- System: Android, iOS
- Publisher: Sega
- Developer: Sega
- Release Date: July 24, 2018
- Rating: NR
- Genre: RPG
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://d2-megaten-l.sega.com/en/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 starts off like most SMT titles do. Players learn their character—in this case you can choose between a male avatar or a female one—has become a new warrior in an unseen war called a Devil Downloader. Immediately following this event, you are tasked with joining the Liberators who are fighting against corrupt Devil Downloaders called Dx2. For fans of the long running franchise, Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 hits all the right notes for an epic beginning but does it do enough with gameplay to want to continue this shadow war as a newly minted Liberator? The short answer is a resounding yes.
At its core, Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 is like the Persona series or other SMT games. Players summon demons akin to the Pokemon series—yes we know many hate that comparison but it’s the easiest to link to—and train/fuse them to make the ultimate demon team. All of your usual SMT concepts are here in Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2. Players will have the ability to fuse demons together to create stronger ones, you can talk to enemy demons when the chance arises to make them into your potential team members and you will do plenty of turn based combat to take down enemies via element affinities and other classic SMT themes. Even if you’ve never touched a single SMT title in your life—which you should rectify as SMT games are some of the best RPGs ever made—there are plenty of tutorials to help guide you into becoming the ultimate Liberator warrior.
Now we have made it obvious that classic themes of the SMT games are within Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2, how does that formulate into a mobile game? Simply put, Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 plays almost like other mobile games of its nature. Players have a stamina bar that allows them only a set amount of continuous time—though we never ran out of stamina to be honest—and will do battle against other enemies in battles of increasing difficulty as you go through the several chapter story mode. There are even other events such as the Aura Gate which allows players to engage in first person dungeon crawling to take down enemies in teams of two—when usually your party is only one main character and 4 demons—to take down bosses as you make your way further down a 50-floor dungeon. Just like other mobile games though, if grinding isn’t your thing, there are a plethora of in-game purchases—using real money—to help you summon stronger demons and increase levels quicker than grinding. We do think the prices of these in-game purchases are a bit steep, but with mobile titles being more and more competitive and trying for longevity, it makes sense why Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 is like this.
In terms of some of the other mobile themes for Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2, there are some rather cool ideas to make this title feel like an MMORPG without actually being one. During combat, players will occasionally be supported—or be asked for support—by using their demon’s MP to lend aid. You could always go with a free Cheer attack that helps boost up stats but you’ll gain more side bonuses if you shell out MP to assist a fellow player in need of a demon attack. There’s also an AR mode to Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 that allows players to explore their own environments to find demons—we won’t say what game this mirrors to avoid any rude comments—which is kind of fun but equally feels tacked on. Also similar to other mobile titles, Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 features a summoning gacha game of sorts but this element makes sense ultimately so we can’t nor will complain about it.
Finally, one of the most impressive elements of Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2—as if there isn’t already a huge amount of impressive things in this game—is the graphics/music/voice acting. Clearly, Sega—who developed and published Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2—poured some money into the visuals. Demons and settings look sharp and even the character designs and movement when on screen look akin to a full fledged SMT title. Even the music—which we loved, by the way—hits all the right notes we expect from our Shin Megami Tensei franchise. Voice acting works well to creating unique characters that feel anime-like but equally realistic at times.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- SMT gameplay at its finest
- Sharp graphics and designs for the demons we’ve come to know and love from the franchise
- Strong voice acting and music
- Tons of events to play and even some classic first person dungeon crawling thanks to the Aura Gate
- AR functionality is simple but kind of cool
- Free to play
- Teammate system where other players lend a hand really makes for an awesome pseudo online element
- In game items to buy can be a bit pricey
- Main story battles can get a bit samey after a while
- Needs some more demons