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Platform 3DS Publisher Atlus Developer Atlus Release Date 07/16/2013

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Shin Megami Tensei 4 review: sympathy for the devil

convincing a much-desired demon to join my side provided more joy than winning any old battle Shin Megami Tensei 4's twisting plot is saturated in godly mythos and religious allegory. Angelic figures make appearances as often as their demonic counterparts, and the game is heavy on the burden of knowledge and choice associated with Adam, Eve and the fall of man. Silent protagonist Flynn and his companions Walter, Jonathan and Isabeau are sworn into a holy force of samurai who protect the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado by battling demons. The quartet is sent on a mission to hunt down a mysterious figure known as the Black Samurai. Before long, all hell breaks loose, and they're transported to a desolate, post-apocalyptic Tokyo of the future. Flynn and company trudge through this...

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Nintendo bringing Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101 and others to Comic-Con

Nintendo is bringing Pikmin 3, Wind Waker HD and a handful of other Wii U and 3DS games to Comic-Con International this weekend, as well as to a special gaming lounge adjacent to the convention that will be open to the general public, the company announced today. Nintendo's show floor booth in the San Diego Convention Center will focus largely on upcoming Wii U title Pikmin 3, with kiosks set up for hands-on demos. Those without a Comic-Con badge can still gets hands-on time with a number of Nintendo games in the Nintendo Gaming Lounge, a public gaming space set up in the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina hotel next to the convention center. Playable titles include: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (3DS) Bayonetta 2 (Wii U) Disney Infinity (Wii U) Donkey Kong Country...

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Meet the tokusatsu monster makers behind Shin Megami Tensei 4's demon designs

Shin Megami Tensei 4, finally due out next week in the U.S., was created with the help of a fair number of character and demon designers. Chief among them are Yasushi Nirasawa and Tamotsu Shinohara, two names that aren't too familiar to gamers but should be to hardcore fans of the tokusaku genre of Japanese TV, including Kamen Rider and all the assorted Power Rangers-y "Super Sentai Series" shows. Both of them have worked extensively across the genre, designing superhero outfits and evil-looking monsters for them to fight, and Nirasawa even contributed designs to the 2004 film Godzilla: Final Wars. "I used to play tons of RPGs," Nirasawa said in an interview with Famitsu magazine, "back when 2D games were the norm. SMT was one of the games I enjoyed the most, and the demon designs drew...

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Buy Fire Emblem: Awakening, Shin Megami Tensei 4, get $30 credit

Nintendo 3DS owners who pick up both Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei 4 will be able to register the games on Club Nintendo and get a $30 credit in the eShop on 3DS or Wii U, Nintendo and Atlus announced today. The promotion runs from Shin Megami Tensei 4's North American release date, July 16, through Aug. 31. It applies in the U.S. and Canada for retail and digital copies of both games; they just have to be registered to the same account by the end of August. After registration is complete, customers will be required to complete registration surveys — also by the Aug. 31 deadline — in order to receive the credit. Club Nintendo members will be able to use the credit for any purchases in the eShop. Fire Emblem: Awakening launched to critical acclaim in North America...

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Shin Megami Tensei leans toward male leads because of the series’ survival aspects

The Shin Megami Tensei franchise typically features male protagonists because each game is survival driven and "on average male figures have a better chance to survive than females," character designer Masayuki Doi told Siliconera during an interview. Speaking with the site about upcoming title Shin Megami Tensei 4, Doi said that male heroes weren't specific to one game, but "the core Shin Megami Tensei in general." "Of course, there are very strong females — strong willed and females with strong physique, that survive, so we hand pick a few of those strong female archetypes to represent the female side," Doi said. Doi added that "it would be cool" to have a female lead in the next game, but the series has a tradition that some think it should uphold. "However, there are...

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Shin Megami Tensei IV's director reflects on the 'subtractive process' to game design

Shin Megami Tensei IV, latest in Atlus's series of occult, demonic (and also really hard) role-playing games, is finally out in Japan — something that fills director Kazuyuki Yamai with relief. "Counting the concept period," he told Famitsu magazine, "we've been working on this for four years straight, so it's hard to put into words how it feels. When I make something, I tend to not leave anything on the table, but with this game, the feeling that I've done everything I can is stronger than ever. This is something I learned from Kazuma Kaneko [the series' story writer and demon designer], but it's a process of subtraction as we develop. We focus on what lies at the core of the game, and we gradually cut away at everything else. Everything, including the characters and sound, is build...

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Shin Megami Tensei 4 introduces smirking and skill whispering

In the Nintendo 3DS exclusive — which is the first of the mainline Megami Tensei games to make it onto the 3DS — players will be able to activate smirking during battle, which then boosts their stats if they achieve a critical hit. If a smirk is carefully timed during battle, players can do more damage and gain the advantage over their enemies. Also new to the series is skill whispering, which is where a player can absorb the abilities of a demon. In a demo of the game that Polygon played, when one of the demons in our party leveled up and learned its last skill, it whispered to us and told us that we could absorb some of its abilities. Players can either ignore this offer to skill whisper, or they can agree to it by selecting the skills they want to absorb from their demon. A...

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Shin Megami Tensei 4 gameplay trailer explains the many duties of demon-killing samurai

An earlier trailer for Atlus' 3DS RPG Shin Megami Tensei 4 laid out the duties of a samurai who fights demons, and a new trailer explains just what that entails. This trailer focuses on the gameplay aspects of the RPG; samurai must battle demons using series-staple abilities like Zio and Bufu magic spells. However, demons aren't just foes for the slaughter, and the player must negotiate with demons to have them join the squad where they can be fused together to create more powerful entities. Shin Megami Tensei 4 comes out on Nintendo 3DS on July 16 in North America.

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Shin Megami Tensei 4 trailer lays down the duties expected of a samurai

The latest trailer for the North American version of Nintendo 3DS role-playing title Shin Megami Tensei 4 showcases the responsibilities and powers of a samurai. According to the video, the samurai has two duties; "to quell the demons" and "to preserve peace in the kingdom." The trailer shows the protagonist being accepted by an AI gauntlet to be its owner, thereby beginning his path to become a samurai. The trailer also features gameplay footage and highlights attacks such as Riot Gun and Heat Wave, and abilities such as healing water. See the previous trailer that proclaims your in-game choices will "create a world." Shin Megami Tensei 4 launches May 23 in Japan, July 16 in North America and a few days later in Europe. Those who pre-order the game through Amazon will get...

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  • Nintendo 3DS
    • Released 07/16/2013
    • Publisher Atlus
    • Developer Atlus
    • Score 8.0
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