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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Another Bible1995Game BoyAtlus Co., Ltd.2.30
DemiKids: Dark Version2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.80
DemiKids: Light Version2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.30
Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidō tai Abaddon Ō Plus2008PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd....
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers1998Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnIndex Digital Media, Inc.3.98
Digital Devil Monogatari: Megami Tensei1987FM-7, MSX, PC-88, Sharp X1Telenet Japan Co., Ltd.3.48
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei1987NESNamco Limited3.29
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei II1990NESNamco Limited3.58
Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku1997PC-98, WindowsASCII Corporation3.89
Jack Bros.1995Virtual BoyAtlus Software, Inc.3.00
Kyūyaku Megami Tensei: Megami Tensei I ・II1995SNES, WiiAtlus Co., Ltd.3.78
Majin Tensei1994SNES, WiiAtlus Co., Ltd.3.17
Majin Tensei II: Spiral Nemesis1995SNES, WiiAtlus Co., Ltd.4.00
Maken Shao: Demon Sword2001PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.3.55
Maken X1999DreamcastSEGA of America, Inc.3.66
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible II1993Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DSAtlus Co., Ltd.3.50
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible III1995SNESAtlus Co., Ltd.3.86
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special1995Game GearSEGA Corporation3.67
Megami Tensei Online: Imagine2007WindowsAtlus Co., Ltd....
Persona1996PlayStationAtlus Software, Inc.3.45
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment2000PlayStationAtlus U.S.A., Inc.4.01
Persona 2: Innocent Sin1999PlayStationAtlus Co., Ltd.3.83
Persona 3 FES (Append Edition)2007PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.2.33
Persona 4: Arena2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Index Digital Media, Inc.3.93
Persona 4 Golden2012PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Persona PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Persona
Persona 4: Arena PlayStation 3 Front Cover
Front cover for Persona 4: Arena

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Persona