So, yea. Monster Hunter. Kinda, sorta might be playing that instead of reading Fragment and playing Devil Survivor. Oops. Blame Capcom for releasing Monster Hunter Freedom: Unite.

But fret not loyal readers! I have to finish Fragment by Friday so expect a review of that this weekend. I also recently completed Fruits Basket Volume 1 and that review will be up by tonight.

I’ll also be diving into Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 this Friday, and that too will get a write up. Don’t worry, that game won’t eclipse my normal duties.

If all of that wasn’t enough expect some more long winded opinion pieces from me and whatever articles Fred has hidden up his mysterious, magical sleeves (isn’t he great?). And if I feel so inclined you might just here about my monster hunting exploits from time to time.

So keep on tuning in and we’ll keep on serving up piping hot articles that are ready to eat.

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The Shin Megami Tensei games are a long running series of RPGs akin to Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, and yesterday I took the plunge by buying my first one. Devil Survivor for the Nintendo DS is about a bunch of hip young Japanese youth trapped in Tokyo by a military quarantine during a demon invasion. When I first read that description I was sold on the story instantly. I’m a sucker for military quarantines, what can I say, and after the first hour I have not been disappointed.

Initial Impressions:

My character, Robert McKool (that’s right), and his friends have spent their time trying to find an escape out of the demon infested metropolis. It’s a nice change of pace from an amnesic youth who goes on to save the world.No world saving here. This game is all about survival and sacrifice on a personal level.

The game play also breaks conventions a bit by blending sRPG and jRPG mechanics. Battles play out on a grid, like in an sRPG, but when you attack an enemy it goes into a standard battle screen like you would expect from Dragon Quest. It spices up the formula and it’s fun. Your characters don’t do the bulk of the fighting either. Instead you rely on forging pacts with demons and making them fight for you. It’s just another cool little twist that adds a bit of that “gotta catch em all!” feeling.

So far I am enjoying Devil Survivor a lot. It manages to stand out as an RPG on a system that is positively drowning in them with a great story and funĀ  game play. Look for my full review in the near future.