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Shin Megami Tensei IV
ESRB Rating
M - Mature
Nintendo 3DS


In 1492, the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado is protected by high walls, with the castle and its king at the center. A young warrior, 18 years old, has just been chosen to become a Samurai, one who, with the aid of a special tool called a Gauntlet, will serve as a secret protector of the city. It is the duty of the Samurai to exterminate a demon threat of which its citizens are unaware. However, the situation is not as simple as human versus demon. There are factions within the human group that must be discovered and understood in order for alliances to be formed, paths set, and the destiny of the world decided.
The life of a Samurai is fraught with peril. Players must leave the safety of the kingdom in order to defend it from the invading demons. There the story unfolds as they become involved in a fierce battle between God and demons. Shin Megami Tensei IV is a single player experience.

The core mechanic of the Shin Megami Tensei series returns with more than 400 demons to recruit, collect, and fuse together. Players will constantly be challenged with balancing the strengths of their demons to ultimately excel in battle.

Throughout the player's journey, they must choose their own path. The choices will affect them, other NPCs, and the overall outcome of the story. Branching story paths require careful consideration since the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado and the post-apocalyptic remnants of Tokyo hang in the balance.

The Press Turn system requires strategic thinking for every battle. Pinpointing an enemy's weakness will provide a vital extra turn for players to exploit. But there are dangers as well... reckless attacks against demons cause players to lose their turns and give the enemy an opening to strike back.

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  • Michael M.
  • 1/2/2014 8:27:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: Great combat, huge variety of demons, nice story
and maybe I'm a masochist, but the difficulty level is great. Winning is less about levels, more about strategy(although levels help)

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: great game so far! Going for the neutral path.

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  • Rachel H.
  • 12/8/2013 10:08:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsBest Value for Money!

Pros: I bought this game on Black Friday @ the price of $27.99, was only expecting the SMTVI cartridge. To my amazement, it came in a pretty box with a guide book & Original OST! I haven't started playing the game yet but I've heard nothing but good reviews, plus me being a longtime fan of this series. But honestly I did NOT expect the extra freebies! Buy it!!

Cons: Can't really think of any right now.

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  • Peter M.
  • 7/23/2013 9:05:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4 out of 5 eggsWarning: You will be Addicted

Pros: Action packed, turn-based JRPG game with just the right amount of story and decent English voice acting. If you're on the fence on this one, just take the dive. At time of writing few 3ds games can compete with this one. Friendly warning: make sure you have a lot of spare time before you start this one as it will quickly have you addicted.

If you've already got Fire Emblem Awakening, there's a deal going on right now on club nintendo for $30 eShop credit if you get this title, too. So you can use the credit to get a lot of dlc from both games (or whatever else you may want from the eShop).

Cons: The game may seem super difficult, but knowledge is everything. If you know the weaknesses of the enemy battles become very one-sided and easy. So often your goal becomes to exploit weaknesses and clear the field before you can get hit (enemies often hit very hard in this game). Though, death isn't necessarily an end-game you can even use your play coins to "respawn" so it's not really that big a deal, add to that you can save anywhere in this title and have two save slots.

There's a $2 dlc that makes leveling very quick (in the dlc mobs drop items that will autolevel you on use), which I can see how some people would despise as it seems very much "pay to win." (Or at least, pay to not have to grind for hours).

Other Thoughts: The strategy guide looks nifty and well crafted, but I don't really need it and would not have bought it if it hadn't come bundled.

A lot of 3ds titles (and even some vita titles) come packed with a cd of the sound track. I'm not sure what is up with this recent fad, is it a Japanese thing?

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/22/2013 4:05:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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3 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: Well I only played the game for a bit but I don't think I would be able to enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

Cons: Well one as much as I enjoyed the battle system of the game on the consoles here on portable hurts it and I prefer the enemies to have animations so for me this is a step back and another thing is the difficulty its rather high sure the game is dark and hard but I think it may be too difficult for newcomers.

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  • Thomas K.
  • 7/21/2013 12:57:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsIts SMT, baybee! Where ur curley moustache at?

Pros: You don't instantly game over if the MC dies in battle. Also, if you do die, you'll respawn roughly where you died at the cost of in-game money or 3DS coins so no cheap and unfair lost progress. You can also SAVE and LOAD anywhere! Easily the best improvements this sequel makes.

If you like your RPGs difficult, you can't get much harder than SMT.

If you DON'T like your RPGs difficult, there's an added difficulty select you can access once you die twice.

Keeping up with the trend of an ever expanding roster of monsters, SMT IV contains around a bajillion demons to collect

The story is really good. The writers attempted to incorporate themes like you would expect out of a book you'd read in English class. Then there's the actual story progression which is intriguing and mysterious. Its great stuff if you're into that sort of thing.

graphics are kind of good and bad. The playfield you walk around on is in 3d and looks really good. But everything else is in 2d. Most of the 2d stuff even looks good, except the battles where the sprites move so they're not static images. Unfortunately the sprite moment is mostly lazy stretching and bending animations.

the music is really good!

Briefly features Cam Clarke's voice!

Cons: as with other jRPGs, game can get kind of boring and repetitive.

It can also pull frustrating stuff like kill you and your team off before you can fight back.

SMTIV makes lousy use of the 3d feature. BUT WHO CARES?! Seriously, its mostly 2d sprites popping out on a 3d plane. Boring.

the premiums that come with the 1st edition version are kind of lame. Specifically the book. I guess its supposed to be an art book and walkthrough, but it has less than 10 pages of actual art and the walkthrough only covers a fraction of the game.

Other Thoughts: I haven't completed the game yet, but I've gotten as far as the included guide book ends and I'm enjoying it so much that, hey, 5 egg rating.

Be advised this isn't a game for everyone.

I've played a bunch of other games in this franchise (Digital Devil Saga, Devil Survivor, Persona 1-4), but the only other SMT game I've played was Nocturne. That was a game that did its best to make me hate it with the cheapest most unfair garbage it could muster. SMT IV is waaaaay more forgiving. People have compared SMT IV to Dark Souls. Sure it will jerk you around every now and then, but its not even close to being that bad.

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