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Soul Hackers 2 – Zero Punctuation


This week in Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Soul Hackers 2.

For more major games Yahtz has reviewed lately, check out The Mortuary Assistant, Saints Row, Fashion Police Squad, Cult of the Lamb, Stray, No Man’s Sky (in 2022), and Elden Ring.

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Well, go on then, Yahtz, compare Soul Hackers 2 to Persona 5. Since Persona 5 is the only anime JRPG that hasn’t made you want to vomit lace doilies into its grotesquely oversized eye sockets, and Soul Hackers 2 also happens to be an anime JRPG. That’s also published by Atlus. And also prominently features hanging out with party members to increase your friendship level with them alongside the requisite dungeon crawling. And that’s also a spinoff from the Shin Megami Tensei franchise. And that also has turn based combat based around fighting the exact same roster of demons that every SMT game has as well as recruiting them to use their power and merging them into new demons. And also because it prominently features dungeons based on the internal psyches of some of the characters and specifically subway tunnels for some reason. And also because you can literally dress up the main characters as characters from Persona 5 – Christ you’re predictable sometimes. Seriously though, Atlus, what is it with you and this one specific ladder of monsters that starts with Pixie and ends with Satan? Fucking hell, at least Pokemon hacks out a few new fuckers now and again when plushie sales are down.

About the author

Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.