Shin Megami Tensei has always been a fairly niche franchise. Outside of the increasingly successful Persona series, recently seeing a great deal of success with Persona 4, most Mega-Ten games have a fairly limited appeal in the west. While modern Persona games are appealing due to their social links, bright colors, and emphasis on flashy High School drama, the SMT series proper is essentially its antithesis, with an emphasis on isolation, desperation, and generally, an insular heavy theme.
In fact, “insular” is probably the best way to describe the newest iteration in the SMT franchise, as SMT IV does very little to welcome new fans. But for those of you who are already in, you really can’t go wrong, even if a few corners were cut to bring the game to the 3DS. Read more… »