Possessing nearly as many sequels as Mega Man, Atlus's Megami Tensei series has always enjoyed tremendous popularity in Japan. While still continuing to produce new games, Atlus has also revisited two of the older titles in the series, Last Bible and Last Bible II, and updated the original Game Boy versions to take advantage of the Game Boy Color. Surprisingly, the former has already been confirmed for a North American release under the title of Revelations: The Demon Slayer.

   Set in medieval times on the fifth planet of a faraway solar system, Revelations: The Demon Slayer tells the story of a race of people who are able to wield a mysterious power called "Gaia". Protected by a magical orb that maintained peace and order, these people lived in happines until the ever-present forces of evil attempted to use the power of Gaia. As usual, a team of heroes is called in to fight evil... or must they?

Combining monsters

   As in almost all Megami Tensei games, you can elect to try to negotiate with enemies rather than fight them. Unlike in the Persona series, however, the monsters actually join your party, rather than merely give you a Spell Card. As you collect more monsters, you'll be able to merge them together into even stronger monsters. In addition to aiding your characters in the game, these monsters can be pit against a friend's team in the Pokémon-style Game Link mode.

   The new edition of Last Bible/Demon Slayer has received several other upgrades besides the advent of color. Atlus has tweaked the encounter rate and game balance slightly to make the game more player-friendly. And to make the action easier to follow, character graphics are slightly bigger than before.

   Aside from the ever-popular Pokémon, competition in the Game Boy RPG arena is rather light, so Revelations: The Demon Slayer should make a welcome addition to the meager roster. RPG players on the go and Megami Tensei fans alike will want to keep their eyes open for the title when it arrives later this year.

Preview by Fritz Fraundorf, GIA.
Revelations: The Demon Slayer
Developer Atlus
Publisher Atlus
Genre Traditional RPG
Medium Cartridge
Platform Game Boy Color
Release Date

Demon Slayer delayed until August
8 English screen shots
Group character and monster portrait
U.S. packaging