Atlus and Sega announced the international premiere of the role-playing game Soul Hackers 2 from the creators Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE and Shin Megami Tensei. It was released on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. The average rating of the novelty on OpenCritic and Metacritic amounted to 76 points out of 100.
For comparison, last year Shin Megami Tensei V received 84 points, Persona 5 – 93 points, Tokyo Mirage Sessions – 82 points.
Journalists write that against the backdrop of Shin Megami Tensei V, the new Soul Hackers 2 turned out to be simpler in terms of gameplay and did not receive popular social elements from Persona (if you were suddenly waiting). The plot is given more attention here than in Shin Megami Tensei, but the opinions of journalists are divided on it. — from complete delight to disappointment.
The game also appeared to reviewers to be “somewhat budget-friendly” compared to other recent Atlus titles. Dungeons were especially criticized — “endless dark corridors”. The media also write that the game as a whole lacks originality and its own face. The pluses include interesting characters and a soundtrack.
“Soul Hackers 2 is a somewhat simplistic game by Atlus standards, which is ideal for those who are new to the genre or the works of this studio. The combat system and dungeon crawling turned out to be fun, albeit quite familiar. And the selection of interesting characters did not let me lose interest in the game throughout its sixty hours of running time. However, the lack of significant innovations in combat mechanics and weak writing make one think that in order to stand out from other Atlus franchises, Soul Hackers will have to work harder, “- IGN, 7/10.
“Soul Hackers 2 is a traditional Atlus RPG with a very stylish visual presentation and nice gameplay simplifications. Here you can also hear great music, meet bright characters, getting to know them through an equally memorable protagonist. If you liked Tokyo Mirage Sessions, then this project can’t be skipped” The Mako Reactor, 9/10.
“In general, we have a pleasant project ahead of us. Heroes and a bright skin allow it to stand out from the competition, and dynamic combat mechanics brighten up even the most interesting dungeons. The Soul Hackers brand has great potential for growth and the emergence of its own identity, as it happened before with Persona. Therefore, despite all the shortcomings, Soul Hackers 2 is a very good step forward.” GameSpot, 7/10.
Soul Hackers 2 is about an organization that summons demons to help humanity. The starting point of the story is the prophecy of the digital entity Aion, who predicts the imminent end of the world, which forces Ringo and Fig, her two faithful agents, to go to save the world.
Soul Hackers 2’s gameplay features exploring locations, talking to characters, summoning demons, and turn-based battles based on the Press Turn mechanic familiar from many sets. Shin Megami Tenseiincluding last year’s Shin Megami Tensei V.
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