With the latest entry to the Shin Megami Tensei universe - Shin Megami Tensei IV Final - it's worth to take a step back and look at it's prequel, or rather, at its back story.
The Shin Megami Tensei series is an extensive series of games dating back to 1987, and based on the Digital Devil Story novels. The main jist of the series is that you go around and kill, as well as recruit, gods and monsters from various different mythologies. The overall pantheon in this game is large, containing over 400 different demons, including those from Greek myths, Indian legends, and Bible records.
Art: The art follows quite closely to the previous games, mainly because Kaneko's designs were reused for most demons. That is not a bad thing as his designs are classic and intuitive, and have a peculiar design to them that gives most a mysterious look, while still preserving their appearances as they are described from the source material. The new art, however, designed by a different artist, exceeds at some points and fails in others. Some of the art, like that of the Minotaur, are both beautifully and cleverly done, and you'll notice certain details if you look in closely (like the face on the Minotaur's snout). However, some art is simply atrocious, like that of Lucifer's, and god forbid, Yaso Magatsuhi. Lucifer looks like he was drawn with coloring pencils, and he retains none of that gentlemanly look that he had in the former series. The apparel that he maintains in this game also doesn't include those snazzy clothes that he had in former games.
Story: The story is your typical Shin Megami Tensei story. Trouble starts brewing in the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado, and it's your duty to investigate Naraku to find out the cause. If you played former games, then you'll notice similarities between all of them, as they all start with very local troubles that are human in nature and then quickly spirals into a multiversal battle between gods. This game is no exception. By the end, you'll be fighting the likes of Lucifer and the God's chariot to either preserve or destroy the current status quo. It always makes me wonder how the protagonist jumps from human to metaversal level in these games with seemingly no power ups.
Gameplay: The gameplay is your typical turn-based battle role playing. However, what I always enjoyed about the SMT series is that there is never a need to grind for levels. The game itself is very strategic, with different demons having different strengths and weaknesses. It is always enjoyable, and sometimes frustrating, to recruit demons and then proceed to fuse a completely new one that you didn't have before. It's like Pokemon, but much darker. Sometimes navigating on the main map can get frustrating since it is hard to tell apart roads from walls, but over all, it's just mindless fun as you play and level up your characters to perfection. It also has numerous endings, as well as NG+ quests and demons, so it's highly replayable.
Verdict: While the game itself has some shortcomings, the fun that you'll have with it and the replay value means that you'll be spending a lot of time, so it's definitely worth checking out. Easily the best RPG, and possibly game, that is localized on the 3DS. 10/10
Dream: Will post a little later what the next voted anime will be that I will watch and review.
Jan 18, 2020 19:48:38 GMT
Dream: Next anime up to cover will be Dance in the Vampire Bund. Suppose a short anime will do for now following Chobits.
Jan 18, 2020 21:32:36 GMT
Dream: Concluding things at episode 2 with Vampire Bund for the night. Hoping to get back to Basquatch tomorrow, as long as I'm not swamped with anything.
Jan 19, 2020 3:00:33 GMT
Dream: Geez, it's really quiet. No activity in the forums since I posted my review from yesterday.
Jan 19, 2020 15:57:41 GMT
Taka: I'll email the receipts. The best anime and manga of 2019 will be extended to Wed. I don't get time off for Mon because of community service. Please vote if you haven't yet. Thank you!
Jan 19, 2020 20:44:07 GMT
Dream: Hmmmm... looks like the version of Vampire Bund I'm seeing on Funi's YouTube channel's an edited version. A couple minutes of episode 2 were clearly removed with Mina in nothing but underwear battling human assassins. Then again, recall there was a good...
Jan 19, 2020 22:49:15 GMT
Dream: ...deal of controversy with the series a decade earlier thanks to the seemingly underaged nudity of Mina while in her younger form.
Jan 19, 2020 22:50:13 GMT
Dream: Not sure if I should be donning the nostalgia goggles or not giving a damn. Looks like the original Digimon Adventure series is getting a reboot airing starting in the Spring season.
Jan 21, 2020 3:21:13 GMT
Taka: I'll watch it if there's nothing catching my eye in Spring. winter 2020 was a weak anime season for me.
Jan 22, 2020 18:29:46 GMT
Dream: Wouldn't say it's all bad for me. Have a few titles holding my interest. Just it typically doesn't have as many major titles of note that would hold me over.
Jan 22, 2020 23:54:44 GMT
Dream: Done with Vampire Bund. Will be working on a review of it before I hop into the next Funi series. Hoping to get it up either tonight or tomorrow, depending on how lengthy my thoughts get.
Jan 24, 2020 1:44:49 GMT