I figure I might as well add to the discussions here for once, so here goes.
I love this series.
For those not in the know, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey (whether it's officially the fourth game in the series or not is contended) was released recently. A few hours in and I can say that this is one of my favorite DS games.
For those who are even less in the know: Shin Megami Tensei is a long running series that is only starting to be accepted in America (the Persona spin offs were received well.). To you guys... I would begrudgingly describe it as "like Pokémon, but darker." (Though a more proper description would be: "Pokémon is like MegaTen, but for kids.) Basically, the games are about something involving the eventual demise and recreation of the world; usually involving demons. The main character will recruit these demons to build a team and try to save the world in some way. (Whether he follows the path of Law, Chaos, or Neutrality is up to the player) The games are a lot of fun and infamously difficult.
Anyway, like I said, Strange Journey was just released and I really suggest you guys look into this game and this series.
Post by YoshiRider123 on Apr 4, 2010 19:08:47 GMT -5
I've read about the Shin Megami Tensei series before.
I believe I remember that it's a series of JRPG games, but the games aren't related to each other. From some screenshots of Devil Survivor (the DS game that came out last year, IIRC), that game looked like it was an action RPG, but do you know if these games go out into other types of RPGs like turn based or strategy (Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire Emblem)?
Devil Survivor was a grid based strategy game. (with a twist) Whenever you attacked someone, the field would switch to the classic first person turn based battle style and you would get a turn to try to destroy the enemy (striking weaknesses gave an extra round). It's weird at first but once you get the hang of it, it requires a great deal of strategy. When I say, once you get the hang of it, I mean after the first boss kicks your ass.
Actually, almost all of the games are turn based, and they're the most tactical turn based games I've played. The difficulty is so ramped up that it requires you to use several abilities you'd never touch in other games. Bosses will generally kill you if you don't use buffs and debuffs, and there are entire strategies for beating bonus bosses that involve doing things to make them use abilities that don't hurt you, and therefore wasting one of their turns.