This is the first part of a two part series of games. The next one picks up basically where this one leaves off so a true sequel in every regard for a change. This one is a bit better than the second though I will give them both an eight for a score. This one features many of the same features found in many of the Shin Megami Tensei series of games as you level up basically the same. Using a point distribution system. Though you only level off the main character, though that is essentially the same as Nocturne. You get to pick what areas he levels up while the rest of the characters are done automatically. You will also see familiar monsters that are common to these games. You gain more powerful abilities via a grid and lets just say by the end of the game if you work at it your characters can basically only be hurt by a handful of attacks by the final enemy. The story is interesting, as your characters live in a world known as the "junkyard" fighting wars against rival gangs. However, a mysterious light is going to change everything as it causes your characters to not only gain emotions they never showed before, but it also gives them the ability to transform into powerful demons that must feast upon the flesh of their enemy to survive. Also appearing is a strange girl that the characters almost immediately feel they must protect. She also has the ability in song to soothe their hunger. So there you have it, many battles ensue as the story unfolds. You are Serph leader of the Embryon. At your side is Heat, Argilla, Gale, and Cielo. All through the game you go through taking out the various gangs in an attempt to win the "Junkyard" and ascend to Nirvana. The game would be better though with a tad less fighting and leveling. Especially the final stage which took a lot of both to get through as the story had to be put on hold so I could get stronger. However, it has a nice finish as I love the music that is playing as Sara and Serph try to reach for each other. Then you get a bit of a peek at the next game...so in the end a little bit different in the story which is good, could have been better though with less fighting.
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