Summary: It has been nine long years since we've enjoyed Atlus' role-playing masterwork, Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturn e. Yep, it's been nine long years since we've seen a numbered title in Atlus' core franchise (though Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey was a really nice tie-over). That's a long time to wait for the follow-up to one of my favorite games of all time. Even so, fans were surprised to learn that the next numbered SMT game would be a portable title.
Excerpt: Shin Megami Tensei IV is a game that demands your attention. It’s very easy to make a mistake during battle with your entire team dead as a result. You might get lost and run out of antidotes, unable to cure the poison sucking away your life. It doesn’t sound like fun, but Shin Megami Tensei IV manages to make its constant challenge invigorating rather than cruel. As the game opens, you’re initiated as a samurai, dedicated to protecting your kingdom from demons.
Summary: Shin Megami Tensei IV finally releases on the Nintendo 3DS after almost a decade since the last main entry arrived on the PlayStation 2. The plot is both dark and thematically interesting, equipped with multiple routes and endings to unlock. It’s also quite challenging, though an easier difficulty setting, an included strategy guide, and helpful tutorials help bridge newcomers rather nicely.
Review: Become a demon-hunting Samurai in Shin Megami Tensei 4
4 August 2013
Excerpt: Shin Megami Tensei IV is the first of the core series to make its way to a handheld. It's even more impressive that a new entry in the core series has finally surfaced, considering the last entry is almost 10 years old. Is the new generation ready for another hardcore demon-hunting game? Looking back at other Shin Megami Tensei games, they certainly weren't a cakewalk. Everything from Nocturne to the Devil Summoner games were definitely catered to the hardcore.
Conclusion: Shin Megami Tensei 4's worst enemies are 3DS battery life, and the at times off-putting difficulty. Conquering this game is certainly satisfying and the storyline is engaging enough to make the effort worth it. Side note, Atlus, these nearly ten year cycles between sequels need to tighten up a bit.
Excerpt: A lot of other review sites had their write-ups of Atlus' new numbered entry in the Shin Megami Tensei series, Shin Megami Tensei IV, posted a few days out from the game's release date, either just before or just after. While I probably could have matched that, this review is about a week behind schedule. Why?