker deck. Summoning other demons and fusing them together to create new ones and talking to demons in battle to win them over to your side.
Some demons are quite simple or daft and only require intimidation. While many won’t take kindly to a challenge.
The story in Shin Megami Tensei Liberation DX2 plays out much like a typical JRPG with battles sandwiched in between two chunks of dialogue exposition, explaining what is happening.
What is nice to see in Liberation DX2 is how well Shin Megami Tensei’s dungeon crawling fits into the more bite-size mobile format.
You have more smaller dungeon floors to explore and can take two teams of demons in with you to do battle against the numerous random encounters and bosses you will find within.
As you probably guessed, this is all clearly designed for people who want to play the game in chunks. During TV adverts or on the bus or waiting in ques.
Make no mistake that the series long form and sometimes overwhelming gameplay has been vastly simplified for players. And that might put some people off.
What we thought was missing
There is plenty of things missing a core Shin Megami Tensei game as well. For one, the cast is nowhere near as interactive or likeable, as those from the other games.
Whether it is the characters that act as the shopkeepers, which are basically menus with style or the characters that join your team as devil downloaders, there is not enough dialogue or interaction with them to make them truly interesting.
And to be honest, that is probably our major complaint with Shin Megami Tensei Liberation DX2.
No, it does not feel as high quality as a mainline series game and if you are a fan of the series, you will miss out on the hardcore difficulty.
But those things are kind of understandable given the type of game they are trying to make. And as a mobile-tailored bite-size interpretation of the formula, it does scratch and itch.
If you just want to fight and collect, you will have some fun. Just do not expect the depth or charm of the real Shin Megami Tensei.
Download Shin Megami Tensei Liberation DX2 for iOS and Android;