SMT Devil Summoner 1: Raidou Kuzunoha vs Soulless Army Retrospective

I think that might be the longest title so far. Technically Raidou series is a branch of Devil Summoner series, making this a branch of a branch of the SMT series. What makes this game stand out from the other SMT games is its vastly unique gameplay and that it is the first story in the SMT Chronology.

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Raidou series follows Raidou Kuzunoha XIV, a devil summoner in charge of protecting the 1930s Japanese Capital from calamity. Raidou is a title given to a stronger guardian summoner. Like most SMT protagonists, Raidou is a silent high school-aged male. And he looks badass.

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Raidou has 2 games under his belt: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs the Soulless Army (2006) and

Devil Summoner II: Raidou Kuzunoha vs King Abaddon (2008). Both released on PS2. The character designs and art is done by legendary Kaneko Kazuma. Today were talking about the first one.

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Unlike most SMT games, and most RPGs, Raidou series is very action based. Having multiple buttons assigned for slashing, blocking, etc. And like some of the older SMT protags, Raidou cannot use magic, like at all. During combat, player uses the face buttons to attack and use R1 or R2 to stop time to give demons commands. It feels similar to Fallout 3′s VATS system. And after playing this, Kingdom Hearts combat system felt god awful…

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Some of the designs were phenomenal! Look at the thing below. That is genuinely creepy. A little demon living inside your mouth…

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The story for the first game is that there are these mysterious soldiers and people are getting assassinated, and there are demons involved. Raidou and Narumi, Raidou’s detective boss, work together to figure out what is going on. The story is serious but it knows comedy is good. For example, at one point, Raidou fights a giant mech and there is a cat riding a missile to the space.

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Does it hold up today? I say yes. The graphics are still good since they are stylized to be like Kazuma Kaneko art. The combat system is pretty fluent, better than Kingdom Hearts anyway. The game is available for PS2 and on PSN. If you like RPG and interested something slightly different, I highly recommend this series!

Hope you liked.

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