From my time with its early hours, Soul Hackers 2 feels just like the logical accumulation of the various classes that Atlus discovered with its latest SMT-related video games. The vast majority of the sport nonetheless consists of dungeon crawling. Nonetheless, having three human get together members with their very own targets and distinct personalities hooks gamers hoping for a considerable story. In the meantime, the problem and common construction of the sport’s development can endear it to followers of traditional SMT video games.
The gist of the story is that Ringo and Figue are synthetic people that AION created. AION is actually a super-computer that has predicted the tip of the world. To cease it, it creates Ringo and Figue and sends them to the human world. As soon as there, Ringo makes use of Soul Hack to revive Arrow, Milady, and Saizo. All three of them are Satan Summoners that Ringo believes are instrumental in stopping the apocalypse.
In fight and gameplay, the three people additionally assist to maintain gamers engaged. I’m not a fan of aimless dungeon crawling. Nonetheless, because the Soul Matrix unlocked extra data on the pasts of my enigmatic allies, it turned much less a chore and extra an extension of the primary story, a brand new solution to get to know my individuals. All 4 members usually speak to one another in battle. The exchanges vary in tone, from encouraging and rebuking tones. Whereas it could get previous listening to the identical traces again and again, it was nonetheless an interesting type of background noise. Milady and Arrow’s occasional cat-and-dog spats over enemy weaknesses have been additionally amusing.
As for the problem of the sport, it’s accessible sufficient to not be instantly overwhelming. Nonetheless, it has a little bit of a studying curve for many who should not used to SMT and its iterations. Certainly, as somebody who was extra of a Persona fan, and whose publicity to “traditional” SMT issue quantities just a few hours of Nocturne, my military of demons was sorely missing. It took me some time to begin to focus extra on creating specialised demons reasonably than sweepers, in addition to preserve observe of what I already had in my arsenal. Granted, the sport is reasonably forgiving. You’ll seldom have bother with the random mobs, and the sport’s autosave earlier than boss fights means you in all probability won’t need to redo any progress even should you lose.
There was one difficulty value mentioning that shouldn’t be an issue for many customers. That’s as a result of Atlus is already engaged on a Day One patch to unravel it. The difficulty is that the default digital camera angle all the time introduced Ringo at a slight angle reasonably than hovering immediately behind her. It made going by means of the dungeons disorienting at instances. As effectively, the mini-map super-imposed on the display could make the display very busy. That is particularly dangerous in a number of the bigger dungeons, such because the second flooring of everybody’s Soul Matrix.
Soul Hackers 2 seems like the very best of each worlds to this point. It has sufficient story content material and character intrigue to maintain a mean JRPG fan , however with simply the best stage of problem to probably fulfill a veteran Shin Megami Tensei participant. The vast majority of it’s nonetheless dungeon crawling although, so gamers will seemingly discover themselves needing to benefit from the fight and exploration components of the sport, as a lot because the precise plot and characters.
Soul Hackers 2 will come out on August 25, 2022 in Japan and August 26, 2022 for North America on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Collection X, and Home windows PC. Look ahead to Siliconera’s official evaluate nearer to launch.