Shin Megami Tensei Fans are Having Way Too Much Fun With the New Mobile Game's Demon Ratings

Shin Megami Tensei Fans are Having Way Too Much Fun With the New Mobile Game's Demon Ratings

A perfect social media parody.

Earlier this week Sega released Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 on iOS and Android smartphones. The mobile game is a spinoff of the popular Shin Megami Tensei JRPG series where players summon and battle using demons. But a key feature in Liberation Dx2 lets real players comment and rate these demons, and it just might be the best feature in the game.

Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 is a mobile JRPG set in the Shin Megami Tensei universe, but you might be familiar with the universe if you've ever played the Persona games which are also Shin Megami spinoffs. This means that you'll see some familiar demons like Jack Frost appear in Liberation Dx2. The unique thing about Liberation Dx2 however is how the game leans into the smartphone theme for the entire game.

Not only is the UI similar to a proper smartphone app, but communication tools like IM and social media are central features in the game. One of the ways this manifest in Liberation Dx2 is how other real-world players can comment on various demons that can be acquired in the game. It's meant to be a feature where players can help others determine the strength and tips of a certain demon, but like true social media fashion it usually devolves into players making memes about certain demons.

"Thicc and useful"
"Is this the guy from Shape of Water?"
"Protect Him"

Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 discourages vulgar or offensive comments, but that just means that the comments are mostly irreverent jokes, or mildly lewd comments about a specific demon. Considering that some demons like Lillith or Mara are, shall we say risqué, it lends itself to a lot of comedy.

However, the best thing about the feature is how naturally it became a very specific parody of real-life social media services like Twitter where memes and comments similar to the ones in Liberation Dx2 are common. Sega's dedication to recreating the smartphone aesthetic for its mobile game was so accurate that it even created a mirror version of Twitter.

Other recent Shin Megami Tensei spinoffs include Strange Journey which recently released a redux version on 3DS. Strange Journey's director recently highlighted a connection to the North American film Annihilation, but we're now curious to see what Sega has to say about it's in-game Twitter competitor.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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