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SaGa 2

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2

is a direct sequel to the video game Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga, directly continuing the story where it left off. Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 marks as the final chapter in the series thus answering certain questions left from the first game.

Synopsis

"A black sun bleeds despair across the land of Nirvana..."

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 his side. 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. Serph 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 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?

Background Story

The world from the first half of Digital Devil Saga is nothing more than a figment of Sera's imagination. She created a digital world to escape from the pain she felt having to live in the real world. Every person and every location are copies of what she had seen in her life or things she wanted to see (for example, the ship that Serph Sheffield promised to take her to once she could talk to God for ten minutes). However, the military found out about her virtual world and demanded that she turn it into a battle simulation program for developing combat AIs; thus her paradise became the Junkyard.

After God felt Sera's sadness, he caused the sun to turn black and flooded the world with data, turning people into stone. Due to Sera's direct link with God, the data of many of those who perished was "copied" into the Junkyard, creating new AI programs.

Jenna Angel later used the Junkyard as a testing ground for her demon virus. Sera entered the virtual world to try and stop her, and the human personalities of the AIs within began to awaken.

In the future, a mysterious disease that causes the human body to slowly turn to stone is discovered. This is called the Cuvier Syndrome, and is found to be originating from corrupted data emanating from the Sun, also known as God.

A group of scientists found the Karma Society to study God. Children who have the psychic ability to speak with God are located, and the scientists create a machine to enhance their power. However, many of the children are driven insane from prolonged exposure to God and die. Only one survives- candidate number 19, a girl named Sera.

One of the scientists rebels against the project because of the upsetting treatment of the test subjects. A fight ensues, and Sera accidentally witnesses one of her caretakers be killed in the conflict. As she begins to cry so does God, and he rains his fury down upon the Earth.

Gameplay

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 retains the "Press Turn" battle system from the previous installment, while the mantra grid was altered and enhanced. The game added more enemies, added a "Karma Ring" system where Karma Rings could be equipped to add stat boosts to your characters and which can be customized by 'Gems' and an all new Berserk Mode where the characters enters a half-human, half-demon state, giving them high critical rates but also an increase of their vulnerability.

Characters

Serph, the protagonist from the first installment returns once more in Digital Devil Saga 2, the leader of the Embryon, the winning tribe from The Junkyard. He is accompanied by the original Embryon team comprising of its members, Argilla, Gale and Cielo excluding Heat and Sera who were both separated from them upon reaching Nirvana.

With plans on entering The Karma City, Roland, a newcomer and a playable character accompanies them together with the group he leads. "The Lokapala", a resistance force against "The Karma Society". Fred, the son of the former leader of The Lokapala also joins the cast.

The Embryon

The victorious Tribe of the Junkyard/Asura Stage 1 project. Born as AI programs in a fully functioning virtual world that Sera created as her playground without the knowledge of the Karma Society, they were all (with the exception of Gale) based upon real people that Sera had encountered, and her perceptions of them. The Karma Society later discover this "playground" and order Sera to replace it with the Junkyard for the purpose of developing combat AIs. Unable to let her playmates be deleted, Sera smuggled the AI models of her friends into the Junkyard.

The Embryon escaped the deletion of the Junkyard in the finale of Digital Devil Saga and the data that comprised their egos were converted into flesh and bone bodies by the will of Sera and the power of God.

Allusions to Shin Megami Tensei

Like its predecessor, Digital Devil Saga 2 has several references to the previous installments of the Shin Megami Tensei series, and the series itself.

  • Partway through the game, the protagonists hear conflicting ideologies by Margot Cuvier and Jenna Angel. Whereas Cuvier wants a society that can be controlled and monitored for the sake of order, Angel believes in a world of competition, with the strong defeating and, in turn, devouring the weak. These two ideas are almost parallel to the ideas of "Law" and "Chaos", ideological paths and choices in several Shin Megami Tensei games.
  • At the end of the game, the final boss, Brahman, is seen with spinning cylinders attached to it. These cylinders are the same ones used for teleportation and saving in Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, which also resemble prayer wheels.

Manga

Digital Devil Saga has a manga that is yet to be released in the U.S.

Voice Cast

Japanese

English

Music

The soundtrack was entirely composed by Shoji Meguro except for the ending song composed by nao and arranged by Koichi Yusa. The soundtrack was released on December 22, 2005 by Five Records as discs 3&4 of the 4-disc set DIGITAL DEVIL SAGA ~Avatar Tuner~ 1 & 2 Original Sound Track: Integral. However, the soundtrack is missing several tracks notably the piano version of Atonement and the battle theme which is played against Jack Frost and Omoikane.

A CD containing a selection of tracks was also released with copies of the US and European (collector's edition) versions of the game.

Opening Song

Ending Song

  • Time Capsule by As_

References

External links

  • http://www.digitaldevildb.com General Megaten website with DDS and DDS2 sections
  • Megaten Wiki A wiki devoted to Shin Megami Tensei games and spin-offs
  • http://digitaldevilsaga2.co.uk Official Ghostlight Website for Digital Devil Saga 2

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