Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. 75
    If you don't mind the repetitious text and the somewhat bland demon mechanics, Devil Summoner 2 can actually be a lot of fun and has the potential for some serious level-grinding, which is always a strangely rewarding element in the RPG landscape.
  2. Fun combat and an intriguing story make up for the dull detective drudgery in this atmospheric period adventure.
  3. A deep, engaging experience, with a captivating plot and a great combat system. If your PS2 is sitting in a closet somewhere it’s time to dig it out, because the system’s got one more must-play RPG.
  4. The story takes awhile to get going, and the absence of a voiceover can make some scenes awkward, but overall this is a fun game to play, and the battle system will keep you coming back for more.
  5. Overall, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2 is an interesting and complex title with scads of replay value and an impressive level of depth.
  6. And it's nice to see the PS2 getting some good material before it's finished... it's how I'd like to be put down, in the end.
  7. 100
    While virtually identical to its predecessor, the total revamp of the battle system makes Devil Summoner 2 more than "more of the same."
  8. Atlus has worked hard to improve every aspect of the first title in this sequel, and the result is a shining example of what happens when game developers listen to their user base.
  9. It isn't the prettiest game nor the easiest, but for the hardcore fans keeping the PS2 afloat and for those that want to join the effort, Devil Summoner 2 is worth the time.
  10. All in all, Shin Megami Tensei games aren't everyone's cup of tea. Repetitive battles, quirky dialogue and complex fusion charts make some gamers squeal in delight while simultaneously sending others in search of a brick wall for some good ole head-bashing. But if you are the type to become obsessive-compulsive about filling your collection to perfection, Devil Summoner adds a dark twist to “catching them all.”
  11. MegaTen's experiment in action role-playing continues, but it remains a flawed and repetitive ride.
  12. That small matter aside, Atlus once again proves that they are the publisher who takes care of their fans—Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2 – Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon is another more addition to a long string of superior RPGs, and a solid reason to stay in the last generation just a little bit longer.
  13. A great mix of action, adventure, and RPG, all set in the weird and wonderful Megami Tensei world.
  14. Atlus seem to be masters of creating brilliant sequels without changing more than a few textures and a new script. Persona 4 was an example of this, and Devil Summoner 2 seems to continue that tradition.
  15. If you can overcome navigating pre-rendered backgrounds and enduring countless random battles, Devil Summoner 2 turns out to be an enjoyable experience.
  16. It falls a little short when it comes to pacing, character development, the implementation of a detective/investigating gameplay mechanic, and the overall personality. But it excels – as most Atlus games typically do – in the battle department, as the combination of depth and accessibility is excellent.
  17. 88
    Sequels typically either make only slight improvements or worsen the series, but Atlus went the extra mile to make a major overhaul, and ultimately succeeded on improving the series.
  18. Truly one of the last great PS2 RPGs, this is a gorgeous game with an amazing atmosphere.
  19. Devil Summoner 2 might not have as many redeeming qualities as some of the later Persona titles, and it might not even tie the two chunks of the game together as well as those titles do either, but that doesn’t mean that the entire game isn’t a solid investment from the moment that it starts.
  20. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    It's hard not to be taken in by the eerie lullaby of this world's secrets. [July 2009, p.82]
  21. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2 – Raidou Kuzunoha vs King Abbadon may not bring very much new to the RPG fold, but it’s still an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding game.
  22. Devil Summoner 2 is a huge improvement over the first and another great installment in the Shin Megami Tensei series that both newcomers and series veterans can enjoy.
  23. 60
    In the end, the game was very fun to play, very fun to listen to, and very fun to watch, but the frustration caused by the game's inability to give better information ruined the overall enjoyability.

Awards & Rankings

#13 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2009
#7 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 5 out of 35
  1. Jul 31, 2011
    For those who played the last one will notice everything from has been vastly improved. The great characters and interesting environmentsFor those who played the last one will notice everything from has been vastly improved. The great characters and interesting environments return, the dialogue has been improved with choices that actually mean something although their effects are limited. Like last game it can be beat in a weekend making replay runs not all that tedious. Combat has been improved and you can use two demons in battle instead of one. Demon fusing also had an upgrade and it's very easy to get almost any demon overpowered moves making it a little bit too easy once you learn how to abuse the demon fusing. However the real test lies in completing the optional cases. The story like most Shin Megami Tensei games is suburb and there is very little wrong with it. However combat while fun can become dull and some dungeons are a choir to go through. Not to mention you'll see a lot of insects, but it's still a fun little game that will easily make for an enjoyable weekend. Full Review »