Soul Hackers 2 Review: Amateurs Hack Systems, Pros Hack People

Soul Hackers 2 Review: Amateurs Hack Systems, Pros Hack People

From the start, Soul Hackers 2 makes it clear that it’s not interested in wasting time. Within the first two hours of booting up Atlus’ latest JRPG, you’ll have all the core members of your party, learn about the focal points of the story, and understand nearly every major mechanic in the game. It’s a refreshing and stark contrast to the “slow-burn” type of gameplay that JRPGs are known for, and a very different approach to what fans of Shin Megami Tensei’s biggest series might be used to. It’s clear, then, that Soul Hackers 2’s goal is to forge a new SMT sub-series with a different approach to gameplay, a goal in which it largely succeeds.

In the future, humanity is stuck in a rut: technological and social progress has stalled, and the human race faces a kind of global boredom. Beneath the outer fabric of society, however, groups of gifted humans who can communicate with the supernatural world work underground as “Devil Summoners”. Some, like the Yatagarasu organization, intend to use their powers to protect humanity, while the nefarious Ghost Society aims for global destruction. In the midst of this conflict, Aion, a sentient AI born from the collective knowledge of the digital web, forms two physical “agents”, Ringo and Fugue, sending them on a mission to rescue the world from certain destruction.

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