I've never played a (non-Persona) Shin Magemi Tensei game, and have kind of wanted to try SMTIV since it came out, based on positive reception. It also seemed like a good entry point for newcomers. However, I have yet to get around to it, and SMTIV Apocalypse is now also getting some good early reception. So I wonder if it may be an even better one to try?
I know it's not actually out yet in NA until tomorrow (and maybe not out anywhere besides Japan yet?), so I'm guessing not a lot of people have played it. But based on information released thus far, if I can only play one would there be any reason to play SMTIV over Apocalypse? From what I gather at the moment, Apocalypse is enough of its own story that you don't have to play SMTIV first. And the early reviews seem to suggest the gameplay systems may be a little more refined in Apocalypse. I will realistically only have time for one of these (if even that) given limited time and everything else I have to play. So I'm trying to figure out if I only play one, which should I go for? Any insight here from some pros would be appreciated! :D