Soul Hackers 2 – Do you need to play the first game?

We've been waiting 25 years for this sequel.

As you follow the storyline of Soul Hackers 2, you’ll take part in team turn-based battles. You improve your team throughout the game by recruiting and combining demons to create new and powerful allies. But since Soul Hackers 2 is a sequel, do you need to play the first game, Soul Hackers, to play it?

Do I need to play Soul Hackers before Soul Hackers 2?

You definitely don’t need to have played Soul Hackers to play Soul Hackers 2. Soul Hackers 2 is a standalone title in every way, with a self-contained storyline. In the original Soul Hackers, you played a member of the hacking group Spookies. They had a grudge against a large corporation, Algon Soft, which had set up in the fictitious Japanese port town of Amami City. Soul Hackers 2 is set later, during a war between two opposing devil summoners groups, the Phantom Society and Yatagarasu. You also play as supernatural ‘Aion’ beings rather than as a hacker.

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After the Sega Saturn, the original Soul Hackers was later released on the PlayStation and Nintendo 3DS. It has not been ported to PC, so Soul Hackers is unavailable on Steam or any other PC distribution software. The same goes for the rest of the Devil Summoner series.

Soul Hackers 2 is considered the fifth part of the Shin Megami Tensei game series, which contains several subseries—including the Devil Summoner series of games. This started with Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner back in 1995, followed by Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers in 1997, originally on the Sega Saturn. So, if you want to play the original, you’ll be playing a game that came out 25 years ago.

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About the Author

Chris Marling is a writer and editor with more than 20 years of experience across newspapers, magazines, and websites. Based in the UK, he has written professionally on everything from tech to tearooms. But his real passion is gaming, going right back to the Atari 2600 - and especially RPGs and MMOs. He cut his teeth on games such as The Realm and Anarchy Online. But 20 years on still gets excited about exploring each new world. When not online, you'll find him gaming analog-style around the table. Chris has had five of his own board games published, including Pioneer Days and Armageddon.

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