Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor first came out in Japan and North America for Nintendo DS back in 2009. It didn’t release in Europe unfortunately. In 2011 Atlus released Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked and while this game didn’t come out until 2013 in Europe it did actually come to Europe in the end. Back in 2013 I wrote a review on it for N1ntendo.nl(Dutch) but I never managed to completely finish the game. I still think it is an awesome game especially due to it’s story and I recently managed to finally finish it after 36 hours.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked is a tactical role-playing game. The Megami Tensei-series is known for its battle systems with demons and that same battle system is implemented here as well. You enter fights with a maximum of four characters which you can team up with two demons. Like in many tactical role-playing games you enter a field in which your characters move around in a turn-based fashion. When standing next to an enemy you can attack them and this is when the regular Megami Tensei-battle starts. You could compare this to Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy Tactics.
The story in Devil Survivor Overclocked starts off with you being in the middle of Tokyo when the government decides to put the area in quarantine. Demons start breaking out terrorizing humans and for some reason you are the one that has to find out what has happened. Just before the outbreak of demons your cousin also gave you a special handheld system called a COMP. You find out the COMP can help you defeat the demons and you go on an adventure to get out of the quarantined zone. Of course everything does not go as you hoped and you find yourself in constant conflict with the demons. Later on humans start getting in your way as well. Being in a lock-down for days can be really stressful on the human mind so some people start going crazy doing whatever they can to get out. I can’t really say more than this on the story without spoiling too much but there are some crazy plot twists and all the characters you meet have a great story to them as well.
Trapped in the big city of Tokyo (The Good)
The story is in my opinion the best part of Devil Survivor Overclocked. The story really knows how to pull you in and the diverse cast of characters is given a lot of back story as well. At some point you are really starting to feel sorry for the characters for being stuck. In Devil Survivor Overclocked Atlus also added an eight-day with three completely different endings which makes the story a tad bit deeper which is really awesome. Besides the story the options to create your perfect team of demons are near limitless and for once it’s actually not a really hard game. It offers a great challenge but you never really have to grind if you know what you are doing. In the original Devil Survivor-game physical attackers were kind of bad but in this version they added some well needed skills to make a physical main character an option. I still wouldn’t recommend it tho. Spellcasting gives you more options to hit enemy’s weaknesses and spellcasting is much more badass.
Devil Survivor Overclocked is a Nintendo DS-game (The Bad)
The downside of Devil Survivor Overclocked is that it adds no Nintendo 3DS-options. There is no 3D, the graphics don’t seem to be updated and there is also no StreetPass or anything integrated. There are many missed chances there. The Nintendo 3DS-hardware gives many opportunities to create a better experience and while some great additions were done it’s still a Nintendo DS-game. Don’t get me wrong, Devil Survivor Overclocked is the best way to enjoy this first Devil Survivor but in no way is it a Nintendo 3DS-game. Also the game came to Europe a couple of years late which is a shame. Luckily Atlus said in a recent interview that they don’t want this happening in the years to come. I really can’t wait until Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker finally comes to Europe on the 30th of October.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked is a story driven tactical role-playing game which is really enjoyable. The story really knows how to pull you in and the gameplay combines tactical elements with the well known Megami Tensei-battle system. It's a shame Atlus didn't make use of any Nintendo 3DS-features.