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In the beginning of 21st century, an atomic explosion in the South Pole caused a strange, unseen phenomenon: a black hole appeared and started spreading, threatening to swallow the Earth. It was named Schwarzwelt, or "black world". The United Nations send a team of four trained specialists from different countries to venture inside the Schwarzwelt. The protagonist is an unnamed North American (Japanese, in the original Japanese release) soldier. Upon arriving into the Schwarzwelt, the team finds out that demons have entered the Earth...

Strange Journey is in many ways "return to the roots" of Megaten games, particularly to the first Shin Megami Tensei. The gameplay system is very similar to that original template: it is a first-person dungeon crawler, which retains all the basic ingredients of a traditional Shin Megami Tensei title. The focus of the gameplay is on fighting, negotiating, and eventually and recruiting regular enemies (demons), summoning them afterwards as controllable characters within the player's party. As in classic Megaten games, it is possible to fuse demons to create more powerful ones. The game retains the Law-Neutral-Chaos axis, usage of guns during the turn-based combat, spell names, and other characteristic elements of the franchise. Unlike other games in the main Shin Megami Tensei series, Strange Journey has automatic leveling up.


Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Nintendo DS Such a plain menu is strange already.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Nintendo DS Chaos and destruction, typical of SMT games.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Nintendo DS Rescue random fellow members if you wanna be a 'good' guy.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Nintendo DS You bet your sorry ass it is!

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1UP Mar 23, 2010 A- 91
Thunderbolt Games Apr 04, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Cheat Code Central 2010 4.5 out of 5 90
Game Informer Magazine Mar 24, 2010 8.75 out of 10 88
GamingTrend 2010 86 out of 100 86
IGN Apr 01, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
Teletext 2010 8 out of 10 80 (UK) Apr 12, 2010 8 out of 10 80 Jun 01, 2010 78 out of 100 78
RPGamer 2010 3.5 out of 5 70


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