I admit I don’t jump out of my chair when Japanese rpg’s walk by. They’re eccentrically dressed and talk in statistics and levels, children of micromanagement. However, I do find solace in the arms of the strategy JRPG. While the characters may be just as stereotypical, the added element of using one’s brain pulls me into the arena.
It’s not about standing face to face in the antiquated style of “I hit you, then you hit me,” but moving pieces around a board and making calculated strikes. When I got my hands on Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor for the DS, I wondered if this might be the mash up I’ve been waiting for: something to hybridize the different facets of what I dislike and love about JRPGs. What I got was a bloated, but engaging experience. Read more… »