If you are looking for a walkthrough of this game, then I suggest you take a look at GameFaqs.com, but if you just want an insight into what the game is like then please read on.
For those rpgamers who have never played any of the Shin Megami Tensei games, then you don't know what you've been missing! For those of you who have played games previous to Digital Devil Saga (and enjoyed what they played), then this game is definately a must play.
Published by Atlus (GhostLight in the UK), DDS comes in two episodes, and unlike some games with sequels, it's story follows on fluidly. In fact, I believe the original intention was to publish both games as one. But, if there's cash to be made by splitting a game into two halves, then why not!
I will not bore you with trivial details, but what I will say is, DDS has a fairly dark story to it, unlike most rpgs. This darkness and it's subtle demonic content will not be to everyone's taste, however, if you are looking for something different (like you may have done with the Shadow Hearts series), then look no further.
DDS has a great battle system, and like the previous game in the SMT series on the PS2 (Lucifer's Call, aka Nocturne), there is no shortage of random battles. If you have played Lucifer's Call then you will know what I mean. DDS is in no way an easy game, and most of the time, unless you are fully prepared, any one of these random battles can wipe you out. However, unlike Lucifer's Call there are many more save points throughout the game, thus making it slightly easier to negotiate the fairly long dungeon crawling. The game also flows well, with very little loading times, if not any. The controls are easy to use and the functions are very realistic. The graphics of the game are lush and add to the games feel of darkness. The story is outstanding, and if you get through part one and have enjoyed it, then you will definately want to get your hands on the second part to see what happens. Overall I would give this game a deserving 9/10.
It is a shame that more developers don't go further down the 'darker' storyline path, as they are long in the tooth. I played DDS directly after playing Lucifer's Call, and prior to that Shadow Hearts/ Covenant, and on completion I found myself craving for more of the same. It has been a long time since I felt like this about an rpg series, which just shows to you how much I liked the game/s.
I hope this guide has given you a small insight into the game and, if you decide to play DDS then I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. If you have any questions about this game or any other PS rpg then you are welcome to contact me, I check and reply to my emails daily.
Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2
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20 January 2007
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