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Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
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  1. Sep 23, 2015
    100
    If you missed Devil Survivor 2 the first time around, or even Record breaker on its release earlier this year, it's one of those RPGs that "there's never a bad time" to jump in.
  2. May 4, 2015
    94
    It has two campaigns, deep, rewarding gameplay, a story that goes from good to better to amazing and plenty of added value, even for those who already finished the game on DS.
  3. Nov 11, 2015
    90
    It was an excellent SRPG on the DS, in its 3DS remake Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker, while not much better technically, keeps intact all of its qualities and adds a new storyline about 30 hours long. Complete, varied, engaging, long and entertaining, it is a must for all fans of the genre and really recommended for every videogamer.
  4. Oct 30, 2015
    90
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker is a fantastic handheld RPG with a deep combat system, characters that you care about, and a well-delivered story. Returning fans will also find plenty to enjoy here too, whether it’s the new difficulty settings, voice-acting, or the fresh story arc. As such, Devil Survivor 2 takes its place amongst the best the Nintendo 3DS has to offer.
  5. Jul 1, 2015
    90
    And with a solid gameplay, an engaging cast of characters and lots of hours of adventures, Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker is a more than worthy entry in the long running series.
  6. May 13, 2015
    90
    Devil Survivor 2 was already an enormous game, but Record Breaker nearly doubles up on that with a new epilogue...It’s not easy, and it’s certainly not short, but Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker is one of the best strategy role-playing experiences available for the 3DS.
  7. 90
    For fans of the original version, perhaps the epilogue alone isn't enough to justify the price, but for those who don't know the original, this is the best moment to discover this amazing RPG.
  8. May 4, 2015
    90
    Record Breaker is a masterful retelling of an already amazing SRPG. Engaging battles, a wonderful cast of characters, in-depth meta-systems and a great atmosphere make this one of the best strategy handheld experiences ever.
  9. May 4, 2015
    90
    It’s a no brainer for anyone who missed this gem of an SRPG when it first released and a worthwhile purchase even to those who have already experienced the original just to play through the new content.
  10. May 4, 2015
    90
    It's a strong story with fun characters, clever tactical RPG and choice-based visual novel gameplay, an interesting, apocalyptic setting rich with Japanese culture, and plenty of replay value.
  11. May 4, 2015
    90
    An extraordinary 3DS RPG filled to the brim with quality content.
  12. May 4, 2015
    90
    Whether you're a longtime MegaTen fan or just enjoy deep, strategic RPGs, you'll have a great time with Record Breaker, so summon up your courage and sign in to Nicaea; you won't regret it.
  13. May 25, 2015
    89
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 — Record Breaker is more of the same with a bit of polish.
  14. Dec 29, 2015
    88
    A great 3DS edition of a game that was already very good on the DS. This version has many improvements and additions, and the new storyline adds much more value and length, although its visuals haven't evolved much.
  15. Nov 9, 2015
    88
    Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2 was and still is a great RPG. Record Breaker is just an very good excuse to replay it, discover it or get back to it.
  16. Nov 13, 2015
    86
    While Overlocked was bug-ridden, this is a convincing port of Devil Survivor 2 with added bonus content. Fans of tactical role-playing games can look forward to a challenging addition to their library.
  17. Nov 25, 2015
    85
    It’s even better than the original game, thanks to the added campaign and the full dub. Definitely a must have for jrpg lovers on 3DS.
  18. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Sep 30, 2015
    85
    I can see myself going back to it every so often. [Issue #16 – July/August 2015, p.73]
  19. Jun 17, 2015
    85
    This update to a DS classic doesn't give you much in terms of hardware upgrades, but the additional campaign and gameplay changes make Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker worth playing for a second time, or a first time if you skipped the first release.
  20. May 21, 2015
    85
    Against all odds, these competing mechanics come together and form something that feels complete — a game where a player-driven story supports a brain-taxing strategic component supporting tense, classic JRPG battles.
  21. May 4, 2015
    85
    While Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker isn’t the full 3DS remake some might hope, it’s still a bigger, better version of what was already a fantastic, engrossing strategy-RPG twist on Atlus’ beloved demon-summoning series.
  22. May 4, 2015
    85
    With all of its content and features, Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker is the definitive version of the game.
  23. Dec 6, 2015
    80
    Its gameplay is marvelously addictive and it follows a well constructed plot that will keep players holding on to it for dozens of hours on end. A very recommended proposal for fans of the series and for newcomers who feel curious about it.
  24. Nov 12, 2015
    80
    An excellent example of how to blend genres and produce something of excellent quality and value.
  25. Oct 29, 2015
    80
    One of the best strategy role-players on any format, especially with the brand new scenario and mountains of content in this new 3DS version.
