SMT is a well-known and well-beloved jRPG series by Sega and now they’ve made a free-to-play mobile game available for iOS and Android. For fans of the series, this might seem like troubling news, as these kinds of games don’t usually make the transition over to the mobile screens with ease, but Sega have done a tremendous job with the title. They’ve managed to keep the funny and dark SMT vibe and bring back the recognizable style of combat all the while presenting a game with the FTP model for mobile. The ads and in-game currencies can seem like too much at times, but you can play the game pretty well and get almost the same enjoyable experience without the need to spend any money whatsoever.
Liberation Dx2 takes you to the near future in Tokyo, where a sinister group known as the Acolytes threaten to tear the fabric of society and get rid of all the people with high empathy quotients. The Liberators are out to stop them, and both the Acolytes and the Liberators use an app to download demons (!) and use them to fight. Hence the name of the game – Devil Downloaders (Dx2 for short). A mysterious man grants you the power to do this and with it, you join the Liberators in their quest to save Tokyo and quite possibly the world.
Dx2 features a funky story with great characters and excellent writing, and you have a fair share of interaction through your dialogue choices, which can make you lawful, neutral or chaotic. The battles are great and very well transitioned to mobile, with beautiful 3D graphics and the familiar rock-paper-scissors system where you get additional turns for hitting enemies with attacks they’re weak to. You have a team of four demons fighting on your side, and you can recruit new ones through dialogue and some personal sacrifices (they usually ask for something in order to join your team). Then you can fuse them and upgrade them, as well as your character.
Liberation Dx2 is a great SMT title and proves that even complex games can be well transitioned to mobile if given enough thought. The story is great and (dare I use this word) edgy, the characters are memorable and funky and the demons are out of this world. Fans of the series will definitely want to check Dx2 out, but I think this game might even bring a fresh audience into SMT.