Released October 30, 1992- Shin Megami Tensei
Shin Megami Tensei spooked the Japanese market on this day in 1992. For the Super Famicom!
The Megami Tensei games are much older than many folks in the west may believe. As it was originally released exclusively in the Japanese market by Atlus since 1987. Shin Megami Tensei is a follow up to the first two games in the series. Adding more depth and structure to the games overall.
In this one, you play as a young man who lives with his mother in Kichijoji, a district in modern Tokyo. One day, the man has a strange dream where he is led into a maze-like structure. A spirit appears to ask his name, suddenly his mother is shouting “WAKE UP”. He has awoken abruptly but just can’t shake that dream. He checks his computer and it seems he received a message. “The world is headed for destruction, only he who can summon demons can prevent this”. Unable to decipher its meaning he leaves his home and goes for a walk. He discovers there’s been a murder. He soon realizes that there is more to his dream, and of the message, he received than he first thought.
The game is set in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo and is an RPG played in the third person. unlike other similar RPG’s of the time. Making it one of the most interesting adventure type RPG’s I’ve ever played. Along the way, you will cultivate relationships with others and find your way through the mazes to defeat powerful enemies with your own inner powers. Additionally, you willc ollect powerful items and almost literally, “Raise hell”.
Popularity and Future Releases
Although not as popular in the west, the games were near phenomena in the Japanese region. We didn’t see a release overseas until much much later and certainly never seen the original games released here. luckily for us, fan translations are available if you know where to look for them. The ROM’s are easily accessible in the same manner of course.
The Megami Tensei series went on to sell fairly well and spanned many different releases across many different platforms. If you’re at all interested in finding out what it’s all about, it’s definitely worth taking a look!
How do you feel; about the series in general? Let us know in the comments below!
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