Sometimes you come across a new game that makes you think; 'man, twelve year old me would love this.' It's not that you don't like it or that it’s boring or anything; it's just that the game has bad timing. I've spent the last few days playing Atlus's new 3DS title Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers and one thing's for sure; twelve year old me loves it. Its simple turned based combat, the fact that it’s a first person RPG and its sometimes fatal random encounters would have kept me playing well past my bedtime.
But I'm not a tween anymore and haven't been for over a decade. Since then, my tastes have changed and videogames have come a long way. Many of the elements I would have found commonplace or enjoyable years ago, are now the most frustrating parts of Soul Hackers. The main reason it feels so dated, and why it seems so suited to younger version of me, is that the game originally came out in 1997. The 3DS version is the first time it's been officially released in English.