Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked Review
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked Box Art
System: 3DS
Dev: Atlus
Pub: Atlus
Release: August 31, 2011
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: N/A Fantasy Violence, Language, Mild Blood, Partial Nudity

So what does this leave? The only other new feature is a bonus "8th day" story chapter. And this is where fans like me get roped in. The story in Devil Survivor is so good that the prospect of squeezing an extra two or three hours out of the gameplay and spending some extra time developing your characters and training your demons actually makes this element of the game almost worth the $40 admission price. But the fact that there are no new demons to tame or create does make the bonus content feel a little bit less attractive.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked Screenshot

If you've never played Devil Survivor Overclocked, then you should know that this is the "ultimate" version of the game. The new story content makes this a superior release to the 2009 game, and if you always wanted to check out one of the best releases on the DS platform, you might as well pay the extra $10 and get the full story. The problem is that for die-hard fans, this release feels like an absolute cash-in.

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If more had been done with the visuals, some new demons were introduced, or if there was something more than just a neat and tidy epilogue added to the game, I think this could have been the first great third-party RPG for the 3DS. As it stands, though, it feels like a cheap way to exploit a recognizable title from two years ago and put it as swiftly as possible on Nintendo's new system. Though the game is still very enjoyable, big fans should just give this one a rent or wait for it to hit the 3DS bargain bin. Just calling this game a 3DS title feels disingenuous, as the game doesn't even use the system's flagship feature.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor is a good DS game. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked is not a good 3DS game.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
Visuals are nearly identical to the DS version, with only a few minor tweaks here and there.
4.1
Control
Controls are easy to pick up and play.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The new voiceovers may sound like a great selling point, but wooden performances will probably leave you wanting to keep the sound turned off.
4.0
Play Value
The game has some serious replay value with its branching storyline and various endings, and the bonus "8th Day" content will keep fans coming back to this one.
3.6
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Enhanced and Remastered - Overclocked's story, initially hailed for its originality, is now fully voiced, bringing the narrative to life like never before. Beautifully remastered hand-drawn artwork and character portraits benefit from the 3DS's improved screens, offering players a crisper, higher-fidelity experience.
  • And on the Eighth Day... - For Shin Megami Tensei fans, Devil Survivor Overclocked and its new Eighth Day offers them their only chance to experience a finale to the game's chilling tale of Tokyo overrun and in chaos at the hands of invading demons from another dimension.
  • Acclaimed RPG/SRPG Hybrid - Praised for its originality and accessibility, Overclocked's combat design borrows from traditions of both RPG and strategy RPG genres, making for an entirely unique play experience and garnering acclaim from press and fans alike upon its initial release.

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