Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga
Essentially SMT 3:Nocturne
Like I stated this game is essentially SMT 3: Nocturne, by that I mean that they used the same graphics engine, but they took it a step further and revamped it and fully voiced the game.
Battle mechanics are similar too, accept in this title you have the ability to either revert to your human form and use your gun (You have the ability to equip a variety of unique bullets to any member of your party.), or to transform in to your Demon form. Although each have their draw-backs, but they also have their advantages, and it's up to you to use and exploit them.
I love and hate that you can have any skill you want in this title, and unlike other SMT titles where you have 8 skill slots to work with and you can only have 8 skills in total, meaning if you have all 8 full and want to learn something new you need to sacrifice a skill to gain a new one. Which is a great aspect, making you plan and prepare for the long haul, but in this title you have the ability to purchase any skill and "unlock" it through battles. The prices for skills grow to nearly unattainable heights as you begin to climb through the skill map, and it takes a lot of time and grinding to get there.
All in all I love this title, but when I originally bought this back on it's release date I was discouraged when I found out that there was a sequel, but now that I've gotten both of them I'm really glad I made the investment.
Another classic from ATLUS!
This game is probably in my top 5 RPG's for the Playstation 2. This game is definitely NOT for children, it does go into some dark and deep things, it also touches on some philosophical points as well. If you like a deep and involved plot then this game certainly delivers in a lot of ways. The battle mechanics are easy enough to understand but they definitely DO NOT hold your hand in this game. They'll tell you the basics and then it's up to you to determine what to do in battle, if you screw up you screwed up, it's not really ever the game's fault. The game is linear and maps have branching paths that usually lead to either dead ends or treasure, there are extra bosses and a New Game + feature so you can go again on harder difficulties. And the sound track...if you like previous ATLUS games then you'll have no problem with the sound track here.
Hardcore RPG gameplay, not for children!
This game is built for hardcore adult RPGer's who like involved storylines and hard gameplay. If you're looking for something for your kids or something to play casually in your free time, then this isn't for you! The storyline is unique, and offers a non-cliched alternative to casual RPGs. The game mechanics are easy to understand, but the enemies are hard; the most difficult (and only bad) part of this game is the constant level grinding you have to endure in order to advance the story and get to the next level. The levels sometimes become repetitive, and the world is a little lacking, but "hunts" add a nice extra feature that keeps you from getting bored while you're exploring otherwise desolate maps.