Favorite Shin Megami Game?

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#1 Posted by 5socks5 (189 posts) -

What's you guys' favorite Shin Megami game? I personally love Devil Survivor for the DS.

#2 Posted by Lemoncookie01 (1667 posts) -
#3 Posted by Aus_azn (2224 posts) -

Persona 4.

#4 Posted by animateria (3253 posts) -

Persona 3. 
   
Kinda wish I had a PS2 when all those other ones came out though. 
 
The only one I've played during that time is Demi Kids (Yes, it's an SMT game). 
 
The most recent one I finished was Devil Survivor. The game has problems (Like how I composed my party the way I wanted then it forces me to use certain characters in a certain main plot, had to go back and grind forever!). But I found it pretty good. I like the more urgent nature of character interactions compared to P3 (and even more so than P4).

#6 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -

Anything Persona is incorrect, as those aren't actually in the Shin Megami Tensei series.

#7 Edited by Underachiever007 (2468 posts) -
@Aus_azn said:

" Persona 4. "

This. With Persona 3 as a close second. 
 
I have yet to play any of the other Shin Megami games. I plan on checking them out sooner or later, though. Any recommendations?
#8 Posted by 5socks5 (189 posts) -
@LordAndrew: Yes they are. They're a spinoff. There's actually very few main SMT games, so if I limited it to that then it'd be Nocturne every time.
#9 Posted by Jadeskye (4367 posts) -

either Persona 3 or 4, hard to choose.

#10 Posted by ShadowKing7 (753 posts) -

I've only played Persona 4, Nocturne, and Digital Devil Saga 1. 
 
The favorite would be either P4 or Nocturne.  I can't really pick one or the other, they're both too awesome.
#11 Posted by ajamafalous (11993 posts) -

Persona 4, followed by Persona 3.
 
 
Yeah, they're the only two I've played. Sue me.

#12 Posted by Nux (2359 posts) -

Persona 3 and 4.
#13 Posted by Gaff (1748 posts) -

Nocturne!

Of course, since the other main line SMT games were never released in the West and I haven't played Strange Journey yet, that's a bit of a cop-out.

Note: I consider the Persona, Digital Devil Saga, Raidou games "non-canon", so to speak. The SMT label was only put on those games in the West.

#14 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -
@5socks5 said:
" @LordAndrew: Yes they are. They're a spinoff. There's actually very few main SMT games, so if I limited it to that then it'd be Nocturne every time. "
Shin Megami Tensei is a spin-off, Megami Tensei is the umbrella series. Take a look at the page.
#15 Posted by hedfone (1751 posts) -

 Digital Devil Saga 

#16 Posted by Aus_azn (2224 posts) -
@Underachiever007 said:
" @Aus_azn said:

" Persona 4. "

This. With Persona 3 as a close second.  I have yet to play any of the other Shin Megami games. I plan on checking them out sooner or later, though. Any recommendations? "
I meant that.
#17 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -

Thus, the only answer I will accept is Nocturne. :P

#18 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

Persona 3 , Noctune , devil summoner

#19 Posted by L1GHTN1N (456 posts) -

Persona 3 is my number 1, then from there it's a tie between Nocturne/Persona4/Digital Devil Saga/Devil Survivor. They're all great in their own ways I simply cannot choose only for 2nd place!

#20 Posted by keyhunter (3207 posts) -

Best gameplay goes to Devil Survivor. Best story goes to P4.

#21 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -

I recommend this thread be moved to the Megami Tensei forum, since that's what it's about...

#22 Posted by Mechanical_Ape (251 posts) -
@LordAndrew:  Actually, there isn't anything wrong with it. If you want to be absolutely correct, only Megami Tensei 1, Megami Tensei 2, and Last Bible were Megami Tensei games. Since those three, every game has been labeled under the Shin Megami Tensei brand. Technically, he is asking which game, other than the first three, is your favorite.
#23 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -
@Mechanical_Ape said:
" Since those three, every game has been labeled under the Shin Megami Tensei brand. "
Thanks to Atlus USA. Shin Megami Tensei is still its own series though, and that's the series this franchise page covers.
#24 Posted by Mechanical_Ape (251 posts) -
@LordAndrew:  It has nothing to do with Atlus USA. The first game to carry the Shin Megami Tensei name was Shin Megami Tensei for the Super Famicom, which was never released in the US. Since that game, every game has used the Shin Megami Tensei brand, both in Japan and outside.
 
I assume it came about because SMT1, 2, and If were all popular in Japan, so when they started to make more spinoff games they decided to keep the name as an identifier.
#25 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -
@Mechanical_Ape said:
"Since that game, every game has used the Shin Megami Tensei brand, both in Japan and outside."
Only the games listed on this franchise page use the Shin Megami Tensei brand in Japan. Or can you find me evidence that Atlus considers the Persona games part of the SMT series?
#26 Edited by mutha3 (4985 posts) -

Hate to be unoriginal here, but P4 is my favorite. I'll give a shout out to Raidou 2, though,- because I know that game doesn't get the love it deserves!
 
@Mechanical_Ape said:

" @LordAndrew: Since that game, every game has used the Shin Megami Tensei brand, both in Japan and outside. "

No.
 
The last SMT game to carry SMT in its title in Japan is Nocturne.
#27 Posted by Gaff (1748 posts) -
@mutha3
Hate to be unoriginal here, but P4 is my favorite. I'll give a shout out to Raidou 2, though,- because I know that game doesn't get the love it deserves!
 
