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#1 Posted by Hailinel (24391 posts) -


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#2 Posted by Hailinel (24391 posts) -

Oh, god. That's a long list.

So I have a feeling that I know how this poll is going to end up; mostly with a lot of votes for Persona 4 because that's the one game on the list that most people on this site are likely familiar with to some extent, but whatever.

For me, it's a toss up, but I'm voting for Nocturne. That game is balls-hard, but the nature of the story never fails to draw me in.

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#3 Posted by ricetopher (1046 posts) -

I would bet any amount of fake money that Persona 3 or 4 is going to win this poll.  But I hope I don't give the only vote for DDS.
 
Also not sure why you would group Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2 but separate the two Persona 2 titles.

#4 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -

Nocturne. I've actually never finished the game, if i remember correctly, but c'mon! The game is just too good.

#5 Posted by believer258 (11785 posts) -

I've only heard of seven of these, am only familiar with three, and have played a grand total of one.

I guess this might be something I need to fix.

#6 Posted by Soren (291 posts) -

Strange Journey all up in this shiznit.

And you did forget DemiKids, but don't worry... no one will blame you.

#7 Posted by Bocam (3713 posts) -

Devil Survivor 2 because Charlie dies at the beginning. But really because of Joe.

#8 Edited by Chop (1996 posts) -

Persona 4.

Yes, I was an SMT fan before that game came around and yes, I have played most of the other titles released in English.

#9 Posted by hakunin (388 posts) -

You can probably guess from my avatar pic ;)

#10 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

Persona 3.

#11 Posted by Nightriff (4989 posts) -

I haven't even heard of half these games, I just wanted to see the results

#12 Posted by Beforet (2916 posts) -

Megami Tensei I 4 lyf

#13 Posted by Hailinel (24391 posts) -

@ricetopher said:

I would bet any amount of fake money that Persona 3 or 4 is going to win this poll. But I hope I don't give the only vote for DDS. Also not sure why you would group Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2 but separate the two Persona 2 titles.

I separated Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment because of their weird English release history. Eternal Punishment was released on the PS1 in English, but Innocent Sin wasn't until the PSP remake, and the localizations are also different. Eternal Punishment's still holds to the Revelations: Persona localization, while the Innocent Sin PSP release is truer to the original source.

@Soren said:

Strange Journey all up in this shiznit.

And you did forget DemiKids, but don't worry... no one will blame you.

Well, darn it. On the other hand, you're probably right.

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#14 Posted by Juno500 (394 posts) -

You should have separated DDS 1 and 2 because DDS 1 is much, much better than DDS 2.

Doesn't matter too much, since I would have voted for Persona 3 anyway.

#15 Posted by mutha3 (4985 posts) -

Nocturne is putting up a surprisingly good fight.  Glad to see there's still some people with actual taste out here.
 
(i voted p4 as well:(. im sorry)
 
@Bocam said:

Devil Survivor 2 because Charlie dies at the beginning. But really because of Joe.


Still haven't gotten around to playing that one! What's this stuff about Charlie dying?
#16 Posted by Phatmac (5725 posts) -

Persona 4. The other SMT game that I've played is Persona 3 and I don't really like that game all that much. It's not bad, but not that great either.

#17 Posted by YI_Orange (1141 posts) -

Persona 4, but I loved it before Giant Bomb. Also, it took me years to decide I like Persona 4 more than Persona 3.

While I did really enjoy Nocturne, it unfortunately has to take 5th place behind the 2 Digital Devil Sagas(or 4th if you count them as one)

#18 Posted by Nux (2330 posts) -

Persona 3. Not FES, not portable, just plain Persona 3. But this was a hard choice as I really like a lot of the SMT games.

#19 Posted by Rohok (554 posts) -

None, would rather them stay in Korea.

#20 Posted by tourgen (4465 posts) -

I voted for Nocturne. I've only played 3 of the games tho. Nocturne has some cool game mechanics and I like the world.

#21 Posted by JeanLuc (3579 posts) -

I've only ever played the persona games and my favorite of those are Persona 4.

#22 Posted by ervonymous (1297 posts) -

I made it to the bottom eventually, but I hate the Labyrinth of Amala irritates me slightly.

I tend to gravitate towards the most recent games (Strange Journey not invited), because the guesswork teleport-your-ass back-to-the-beginning mazes are among the most dull things I can imagine. Why not have you walk sideways facing a wall in hopes of finding a hidden door while you're at i-oh, the key doesn't fit. I also remember the floors 418 and 431 of The Tower of Kagutsuchi better than any of the story encounters which is a bit of a bummer.

The fact that my MC build and party lineup for the final boss in SJ was shit was nothing compared to the tedium.

So, uh, love the series. Nocturne is rad. Voted Persona 4.

#23 Posted by AuthenticM (3710 posts) -

I'm going to make Persona its own sub-series so... Persona 4 for the Persona series, and Digital Devil Saga for MegaTen. I voted for DDS btw.

#24 Posted by Hailinel (24391 posts) -

@Rohok said:

None, would rather them stay in Korea.

That'd be tricky, seeing as these games aren't Korean.

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#25 Posted by Kscorps (55 posts) -

I have no bloody clue. Persona 3/4 or Nocturne?

Persona 4 is an awesome combination of a simulation and a good RPG, while Nocturne is like the medium's equivalent to an epic poem.

R. They're all awesome!

#26 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4676 posts) -

I only played Persona 3 and 4. The latter being my favorite. I own Devil Survivor so I should get on that.

#27 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11621 posts) -

Well, I've really only finished Persona 3, but that's because Nocturne is (as previously mentioned) quite difficult and I don't want to commit to the 60+ hours of Persona 4 yet. Thus, by process of elimination I have to go with that?

