Reviews and Problems with Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
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11 April 2011
Excerpt: Imagine, if you will, a typical life in the thriving Tokyo metropolis. Accompanied by several of his friends, an average high school student decides to visit a teacher in the hospital. Along the way, he encounters a reporter who presents him with a mysterious magazine on the occult. The tabloid sparks interest in one of his friends, who proceeds to examine the articles further.
Excerpt: The world comes to an end and you have no clichéd way to stop it. Even though you may come to terms with that concept, the story behind Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne will continue to twist and turn before your eyes. Set in modern day Tokyo, players are faced with the end of the world and it's demonic rebirth. The only humans left alive are a few who were within a downtown hospital at the time of the end.
Pros: Wonderful artistic style and ambiance, Soundtrack is great, In-battle negotiations provides a nice addition, Tons of customization
Cons: Brutal challenge will turn off most, Minimalist story and combat options
Excerpt: When I first heard a Shin Megami game was coming to the States, I was quite ecstatic, after reading about all the hype it had in Japan. I recently purchased the game, and hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what I got: a dark and demonic world, with beautiful and unique graphics, and a one-of-a-kind storyline, that lacked a few of the basic RPG elements that would make this a must buy.
Excerpt: Highly regarded in Japan, the Megami Tensei series (sometimes referred to as MegaTen ) is one of that country's most popular and long-running role-playing game (RPG) franchises. Despite spanning approximately seventeen years and over fifty titles, its religious imagery and moral questions are practically unknown on domestic shores with the exception of two overlooked PlayStation discs, Persona: Revelations and the amazing Persona 2: Eternal Punishment .
Excerpt: With RPGs slowly making the jump to more action-oriented combat systems, fans of turn-based combat are finding fewer titles to get their fix from. Enter Shin Megami Tensai: Nocturne , delivering an old-school, turn-based combat system along with a few new surprises. Nocturne provides lots for players to look at. What makes the game successful visually isn’t the number of polygons the engine pushes or how real it looks.
Excerpt: Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne is a game that can be as difficult to understand as it is to say three times fast. Upon jumping into this game, even as a seasoned RPG player, one will likely be confused for the first 30-60 minutes of play. This could be from being new to this series of games (which Atlus is publishing quite a few of nowadays). Once the player gets used to the way the game works, this game controls some interesting aspects that I only dreamed about before.
Excerpt: Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne takes place in present day Tokyo, as you take on the role of a Japanese student. Along with two friends, Chiaki and Isamu, you are heading to the Medical Center to visit a sick teacher. However, when the three of you arrive, the Medical Center seems to be completely empty. As you continue your search you eventually meet up with a man named Hikawa, who threatens to kill you.
Excerpt: A long standing role playing series in Japan, MegaTen has finally seen some light here in the States. Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne is the first release this side of the seas of the occult demonism RPG. With more pentagrams and signs of the occult than your local Hot Topic, SMT is a fresh twist on classic gaming.
Excerpt: I think it's safe to say that among the population of gamers, RPG fans are likely the pickiest of the bunch. Ever since RPGs rose above their humble beginnings of character-building stat-fests and bare-bones plotlines into more cinematic experiences with deep, complex storytelling and heightened production values, RPG fans are constantly searching for something different; something unique or revolutionary.