DEMONS' SCORE Review
- Fun musical themes; full thematic changes based on the soul you equip.
- Amusing storyline and characters; over-the-top and refreshingly candid with its silliness.
- Challenging rhythm-game mechanics.
- Forced repetition through the story to unlock content only emphasizes the lack of variety.
- Full-price for the game reaches almost console-level prices; content limited considering the ultimate cost.
- Voice-acting feels forced in action scenes; re-edited from previous dialogue and jammed in without any visuals to match.
Demons’ Soul is a pricey way to enjoy the music of some of Square Enix’ top composers, but if you can stand the forced repetition you’ll get to enjoy a competent rhythm-game and the rather amusing storyline attached to it.
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When you bring together notable composers responsible for the stunning soundtracks of games like Final Fantasy 11, Nier, and Secret of Mana, you’d like to think their work is showcased appropriately. I’m not entirely sold on the ‘appropriate’ part when it comes to the magic-transforming-teenager-and-skimpy-clothes department of Demons’ Soul by Square Enix, but the rhythm-based gameplay is perhaps the best way to showcase its music.
You play as Serenity Aleister, a girl thrown in to the unfortunate job of tech-support for her father. Her task includes destroying the demon lords of the underworld who have been unwittingly unleashed upon the world, and with the help of her possessed bear and a sub-machinegun and sword combo, she might just succeed.
Each stage is themed after a particular style of music, tied directly to the boss itself. Scratch that - prior to reaching the boss the music you listen to (and dispatch monsters with) is based on the ‘soul’ you currently have equipped. At first you’ll have none, but after killing Asmodeus you’ll be able to turn in to a skimpily dressed ‘clubber’, taking on his particular musical motif in battle. Kill another boss and you’ll have the choice of forming a ‘pact’ to transform in to them, gaining boosts to your stats and a change in music in the process.
To take out the hordes of enemies you’ll engage in an Elite Beat Agents/Ōendan style of tapping, sliding and swiping the screen in beat with the music. Miss a beat and you’ll take damage - get a ‘perfect’/’critical’ and you’ll gain health. It’s all very simple at its core, but twists such as multiple taps and zig-zagging swipes will keep you busy.
However - and this is where things become a little depressing - you didn’t think you’d get all of this for free did you? Sadly not. Despite the already significant initial cost of the game, signing ‘pacts’ will require you to spend even more money - as such the game holds you to ransom if you’d like some variety in your models and music beyond the first basic ones. For a game touting little variety in the way of combat and an enforced ‘repetition’ of the Easy, Medium, and Hard stages to actually ‘beat’ the game in its entirety, this becomes a fairly dirty move on the part of the publisher.
If you don’t mind repetition or you’re happy to fork out large sums of money for the limited experience in Demons’ Soul, then this is most definitely worth your time, but it’s a hard pill to swallow when you consider how repetitive the default gameplay is.
Get ready for off-the-hook break beat action. Surrender to the rhythm and tap like hell. Brave furious battles that combine stunning graphics and amazing background music!
* Purchasing the game allows you to play all stages through to completion.
* The basic game also comes with the powers and costume of the first demon, Asmodeus.
At the start of the game, you fight as Serenity herself, without any possessing demons. You can unlock the first demon, Asmodeus, by defeating him. Once unlocked, Asmodeus is available to possess Serenity. Her looks, personality, parameters, and other abilities will change based on the possessing demon, as will the game's music. After the first demon, you can make a pact with additional demons by defeating them. Once a pact is in place, you have the option of having the demon possess Serenity for a small fee.
Where are you, Dad?
Serenity is just your average college girl, but when she suddenly loses contact with her father Dr. Aleister, she sets out to find him at the Salem State Hospital & Asylum where he works.
Serenity arrives to finds she barely recognizes the hospital anymore. Stepping warily into the shattered ruins, she meets a talking teddy bear.
Introducing himself as David, the talking teddy bear claims to have once been human, but when Serenity asks him about her father’s whereabouts, countless demons suddenly appear.
Just before her father disappeared, he had sent a mysterious app to her smartphone.
Known as the Demons' Score, the app is a powerful program that enables her to take control of demons that possess her body.
Where has her father gone? How will she ever find him? And what’s up with that talking teddy bear? Serenity’s battle to the tune of Hell’s minions is about to begin.
■ Game Features
• Stunning graphics driven by the Unreal Engine.
• Satan's difficulty level soared up!
With severe survival conditions, you can enjoy the game even more stoically.
• Helpful items are also available in case you get stuck.
• Enjoy two game modes: Story Mode and Free Mode.
• Select the difficulty level you want to play. Easy, Normal, and Hard are available, but to enjoy the entire story, you have to... (You'll just have play to find out!)
• Your scores in Free Mode can be sent to the online rankings at the Game Center.
• Saved data can be synced with iCloud.
* Your Soul Eaters (a special item) are not stored on iCloud.
* You must be running iOS 5.0 or later to use iCloud.
Try to completely conquer each stage by gaining the powers of Hell!
■ Compatible Operating Systems and Devices
• iPhone 4
• iPhone 4S
• iPhone 5
• iPod touch (4th generation or later)
• iPad 2
• iPad (3rd generation)
*The devices OS version must be 4.3 or later.
*This app is a universal binary.
■ Supported Languages
Subtitles/Text: English, French, Spanish