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Atlus’s surreal sleeper masterpiece is coming to PSN this week

Now that Atlus is re-releasing Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon on PSN later this week, I can finally put my PS2 to bed. A sequel to a mediocre game which sported a super-long, unwieldy name, Devil Summoner 2 was overlooked by nearly everyone when it released for the PS2 well into the PS3’s lifecycle. But this sleeper from the creators of Persona is tops in my book, as you can glean from my writer’s bio. So allow me to wax for a moment about how outstanding it is. For one, the systems were pitch-perfect. The action-oriented battling…

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Shin Megami Tensei comes to iOS March 18th, makes waiting for Persona 5 almost bearable

Persona 5 may seem like an eternity or two away, but Atlus feels your pain. So they’re bringing a port of the original Shin Megami Tensei to iOS on March 18th, which kinda makes up for things. You can think of SMT as Persona’s cigarette-smoking older sister. The difference between the two franchises is that, while Persona has went down the dating sim route with positive messages for depressed youth, SMT is just plain nihilistic, with game systems that encourage greed and betrayal and making friends with demons. Digital demons. Not real ones. An important distinction. Even though it’s a…

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We could be dead by the time Persona 5 gets here

Time to start eating right. Seriously. After Atlus announced yesterday that Persona 5 was coming to North America for PS3, yes PS3, in 2015, I just hope I’m still alive and kicking when it gets here. I could suffer a drawn-out terminal illness and be long gone by the time it appears. Or more likely my PS3 could die. Atlus seems sympathetic to the lag, thankfully, and are bringing out a whole slew of Persona titles for North America while we emaciate, uh, I mean wait. These include Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (a Persona-fied Etrian Odyssey) and Persona…

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Looks like live-streamers will make Daylight even more terrifying

Up till now, videogame live-streams have largely been a passive experience. Internet viewers are kept at a safe distance, where all they can do is laugh at how terrible I am at games.  But according to the official PlayStation blog, the developers of Daylight are going to change all that. Zombie Studios is experimenting with ways of inviting the savages of the online world into your carefully constructed play experience, which sounds terrifying and appropriate, considering it is a survival horror game.  While details are sparse, Zombie plans on letting viewers “control the actual scares in a streamer’s experience.” I…

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Persona 5 teaser heralds a New Wave for JRPGs

Last night, after a week-long countdown, Atlus unleashed a flurry of Persona-related news. The big one is the release of Persona 5 for PS3 in winter 2014, although they backed that up with announcements for (deep breath): Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, a series-spanning 3DS dungeon-crawler; Persona 4: Dancing All Night, a Vita game in which you dance to the series’ jubilant J-Pop in the game and not just quietly, in your own apartment, while holding a Vita; and also a sequel to Persona 4 Arena called either Persona 4 Arena 2 or Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold, depending…