Things that don’t make sense in Soul Hackers 2

Things that don’t make sense in Soul Hackers 2

With a 25-year-old game, Soul Hackers wasn’t a series many gamers expected to see again, but even if the surprise sequel isn’t groundbreaking, Soul Hackers 2 is a fun enough game that’s a worthy addition to the series. The story offers familiar combat mechanics, and is enticing due to the wide variety of characters and interesting science-fiction themes of what humanity is.

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Although it is a sequel, Soul Hackers 2 is better thought of as a reinvention of the previous game. You play as Ringo, who along with his partner, Figue, are sent on a mission to protect the Earth from destruction. During the game you will learn about the value and shortcomings of people. Unfortunately, Soul Hackers 2 is not without its faults, and during the course of the game you will likely encounter some plot holes that make no sense at all.


8/8 Iron mask

arrow, milady, ringo and saizo attacking iron mask in soul hackers 2

A member of the Phantom Society, Iron Mask is a Devil Summoner and leader of the C Project, which was created to destroy the world as we know it. Iron Mask also creates Zenon, a demon.

Even after discovering Iron Mask’s identity, Ringo freely gives Iron Mask details about his quest to save certain people to avoid the arrival of the Great One. If Iron Mask is Ringo’s enemy, it makes no sense why Ringo would share this confidential information because Iron Mask would likely use it against him. What’s further confusing is that Ringo hasn’t even shared these details with people she considers to be on her side. Ringo has absolutely no reason to give up this information so easily to the enemy.

7/8 Figue’s last-minute change

Aion - Soul Hackers 2 Figue turns into Aion

When Iron Mask is finally defeated and Raven killed, Figue chooses to create a Soul Hack for all of humanity to remove the possibility of any conflict. The problem is that there isn’t a believable amount of motivation for her to turn evil.

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Soul Hackers 2 is a complex story and the developers were probably looking for a quick and easy way to end the story. In the rush to finish the game, this development feels rushed. This sudden change in a character who has been a main character up until this point is a confusing one that isn’t explained nearly enough. As a result, you end the game with a diminished understanding of Figue as a character.

6/8 Arrow’s shirt

Arrow's Death in Soul Hacker two

Arrow, a Yatagarsuian Devil Summoner, fights alongside Ringo in Soul Hackers 2. A moral and upright fellow, Arrow often fights with Milady because of his conscience. Tragically, Arrow is later murdered and shot in the head by Kaburagi. Ringo then hacks Arrow’s soul and brings him back to life.

The problem with Arrow is related to his clothing. He has a target on his chest, with text below the text “bulls eye”. It is still unclear why a character who is murdered during the game wears a bull’s eye. At worst, this is highly illogical. At best, it’s about not subtle plot comments from the creators of the game.

5/8 The Phantom Society

Soul Hackers 2 Iron Mask and Zenon

The Phantom Society in Soul Hackers 2 is an evil group that focuses on summoning the great and enemies of the Yatagarsu. The society controls the Anami City government and is said to have broad roots throughout the world. The group reportedly even has enough power to rule an entire country.

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You would think that the Phantom Society would be filled with countless members. In Soul Hackers 2, the only members of the group you fight are Iron Mask and Zenon. Given how large the group is supposed to be, it’s notable that you never end up fighting any of the others, aside from a couple of side quests and the beginning of the game. This seems like a missed opportunity to explore more dark recesses of the shadow organization.

4/8 Limited Demons

soul hackers 2 demon recon

In Soul Hackers 2, Ringo has the ability to summon demons. These summon various strange abilities to aid in eating people. Soul Hackers 2 lets people summon and collect demons digitally.

There is a limited number of demons in the game and you cannot have more than one of the same demon. This gives the illusion that there is only one of each demon in the game’s universe, but one demon you have can introduce you to the same demon. This is confusing and doesn’t make sense considering what demons exist in Soul Hackers. This seems like an issue that should have been better explained by the creators before the game was released.

3/8 A Christmas memory

Christmas Memory Mission in Soul Hackers 2

After you beat the first Subway Line 14 boss, you receive a quest, Christmas Memory, from Ako in Shinsando who is looking for her childhood and first love. To continue the search, you should visit with Arrow, who is the person she is searching for. You should then return to Ako and complete the quest.

This mission feels half thought through. If Ako and Arrow have such a strong connection, why doesn’t Arrow try to create a relationship with her? Maybe Arrow wants to avoid bringing Ako into his dangerous life, but Arrow runs an orphanage and is probably putting all kinds of kids in danger by doing so. Arrow’s decision to send Ringo back to tell Ako could even be described as a cowardly move. It is still uncertain what Arrow’s motivation for addressing things in this way is.

2/8 Demons do not fight alongside you

Neko Shogun Demon in Soul Hackers 2

Demons are one of the most problematic things in Soul Hackers 2. The game’s conventional combat style isn’t unique, but it’s a lot of fun. However, when demons are placed in the herd, things get confusing.

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Enemy demons appear in battles against the player, but for some unknown reason your demons cannot fight alongside you. This becomes even more confusing when considering the other Megami Tensei games that use demons. These other games like Persona and Shin Megami Tensei allow demons to fight alongside players. There is never a good reason given why Soul Hackers 2 players don’t get this feature.

1/8 Why isn’t Figue smarter?

Figure in Soul Hackers 2

Figue is a character who often acts in ways that are difficult to understand. Figue is Ringo’s older sibling and is supposed to be wiser than her, but this is often not the case at all. Figue is also supposed to have superior intelligence, but her behavior is often childish and poorly thought out.

An example where Figue acts badly is when Figue first takes control of Mimi. When Milady comments on how Figure is acting, Figue yells at Milady and loses her temper. This is just one of several examples of Figue acting badly in the game. If Figue is supposed to be smart and above everything, why does she let her emotions take over? Is there something at work that explains all of this, or is this just the result of a poorly designed character?

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