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So, about a year ago I picked up SMT: Devil Survivor and played 5-10 hours of it, and got stuck on a particular battle. I picked it up again this month to press forward, and the game proceeded to hand me my rear again and again on the same battle. I checked GameFAQs but the few guides to the game don't shed any light on how to win the game. My characters feel underpowered and too slow compared with the demons (it's the battle at Tokyo Tower with all the Jack Frosts and the bystanders, all nine of whom need to live, without letting a single demon escape off screen). And so I spent some time in the single practice area with different personas, but no real change in battle.
This is hardly the first time I've gotten stuck in a tactical RPG (or strategy RPG; not sure where one ends and the other begins)- to date the number of tactical/strategy RPGs I've finished is still 0. I have played significant portions of FFT and FF12:RW, with Disgaea sitting in the corner waiting for me to finish this one... I love the rest of this game, but there's nothing else for me to do except die again and again, seemingly.
So, is this par for the course for these games? Is there some approach that I should be taking towards them? I'm kind of out of the game rut these days...