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Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne

by Atlus
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews) 82 / 100

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  • Advanced 3D battle engine brings old-school turn-based combat to a new level
  • Unique dark atmosphere and enthralling storyline as you try to navigate the fate of two worlds
  • Negotiate with your enemies and work out a compromise instead of battling every time -- just like in real life
  • The game choices you make on other side of the Vortex will determine the fate of both worlds - advance the stories of both in all-new ways

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  • ASIN: B00024W1U6
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 13, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,424 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne is a continuation of the popular role-playing series, set in our modern world. It's an average day, as a typical Japanese high school student goes to the hospital, for a visit with his sick teacher. While on the train, he gets a mysterious vision that the Apocalypse is coming. Arriving at the hospital, the boy is sucked into a Vortex Field, into a dark mirror-image of his world. When he learns our world is ending to make room for this new one, he'll do what he can to get back home and (hopefully) stop the Apocalypse.

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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Run of the Mill RPG February 17, 2005
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This turned out to be an interesting game in a genre that can quickly become a slaughterfest. You and two friends visit hteir teacher in the hospital, and, just as you all arrive, the world (or at least Tokyo) comes to an end. In a peculiar version of the rapture, everyone dies and finds themselves in limbo. Now the various forces at play, demon, ex-human, angel, etc,, start a struggle for the power to create a new world. And right in the middle of all this is you, converted to a semi-demon, and a pawn in what could very easily be the last conflict.

You wander about a post-apocalyptic Tokyo making pacts with demons, enticing those you meet to help you, and tracking down your friends. Needless to say you do a huge amount of fighting as well. The battle system is complex because as the game progresses you gain the power to create demons of your own out of those you meet and miscellaneous accessories you can buy. Then you can develop those you like with their own special talents and spells. And you, you lucky person, get to add skills and powers by eating magatama, which bear an uncomfortable resemblance to bugs. Since the demons you meet also have a range of powers, fighting never quite becomes routine.

This is a very large game with a long story line. As you play, you will find that your friends are marching to their own drummers, and that they to are trying to win the power to create a new world. You can make major decisions about how you want to ally yourself that will effect the entore progress of the game. The bosses you fight are an imaginative selection of gods and legendary figures, many Japanese, but many others are from quite close to home. This game has a whole cosmology behind its story line.
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81 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great character collectio RPG November 3, 2004
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Nocturne is one of the most interesting (both plot and gameplay-wise) RPGs I have ever played. Having borrowed a successful monster collecting formula from Pokemon, and a plot line out of a horror movie, this game definitely monopolized my attention over some other recent RPGs.

Nocturne introduces the players into a strange post-apocalypse world where the hero becomes a demon after the rest of the world is destroyed. There are no princesses to save here, nor are you some do-gooder so typical of other RPGs. Basically you are trying to survive in a world full of demons, and you get to choose your own destiny. Most of the choices are pretty dark though.

Gameplay-wise Nocturne is a lot like Pokemon, but taken to the next level. The hero starts off alone and must recruit other demons as allies. The hero's party can either talk/bribe/kidnap demons to join, or to use a system called "fusion" which allows the player to fuse two or three demons together so to create a brand new demon. There are around 180 demons total in this game, seperated into multiple classes and levels. There are also around 100 (very rough guess) different attacks/skills here shared by these demons. When you fuse demons, you can randomly combine different skills of the parent demons. Of course, the gimmick here is that you can only keep up to 8 demons, and for each demon you can keep only 8 different attacks/spells.

Understanding of different attacks and spells make up bulk of the strategy here. Attacks are divided into phyical, fire/ice/lighting/wind elemental, curse/mind, and light/dark magical types. In addition you have stat buffing/debuffing spells.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Casual gamers need not apply May 23, 2005
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The last two years has seen some unorthodox RPGs. With Shadow Hearts: Covenant, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne and now the two Digital Devil Sagas, the Final Fantasys and other Square-Enix games have some creative competition.

After reading all the reviews and looking into this game, I was really excited to try it. I am about 20 hours (my characters are around lvl 44) into the game and for all intents and purposes I think I've only scratched the surface. I wanted to give my current review of the game up to this moment to let people uncertain if they want to purchase it what the game is about.

It has aptly been called a dark pokemon game. This is true in that you must negotiate with demons and find ways to recruit them to your side. However, a downfall to this sytem is that it boils down to you giving up hard won items like healing items, items to ressurect your people, 100s of Macca (the currency). And normally it goes, "that is not enough, give me 1 life stone...I'm still not convinced give me 500 Macca...okay you're starting to piss me off, give me 1 revival bead...no, I'm sorry but I don't want to join you." So you just wasted 500 Macca, 1 life stone and 1 revival bead on someone who just vanishes. If at any time you say no, the negotiations stop. Now, other demons you get can learn skills to help in the negotiation process. But, sometimes it's hard to justify an ability like Nag that is supposed to help get uncertain demons when you can only have 6 skills. If it comes down to learning that next heal spell or Nag, I'm going to have to go with the healing spell over Nag. So it can be frustrating to get some demons to your side. Other times it's s snap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For SMT Fans
SMT Nocturne is definitely among one of the best SMT games to date and in my opinion contains most of Kazuma Kaneko's and Shoji Meguro's best works. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Patrick Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars smt rocks
Shin megami tensei games are like a darker version of Pokémon games geared for older fans of the collect monsters genre. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kevin Stinson
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Persona Titles, You'll probably love this one too.
This Game is a great item to add to any collection for fans of the Shin Megami Games. I bought this awhile back to add to the collection of Persona titles that I own... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Noel Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne is a great rpg for your playstation 2 . I often find myself thinking of ways to beat my opponent and it's a must to think through stuff especially when... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Christopher Remy Serrano
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Incredible lots of fun still playing it but its a challenge! This game is just incredible I love it to death!!!
Published 7 months ago by Phillip K.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's amazing
This game is just incredible, and a must-have for SMT fans. It's a turn-based strategy JRPG, and a good one at that. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chelsea S
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Addition to the Shin Megami Tensei Franchise
SMT 3: Nocturne is one of the greatest PS2 classics, and one of the greatest Games in all time. From the gradual difficulty raise, the bountiful dungeons and all of the demonic... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jesse Saxon
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME!
as Expected with Shin Megami, Nocturne has earned 5 Stars by a Lot my own Friends, And its Earned mine.
Published 8 months ago by charles elder
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy
This game had a great price and was in great quality. I'm very pleased with my purchase. Also, it is very fun.
Published 8 months ago by Salananstra
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid, unique RPG experience
I had to buy this game again because I lost my original and there simply isn't any other game quite like it. It's very much like a dark (I mean really dark) version of Pokemon. Read more
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