#28 Posted by Zleunamme (655 posts) -

The only one I have finished is Persona 4. I have played: Nocturne, Persona 2 Eternal Punishment, Digital Devil saga 1 & 2 and Persona 3. I never got to the end of those games. Great art direction, character design and music are the reasons why I keep going back to those games. I wouldn't mind if Atlus released an HD collection of those games and not PSP re-issue. I know that Catherine doesn't count as a SMT game but I enjoyed it.

#29 Posted by Brendan (7753 posts) -

THE ONE THAT THE ENDURANCE RUN WAS ABOUT.

The only one I've played was Devil Survivor for the DS, and I did not enjoy it, so my knowledge is not sufficient to answer seriously. Do not be worried, my friends, for I did not pollute the poll with my vote.

#30 Posted by benspyda (2033 posts) -

Persona 3 has a special place in my heart.

#31 Posted by ImaTreee (209 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

@Rohok said:

None, would rather them stay in Korea.

That'd be tricky, seeing as these games aren't Korean.

#32 Edited by Animasta (14672 posts) -

@Juno500 said:

You should have separated DDS 1 and 2 because DDS 1 is much, much better than DDS 2.

Doesn't matter too much, since I would have voted for Persona 3 anyway.

DDS2 is much much better than DDS1 actually!

also the correct answer is Nocturne, no matter how much I like DDS2's story

or Persona 2's story but those games play like ass, so sorry Tatsuya.

#33 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2.

#34 Posted by Animasta (14672 posts) -

also why did you separate Persona 2 when you didn't separate DDS and DDS2? Eternal punishment is just as relevant a sequel to Innocent Sin as DDS2 is to DDS1, ya know!

#35 Posted by Hailinel (24391 posts) -

@Animasta said:

also why did you separate Persona 2 when you didn't separate DDS and DDS2? Eternal punishment is just as relevant a sequel to Innocent Sin as DDS2 is to DDS1, ya know!

Like I already said, because of the differences in the localizations.

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#36 Posted by jakob187 (21663 posts) -

Nocturne. I didn't really care for the others past that one, but I've only played about three others on that list...and Atlus sent me the trade demo of Nocturne. The Digital Devil Saga games were good, but they never reached the same height of excellence that Nocturne had.

On a somewhat related note, I'm pretty sure that one of the versions of Digital Devil Saga or DDS 2 has the one box art quote that my old website ever produced. I can't remember if they actually used it or not.

#37 Edited by Silver-Streak (1346 posts) -

It saddens me to see so few votes for DDS. While definitely less teenager hipster, it has one of the more interesting stories out of the NA released SMT games. Also, YOU ARE THE DEMON.

Edit: As a note, I did enjoy P3 and the P4 ER. I just like DDS more, then Strange Journey, then Nocturne, then the Persona Games.

#38 Posted by Devoid (429 posts) -

I really wanna vote for Nocturne here, but I have put in hundreds of hours into Persona 3, so technically speaking that would be my favorite?

Anyway, this list reminds me of just how many SMT games I still need to play; I wish I had gotten into this series earlier. I'm currently playing the Persona 1 remake on PSP right now, and I'm enjoying that well enough (that battle theme though.. did they really think a <1 minute loop was a good idea? That song will be stuck in my head for the next millennium). It also stands out to me as the only PSP game I've played that counts 'sleep mode' time as total game time. What's up with that?

#39 Posted by C2C (855 posts) -

My vote goes to Persona 3. It's the one that got me into the series. I got into the fusing system very deep into that game, to the point where I broke my Persona 4 experience by picking normal and just plowed through that game.

Honorable mention goes to Nocturne though. That is a beast of a game that I have not completed, though I always enjoy making a little progress every time I play it.

#40 Posted by believer258 (11785 posts) -

@Rohok said:

None, would rather them stay in Korea.

Could'a' sworn they were Japanese...

#41 Posted by RecSpec (3803 posts) -

Digital Devil Saga for me, 

#42 Posted by Aetheldod (3551 posts) -

Digital devil saga 2 ... I dunno the canibalistic shitz , the weird story and a somewhat better ending than nocturne is what makes me like it more , but I too liked Nocturne .... Persona 3 ... I cant bring myself to finish it :/

#43 Posted by Rohok (554 posts) -

@believer258 said:

@Rohok said:

None, would rather them stay in Korea.

Could'a' sworn they were Japanese...

HEUHEUHEUHEUHEUHEUHEU

#44 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1381 posts) -

I liked digital devil saga but P3 is my favorite....still never went to play nocturne though

#45 Posted by AngelN7 (2970 posts) -

P3PFESona 3

#46 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5227 posts) -

Persona 4 is my favourite. I loved it before I even knew Giantbomb existed but that won't stop some people from just thinking I chose it 'cause those bomber bros did it.

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#47 Posted by RedCream (704 posts) -

This is a hard poll. I played and finished 5 Shin Megami Tensei all for the PS2 (just missed the first Raidou Kuzunoha). I voted for Persona 4 but all of them are really superb RPGs in their own right.

#48 Posted by Hunter5024 (5612 posts) -

I've only played Persona 3 and 4. I voted for 3, I prefer how dark it is, and I think playing it first definitely influenced this decision. Also I like the ending better. I've been wondering what to check out next but I couldn't find any good advice on it. From this poll it looks like maybe I should try Nocturne or Digital Devil Saga.

#49 Posted by Hailinel (24391 posts) -

I'm amazed that more than one person has voted for Jack Bros.

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#50 Posted by TheHT (11132 posts) -

More polls need options like R.