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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker is devilishly difficult, set for release on May 5

Feb 18 // Alessandro Fillari
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker (3DS)Developer: AtlusPublisher: AtlusRelease date: May 5, 2015MSRP: $49.99 Set in near-future Japan, the world is facing an invasion from a demonic force known as the Septentriones. As the protagonist, you soon discover that a cellphone app called Nicaea sees the possible future deaths of friends and allies, which may also have clues on to how to stop the invaders. With only seven days to defeat them, the protagonist and his allies make a pact with a demon who dubs them the Devil Messengers, granting them the abilities and strength to fight back. The fate of the world now rests on the group to take down the Septrentriones, but along the way they'll have to manage the responsibilities of controlling an army of demons while handling teenage drama that can distract from the reality of their situation. As stated previously, Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker is an enhanced version of the original game in addition to a substantial amount of new content. Including the original game's Septentrione arc, which features a new script and dialog, cutscenes, updated voice-work and music, and new demons to recruit -- it also has a brand new campaign taking place after the events of the original story known as the Triangulum arc. For those who are familiar with the original arc and want to jump into the new story, you can do so right from the get-go. The Triangulum arc features many parallels to the original story, such as the foreshadowing Nicaea app and returning characters, but there any many deviations that'll surprises returning players. Not to give too much away, but certain characters and events will be entirely different, and will even have players looking at established characters in a new way. Though no progress will be carried over from the original campaign, the new content will take anywhere from 20-30 hours to complete, which also includes more demons and characters to recruit. [embed]287802:57378:0[/embed] Much like its predecessor, Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker tasks players with interacting with party members to forge friendships and create teams to battle armies of demons invading Tokyo. Battles take place in turn-based strategy format, where characters have to maneuver around the field to make their move against the enemy. Bringing four teams into battle, each ally leads their own unit with two demons fighting alongside them. Players will have to think ahead and use their strengths and special skills to outwit enemies. The importance of character interaction is one of the hallmarks of MegaTen, and Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker expands upon that with strategic gameplay. Character interaction and forming friendships is important to succeed, and you'll even have to make deals with the devil (literally) to get your own demon army ahead. Over the course of seven days, you'll have to the strengthen bonds of allies with the Fate System (similar to Persona's Social Links), and recruit powerful demons to stand a chance against the enemy forces. I had a nice amount of time with Record Breaker, and it seems to retain the heart and fun that SMT fans adored from the original title. There's a rabid following for Devil Survivor 2, and it feels that this enhanced version is very much a love letter to the original game that seeks to give it a much more exciting and satisfying finish. I got quite a laugh with the new voice work and script, which remains as self-aware and humorous with its characters than ever. Though there's been some concern about the premium price tag ($49.99), there's definitely a lot more content to go around with this entry. With the updated Septentrione arc along with a sizable epilogue campaign in the Triangulum story arc, Record Breaker is the most robust package in the Devil Survivor series, and it will see even more content with future DLC. It'll certainly tide you over until Persona 5 will be released.
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More than a remaster
What a busy year this is going to be for Atlus. With the release of Persona 5 in the coming months, there are a lot of expectations for what's ahead with the Shin Megami Tensei franchise. In order to keep fans satiated till t...

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Persona 3

Persona 3: The Movie: Falling Down gets a new teaser trailer

Out in April in Japanese theaters
Jan 13
// Chris Carter
On April 4, the third Persona 3: The Movie will hit theaters in Japan, compliments of Aniplex. It has just released a new trailer for the anime film that you can view above. As an aside, the second film will be out...
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Devil Survivor 2

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker is coming westward

Praise Atlus
Dec 10
// Chris Carter
Atlus has sent word that Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker will be heading westward. Due in 2015, the game is exclusive to 3DS. This won't be a straight port, though. For those unaware, this is an enha...
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SMT IV Europe!

At long last, Shin Megami Tensei IV is out in Europe!

