Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. Sep 23, 2013
    75
    A very deep, challenging and ugly 3DS JRPG based on the same game enjoyed by Sega Saturn owners a long time ago.
  2. Oct 14, 2013
    77
    Unlike Devil Survivor Soul Hackers isn’t plagued by technical faults or glitches. So if you’re a fan of classic Japanese dungeon crawlers and also like the slightly bizarre, this is definitely for you.
  3. Apr 16, 2013
    62
    It feels more like a port than a genuine remake. Although the incredible gameplay depth remains from the original, so too does the antiquated design. Since it feels so old, it should be a digital title available on the eShop, not sold at stores for the maximum 3DS price.
  4. Apr 15, 2013
    70
    Soul Hackers is not a bad game, by any means. Shin Megami Tensei fans are going to find a lot here to enjoy. Dungeon crawler fanatics may enjoy themselves, as well. However, those unused to the genre or the series may find it an intimidating, difficult experience, and a dated one at that.
  5. Jun 3, 2013
    60
    Even when armed only with its age and a modern translation, though, Soul Hackers’ great storytelling and infectious dark spirit make it a forty-hour-plus proposition that long-time JRPG fans should consider.
  6. Oct 1, 2013
    70
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is a solid taster into sampling a blast from the past. It’s obviously aged a bit, which is clearly seen in this port, but the story is good and the rewarding, deep combat mechanics survive the test of time to make this a solid, satisfying RPG to play in 2013.
  7. Apr 16, 2013
    85
    Soul Hackers may have a number of antiquated principles and mechanics, but none of them are unprecedented or that difficult to deal with. So long as you're willing to put up with a bit of age, you'll be diving into one of the most accessible and enjoyable Shin Megami Tensei games in the series.
  8. Apr 18, 2013
    85
    While it can’t always escape the reality of being a dungeon-crawling RPG originally released in 1997, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner—Soul Hackers has stood up amazingly well to the tests of time, and it still stands as an enjoyable, engrossing experience into the near-future world of demonic warfare.
  9. Oct 4, 2013
    70
    For many people Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner Soul Hackers could be a cult classic, but for the rest is just a game that didn't age so well.
  10. Oct 29, 2013
    70
    This return to the nineties is not only made of successes, there are also barriers. While the narrative rhythm can drag in some dialogues and the progression within the dungeons can be somewhat slow by virtue of random battles, there is also dated graphics.
  11. Oct 21, 2013
    75
    Soul Hackers is the sliver of an ancient past, oddly stuck in the line-up of today's 3DS. The remnant of a lost era, revived in its full greatness.
  12. Apr 16, 2013
    88
    Soul Hackers isn't an easy fight, but it's worth every moment that it beats you down. It became my addiction; I was completely enamored with besting bosses, recruiting demons, and finding out where the storyline would go next.
  13. Apr 22, 2013
    80
    Overall, the small adjustments Atlus has made in porting this game to the 3DS has definitely helped to even Soul Hackers out.
  14. Sep 18, 2013
    60
    Soul Hackers is a good old school RPG that gamers from the 90's will love, but modern gamers will probably hate its never-ending dialogues, old-fashion menus and gameplay... On which side will you be?
  15. Jun 25, 2013
    75
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner—Soul Hackers certainly looks and feels like an RPG from a different era—but for me, that's part of the charm. Gamers expecting something along the lines of Persona 4 will need to lower their expectations a bit, because it's almost two decades old.
  16. Oct 7, 2013
    60
    Soul Hackers may have been a great game when it was originally released on the SEGA Saturn, but this 3DS port cannot live up to modern gaming standards and will only appeal to old-school jrpg fans.
  17. Oct 10, 2013
    40
    There’s a time and place for everything. In this case, unfortunately, both of these aspects are off.
  18. Apr 16, 2013
    83
    Soul Hackers will turn off more modern gamers than it will excite, but if you live for this stuff you can't go wrong with this lengthy, mature RPG.
  19. Nov 14, 2013
    70
    There is a steep learning curve within Soul Hackers. [Issue#141, p.111]
  20. Apr 20, 2013
    70
    This first-ever English release of Soul Hackers shows its age, but the patient player will find a deep and rewarding experience.
  21. Apr 16, 2013
    50
    Time has moved past this style of game, and if you don’t miss JRPGs like this one, you’ll end up wishing this vision of the future stayed in the ’90s.
  22. Sep 20, 2013
    70
    The first appearance of Soul Hackers outside of Japan is a most welcome one. It may not have had the graphical update some would’ve hoped for, but the story and characters are interesting enough that it will grab you till the end.
  23. Apr 25, 2013
    75
    Soul Hackers may as well be a new game, considering its incredibly limited release. At this rate, it's almost worth playing just to enjoy a blast from the past that you never had, but also to promote the localization of such titles; this one an ambitious experiment in party management, hinged on the consequences of the relationships with your party rather than the benefits alone. I'd find it hard not to recommend to anyone interested in an RPG with a twist, with the caveat that it may be a tough egg to crack at the start.
  24. May 1, 2013
    80
    Soul Hackers may be a game from 1997, but it still feels like a fresh entry in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise. The cyber-punk story and compelling characters make for a great experience, and the accessibility of it all is just bonus.
  25. Sep 20, 2013
    70
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is a long, convoluted name for a confounding, deceptive, mischievous, compelling game.
