Shin Megami Tensei
By Brad Gallaway on November 21, 2014 - 12:03am.
The Q stands for Awesome
HIGH A perfect blend of two outstanding franchises.
LOW A game this good deserves better hardware than the current 3DS.
WTF Meat jelly?!?
By Brad Gallaway on October 8, 2014 - 1:50pm.
HIGH That intro really got me pumped to play.
LOW I have absolutely no recollection of who Marie is.
WTF It's obvious the pillars are going up, not down.
By Marcus Lawrence on September 10, 2014 - 2:51am.
It's The Japanese Scooby Doo Gang!
HIGH Engaging plot, fantastic combat and amazing soundtrack.
LOW When the game comes to an end, repeated dungeon environments.
WTF Reminds me of a harem anime I watched once.
By Sparky Clarkson on August 25, 2013 - 9:57am.
Fafnir, I Choose You!
HIGH Blowing away a boss well above my level in a single turn with some well-chosen elemental attacks, timely smirks, and a lucky crit.
LOW My previous try at that boss, where my ally's poor choice of elemental attack caused the boss to smirk and wipe my party with just two attacks.
WTF Is that a penis demon? I think it's a penis demon.
By Brad Gallaway on August 25, 2013 - 9:49am.
Although I count myself a Shin Megami Tensei a fan in general, I had some hesitation about jumping into SMT IV on 3DS. I haven't been the biggest fan of the portable SMTs and nothing about the previews was really grabbing me. However, the Nintendo offer of $30 eShop credit when combined with purchase of Fire Emblem: Awakening (which I already had, and loved) was too much to resist, especially since I had a couple of games to trade in for credit.
By Mike Bracken on June 25, 2013 - 5:27pm.
A Blast from Mega Ten's Past
HIGH Finally getting some of the hard-to-catch demons to join your squad.
LOW Navigating first-person dungeons can be challenging, even with a map.
WTF This game is one giant WTF moment—in a good way.
By Matthew Kaplan on November 29, 2012 - 6:53pm.
A Year in the Life of Horny, Magical Teenagers
HIGH The Mystery Gang mocking their own corny "Persona!" cries while plastered.
LOW Cut-and-paste dungeons.
WTF Marie's "poetry."
By Brad Gallaway on August 9, 2012 - 3:24pm.
Old Friends Return in a Most Unexpected Fashion
HIGH Labrys' elegant, touching story.
LOW The white story text can sometimes be hard to read.
WTF I forgot how much I missed these characters until Arena reminded me.
By Brad Gallaway on August 4, 2012 - 10:00pm.
First, a disclaimer—this is NOT a review. Just saying. So, Persona 4: Arena... like, WOW. As someone who wasn't really a fan of the BlazBlue fighting games, I wasn't overly excited about the thought of those devs taking one of the best Japanese role-playing games from the last decade (if not the last... ever) and making a fighting game out of it, but I just received a review copy and I've been playing it for the last few days.
By Matthew Kaplan on April 17, 2012 - 7:52pm.
Given the present dearth of strategy and role-playing games on the young Vita, exposure to some classic Atlus games couldn't come at a better time. I recently had a chance to play nine of these games for the first time on Vita and I came away from the experience realizing that, even if most of these games are ports of earlier releases, no one picks up on and supports unique properties the way Atlus does. This is the company that published oddball titles like Hammerin' Hero and Eggs of Steel, after all.
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