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New releases: Demon slavery is back in style photo
New releases: Demon slavery is back in style
by Fraser Brown

It's Monday and I almost forgot. Here was me assuming it was still the weekend, but no, the new week has began and we've got a bunch of new releases to look forward to, or not. Shin Megami Tensei IV is the stand out new release this week, making 3DS owners appropriately smug. Dale's a fan, to put it lightly. 

Also dropping during the squishy middle part of July is Dynasty Warriors 8, the latest title in a series that I'm sure is now only being churned out for Jim; Time and Eternity drops on PS3, and is a game I know nothing about save that it deals with time travel and looks pretty; and the Italian adventure game with a silly name Face Noir launches on PC. 

What's got you all hot and bothered this week, chums?

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11:00 AM on 07.11.2013

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem for 'different' audience

Fire Emblem: Awakening opened to phenomenal reception both critically and commercially, and if early reviews are anything to go by, Shin Megami Tensei IV will follow suit. Naturally, this seems like the perfect opportunity to...

Chris Carter



Review: Shin Megami Tensei IV photo
Review: Shin Megami Tensei IV
by Dale North

It has been nine long years since we've enjoyed Atlus' role-playing masterwork, Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. Yep, it's been nine long years since we've seen a numbered title in Atlus' core franchise (though Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey was a really nice tie-over).  That's a long time to wait for the follow-up to one of my favorite games of all time. 

Even so, fans were surprised to learn that the next numbered SMT game would be a portable title. The change from console to portable was certainly welcome, but even this portable game fan had some reservations. But now that I've reveled in Atlus' strange world once more I can tell you that all the dungeons, demons, and darkness you could ever want are here, fully intact.

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Contest: Win a signed SMT IV poster and 3DS skin! photo
Contest: Win a signed SMT IV poster and 3DS skin!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners are Charlietime, neonoxide, iwasabunny, Tim Douglas, and Shadowfox!]

In celebration of the launch of Shin Megami Tensei IV stateside, our friends at Atlus have given us three signed SMT IV E3 posters and five SMT IV 3DS skins to hand out to the biggest RPG nerds at Destructoid! (Sorry Dale; no staff.)

To win one of these beauties, you need to take a picture of your RPG collection (games, memorabilia, etc.) and post it in the comments below. (Please include a hand-drawn Dtoid logo or robot somewhere in the picture so we know you didn't just steal it from the Internet.) The three most dedicated RPG fans will win a signed poster and 3DS skin, and two runners-up will win a 3DS skin. And hey, get creative! We're looking for the biggest fans, not just the biggest wallets. More than size matters this time around!

You have until this Sunday, July 14 at 11:59 PM Pacific to post your pic, and the contest is open to anyone with a U.S. mailing address. Have fun! And stay tuned next week; we've got an even bigger Shin Megami Tensei IV contest planned on launch day :)

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Register SMT IV and Fire Emblem and get $30 eShop credit photo
Register SMT IV and Fire Emblem and get $30 eShop credit
by Dale North

Niiiiiiiiice! When I caught early word of this deal I just grinned. What a wonderful way to get two of the best role-playing games I've played in a long time in the hands of more gamers.

Here's how it works: Register both upcoming Atlus RPG Shin Megami Tensei IV and the brilliant strategy RPG Fire Emblem: Awakening on your Club Nintendo account and get a $30 credit to use in Nintendo's eShop for the 3DS. Both retail and digital purchases of either game are eligible, too. So if you already have Fire Emblem Awakening (you should!), know that you're in for a free $30 credit when you pick up SMT IV. How freakin' awesome is that?

This deal begins on July 16 and runs through August 31. 

So if you were on the fence about Shin Megami Tensei IV, get off. This game is amazing. And if you think about it, you're getting the game, a collectible case, a strategy book, a CD, and a bonus $30 to spend.

Come back tomorrow morning for our full Shin Megami Tensei IV review. A preview? It's fantastic.

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9:00 AM on 07.04.2013

DO YOU WANT TO SEE SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI IV UNBOXING?

