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
Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidō tai Abaddon Ō Plus2008PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2 - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon2008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc....
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES2007PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.4.00
Persona 3 FES (Append Edition)2007PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd....
Megami Tensei Online: Imagine2007WindowsAtlus Co., Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 32006PlayStation 2Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.86
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army2006PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.60
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 22005PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.91
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne2004PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.4.17
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga2004PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.94
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children: Messiah Riser2004Game Boy AdvanceRocket Co., Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children - Puzzle de Call2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus Co., Ltd....
DemiKids: Dark Version2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
DemiKids: Light Version2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.30
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne2003PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.3.47
Shin Megami Tensei II2002Game Boy Advance, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.63
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children - Kuro no Sho/Aka no Sho2002PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei Nine2002XboxAtlus Co., Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei If...2002PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei2001Game Boy Advance, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaAtlus Co., Ltd.3.62
Shin Megami Tensei Trading Card: Card Summoner 2001Game Boy ColorEnterbrain, Inc....
Maken Shao: Demon Sword2001PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.3.55
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children - Shiro no Sho2001Game Boy ColorAtlus Co., Ltd....
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment2000PlayStationAtlus U.S.A., Inc.4.00
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children - Kuro no Sho2000Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DSAtlus Co., Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Shin Megami Tensei If... PlayStation Front Cover
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Selected Screenshots

Title screen
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