  26. May 17, 2015
    80
    The definitive edition of the game, and should be a no-brainer for existing fans of the series. Newcomers shouldn't miss out either, as it presents deep, meaty gameplay and narrative experience that puts paid the notion that portable platforms can't be home to true enthusiast fare.
  27. May 10, 2015
    80
    Both old fans and new will get an excellent experience. This is the perfect chance to get close to this franchise for the ones that do not know Shin Megami Tensei.
  28. May 6, 2015
    80
    If you missed out the first time around, you should absolutely hop on board for this extended trip to the Apocalypse. If you’re coming back for seconds, you’ll have a terrific time welcoming our new Triangulum overlords with Megido blasts right to their stupid geometric faces.
  29. May 5, 2015
    80
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Surivor 2 Record Breaker is a worthy follow-up to the original and is a terrific example of a well-made enhanced port, something Atlus has shown time and again that they are experts at.
  30. May 5, 2015
    80
    In all, this is a hefty and well-crafted RPG, and it puts a great spin on the time-tested rules of MegaTen.
  31. May 4, 2015
    80
    Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker has a good, lengthy story built on a solid system.
  32. May 4, 2015
    80
    Make no mistake — it’s a compelling, challenging and rewarding JRPG in it’s own right, but with little fresh content and some lingering accessibility issues, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 might not be the title everyone was hoping it to be.
  33. May 4, 2015
    80
    Essentially the title is two full games (well, since the second one starts on Tuesday instead of Sunday, I guess it's more like one and three quarters), and well worth the pick up for anyone who may have missed this spin-off of Shin Megami Tensei.
  34. May 4, 2015
    80
    Whether you've played Devil Survivor 2 or not, you can't go wrong picking up this edition. It's a standalone game, so those who haven't played the Devil Survivor series can easily start here. The intense battles and demon fusion kept me hooked, and the new content offers plenty of the same fun.
  35. 80
    Because it was a 2012 DS game, the first release of Devil Survivor 2 flew under the radar of a lot of strategy RPG players. If you’re one of those, or want something that can take up a lot of time, then Record Breaker should be on your radar.
  36. 70
    Devil Survivor 2 is not even close to Atlus’ finest moment, but it is a very fine game nonetheless. It does a good job of offering a narrative with thematic depth, and mixes in well with some deep character development and monster fusing mechanics. If it wasn’t for the generally uninspired effort to pull the game into shape from a visual perspective, it would be in the running to be one of the better examples of the genre on a console loaded with them.
  37. Nov 27, 2015
    70
    It feels largely unchanged from its predecessor, but the general core systems it is based on are well refined enough that it still offers a good challenge for those with the patience to tackle it.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 268 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Mar 30, 2016
    10
    One of the best 3DS games. Great gameplay, memorable characters, multiple endings... The battles are very good too, fusing demons is alwaysOne of the best 3DS games. Great gameplay, memorable characters, multiple endings... The battles are very good too, fusing demons is always funny. One of the best SMT games. Full Review »
  2. Jul 30, 2015
    8
    If you enjoy tactic based games, then SMT: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker is worth looking at. The cast is more believable than some otherIf you enjoy tactic based games, then SMT: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker is worth looking at. The cast is more believable than some other anime based casts, the battle system is easy to learn, and the demon auction and fusion systems allow for a great deal of customization in battle.

    The only reason I wouldnt give this game a nine is that the gameplay is older in style which might turn away some players. The plot is also basically another disaster strikes Japan kind of deal. Despite that, the plot is still enjoyable enough, though the characters are what shine in this department.
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  3. Nov 1, 2015
    10
    (Note: Final Score: 9.5) Just finished the Septentrion Arc, and I must say (I'm on the Triangulum Arc now) that this is one of the best 3DS(Note: Final Score: 9.5) Just finished the Septentrion Arc, and I must say (I'm on the Triangulum Arc now) that this is one of the best 3DS games to date. The game has been balanced to a much greater extent, providing far less grinding and rage that can be found in the still brilliant first game, SMT Devil Survivor Overclocked. The music, in general, has been improved, while the character development has also gone through a complete evolution. You get to know the characters better, and the lengthy and intense plot will leave you wanting to know what happens next - always. The gameplay is classic Devil Survivor, and I highly recommend getting this game if you're thirsty for a fun, fair, and intense 3DS JRPG! I played through blindly, and the ending I got was one of the factors that pushed this 9.5 to a 10, rather than a 9.0.

    Gameplay: 9/10
    Story: 9/10
    Music: 9.5/10
    Presentation: 9/10
    Length: 9.5/10
    Overall: 9.5/10
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