||Every once in a while, a game comes along that defines a genre, and many would agree that for RPG's, that game was Final Fantasy VII. Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga may just be that next game that breaks the mold of its genre, and sets itself apart as one of the best games of all time. And I wondered how they were going to top Nocturne...I can definitely say that Digital Devil Saga does a fine job of improving what Nocturne lacked, which is crisp, detailed and varied backgrounds. It rains throughout most of the game, and light sheets of water can be seen falling in a very realistic fashion almost everywhere, along with realistic light and shadows. The Junkyard is a rather dim world, always gray and sort of washed out, which also makes for a nice atmosphere that captures the mood of the game perfectly...It's very rare when I feel I can resolutely say, "this might be the best (insert genre) of all time!", but with Digital Devil Saga this is certainly one of those rare instances. This deserves to be on the same shelf with Final Fantasy VII, as one of the best RPG's as that has ever been released. It's rare and quite refreshing to come by a game that is so unique in every aspect, with such complex characters and such a great story, that I feel the same sense of satisfaction that comes with reading a good novel when I play it...Pick this game up, even if you normally don't go for RPG's, or even normally go for video games. Pick up Digital Devil Saga if you enjoy an excellent story with fascinating characters, an amazing world, and a unforgettable message about what it means to be human, what it means to be alone, and what it means to have someone. I simply can't recommend it enough. An easy perfect ten.