Oct 30
// Kyle MacGregor
Good lord, did Atlus take its sweet time, but Shin Megami Tensei IV is finally out in Europe. Also, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Better late than never! The role-playing game is available for &eur...
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Shin Megami Tensei IV hits Europe on October 30

Oct 17
// Kyle MacGregor
It's happening. It's finally happening. The long wait is nearly over. Shin Megami Tensei IV is coming to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand on October 30, Atlus announced today. Wow! That's a lot of p...
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Shin Megami Tensei IV

Shin Megami Tensei IV's release delayed in Europe

Pee-yew in the EU
Sep 03
// Brittany Vincent
Atlus has reported that the European release of Shin Megami Tensei IV has been delayed from September to October. John Hardin, Atlus USA's PR manager, revealed the news on Twitter. He stated that due to a few last-minute EU s...
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Digital Devil Saga

Digital Devil Saga novels coming to the U.S., so read 'em if you refuse to play the series

I know I PERSONA-LLY have to have these
Jul 31
// Brittany Vincent
A series of books based on the Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga series is being published in the U.S. by Bento Books. There are five books in total which are authored by Yu Godai. The first book is titled Quantum Devil ...
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Shin Megami Tensei IV

Shin Megami Tensei IV hits Europe in September

Good things come to those who wait... and wait... and wait...
Jul 30
// Kyle MacGregor
Shin Megami Tensei IV will be summoned to Europe this September, Atlus announced today. The role-playing game will retail for €19.99/£17.99 via the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Atlus notes all the downloadable content will ...
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Atlus 3DS sale

PSA: Four Atlus games on sale on 3DS eShop

Buy 'em if you want, or don't; I'm not a cop
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
If you need a dang long game to hold you over until Persona Q's release, perhaps something else from Atlus is your vice. Provided you didn't pay for them all the other times they seem to have gone on sale (in North America; sorry, Europe). Devil Survivor Overclocked ($14.99)Shin Megami Tensei: Soul Hackers ($14.99) Shin Megami Tensei IV ($24.99)Code of Princess ($14.99)
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Raidou Kuzunoha returns

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2 hits PS3 next week

No Jack Frost plushie though, obviously
Jun 21
// Kyle MacGregor
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon is coming to PlayStation 3 next week as a digital release, the latest episode of the PlayStation Blogcast reveals Atlus first brought the PS2 action ...
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Advance Wars

Intelligent Systems is thinking about the next Advance Wars and Fire Emblem

Company says it's 'on schedule' with SMT X Fire Emblem
Jun 11
// Jordan Devore
This evening at a special event, Nintendo and Intelligent Systems announced a new intellectual property for 3DS, a turn-based strategy game with shooter elements called Code Name: STEAM. During a post-presentation Q&A ses...

YES! Shin Megami Tensei IV is coming to Europe

Jun 10
// Dale North
I've got some good news for you, European JRPG fans. Shin Megami Tensei IV is finally coming your way. Atlus will publish it as a digital download on the eShop as an English-only release. The price is still being worked on, b...
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Digital Devil Saga

Digital Devil Saga 2 hits PSN in America today, Europe tomorrow

Classic PS2 role-playing game returns on PS3
Jun 10
// Kyle MacGregor
It's a light week in terms of new releases on account of E3. However, there's definitely one game RPG enthusiasts should play in any waking moments not consumed by keeping tabs on all the pomp and circumstance out of Los Ange...
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Digital Devil Saga 2 PSN

ESRB rates Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 for PS3

Jun 03
// Kyle MacGregor
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 might just be the next Atlus classic to manifest on PlayStation 3, an ESRB rating for the RPG suggests. The news shouldn't come as a total surprise. A sizable portion of the Japan...
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Digital Devil Saga Europe

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga hits PSN in Europe this week

Two years later, Ghostlight finally comes through
Jun 02
// Kyle MacGregor
Ghostlight is summoning Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga to the PlayStation Network in Europe this week, the British publisher has announced. The Atlus-developed RPG initially arrived on European shores in 2006 for PS2....
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Digital Devil Saga

Digital Devil Saga dropping onto PSN tomorrow

Get it, or you'll make Gale cry
May 19
// Brittany Vincent
Wolfenstein: The New Order and Transistor may be releasing this Tuesday, but so is another excellent game: Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga. If you're a Persona fan by way of the recent releases or if you've been follow...

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne is available on PlayStation Network today

Holy Matador!
May 06
// Dale North
[Update: It's up now! $9.99. Go, go, go!] I laughed hard at the featured comment yesterday on our story on the mystery game that Atlus would be bringing to the PlayStation Network today. Why? Because Destructoid community mem...
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Atlus teases mysterious game coming to PSN tomorrow

May 05
// Kyle MacGregor
Atlus has something up its sleeve. Shocking, I know. It must be a Monday or something. "You're probably going to want to fire up your PS3s and keep an eye on the PS Store tomorrow," a company representative mentioned today over at the Megaten Reddit community. How very cryptic. Whatever could it be? I suppose we'll just have to wait and see. Quick Heads Up [Reddit]