  26. 80
    In 2013, this sixteen-year-old game feels fresh, revitalizing and just downright good. That’s an accomplishment all of its own.
  27. Apr 16, 2013
    78
    If you dig MegaTen (or classic RPGs in general), Soul Hackers is worth a look. Put on some Radiohead and sip an Orbitz to put yourself in a proper '90s mood and enjoy an oldie that still proves to be a goodie.
  28. Oct 1, 2013
    85
    Despite its venerable age, Soul Hackers is a very deep and challenging japan RPG that is able to entertain more than many other modern games.
  29. Sep 30, 2013
    80
    As one of the top examples in its genre, Soul Hackers stands as one of the most complex-intriguing games we've got the chance to enjoy on Nintendo 3DS. The lack of a better graphics engine and an oldish gameplay mechanics might be considered for those who look for a tip-top experience. It's Shin Megami Tensei at its best, nevertheless.
  30. 50
    It may have been cutting edge in 1997 but the Shin Megami Tensei series, and Japanese role-players in general, have moved on a lot since then and this entry is really only for completists.
  31. Sep 24, 2013
    70
    Soul Hackers was definitely born in the '90s and it shows at times. Although the narrative is good as usual and the RPG features are kinda interesting, the clumsy interface and the archaic visuals make it less appealing than it was on its early release.
  32. Apr 16, 2013
    90
    For Shin Megami Tensei or Persona fans, this is a no brainer — Soul Hackers is a fantastic entry in the series and you won't be disappointed.
  33. 90
    Steeped in heavy strategy and gameplay complexities, this game is definitely not a leisurely pick-up-and-play experience, but if you’re looking for a rewarding challenge, then welcome to Amami City.
  34. Wait for Shin Megami Tensei 4. [Nov 2013, p.88]
  35. Oct 5, 2013
    85
    A demonic journey into a 90's virtual metropolis is almost as satisfying and frustrating as the best members of the Shin Megami Tensei family. [Oct 2013]
  36. Apr 19, 2013
    80
    Though Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers may be a little harder to get into than Devil Survivor Overclocked, it's just as entertaining.
  37. Apr 17, 2013
    75
    Soul Hackers' dungeon crawling is tedious, its story is bursting with clichés, and some particularly dated elements — such as a gross gay stereotype and mandated unskippable cutscenes — are grating. Despite this, Soul Hackers has unique appeal, thanks largely to a complex, interconnected combat system and management mechanics and appealing world. The game is a master class in systems design.
  38. Apr 16, 2013
    89
    Overall, Devil Summoner Soul Hackers is a solid entry in the SMT franchise.
  39. Apr 21, 2013
    70
    Soul Hackers is definitely a creation of the mid 90s, but hardly a relic that is resistant to attempts in the present to play it. Shin Megami Tensei aficianados will already be interested, but anyone looking for a compelling 3DS title should at least give it consideration.
  40. May 27, 2013
    80
    It's a good thing that preparing for combat is so enjoyable, then, because the dungeons themselves can get a bit excessive.
  41. Sep 20, 2013
    80
    Not a game for everyone, that's for sure. But a fun, deep and rewarding one, that shows, more than its age, the emptiness of many contemporary titles.
  42. Nov 11, 2013
    70
    Fans of retro JRPGs will find a lot to like in a game that at its core is quite traditional despite the unusual atmosphere and complex gameplay mechanics.
  43. Oct 2, 2013
    75
    It's been a while since its original release, so there are some gameplay mechanics that feel a little bit old fashioned. Still, the story will make us forget this little issues and create a very enjoyable experience.
  44. May 9, 2013
    75
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Soul Hackers is a hard game to judge. When it was released in 1997, it was an instant classic, but playing it for the first time in 2013 is a very different experience.
  45. Nov 15, 2013
    50
    Quite a difficult game, but it still has it charms. However, it feels outdated – it came out in Japan in 1997 – and it can overcome that fact. The voice acting is really magnificent in this game, but that’s one of those spare pros.
  46. Apr 22, 2013
    88
    For fans of MegaTen games, this is a must play. RPG fans should really check out Soul Hackers as well. Even if you have never played a game in this series, I can safely say that after some time with the game, everything will be explained and understood. That speaks volumes considering how complex it really can be. There is a ton of content in this package and RPG fans will find it worth every penny.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 17, 2013
    8
    A great game that has almost everything going for it. I would highly recommend this to RPG lovers. I was excited when they released information about a Shin Megami Tensei with full 3D visuals. The 3D really makes the locations stand out and look more like a piece of art than just a building. This game is excellent. With a few shorthands now and then, the game is still quite impressive. Full Review »
  2. Jul 20, 2013
    8
    Fun, and also a very challenging game. Its super satisfaying to kill that pesky boss using some strategic moves.
    It does feel a bit outdated
    since its a "re-release" of an old Megaten game, and its a bit fast at the beggining (kinda makes you go WTF), but overall its a really good game, worth every $

    I give it an 8.5. (I cant give that score actually T_T)

    Also, it comes with a little OST CD, so its even better!
    Full Review »
  3. Jul 18, 2013
    5
    if you're a hardcore shin megami fan, then chances are you've already bought this game (like me). but i was disappointed, the story isn't interesting, the characters are flat and the gameplay is frustrating because you can't really control your demons, they have an a.i. and their very annoying most of the time. they have a specific ai that lets them do specific moves. i gave up halfway through the game and i'm going to start smt 4 or pokemon conquest instead. Full Review »