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- The SMT series, known for exploring the tenuous symbiosis between man and deity, reaches deeper than ever, as the band of main characters must decide which side of peace or anarchy they are on.
- Demons Aplenty: Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse has nearly 450 demons to fight, fuse, or recruit to player parties, with demons from a wide selection of cultures and religions.
- Fuse for Affinities: Demon fusion, combining two or more demons to form a more powerful one, is one of the cornerstones of Shin Megami Tensei games.
- Language: The game features English voice-overs and English text.
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Debuting as the top seller for its launch in Japan, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is headed to the Americas. The story of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse depicts the remnants of Tokyo, ravaged by a catastrophe. Demons and humans co-exist, but in this state, the remnants of humankind are just a prize being fought over by the higher deities. One lone Hunter, the game's protagonist, meets an early demise and through a pact with a lesser god, is brought back to life in exchange for his pledge of servitude. From there, the protagonist allies with other Hunters in the ruins of post-apocalyptic Tokyo beginning a plot that crosses over with the events of the original Shin Megami Tensei IV.
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Edit (9/27): Edited to correct my typos, but no substantive changes.
Let me just say that I have played this series since the first in the "Shin" series on Super Famicom (as I was too young to appreciate the two Famicom titles that preceded it) and have even sought out the novels that inspired this series. This is a very solid game, even if it does have a "newcomer friendly" feel and reduced difficulty. The quality of life improvements, as well as the characters and story, still elevate this game well above the modern drivel that is churned out. For those desperate for a hardcore RPG experience (even though the game is not as difficult as others in the series) I feel it meets expectations and gives you the tools to play the way you desire, which is much more attractive than simply forcing you to pick a specific play style to maximise your efficiency.
Truly a stellar experience. Great soundtrack, classic feel, modern amenities. If this is indicative of where the series is headed, then I feel as though the series is once again in good hands.
It is not for everyone, and though some may pine for what they perceive to be "lost" from the series, I can say with no hesitation that this is a fine example of what SMT represents.
The only negative I can levy are the designs. As a fan of Kamen Rider I don't dislike the designs, I just feel they are occasionally misplaced or miss the point of Kaneko's art. Doi's redraws definitely help them fit in (they were jarring before), but I desperately wish to see more Kaneko artwork.
Character design has improved massively as well. Nanashi, Toki, and Hallelujah all look appropriate.
All in all, a great game, great localisation that stays true to the feel of the original game, and an experience that shouldn't be missed by fans.
The story takes place during the end points on the neutral route in SMT 4. However it is told from another perspective as Nanashi, rather than Flynn from SMT 4. Without spoiling anything. Let's just say it turns things uoside down. Presentation has improved. Combat has improved l. The overall game is on a larger scale than the previous one. My only problem is the choice system. It feel dumb down compared to the first. Overall it is a better game.
Storywise, it's somewhat more light-hearted than SMT4, which is an odd direction to take the series in, but is quite enjoyable.
If you don't like SMT games, this probably won't change your mind, but it's a excellent addition to the series.
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Poppy in Georgia
you don't need to play the first one to enjoy this game, but I strongly recommend playing the first one to understand if you would enjoy the series or not.