Shin Megami Tensei: Raidou Kuzunoha strikes PSN next week

Atlus re-releasing action role-playing game digitally on PS3
Mar 29
// Kyle MacGregor
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army will make its digital debut on PlayStation 3 next week, the PlayStation Blogcast reports. Unlike the vast majority of MegaTen games, the Raidou Kuzunoh...
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Shin Megami Tensei

The very first Shin Megami Tensei is on iOS this week

Out now
Mar 19
// Chris Carter
Although the Shin Megami Tensei has been wildly successful in Japan from the very beginning, we still haven't seen a number of the earlier franchise entries. Atlus is seeking to solve that problem, starting wi...
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Original Shin Megami Tensei making its first trip West

First North American localization coming to iOS next month
Feb 27
// Steven Hansen
The first Shin Megami Tensei is being translated to English for the first time next month. You'll be able to pick it up from the iTunes Store on March 18 for $8. Not bad. Too bad (for me) it's coming "exclusively to the App ...
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Persona Q

Persona Q: Shadow of Labyrinth gets adorable new trailer

Also, the site is open with character bios
Dec 20
// Chris Carter
You've heard of Persona Q: Shadows of the Labyrinth, right? It's basically a chibi spinoff of the series, involving bits and pieces of Persona 3 and 4, and it's heading to the 3DS next year. Based on the initial reveal ...
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Deal: Amazon lightning deal has Soul Hackers for $9.99

Deal begins at 8:10 PST
Nov 30
// Wesley Ruscher
[Edit: Deal is over, but the game is still on sale for $21.58] Attention all Atlus loving Shin Megami Tensei fans, has Amazon got an upcoming deal for you. Going on sale at 8:10 PST, is the futuristic dungeon-crawle...

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children on JP Virtual Console

In red or black
Nov 07
// Dale North
Shin Megami Tensei spin-off Devil Children will come to the Japanese Virtual Console for 3DS this month. There are two variants of these Game Boy Color titles, titled Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children Black Book and Red Book...
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Atlus 3DS sale

Three Atlus 3DS games are each $10 off on eShop

Code of Princess, Etrian Odyssey IV, and Soul Hackers are discounted until August 31
Aug 19
// Tony Ponce
Good news, cheapskates! Atlus is keeping the Nintendo love train going by dropping ten bucks off select 3DS eShop titles until August 31. This is in addition to other deal running through the end of the month, in which you'll...
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Soul Hackers hits Europe

Euro-in luck: Soul Hackers set for September 20 in Europe

Cyberpunked: SMT: Devil Summoner 2 hacks out soul European release date
Aug 19
// Steven Hansen
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is a game with a name hard to squeeze into a headline. It also released for the 3DS in April in the United States (August 2012 in Japan). It will finally be released in Europe ...
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Devil Survivor 2 Europe

Devil Survivor 2 needs 1,800 pre-orders to come to Europe

Ghostlight announces plans for standalone release and bundle
Jul 29
// Kyle MacGregor
Releasing a Nintendo DS game isn't as easy as it once was. Now that its successor has taken off, the venerable portable isn't receiving much support from retailers, and those looking to release titles on the aged system must ...

Look at me wearing Amazon armor in Shin Megami Tensei IV

Prime Coat? HA!
Jul 16
// Dale North
Happy Shin Megami Tensei IV day! How are you all getting on so far? Not to brag (brag!) but I'm well into my second go around, working to get a different ending. I hope you're loving it as much as I did. And if you're having...
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You know you want this
[Update: Contest over! Winners are Option1Soul (for this blog) and TheSpookyGhost (for this video)! Thanks to everyone who entered!] Shin Megami Tensei IV is out today, and our friends at Atlus are celebrating by giving us t...

