Non Persona Games I Should Check Out?
Devil Summoner 2(1 is terrible stay away from it) sounds like it might be right up your alley. It has more of an emphasis on story-telling than DDS/Nocturne and its way more forgiving than those games. It also has an incredibly unique setting for a videogame(1920's Japan!).
" @rudeboy217: I've played Nocturne and Digital Devil Saga 2, and the main thing I'd say about them is that they're much harder than either Persona 3 or 4, and I don't know that you'll get the same quality of storytelling from either of those games. It's my understanding that classically this is a somewhat hardcore RPG series. I played about 20 hours of DDS2 and maybe 5 hours of Nocturne before I gave up on each of them. Your decision would probably come down to your level of apprehension for RPGs. The experience is quite different from what you'll get out of Persona 3 and 4.
Oh, and DDS2 has the worst layout for save points, which was what ultimately made me give up on it. I think I had to dungeon-crawl for 20 minutes, fight a boss (without a save point), then get sent to another area (still no save point), play for another 10 minutes and then get killed by a surprise encounter.
Now lemme get the personal bias out of the way: I love SMT. Its, like, my favorite franchise in gaming. But they're not for anyone. Believe it or not, par the Devil Summoner games, the Persona ones are the most accesible. Yes, those 60+ hour rpgs.
Now wheter you'll derive enjoyment from these games depends how you view RPG style combat in the first place. Do you enjoy dungeon crawling and old-school difficulty? What aspects of 3/4 did you enjoy the most? Tell us more about what you're looking for, OP. There are a lot of SMT games and they're all different.
" @rudeboy217: Nocturne and Strange Journey are ruthless games. If you enjoyed Persona primarily for the story, watch out. "
Nocturne? Sure. But SJ is one of the easier ones.
" @thehexeditor said:It's still easier than Etrian Odyssey 2-3." @mutha3 said:well.....yeah..... "" But SJ is one of the easier ones. "That's like saying, "this nail you pound into your dick is one of the smaller ones" "
It's annoying but it keeps Atlus in business, so I'm fine with that. (For more info, there's a wonderful interview with Aram on an Active Time Babble).
@animateria Defender + Immunize! Oh SHI-
" @mutha3 said:True enough, but I've always considered EO pretty much part of the SMT family." @thehexeditor said:It's still easier than Etrian Odyssey 2-3." @mutha3 said:well.....yeah..... "" But SJ is one of the easier ones. "That's like saying, "this nail you pound into your dick is one of the smaller ones" "I'm playing through SJ and EO3 right now."
Especially if you consider the ending of the first one! that was pretty much Atlus nudging us all like "EH EH EH SEEM FAMILIAR TO YOU ? "
I like SMT4 but I haven't finished it, I'm working on it and SMT:Devil Summoner:Soul Hackers. I think I like Soul Hackers a lot more because it's story is more interesting to follow and it's "90's we don't what the internet will be so here's cyberspace aesthetic is always fun." SMT4 seems to be more self referential to the series in general. Off the top of my head, it has a suit from Strange Journey, an AI that's voiced from Soul Hackers and looks a lot like an ethereal Nemissa.
Devil Survivor for 3DS was great. Although at the end game you can completely break almost every encounter, including the subsequent playthroughs (you can keep your high level demons for your next run.) Devil Survivor 2 was fun as well, it resembled the plot of the original but shook it up enough to be entertaining. It's definitely more challenging but I'm right at the last boss. Pretty sure I chose the hardest path and now must grind a bit or come up with better strategy.
Same question, few years later. Any other games users would recommend? Is SMT4 worth checking out as the most recent game in the franchise?
It's good, and you don't need to have played any other games in the series to understand it, aside from a couple small references. It's definitely way shorter on the story than something like Persona, though.
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