Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - PS2 - Preview
E3 2006 First Look Preview
Whenever we think of demons, we usually think of bad things that want to hurt us. Well, Atlus has instead decided to take a different approach by having helpful demons. While this was the first time I had heard of the game, the series is apparently very big in Japan. Basically, you play as an investigator in Japan during the 1930’s.
As an investigator, you will no doubt have to get information to help you solve cases and such, and NPC’s that you encounter may or may not give you info. For example, one may simply talk about her science test and how poorly she did … but then summoning up a demon that can read minds may allow you to probe further into her mind and find out that she saw the teacher do something weird the day before which made her nervous which is why she did poorly on the test. In addition, the dialogue may be different depending on whether you use a demon to read her mind or maybe one that causes her mental pain.
When combat ensues, it is in real time against foes and other demons. You and your summoned demon friend will fight off enemies with a variety of combo attacks, swords, guns, magic, etc. There is also an elemental system in place, so by using a particular elemental attack against a demon that is weak to it may stun it and allow you to capture it, which then adds to your demon arsenal in order to progress or get more clues about what you need to do next.
The game will be open ended and while it will follow one storyline, it will allow you to roam around freely and get into some side quests and such to break up the monotony. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner is scheduled for a fall 2006 release.