Very quick tips guide for Shin Megami Tensei IV

Jul 16 // Chris Carter
Warning -- although the basic tips section contains no spoilers, the second portion of this article contains one massive plot spoiler -- I'll warn you again after the basic section. Basic tips: It goes without saying that grinding is king in JRPGs, and that's completely applicable here. With your ever-shifting and evolving party of demons, one thing remains constant -- the protagonist. Your main character is always a part of the action, and leveling up his spells (through leveling up demons and giving him your powers) is key to success. Keep in mind that your hero can re-summon demons at will during battle when they're knocked out, whereas demons can typically only "sub" themselves out for another (although there are spells that allow demons to summon one another). It's possible to "juke" (avoid) enemy encounters with some fancy footwork while roaming about the world. The easiest creatures to avoid are the humanoids, and the best way to do this is to move one way, then quickly dodge to the opposite direction. You are slightly faster than the vast majority of the game's enemies, so run in a straight line and you'll be okay. That said, this is a JRPG, so more encounters = more experience, which will make later bosses easier to deal with, so don't avoid everything. Thankfully, this isn't one of those SMT games where if the main protagonist dies, it's game over. Instead, you can keep fighting with your demon crew, so I suggest you give one of your demons the ability to use items (it's a passive skill you earn, usually with fairies) -- that way they can resurrect the main character if he falls in battle, who can in turn re-summon demons at will to keep fighting the good fight. Like many SMT games, weaknesses are key. Hit hard and fast with weaknesses, which allow you to earn more turns. Diversify your party's spells -- do not put stock in one element just because it's powerful at the current moment. If you have a wide variety of elements available, you can just summon in demons and pound bosses with weakness after weakness, allowing you to earn around 10 turns per round, which is obviously a massive advantage. Additionally, consider kitting out your protagonist with Dia (healing), and a wide variety of each spell group. That way, he can turn the tide of battle with weaknesses, as he tends to go first in a skirmish. One of the best App upgrades I've used is the "recover MP (Spirit) while walking" App. This is useful because the protagonist (with Dia, as suggested above), can constantly heal the party and keep it topped off under any circumstance with a consistent supply of free MP -- no MP recovery items needed. Outside of battle, any Demon with Dia can heal your party even if they're not in an active slot, which frees up MP (Spirit) for your active party. You may want to capture a Pixie early just to keep in your party stock (even if she's not active), as she can learn the Dia spell almost instantly. Fill all of your open demon party slots by talking to and recruiting demons, even at the start of the game (you'll learn the recruit ability around an hour in). Always. The more demons you have, the more chances you have to power up the protagonist's spells when demons level up, and the more combinations you have for demon fusion. Additionally, if a demon is killed in battle, you can sub another one in from your party stock. If need be, get a few "extra demon slot" App upgrades early. Once you've "caught" a demon (gotta catch 'em all), you can re-summon it for a price (specifically, Macaa, the game's currency). Usually this feature will allow you to re-summon it at the level you acquired it (typically this is a low level), but you can re-register it to a higher level. You may be asking yourself "why would I do this, since I won't ever banish my party members," but the reason for re-summoning demons is due to the fact that some of them may evolve, or you may combine a few into a new synthesized demon, so you will lose the initial demon that may be needed for a specific evolution tree or purpose. When you're inside a demon's domain that isn't related to the main story, you will most likely not have a map. To combat this, always take the first branching path in the domain, and follow it to the end -- that way, you won't get lost as much as you attempt to locate an exit. If you're having trouble during certain boss fights, don't be afraid to turn the difficulty down in Boroughs' menu, then turn it back up. This is a general JRPG tip, but I'll say it anyway -- always use both save slots. Use slot one as your "safe" slot, only in non-volatile areas where you can't get "stuck" while under-leveled. Use your second slot inside dungeons, demon lairs, and the like. Also, don't forget that you can save anywhere. Warning -- the following section contains one major plot spoiler that takes place roughly 5-7 hours into the game. Only read after you've reached the game's second setting. You'll know it when you see it. Advanced tips: SMT IV operates very similar to those old school games where you may want to bust out an actual sheet of paper and draw up a map for some areas. Demon's domains are ripe for this, as is the second major area of the game. Without spoiling too much, you will eventually visit Tokyo during your travels. It will be extremely difficult at times to figure where to visit next. So difficult in fact, that I busted out a real life map of Tokyo (seriously) to figure out what quadrant I needed to go. This map in particular is one I've found to be the most applicable and accurate. Talk to everyone. If a door has a red exclamation mark on it, it leads to a single room, usually with NPCs. Make note of these doors, and talk to every NPC listed on the conversation UI. At least one main story quest requires players to talk to a seemingly random NPC, so make sure you hit up everyone, no matter how insignificant, if you're stuck. This is especially true in Japan, as anyone could drop hints on what region to go next, even on the world map screen. Take pictures of area hints with a camera phone to ensure that you don't forget them.
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Beyond Borroughs
Shin Megami Tensei IV is without a doubt a Shin Megami Tensei game. What do I mean by that? Well, it has a pretty steep learning curve that hits hard and fast very early, and unless you're a JRPG fan at heart, it can get a li...

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