One reason why I love sequels is that on rare occasions, after adding subtitle after subtitle after subtitle, the resulting title is longer than the game itself. Something like that happens with the latest game in the Shin Megami Tensei RPG series from Atlus which has the incredibly long name of… taking a deep breath… Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon.
The good thing is that we’re talking about a Japanese game and not a Spanish or Portuguese one, since the result would’ve been even funnier. Just imagine a game named Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Juan Pablo-Francisco Costabrava vs. King Esteban Gutierrez Bernardo Alonso Jr. Hilarious!
However, despite having a name that probably doesn’t fit on the disk, this latest RPG in the SMT series promises to bring US fans of the genre a breath of fresh air, with a deep, easy-to-control combat system, nearly two hundred demons to negotiate with, collect, and fuse, and a variety of strategies to employ and master. The game will be released on PS2 consoles in “extremely limited quantity” on May 12. And, just for the sake of it, go daily to the nearest game store and ask them if they have Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon (or SMTDS2RKvKA if you prefer abbreviations).