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  • Summary: Serph, leader of the Embryon, wanders aimlessly through the lifeless streets before him. In the Junkyard, his Tribe fought a gruesome war, hoping the light of Heaven would relieve their suffering. In the end, Serph's world vanished, along with the comrades who stood by him. All that awaitedSerph, leader of the Embryon, wanders aimlessly through the lifeless streets before him. In the Junkyard, his Tribe fought a gruesome war, hoping the light of Heaven would relieve their suffering. In the end, Serph's world vanished, along with the comrades who stood by him. All that awaited him in Nirvana were endless streets littered with the silent remains of human statues. The Promised Land was nothing but a new hell. Guards in white appear through clouds of dust, threatening to arrest Serph as an unauthorized Avatar Tuner. He notices the Karma Temple 's insignia on their equipment as they throw it aside and transform into hideous demons. The water crown's power washes over Serph, and he realizes the Atma was not simply a nightmare of the Junkyard?nothing has changed but his surroundings. Devouring others is the only way to survive. What awaits Serph beyond Nirvana?a glorious paradise, or a sea of blood-soaked corpses? [Atlus] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 99
    Easily the finest game I've had a chance to play this year and stands to be one of the great games of this generation. DDS2's superb graphics, magnificent aural pieces, excellent, fleshed out story, and better balance makes Digital Devil Saga 1 - and just about every other game this year - look like child's play.
  2. All in all, this is another great RPG on the PlayStation 2. The only thing keeping me from giving Digital Devil Saga 2 an unqualified recommendation is how hard it is to find its predecessor.
  3. 90
    A continuation of an intriguing storyline, retaining all that made the first game great while adding changes to gameplay for newness and challenge.
  4. 82
    It has an interesting, if bizarre, story but does tend to suffer from too many random battles. Not one for newcomers. [Issue # 149, p.84]
  5. Better than its predecessor, improving both the story (significantly) and the gameplay (incrementally). [Nov 2005, p.100]
  6. Did you like the first Digital Devil Saga? Did you like Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne? Do you want an RPG with challenge? If you answered yes to any of those, get this game.
  7. 60
    Digital Devil Saga 2, while a quality role-playing game, doesn't live up to the legacy of its immediate predecessor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 29, 2010
    10
    Although the encounter rate is rather high, it has extremely tight combat which more than makes up for the encounter rate. The story isAlthough the encounter rate is rather high, it has extremely tight combat which more than makes up for the encounter rate. The story is wonderful, the cast is great, and the actors do an extremely well job of delivering their lines. The Mantra Grid makes for great customization, allowing you to, literally, learn every ability in the game (aside from special story related abilities). If you finished and enjoyed the first Digital Devil Saga, this is, quite obviously, a must-buy. Collapse
  2. R.D.
    Jan 4, 2008
    10
    An Amazing game. The Shin Megami Tensei franchises always fascinate me but this one truly stands out as gaming glory.
  3. BenV.
    Nov 27, 2005
    9
    So much better than the first one, yet they're extremely similar. Some of the best story and strategy you'll ever find in a videogame.
  4. ChrisC.
    Nov 17, 2005
    9
    Challenging and addivtive.
  5. Dec 31, 2011
    7
    Maps are more a little more varied than part one and I believe there is more enemies in this game, although the plot gets a little confusingMaps are more a little more varied than part one and I believe there is more enemies in this game, although the plot gets a little confusing feels like I need to read into it more online. Same as part one for nocturne and strange journey fans not persona 3/4 fans. Expand
  6. Feb 25, 2014
    5
    Digital Devil Saga returns to kick me in the balls with its random battle encounter rate. Visually appealing, but more of the same from partDigital Devil Saga returns to kick me in the balls with its random battle encounter rate. Visually appealing, but more of the same from part 1, and uses 90% of the same assets. Again, the combat is the best part though we have more of a story this time, only recommended to those who loved the nuts off the first game. Expand