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  1. BORTZ
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    For most of my gaming life, I was unaware of the glory that is the SMT universe. When I got my 3DS I had been waiting to play Devil Survivor. I knew there was a DS versoin of the game, but since I already knew I wanted to play it and there was an upgraded port coming, I just waited. Man. I didnt know what I was missing. After that I decided to get SMT4 because I was told there were tons of demons to collect and fuse. If you guys can recall, I am one of the bigger Dragon Quest Monsters fans around here, because monster collecting is my jam :bortz: The SMT games have excellent stories and fantastic demon design.

    So what have games have you played in the SMT universe? and what side of the Persona/SMT skism do you fall on? I guess this is kinda a big rift between players.

    My resume is rather unimpressive, having only ever played 3 and not beaten any of them:

    SMT: Devil Survivor Overclocked (3DS) Beaten with the power ending
    SMT: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker beaten with Adatchi's regressor ending
    SMT:4 beaten with the chaos ending
    Persona 3 Portable FES: switched over to FES. beaten, watched the answer on youtube.
    Persona 4 Arena: working on all the character stories
    SMT: Soul Hackers: On hold
    SMT:4 A Currently playing. I think I am level 26 or something, having trouble finding my next objective.

    List the games you played, how far you got, and what you think of them.
     
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  2. Arras

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    I played Persona 3 for an hour or two and Devil Survivor 2 for... probably an hour and disliked both :P
     
  3. Foxi4

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    I've clocked quite a bit of hours in Devil Survivor and Persona 3 Portable and I'm nearly finished with Soul Hackers, I also had a lick of Strange Journey, but didn't play it extensively so my resume isn't impressive either. That said, all the games I did invest time in were excellent, so I can vouch for the series wholeheartedly.
     
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    Oh yeah, while I heard about Strange Journey I never played it.

    I guess the only reason its not SMT4 is because it wasnt set in Tokyo lol
     
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  5. emigre

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    Here;s something I wrote a while ago:

    Get a PS2 or at least make sure your computer is capable of emulating the PS2. And a PSP. Below is a list of MegaTen (and spin offs) games that are available in english.

    Standard MegaTen

    Shin Megami Tensei and Shin Megami Tensei II (SNES) Aeon Genesis made translation patches for these two. I've only partially played SMT. Apparently SMT II is better. There's also Shin Megami Tensei If which if I remember correctly is presently being translated. Both are played in the First person perspective.

    SMT III Nocturne or SMT Lucifer's Call if you live in Europe (PS2). IT got translated and is a very good game. IT gives you a good challenge and visuals are very nice. The story is typical MegaTen awesome. It is rather minimalist as you don't buy armour and that type of shit or use a contemporary party system. You can also get Dante off DMC in your party as well which is pretty cool.

    SMT Strange Journey (DS). Spiritually it is SMTIV and but the gameplay fits with the other MegaTen titles. First person dungeon crawler, no traditional party system. Fucking awesome game.

    Persona

    Persona (PS1/PSP). Personally I love Persona. I like the story, the characters and the setting. The game is flawed as fuck. Yet I still love it. The battle system is the greatest but its still more than playable. There's a conventional party system. Though play the PSP version. The PS1 version is pretty fucked up regarding game balance, has the Snow Queen quest, translation and the fact they changed a character's ethnicity.

    Persona 2 Innocent Sin (PS1/PSP). Good game. I liked it. The PS1 version you can emulate it but you have to apply a translation patch by Gemini. The PSP version was translated by Atlus. It has a better menu interface which it makes better than the original in my opinion.

    Persona 2 Eternal Punishment (PS1/PSP). The PSP version isn't in english so your stuck with the PS1 version which is.

    Persona and the Persona 2 duology feel similar to the nominal MEgaTen titles. Persona 3 onwards, shit changes into the life simulator/ dungeon crawler.

    Persona 3 (PS2/PSP/PSN) Persona 3 FES is the best version imo. As it contains an epilogue which concludes the story of the game. P3P is a good version particularly as you can play as a girl and have complete control of you party. Whilst in the PS2 version, you give out broad order i.e. you tell a party member she has to heal and the AI plays on that.

    Persona 4 (PS2/PSV) AWESOME. Essentially the same structure to P3 but with an improved battle system.

    Spin Offs

    Devil Summoner games (PS2) Can't get my hands on them so no comment. They cost a few dabloons. More action orientated than previous MegaTen titles.

    Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2 (PS2). I've only played DDS1 and I rather like it. It uses the same engine as SMT Noctune. Quite a few people absolutely love it.

