SMT Imagine DAY 1: Birth of Bonuko

DAY 1: Birth of Bonuko

Well I said I'd try to endurance run SMT I or Megaten as the kids are calling it these days. Now I won't blog every day but I will keep track of what day I'm on. Enough about that though time to show you guys what's

Apparently I am able to make a new character, let's do that. Hmm the options aren't grand and you pretty much all ways end up with anime dude. This one will work but now he needs a name. For the name I will take Charlie Tonuko and combine him with Big Bo, thus creating Bonuko. Wave to the camera Bonuko. I'd change his skin color but as we all know skin color is not an option in anime land.

Holy shit cutscenes! I remember reading that this game had custscenes but they're much better than I thought they would be. I enjoy that they aren't full voiced because that way they don't take up 16 gigs on my hard drive like some other MMO. Anyway that's anime lady, she's my demon hunter mentor. For reference I will call her Obi-Wan from now on. Anyway she tutorials me about how to move and such and then I'm told to go into some tunnel to save some people because an elevator broke. I will say I know almost nothing about the Shin Megami Tensei universe so none of this makes sense right now.

Wait that's Naoto... with a sword... fighting a hydra... in MS Paint. I guess this game has fan made artwork for loading screens, It's kind of awesome in a terrible way.

After seeing that amazing loading screen I learn the basics of combat, which I will say are surprisingly good. The game runs on more of an active combat system than most MMOs. I have a basic attack on 1 where I slash and can combo that in itself or use my second ability to hit harder and than combo out of that. I also have an AoE attack and a guard ability. Enemies give you a good long hint to when they're going to attack punch-out style, when this happen pop your guard button and you will block. But not only will you block you also deliver a pretty hard hitting counter-attack. Also fuck you ghoul no one likes you.

Well this is all going well, wait wtf is that thing. Well that thing forces me into a cutscene and then kills Obi-Wan, and injures her Chimera demon friend. Oh yeah Obi-Wan has a Chimera demon friend, forgot to mention that. Chimera will be referred to as Darth Vader from now on.

Then the game explains the backstory. No like all of it. Yeah like every SMT game, it's kind of awesome that they did this. I've tried to understand what's going on in the SMT games but this cutscene actually makes the world make sense.

Whoa are you big boss!

Oh Snakeman, I understand *wink*

Anyway Big Boss, I mean Snakeman is apparently in charge of training Demon Busters, which is what Bonuko is apparently. He wants me to go out and tame a Pixie so that we can use her scales to make medicine or some shit like that. I go out and learn how to talk to demons, which is nothing like how you talk to demons later in the game, cause you know the best tutorials are tutorials that are nothing like what it's like out when your playing the game. Anyway I befriend my new Pixie buddy and head back to Big Boss / Snakeman.

I am then faced with a choice, Big Boss wants to use Pixies entire body for SCIENCE! Where as Pixie would rather go on living. I decide that Pixie may be the only demon I ever get if things go bad and decide to keep her around. Big Boss is disappointed. Then I'm told a bunch of stuff I don't understand and am sent on a quest to go investigate some tunnel south of the area I'm currently in. Which took a while to figure out cause maps in this game are crazy.

Alright let's talk maps. So instead of having one map where you can zoom in on you have a map for every area in the game and they're all separate. When you open them they open up in their own window that you can scroll around and make whatever size you want. You can also have multiple maps open at once. It's kind of needlessly complicated but then again this is a SMT game.

I leave Big Boss to do more of his SCIENE and journey into the first town for which I am completely unprepared. I find stores that are just stores but also what I think are player runs stores where people leave demons behind to sell stuff for them. I do my best to try and grasp what's going on and then I find the holy land. The Beginners Area. The Beginners Area may or may not be player run I honestly can't tell what is and what's not at this point. The NPC's in this area give me the low down on what's what on this game. Yo man what to hear about my Macca?

I then leave the area and find myself surrounded by a surprisingly number of players and Huan Po's or is it Hua Po, eh I'm too lazy to look it up. I try to tame them but honestly I don't have a clue what I'm doing so me and Pixie murder them instead. Forgot to mention Darth Vader joined my Demon crew, I don't use him because he'll betray me by the end of the series and throw me down a hole.

Anyway thus concludes my first day of Devil Surviving, get it? *sigh*. I actually look forward to playing more of the game and seeing if I can wrap my head around what's going on. If anyone has any advice of what I should do or tips please send them. Adventure or Bust 4 should be posted on Friday. For now though Me, Bonuko, Darth Vader, and Pixie say goodbye and thanks for reading.

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Posted by Irvandus

DAY 1: Birth of Bonuko

Well I said I'd try to endurance run SMT I or Megaten as the kids are calling it these days. Now I won't blog every day but I will keep track of what day I'm on. Enough about that though time to show you guys what's

Apparently I am able to make a new character, let's do that. Hmm the options aren't grand and you pretty much all ways end up with anime dude. This one will work but now he needs a name. For the name I will take Charlie Tonuko and combine him with Big Bo, thus creating Bonuko. Wave to the camera Bonuko. I'd change his skin color but as we all know skin color is not an option in anime land.

