Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner
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|Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner|
Cover art to Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner
|Series||Megami Tensei (main)
Devil Summoner (sub-series)
|Genre(s)||Role-playing video game|
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner (Japanese: 真・女神転生 デビルサマナー Hepburn: Shin Megami Tensei Debiru Samanā?) is a Japanese role-playing video game originally released for the Sega Saturn in 1995, and was the first Megami Tensei title for the Sega Saturn.
At one time a release of the Sega Saturn version was planned for a North American release but was later cancelled for unknown reasons. The game was later re-released in a slightly enhanced port for the PlayStation Portable in 2005 in Japan.
Devil Summoner is a spinoff of the Megami Tensei series of games and the first game in the Devil Summoner franchise. A sequel, titled Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers was released in 1997. A third game in the series (and a prequel), titled Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army was released in 2006. A fourth game in the series, and a sequel to the previous game, titled Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon was released in 2008.
Abandoning the post-apocalyptic themes of the original series, the story takes place in modern Japan. The player character is an unnamed college student who is attacked by demons along with his girlfriend; they are saved by the timely appearance of a suave demon-hunter named Kyouji. Shortly thereafter, Kyouji is found dead under suspicious circumstances. The protagonist is then trapped inside of a warehouse and murdered by a deranged killer named Sid. Rather than stay dead, the player finds himself in the reanimated body of the slain Kyouji, and escapes from the morgue. With the help of Kyouji's voice, which guides the player from inside his head, the main character joins up with Kyouji's female partner Rei in order to save the life of his girlfriend, who is still in danger.
Connections to Other Games
The protagonist, Kyouji Kuzunoha, would later end up appearing in the game's sequel Soul Hackers while also cameoing in the Persona 2 duology, this time possessing the body of Daisuke Todoroki. Rei Reiho, Kyouji's assistant detective, also appears in Soul Hackers. Kyouji and Rei both have ties to the Kuzunoha clan, of which Raidou Kuzunoha (the protagonist from Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army and Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon) was a part of.