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Megami Tensei / Megaten universe

Group Description

Megaten (abbreviation of Megami Tensei, 女神転生, meaning "Goddess Reincarnation") encompasses all games that feature themes, characters, and gameplay elements first introduced in Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei. With a few exceptions, these games belong to the role-playing genre. This includes games under the Shin Megami Tensei label, sub-series such as Persona, and others. It is commonly considered the third major Japanese role-playing series (together with Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy).

Atlus' flagship series, Megaten includes games and sub-series that were created by many different designers; the most notable of them are perhaps Kouji "Cozy" Okada and Kazuma Kaneko. Though the first Megaten game was based on a series of horror novels by Aya Nishitani, subsequent installments developed fully independent storylines, usually not connected to each other and even set in different time periods. The dominant setting of the series, however, remains Japan in present day or near future, often with post-apocalyptic elements.

Themes

Games that belong to Megaten universe are distinguished by their preference for dark, "gothic" themes, almost total absence of characteristic Japanese "cute" elements, and the abundance of supernatural characters taken from various mythological systems of the world, collectively referred to as "demons". Beside the purely mythological creatures, these games often feature prominent figures from widespread religious systems as characters, including for example Vishnu, Vairocana, Lucifer, and even God of Judaism and Christianity. The protagonists of Megaten are usually young people (often high-school students), who acquire particular skills that allow them to communicate with demons and defeat the antagonists with their help.

Gameplay

Traditionally, Megaten games are heavy on "dungeon crawling". Much of the gameplay in these games is dedicated to exploring complex, maze-like environments, fighting randomly appearing enemies in turn-based combat. One of the series' trademark gameplay elements (not present in all the games) is the ability to contact regular enemies (through direct talking or other means) - and either recruit them as playable party members, or make them serve the player-controlled party in other ways.
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Shin Megami Tensei IV (Limited Edition)2013Nintendo 3DSAtlus Co., Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei IV2013Nintendo 3DSAtlus Co., Ltd....
Persona 4 Golden2012PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd....
Persona 4: Arena2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Index Digital Media, Inc.4.00
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable (Collector's Edition)2011PSPGhostlight Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin2011PSPAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin (Collector's Edition)2011PSPGhostlight Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey2010Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.71
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable2010PSPAtlus U.S.A., Inc.2.08
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor2009Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc.4.06
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2 - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon2008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.64
Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidō tai Abaddon Ō Plus2008PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 42008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.4.18
Persona 3 FES (Append Edition)2007PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.2.33
Megami Tensei Online: Imagine2007WindowsAtlus Co., Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES2007PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.4.00
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army2006PlayStation 2Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.60
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 32006PlayStation 2Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.82
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 22005PlayStation 2Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.91
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children: Messiah Riser2004Game Boy AdvanceRocket Co., Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne2004PlayStation 2Atlus U.S.A., Inc.4.19
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga2004PlayStation 2Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.94
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children - Puzzle de Call2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus Co., Ltd.2.80
DemiKids: Dark Version2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.80
DemiKids: Light Version2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.30
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Selected Covers

Persona 4: Arena PlayStation 3 Front Cover
Front cover for Persona 4: Arena
Persona 4 Golden PS Vita Front Cover
Front cover for Persona 4 Golden
DemiKids: Light Version Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for DemiKids: Light Version

Selected Screenshots

When Dojima has to work, the player can now sneak out at night, a new feature in Persona 4 Golden. The player can meet up with some of their Social Links at night.
Screenshot from Persona 4 Golden