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This game, I just keep playing it!,
This review is from: Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 - Nintendo DS (Video Game)
This is the first time I've actually beaten an Atlus game, and I have to say, I REALLY liked being able to do more here, or at least it felt like I was doing more here rather than the first game, which frustrated me to no end and I quit. I read another reviewer here who warned about needing to grind for levels and money, and they really weren't kidding, especially since I was trying to fill out my fusion list. (I'm at 95% currently oh god) I don't know how or why I managed to get through this game not once but three times, but I am considering a fourth run. There's one ending in particular I like waaaay above the others, and seeing one of the other endings reminds me of why I do.
I spent... about 65 hours on my first run through because I was grinding up so much, then add about ten hours for the second, and only about 3-5 hours for the third run through (going for a different ending and a no dying/no free battles run, which was successful!). You get to continue to a new game + and that's usually where you can relax a little depending on how you spend the end game points, which I found really interesting. Getting the Fates of your friends up unlocks fusions and points for the end, and you get points as well for the various endings and doing special things during the playthroughs.
I absolutely love the music of this game. It was so much more enjoyable than the first. My favorite score in the music is towards the end, where you only hear it once. Its just a few chords, but its some of the prettiest music I have heard in a game.
The big thing to keep in mind is that this game IS DIFFICULT. Holy crap. Others have said it but it is tough as heck. That said though, I took care in designing my teams of demons for me and my friends, and when I fused sometimes I would use one demon over another because of skills that I could pass on, even if it wasn't for those demons, but for one I would fuse in the future. The bosses do require a ton of luck and there's a bonus fight that I couldn't get win at my second time through and I avoided it my third time as I was avoiding free battles. I might try the fourth time though because I won't let him get the better at me. He's tougher than the end boss by a lot.
Overall though, you really really really really want to play this. Its worth it. I enjoyed it so much, and have put so much time into it. It definitely makes the DS shine out right now amidst the 3DS. I thoroughly enjoyed this game. Oh god did I enjoy it. Time to go get more points so I can stop grinding for macca!