    Devil Survivor 1 and 2 (DS/3DS). Good games but completely different as its a SRPG. Story is good MegaTen WTFs.

    Personally I suggest Noctune, Strange Journey or P3/P4 as a better way to get into MegaTen. The former two are quintessential MegaTen in terms of gameplay mechanics (dungeon crawling). Whilst Persona 3 and 4 are really accessible in comparison to other titles. Personally I don't think the Devil Survivor games is the best way to start as the gameplay and story structure is different though it has the accessibility of Person 3 and 4 as you a (relatively)conventional party system.
     
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    I played a translation of the original. I enjoyed how out-there they went story-wise.
     
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    Beat Persona 3 Portable on the PSP, and I played a few hours of Persona 4 until the save got corrupted and I said fuck that game.

    Otherwise, haven't dealt with any of the other SMT games really, at least not a whole lot, and I don't really care to check them out either.
     
  8. Hyro-Sama

    Hyro-Sama I'm from the fucking future.

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    • Persona 4
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    Dying to play Nocturne, DDS and SMT IV. I may or may not play P3: FES. Having no control over your party members is kinda irritating IMO.
     
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    at least in the P3P version you can control them directly I am pretty sure.
     
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    Yeah, you can. Just like P4.

    My original plan was to play Portable and watch the FES cutscenes on YouTube, but I have some leftover money burning in my PSN wallet so I may just take the plunge.
     
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    I did not realize that 3 FES was on PSN, nifty
     
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    Have beat Persona 3 and Portable and 4. Devil survivor on 7th day and stopped(cba to finish it).
    Devil Survivor 2 started some days ago(but MH got my attention now :P)
    Haven't played SMT games but wanna try SMT IV but cause i'm the European Masterrace i've gotta wait 2-3 years to come out.
     
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    4 is awesome. As much as ive played that is, and I really like it.
     
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    I've just defeated Benetrash (whatever it was named) in Devil Survivor 2. The game has been entertaining ever since I got it. It was also made into an anime which was pretty cool.
     
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    Colorful yet Dark, love it the most in the series.
     
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    I've heard this series is pretty awesome, but fuck if I know where to start.
     
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    I´ve Played All of Them,Not counting the JP only games, of course.
    It IS my favorite Game Franchise, from the story to the Combat.
    my First SMT game was Devil Survivor, about 5 years ago, when i was still searching for DS games( AKA:getting DS Roms), i saw this game and the cover looked cool, so I dowloaded it. at first, the story was Fucked up, and the combat was brutal for me, but after day 6-7, I couldn´t play anything else other than Devil S, the story was something new to me,as I hadn´t played games Like FF/DQ yet.
    I got the Atsuro´s Ending first,I let almost everyone die through the story (lol) and my party was kicking ass, after the ending I didn´t played it anymore until 3 years ago, when I did all the endings in one month.....

    but after playing more SMT games , I Noticed a little game called Persona 4 for the PS2, I got the emulator and started playing, almost 100 hours later, i decided that this game was my favorite game of all time....

    the combat is Different between every game, but strategy-wise , I´d go with the SMT4 battle system.
    On every game, my party is always : Samael , Seth and Kartikeya, except DS 1/2....
     
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    The persona games seem to be a bit more friendly to the interested gamer. The straight SMT flavor games kinda ball vice you from the start if you arent paying attention.
     
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    There's only a big rift between the people who expect Persona 3/4 out of every SMT game.
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    I have no problem with person fans. Don't really care if someone has different taste, but if you start complaining that every game in a series with a vast amount of spin-offs doesn't play like the games in the spin-off you like, you're an idiot.

    I've played about every game available in English except for Digital Devil Saga duology, every persona except 3, and Devil Survivor 2.

    My favorite entry is Shin Megami Tensei 1, in my opinion it's the best RPG out on the SNES from what I've played and I'm a huge Final Fantasy V fan, but Shin Megami Tensei 1 delivers a unique experience that needs to be played. I usually get shat on by other people because the game feels "dated", when it doesn't.

    SMT IV is probably the weakest in the series for me. The game is way too easy and early mid-game you can start one-shotting enemies that take the fun out of things, the non Kanenko designs are mostly hideous, and the story isn't that great. OST is bitchin' though.

    Also for people who want an amazing Game Boy RPG check out Revelations: The Demon Slayer, it's still one of the best portable MegaTen games.
     
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    Soooooo what's even the different between straight SMT and persona?