1. Greymane

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    just the way i like it.
     
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    At first I was upset that the release date got pushed back from their placeholder of March but with Subnautica, Far Cry 5, Radiant Historia, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XV, and a bunch of other games coming out in the next couple of months I'll have plenty of things to do until then. I rather enjoyed Strange Journey the first time around. In fact, it was the first Megami Tensei game I played. I got a DS flashcard and looked at Nintendo's list of DS games and downloaded any that looked/sounded interesting. Good times...
     
  3. MajinCubyan

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    Something to hold me over until SMT V comes out. o3o
     
  4. FireEmblemGuy

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    Final/Apocalypse pretty much assumes you know close to the entirety of IV; if you try and get any backstory from the NPCs you'll just hear a hundred different variations on "there's this great guy named Flynn from some place called Mikado and I want to suck his dick". The entire setting spoils most of what leads up to the endgame of IV anyways.

    I don't know why anyone would want to play it if they weren't already familiar with IV; the minor upgrades to the battle system are nice, but not worth the bad fanfiction level of writing that the entire plot suffers.
     
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    Which is funny since they say it's another "route" of SMTIV. Why would you recommend the "continuation" or alternate universe of a game without playing the original? That's like recommending Steins;Gate 0 to someone who hasn't read Steins;Gate.
     
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    Anyone who says there's a "timeline" or overarching plotline to SMT is jerking your chain. Some fans have cobbled together a couple of timelines that could make sense based upon references between games, but it's kind of like assigning a timeline to the Final Fantasy games, and there's nothing official, nor is there any indication that the devs even care. A couple of games have direct connections to others (SMT 2 is a direct continuation of SMT 1, SMT4 Apocalypse has direct ties to SMT4, and the Persona games are pretty referential between each other), but in general you can start wherever you want and not be lost.

    Basically, don't start with SMT 2 or any game that references another in the title. If you want to start at the very beginning of the series, that's Megami Tensei for NES; there's a fan translation of the SNES remake. That's another good point, actually; a lot of the older games weren't released in English. The first MegaTen game we got over here was a Virtual Boy game called Jack Bros, but the first one anyone cared about was Revelations: Persona. Also, IMO, a lot of the older (read: PSX or older) games haven't aged very well. Some people will argue that means you should start with them, so that the newer games are more of a palette-cleanser, but I'd suggest avoiding them at first until you decide whether or not the series as it is now is your cup of tea. You can always go backwards if you decide that appeals to you.

    Additionally, MegaTen games tend to be, if not tougher, definitely more strategic than other RPG series. Grinding is generally a lost cause, due to the level curve for your demons, and preparation means more to your chances at victory than raw stats. Be prepared to get destroyed a lot, then come back with a team tailor-made to turn whatever defeated you last inside-out. The beginning is generally the most difficult part, due to your limited options for countering boss strategies.

    I find this funny, considering the original Strange Journey was my first SMT game. It was tough as nails, but I'd imagine Redux will alleviate that somewhat with the QOL features vanilla Strange Journey didn't have.

    If Atlus decides to put a Persona game on the Switch, it'll probably be Persona Q 2. Mainline SMT seems to be Atlus' Nintendo-exclusive series (with the exception of Nocturne), while Persona (with the exception of Persona Q) seems to be Sony platform-exclusive.
     
  7. scionae

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    I already love the artworks, oh yeah!
     
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    definitely i gonna get this one
     
  9. robertrobertblaze11

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    its going to be fun
     
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