SMT Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs King Abaddon Retrospective

This is a direct sequel to the previous post regarding Raidou Kuzunoha. This sequel was released by Atlus in 2008 for the Playstation 2.

The story is a stand alone, so completion of the first game is not necessary, although people who have done so will be rewarded.

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Once again the story follows Raidou Kuzunoha, the demon summoner in charge of defending the 1930s Japanese Capital from evil. This time around, there are these locusts that steals luck from people. Depending on how they are used, people become luckier or unfortunate. So it is Raidou’s job to figure out what happens.

-New Characters-

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With the sequel, Raidou makes some new friends. Mainly, Geirin Kuzunoha (left), another summoner to defend a part of Japan, and Nagi (left), Geirin’s apprentice. It was really cool to see that there were Kuzunoha’s other than Raidou to protect the lands. Nagi is cool in that she wants to succeed as the next Geirin Kuzunoha, and seems to have kind of a crush on Raidou, I mean its easy to see why. Their inclusion expanded the world of Devil Summoners.

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Apart from them, there is Dahn (left) and Akane (right). They are more or less the alignments of the game. Can you tell who is Chaos and who is Law? FYI, Akane is the Law and Dahn represents Chaos.

-Gameplay-

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Some of the new additions included here since the first game include: being able to summon 2 demons at a time, having multiple alignment AKA endings, demon negotiations, and the luck mechanic.

Demon negotiation is common in other SMT games, however the first Raidou game omitted that feature. Here the negotiations are rather quick and can be fun.

With multiple endings, the inevitable question is which ending is canon? I personally don’t know and I am not sure it is matters here greatly…

-Does it Hold up Today?-

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Yes, it most certainly does. With anime-esque graphics, the visual stands up even today. The demon models look fantastic and the gameplay is better than the first game.

If you liked the first game, or you like rpg games or action games and want to try something a little different, this is a game for you!

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