DO YOU WANT TO SEE SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI IV UNBOXING VIDEO? DO YOU? ME NOT KNOW YOU WELL ENOUGH. GIVE ME 1 [Life Stone]. AWOOOOOOOO! NOT SATISFIED. GIVE ME 677 MACCA. AWOOOOOOOO! GIVE ME 1 [Medicine]. OK. I SHOW YOU VIDEO. WE CAN BE FRIENDS.

Dale North

1:00 AM on 06.10.2013

Shin Megami Tensei IV equipped with day-one DLC

Shin Migami Tensei IV will have an assortment of downloadable content available at launch, Atlus has announced. In addition to retailer-specific pre-order bonus costumes, the publisher will be offering a variety of DLC to hel...

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 PM on 06.02.2013

Shin Megami Tensei IV reigns supreme atop Japanese charts

Shin Megami Tensei IV had a strong opening week in Japan, topping the charts with nearly 190,000 copies sold. According to the analysts at Japanese sales tracking company Media Create, the Atlus role-playing game unloade...

Kyle MacGregor



Devilish delight: Shin Megami Tensei IV hands-on photo
Devilish delight: Shin Megami Tensei IV hands-on
by Dale North

In a room full of peers I embarrassed myself. A few weeks back, I found myself in a meeting room along with folks that head up a lot of the other gaming websites and magazines in America. After a brief presentation, Atlus started to ask the group for a few volunteers to be the first to play Shin Megami Tensei IV. Before their sentence finished I found my peers laughing at me. They were laughing at a grunt that came forth from my mouth, almost involuntarily. I found myself frantically waving my hands in the air, insisting to be among the first to play.

Needless to say, I'm pretty excited about Shin Megami Tensei IV

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6:30 PM on 05.24.2013

Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers hits Europe in September

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner Soul Hackers is coming to Europe on September 13, a French trailer for the forthcoming role-player has revealed. Atlus first put out the cyberpunk dungeon crawler as a Japan-only release bac...

Kyle MacGregor





1:39 PM on 05.23.2013

Brand new Shin Megami Tensei IV trailer for you samurai

We have a brand new trailer for Atlus' upcoming 3DS RPG Shin Megami Tensei IV. This one shows off a bit of gameplay and battling in an overview of the game, putting you into the shoes of a new samurai recruit. The informatio...

Dale North

4:30 PM on 05.16.2013

Shin Megami Tensei IV video showcases English voicework

Shin Megami Tensei IV hits shelves in Japan next week and its North American release is right around the corner. To celebrate several more weeks of waiting Atlus USA has decided to drop a trailer to remind everyone that we h...

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 AM on 04.29.2013

Tons more Shin Megami Tensei IV info released

We're all excited to play the newest main series entry in the Shin Megami Tensei series, but that day is still a few months away. For now, we'll have to deal with more info on Shin Megami Tensei IV, compliments of Atlus' Nico...

Chris Carter

11:00 PM on 04.25.2013

Shin Megami Tensei IV teaser wants to know who you are

Shin Megami Tensei IV is coming to America on July 16. All you SMT fans know this already, and are probably as pumped up as Dale North is about it. Well get ready to get extra hyper crazy thanks to this little teaser trailer Atlus put out. Not much is shown off, but we do see some gameplay plus hear an English voice tell us that "The choices you make will no longer bear only on you." Spooky.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:15 PM on 04.25.2013

SMT X Fire Emblem, Monolith Soft's X reconfirmed for West

[Awkward Zombie by Katie Tiedrich] Two of the more mind-blowing Wii U announcements in the past few months have been Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and Monolith Soft's "X," the spiritual successor to Xenoblade. For the soft...

Tony Ponce

11:00 AM on 04.19.2013

You can wear a GameStop costume in Shin Megami Tensei 4

I had a feeling that we'd see some version of the Japanese promotional DLC costumes for Shin Megami Tensei 4 here in North America. Japan had several different retailer-themed downloadable costumes for the game's pr...

Dale North