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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Persona 5: Catherine Costume and BGM Special2016PlayStation 4Atlus Co., Ltd....
Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE (Fortissimo Edition)2016Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Navigation Voice Marie2014Nintendo 3DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Navigation Voice Theodore2014Nintendo 3DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Navigation Voice Elizabeth2014Nintendo 3DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Navigation Voice Margaret2014Nintendo 3DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Navigation Voice Nanako2014Nintendo 3DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Limited Standard Edition)2014Nintendo 3DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (The Wild Cards Premium Edition)2014Nintendo 3DSNIS America, Inc....
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Sub-Persona Magatsu-Izanagi2014Nintendo 3DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Sub-Persona Thanatos2014Nintendo 3DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Sub-Persona Orpheus Telos2014Nintendo 3DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Sub-Persona Kaguya2014Nintendo 3DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Shin Megami Tensei IV (Limited Edition)2013Nintendo 3DSAtlus Co., Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei IV2013Nintendo 3DSIndex Digital Media, Inc....
Persona 4 Golden2012PS VitaIndex Digital Media, Inc....
Persona 4: Arena2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Index Digital Media, Inc....
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin2011PSPAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable (Collector's Edition)2011PSPGhostlight Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin (Collector's Edition)2011PSPGhostlight Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable2010PSPAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey2010Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
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....
Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidō tai Abaddon Ō Plus2008PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Shin Megami Tensei IV Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei IV

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
Game group created by Unicorn Lynx (174027), additional games added to group by Harmony♥ (11903), Sciere (393301), Kabushi (165413) and Donatello (389)