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4.25 stars 4.25/5 Stars Average score of 8 user reviews spread across 0 releases and 0 DLC

The Price of Greatness (Is $49.99) 15

The game's nameless silent protagonist, FlynnObjectively, Shin Megami Tensei IV is a great game. It successfully modernizes key gameplay mechanics that have stagnated since the watershed release of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne and introduces a unique, wonderfully-rendered rendition of a demon-beset Tokyo with amazing aural fidelity. For the Shin Megami Tensei neophyte, it’s easy to recommend as a definitive entry point (and no, the games’ stories are not connected, so you can jump right in here)...

41 out of 41 found this review helpful.

Hack to the Future 8

Don’t call it a comeback…but the 3DS release of Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers takes a sort-of dated 1997 Saturn RPG and sort-of includes enough new features to make it playable in 2013. It has a good cast and interesting story, demons up the wazoo, and that classic 90s Shin Megami Tensei tone you just don’t see anymore. On the other hand, it retains a lot of clunky baggage from a bygone era that won’t pass without scrutiny these days, nor will it have wide appeal, i.e., to the Persona crowd. That...

22 out of 23 found this review helpful.

Opulently Obfuscating 0

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together takes an outmoded, but influential, tactical RPG and overhauls it almost completely, in the process making it one of the premier RPGs on the PSP. Originally developed for the Super Famicom in 1995 by Quest, the now-defunct studio of lauded director Yasumi Matsuno, Tactics Ogre did much to establish standards in the turn-based strategy genre, only for those ideas to result in its more popular spiritual successor, Final Fantasy Tactics, a few years later. Howeve...

13 out of 13 found this review helpful.

Final Fantasy XIII in 500 words. 0

Looking at the game objectively, there’s no other way around it: Final Fantasy XIII is a great piece of entertainment. It oozes with high production values, from the texture of every flawlessly rendered environment to the robustness and variety of the orchestrated score. The battle system is complex and expertly-designed, and has enough challenge to keep it interesting but sufficient concessions to keep it from frustrating. But it’s a Final Fantasy game, so there’s always more to it than that.  ...

38 out of 44 found this review helpful.

This is Shin Megami Tensei. 0

The release of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey for Nintendo DS may not appear a big deal, since it seems Atlus puts out Shin Megami Tensei games on a quarterly basis. However, unlike the other games like Persona and Devil Summoner, Strange Journey isn’t a spin-off – it’s the first release in the main series since Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. Bearing such a pedigree means Strange Journey retains the deep, addicting trademarks the series is known for like demon fusion...

50 out of 51 found this review helpful.

Apocalypse, shmockalypse. 0

With the amount of death going around lately, it’s probably gotten more than a few people pondering their own mortality. But what would you do if you could see how long you have left before you die? Though it’s a question seemingly ripped from a press release, the ways you can choose to answer it make Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor deliver on its premise, while mostly living up and sometimes exceeding franchise expectations. Assets alone don't make a person interesting.Devil Survivor's plot,...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Not quite Devil Summoner 3, but it’s definitely Devil Summoner 2. 0

Atlus’s creative director and infamous demon designer Kazuma Kaneko stated that Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon would seem like the third in the series, such would be its improvements and refinements over the first game, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army. What this loaded statement doesn’t take into account is that Soulless Army was more like Devil Summoner 0.5, with a simplistic battle system and a plot that took too...

21 out of 21 found this review helpful.

An unrelenting classic 0

The storied reputation of the Castlevania franchise is no doubt partly due to the solid foundation of its initial installment. Konami's Castlevania for the NES went beyond just establishing franchise conventions like whips, hearts, and complete thievery of classic monster icons but additionally set series standards like great music, precision 2D gameplay, and the occasional bout of frustration. It's a true classic in every sense of the phrase and still holds its undead head up high amongst its c...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.