Holy shit cutscenes! I remember reading that this game had custscenes but they're much better than I thought they would be. I enjoy that they aren't full voiced because that way they don't take up 16 gigs on my hard drive like some other MMO. Anyway that's anime lady, she's my demon hunter mentor. For reference I will call her Obi-Wan from now on. Anyway she tutorials me about how to move and such and then I'm told to go into some tunnel to save some people because an elevator broke. I will say I know almost nothing about the Shin Megami Tensei universe so none of this makes sense right now.

Wait that's Naoto... with a sword... fighting a hydra... in MS Paint. I guess this game has fan made artwork for loading screens, It's kind of awesome in a terrible way.

After seeing that amazing loading screen I learn the basics of combat, which I will say are surprisingly good. The game runs on more of an active combat system than most MMOs. I have a basic attack on 1 where I slash and can combo that in itself or use my second ability to hit harder and than combo out of that. I also have an AoE attack and a guard ability. Enemies give you a good long hint to when they're going to attack punch-out style, when this happen pop your guard button and you will block. But not only will you block you also deliver a pretty hard hitting counter-attack. Also fuck you ghoul no one likes you.

Well this is all going well, wait wtf is that thing. Well that thing forces me into a cutscene and then kills Obi-Wan, and injures her Chimera demon friend. Oh yeah Obi-Wan has a Chimera demon friend, forgot to mention that. Chimera will be referred to as Darth Vader from now on.

Then the game explains the backstory. No like all of it. Yeah like every SMT game, it's kind of awesome that they did this. I've tried to understand what's going on in the SMT games but this cutscene actually makes the world make sense.

Whoa are you big boss!

Oh Snakeman, I understand *wink*

Anyway Big Boss, I mean Snakeman is apparently in charge of training Demon Busters, which is what Bonuko is apparently. He wants me to go out and tame a Pixie so that we can use her scales to make medicine or some shit like that. I go out and learn how to talk to demons, which is nothing like how you talk to demons later in the game, cause you know the best tutorials are tutorials that are nothing like what it's like out when your playing the game. Anyway I befriend my new Pixie buddy and head back to Big Boss / Snakeman.

I am then faced with a choice, Big Boss wants to use Pixies entire body for SCIENCE! Where as Pixie would rather go on living. I decide that Pixie may be the only demon I ever get if things go bad and decide to keep her around. Big Boss is disappointed. Then I'm told a bunch of stuff I don't understand and am sent on a quest to go investigate some tunnel south of the area I'm currently in. Which took a while to figure out cause maps in this game are crazy.

Alright let's talk maps. So instead of having one map where you can zoom in on you have a map for every area in the game and they're all separate. When you open them they open up in their own window that you can scroll around and make whatever size you want. You can also have multiple maps open at once. It's kind of needlessly complicated but then again this is a SMT game.

I leave Big Boss to do more of his SCIENE and journey into the first town for which I am completely unprepared. I find stores that are just stores but also what I think are player runs stores where people leave demons behind to sell stuff for them. I do my best to try and grasp what's going on and then I find the holy land. The Beginners Area. The Beginners Area may or may not be player run I honestly can't tell what is and what's not at this point. The NPC's in this area give me the low down on what's what on this game. Yo man what to hear about my Macca?

I then leave the area and find myself surrounded by a surprisingly number of players and Huan Po's or is it Hua Po, eh I'm too lazy to look it up. I try to tame them but honestly I don't have a clue what I'm doing so me and Pixie murder them instead. Forgot to mention Darth Vader joined my Demon crew, I don't use him because he'll betray me by the end of the series and throw me down a hole.

Anyway thus concludes my first day of Devil Surviving, get it? *sigh*. I actually look forward to playing more of the game and seeing if I can wrap my head around what's going on. If anyone has any advice of what I should do or tips please send them. Adventure or Bust 4 should be posted on Friday. For now though Me, Bonuko, Darth Vader, and Pixie say goodbye and thanks for reading.

Posted by C2C

I remember the "Darth Vader" actually being a very good demon to use early on from my limited time with that game. Only tip I can really give you is to make/drag a buddy in that game because soloing isn't exactly pleasant in that game.

Posted by Pazy

I really like Megaten when I played it a few years ago. I played it with a group of friends but we had to restart multiple times due to the complexity of the levelling system. If your going to invest time its worth researching this stuff. They have a list of all your skills and disciplines (some are simple like "slash" or something like "healing"), they go up by using them but only when you "unlock" them in the menu. By upgrading the right things to the correct amount you can unlock better skills that become mandatory later (for example to continue to get better healing spells you are required to upgrade specific things that dont always relate to healing).

Its a frustrating system that made the game harder than it needed to be, especially since they didnt explain anything, but when you come to understand it then you get some really fun combat.

Though its really not a solo friendly game, if you cant get some friends in or are good at getting other random players to help then it will be no fun. If you can get a friend in then its a rather fun game.