April 14, 2024

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As a lot as I like Persona and have gladly sunk tons of of hours into the various entries in Atlus’ collection of RPGs, quite a lot of different individuals really respect their time. Which means they probably haven’t performed or completed a Persona recreation. Fortunately, Atlus made 2022’s Soul Hackers 2 for individuals who need to expertise the thrill of Persona and Shin Megami Tensei however who don’t have dozens of hours to spare. The title has been part of Xbox Sport Move however is leaving on February 29. If this was a Persona title, that timing would imply you shouldn’t even hassle getting began with it. However on this case you’ll be able to—and will—end Soul Hackers 2 earlier than it leaves Microsoft’s subscription service.

Within the spirit of Soul Hackers 2’s brevity, let’s minimize to the chase: precisely how lengthy will this recreation take you to beat. Howlongtobeat.com estimates it takes 31 hours on common to finish the sport’s most important story. In my expertise you are able to do it even quicker, with my very own time to credit coming in at nearer to twenty hours. And whereas that also isn’t a breezy beneath ten-hour recreation you would end in a day or a leisurely weekend, it is much better than the Persona collection, which takes upwards of 60 hours for any given entry. The shorter run time of Soul Hackers 2 instantly takes down one of many greatest limitations to entry of different Atlus RPGs, making it so that you don’t must cope with the “it will get good after 30 hours” drawback.

Ringo facing down a bunch of Devils in a green and red combat arena

Screenshot: Atlus

Despite the fact that Soul Hackers 2 won’t be one of the best story in an Atlus RPG, it has its charms, and it’s fast sufficient that it by no means feels overly tiring. That has rather a lot to do with simply how refreshing the world and characters of the sport are in comparison with different Atlus RPGs. Performing as a really free sequel to 1997’s Satan Summoner: Soul Hacker, Soul Hackers 2 is a cyberpunk world dripping with model that melds know-how with magic. The characters you management use a pc that appears like a gun to summon devils. That’s badass. You play as Ringo, a sentient AI with the good online game jacket ever made as she gathers a gaggle of satan summoners with a view to cease the world from ending. The overarching narrative is your run of the mill “save the world” story, however Ringo and firm are an interesting bunch to spend time with and study extra about. Whereas there are not any social hyperlinks like in Persona, Soul Hackers 2 nonetheless retains the emphasis on fascinating character moments.

The battle system additionally simplifies the Shin Megami Tensei/Persona expertise to make it extra welcoming to newcomers. Somewhat than the totally fleshed-out Press Flip system of SMT, Soul Hackers 2 is a really conventional turn-based fight system. Whereas this makes it considerably unexciting for Atlus veterans, it’s the correct quantity of simplistic for newcomers. Like all the things else in Soul Hackers 2, even when fight isn’t totally to your liking, the sport is brief sufficient that nothing ever feels too irritating. It won’t dwell as much as the highs of Shin Megami Tensei and Persona, however Soul Hackers 2 nonetheless acts as a pleasant tasting platter of what an Atlus RPG sometimes seems to be like.