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Atlus releases Soul Hackers for 3DS

3:24 PM, Apr 16, 2013   |    comments
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3DS game 'Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers' from Atlus.

Nintendo 3DS owners can now begin exploring Amami City as video game publisher Atlus releases the cyberpunk and gothic horror RPG Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (Soul Hackers for short).  Originally released in 1997 only for the Japanese markets, the new release of Soul Hackers is exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS and is available for $39.99.  Pre-orders and gamers who purchase the first printing of the title at launch will receive a limited edition music CD, which consists of six fan-voted tracks that are inspired by the original Soul Hackers soundtrack.

The game takes place in the not-so-distant future in Amami City, a technological marvel.  The city is permeated by Paradigm X, a virtual reality world that connects the entire populace.  When the main character attempts to hack his way in to Paradigm X, he accidentally comes into possession of a Gun-type COMP (GUMP) that allows him to communicate with, and control demons.  It also causes the main character's girlfriend to get possessed by the demon Nemissa, which is when the secret Phantom Society organization begins to take notice.

Soul Hackers is a first-person RPG in the same vein as other games in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise.  The graphical style remains faithful to the original 1997 version but is optimized with 3-D graphics for the Nintendo 3DS system.  The bottom touch screen of the Nintendo 3DS will function as the GUMP interface, allowing players to change the difficulty of the game on the fly, along with various other gameplay-modifying hacks that are revealed throughout the game.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is rated "M for Mature" by the ESRB. 

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