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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children - Kuro no Sho2000Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DSAtlus Co., Ltd.0.00
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable2010PSPAtlus U.S.A., Inc.2.08
Another Bible1995Game BoyAtlus Co., Ltd.2.30
Persona 3 FES (Append Edition)2007PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.2.33
Shin Megami Tensei Nine2002XboxAtlus Co., Ltd.2.36
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children - Puzzle de Call2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus Co., Ltd.2.80
Jack Bros.1995Virtual BoyAtlus Software, Inc.3.00
Revelations: The Demon Slayer1992Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Gear, Nintendo 3DSAtlus Software, Inc.3.08
Majin Tensei1994SNES, WiiAtlus Co., Ltd.3.17
DemiKids: Light Version2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.30
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne2003PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.3.30
Shin Megami Tensei If...2002PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.33
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei1987NESNamco Limited3.39
Persona1996PlayStationAtlus Software, Inc.3.47
Digital Devil Monogatari: Megami Tensei1987FM-7, MSX, PC-88, Sharp X1Telenet Japan Co., Ltd.3.48
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible II1993Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DSAtlus Co., Ltd.3.50
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner Special Box1996SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.3.50
Maken Shao: Demon Sword2001PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.3.55
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei II1990NESNamco Limited3.58
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army2006PlayStation 2Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.60
Shin Megami Tensei II1994SNES, Wii, Wii UAtlus Co., Ltd.3.60
Shin Megami Tensei2001Game Boy Advance, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.62
Shin Megami Tensei II2002Game Boy Advance, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.63
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2 - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon2008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.64
Maken X1999DreamcastSEGA of America, Inc.3.66
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Selected Covers

Shin Megami Tensei Nine Xbox Front Cover
Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei Nine
Shin Megami Tensei II SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei II
DemiKids: Light Version Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for DemiKids: Light Version
Shin Megami Tensei II PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei II
Persona PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Persona

Selected Screenshots

Intro
Screenshot from Shin Megami Tensei II
DemiKids: Light Version
Screenshot from DemiKids: Light Version
The picture in the intro scrolls in the Playstation version
Screenshot from Shin Megami Tensei II
Title screen
Screenshot from Persona
Title screen
Screenshot from Majin Tensei