@Mechanical_Ape said:

" @LordAndrew: Since that game, every game has used the Shin Megami Tensei brand, both in Japan and outside. "

No.
 
The last SMT game to carry SMT in its title in Japan is Nocturne.
Strange Journey would like to have a word with you!
#28 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -
@mutha3 said:
" I'll give a shout out to Raidou 2, though,- because I know that game doesn't get the love it deserves! "
Because it didn't have a long enough name.
#29 Posted by mutha3 (4985 posts) -
@Gaff said:
" @mutha3
Hate to be unoriginal here, but P4 is my favorite. I'll give a shout out to Raidou 2, though,- because I know that game doesn't get the love it deserves!
 
@Mechanical_Ape said:

" @LordAndrew: Since that game, every game has used the Shin Megami Tensei brand, both in Japan and outside. "

No.
 
The last SMT game to carry SMT in its title in Japan is Nocturne.
Strange Journey would like to have a word with you! "
D'OH
 
Completely slipped my mind!
#30 Posted by Juno500 (429 posts) -
@mutha3 said:
No.  The last SMT game to carry SMT in its title in Japan is Nocturne. "
Strange Journey had it.
#31 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11004 posts) -
@LordAndrew: It says Shin Megami Tensei right on the box. That's good enough for me. 
 
Plus, on a site like this, where many people (such as myself) have only experienced anything SMT because of the ER, I have a feeling that P4 would get the most responses. 
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#32 Posted by Jeust (10643 posts) -

Persona 3: FES.

#33 Edited by Trebz (487 posts) -

Persona 3, cuz it's the only one I've played so far. I'll remedy that in the very near future, though.

#34 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -
@MooseyMcMan said:
" @LordAndrew: It says Shin Megami Tensei right on the box. That's good enough for me. "
That's why the thread should be moved. The Megami Tensei series was clearly the TC's intention (thanks for the confusion, Atlus USA), so I'm not about to force everyone to pick actual Shin Megami Tensei games. The only acceptable answer to that question would be Nocturne.
#35 Posted by mutha3 (4985 posts) -
@MooseyMcMan said:
" @LordAndrew: It says Shin Megami Tensei right on the box. That's good enough for me.  Plus, on a site like this, where many people (such as myself) have only experienced anything SMT because of the ER, I have a feeling that P4 would get the most responses.  "
P4 would probably get the most votes on any general gaming forum. Its probably the most popular/well-liked among the masses.
 
On a SMT-centric fansite, I'd wager Nocturne would take the crown.
#36 Posted by The_Hiro_Abides (1263 posts) -

I'll have to go with Noctune.  


 
It was my first Shin Megami Tensei game, and it's still awesome. 
 
And then I'm fond of Persona 3 and 4. 
 
And I'm somewhere in the middle of Digital Devil Saga and Strange Journey.
#37 Posted by Landon (4143 posts) -

Persona 3 or 4

#38 Posted by MikkaQ (10288 posts) -

Either Persona 3 or 4, but they're so damn similar that I can't decide.

#39 Posted by Red (5995 posts) -

Persona 4, although 3 holds a special place in my heart.

#40 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -

Why hasn't Video_Game_King shown up yet to set the Devil Survivor fans straight?

#41 Posted by 5socks5 (189 posts) -
@LordAndrew: Haha well technically it's a spinoff of a spinoff then.
#42 Edited by 5socks5 (189 posts) -
@LordAndrew: No it wasn't. Not whatsoever. I even said my favorite game was an SMT game, Devil Survivor.
#43 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19339 posts) -

Persona 3 FES, but it's not really an SMT game.

#44 Posted by BrandNameCommercial (56 posts) -

Persona 4 takes the top spot, really appreciated the little social life gameplay changes between 3 and 4. Devil Survivor is a close second.

#45 Posted by Animasta (14691 posts) -

Nocturne. That game was BALLIN.

#46 Posted by MannyMAR (451 posts) -

Nocturne's my favorite hands down, but honorable mentions are due for P4 and DDS.

#47 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -
@5socks5 said:
" @LordAndrew: No it wasn't. Not whatsoever. I even said my favorite game was an SMT game, Devil Survivor. "
Devil Survivor is not part of the Shin Megami Tensei series. It's part of Megami Tensei. The Japanese title is Megami Ibunroku Devil Survivor, indicating it is a Megami Tensei sidestory, but not part of Shin Megami Tensei which is its own thing.
 
Atlus USA only chose to tack "Shin Megami Tensei" onto the titles of all their Megami Tensei localizations after they released Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, which really is an SMT game. Prior to that they had attempted to put some of them into the "Revelations" series, so they're obviously fine with making up names. Whether Atlus USA calls it "Revelations" or "Shin Megami Tensei", it refers to the Megami Tensei series.
#48 Posted by Spursfan20 (36 posts) -

Persona 4
#49 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -

Oh! I just noticed the thread title says "Shin Megami", which means "true goddess"... or to look at it another way, it means nothing. There has never been such a thing as Shin Megami!

#50 Posted by Otogi (253 posts) -
@LordAndrew said:
" Oh! I just noticed the thread title says "Shin Megami", which means "true goddess"... or to look at it another way, it means nothing. There has never been such a thing as Shin Megami! "
Not even that, really. Since the original Megami Tensei, as far as I know, and there was at least one other game in between MT and SMT. I'm not even sure what the hell that title means anymore.
 
As for the thread, though, Persona 4, hands down.

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