Title: Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
System(s): 3DS (Also available on DS as Devil Survivor
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher (Developer): Atlus (Atlus)
ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Partial Nudity and Language
Pros: Now has full voice acting, there are new demons to collect, certain scenarios have an eighth day epilogue adventure, there is now an easy difficulty level, you can earn in-game achievements for certain actions, interesting story, challenging, multiple endings and there are tons of demons to collect/create. Can use skill crack to learn enemies abilities.
Cons: Doesn’t use any of the 3DS’ special features, like StreetPass, SpotPass or 3D. Oh, except for the title screen, which is in 3D until you decide to start a new game or continue.
Overall Score: Two thumbs up, 95/100, A, * * * * 1/2 out of 5
You’ll be forgiven for looking at Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked and getting a sense of deja vu. It’s an updated port of a DS game from June 2009. While the basic story is the same, Overclocked gets it’s extra tag from adding in additional scenarios that take place after the seventh day of the lockdown in the original game, while also offering some new demons to recruit and full voice acting for the cast.
When demons invade, the lockdown begins.
The hero and his friends Atsuro and Yuzu came to Tokyo for the day to meet up with the hero’s cousin, Naoya. When they go to meet him, he is acting suspiciously and gives them three COMPs, 3DS-like devices that are used for gaming and communication. When Atsuro digs around in the encryption, they end up summoning demons. They defeat the demons, forming a contract with them. They also start getting email called the LaPlace Mail that predicts the future and start seeing Death Clocks over everyone’s heads. Shortly after acquiring their COMPs, all of Tokyo is locked down by the government. No one inside has more than 7 days to live inside, unless they’re a government soldier.
It turns out Naoya had made the COMPs for a religious group called the Shomonkai, who want to use them to prepare for God’s ordeal on Earth. But the hero, Atsuro and Yuzu have more to worry about. Their Death Clocks have less time than everyone elses, and they’ll have to use the LaPlace Mails and their recruits demons to survive and find a way to end the lockdown so no one has to die.
Devil Survivor Overclocked is unique in the way the story proceeds. Each day is timed, and players can encounter battles or people on the Tokyo world map that will provide more information about the lockdown and perhaps result in the future being changed and lives being saved. When you do enter a battle, whether it’s a timed story event or a free battle for Macca (money), it’s a strategic RPG and turn-based RPG hybrid. The battle map is set up like a strategic RPG, and each time leader (the hero, Atsuro and Yuzu at first) has two demons with them. When you encounter an enemy, it shifts to a brief, turn-based battle. Each side gets to attack once, unless you exploit foes’ weaknesses and earn an extra turn. Depending on battle performance and if you take any enemies down, you earn experience and Macca. At the end of timed battles, you also earn extra experience and Macca.
What’s old and new in Overclocked.
To start out, everything about Devil Survivor holds true for Devil Survivor Overclocked. It’s a well written, RPG that perfectly blends the visual novel and strategy genres. The character sprites look good, the story is intriguing and the multiple endings and new game plus options add lots of replay value. It’s just a fantastic game. It’s the new content, or lack of new content, that is really going to be what influences 3DS owners this time around.
What is new is pretty darn good though. A few of the ending scenarios now have an eighth day epilogue, which follows up on the hero and his party’s adventures after they face their ultimate challenge on the seventh day. The game also features full voice acting, something that’s now a given in a professional visual novel game, which Devil Survivor Overclocked toys with. Also, there are a few new demons added into the game to fuse, which obsessive gamers will appreciate since it means they can be more powerful on future playthroughs.
Just be aware that not all routes have an additional eighth day scenario or additional demons to unlock. I don’t want to get into too many spoilers, but you may want to go with Amane’s scenario, since it offers an eighth day epilogue and additional demons.
Sadly, there’s a lot missing in Devil Survivor Overclocked. Atlus had a real opportunity here, and could have used the 3DS features in a lot of fun ways. There could have been SpotPass demon downloads, with some special demons beamed directly to your 3DS. You could also have used StreetPass to share one of your demons with other players you pass by. The ultimate addition would have been an online auction that mirrored the in-game one, where players could have swapped demons for macca, the in-game currency. None of that’s there. There aren’t even any 3D effects. Well, I take that back. When the cartridge is loaded into the 3DS, you can see a 3D Jack Frost in the 3DS menu and when you first begin the game, the Devil Survivor Overclocked logo is in 3D. That’s all you get.
Devil Survivor Overclocked proves overtime is awesome.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor was an amazing game on the DS, and it’s just as good on the 3DS. True, it doesn’t really make use of the 3DS’ special features, but it still offers an amazing adventure with a deep and mature story. The 3DS doesn’t have any turn-based or strategic RPGs yet, and Devil Survivor Overclocked does a good job of filling the void. Especially with its multiple storylines, endings and large library of demons.
As to whether or not Devil Survivor Overclocked is worth buying again if you already owned the DS game Devil Survivor, I’d say it depends. If you really loved the original game and completely beat it, Devil Survivor Overclocked may be worth exploring just because of the voice acting and additional scenarios. If you were only a casual fan of Shin Megami Tensei, then it’ll be okay if you pass over this rehash.