Persona 4, but I have only played that and P3 (which I also love) to completion. I have dabbled in Devil Survivor, which I can not complete until I get my own 3DS, and I intend on playing Nocturne, which I am somewhat frightened of.
Favorite Shin Megami Game?
" @LordAndrew said:You must be thinking of"Megami Ibunroku"(i don't care how its spelled) it translates roughly to "goddess sidestory" and Persona 1 and the first non-raidou Devil Summoner carried that title. They were dropped by the time they reached Persona 3 and Raidou 1, though." 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. "
Nocturne, of course. Fantastic game all around.
Persona 4 Golden follows it pretty closely. I like Persona 3 a whole lot and I used to consider it better than Persona 4 at least in part because they don't repeat dialog anywhere near as much (let me remind you, in painfully long fashion, of this thing that we just told you two minutes ago!) I still think it has a better story but overall, I'll take P4 over P3.
I didn't actually like SMTIV all that much at first but I've been warming up to it more and more. Not on the same level as the above mentioned game, but mechanically it's pretty great. Usually.
If we're just talking true SMT games then probably SMT4. I didn't fall in love with it as much as I originally thought I might, but overall I think it's a more solid game than Nocturne. At the very least SMT4's flaws are preferably to Nocturne's. I'd love to see a proper remake of SMT1 and 2 some day. Those games have some great ideas, but the SNES versions are way to dated to hold up to modern MegaTen games.
If we're talking the entirety of the MegaTen franchise then P4 still beats that out pretty handily.
Digital Devil Saga might also be up there, but I've never quite settled on how I feel about that series. I remember loving DDS1 and then being extremely disappointed with the conclusion of DDS2. (The way other people feel about Mass Effect 3's ending is almost how I felt about DDS2's.) I really should replay that game and see if I feel any differently.
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