Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (PlayStation 2)

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Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (known as Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Maniax in Japan) is an enhanced version of Shin Megami Tensei III, and the first in the series to be officially released in the West. This version contains several features not seen in the Japanese-only original release.

A few scenes and story events have been added. Most of these have a connection with an optional path available for the game's protagonist, called "True Demon". On this path the hero has to face several new powerful boss enemies known as the Fiends; the first of those appears in an obligatory additional fight early in the game, while the rest are optional unless the player aims to reach the new True Demon ending. A vast dungeon called Labyrinth of Amala has been added to the game. Exploration of this dungeon is connected to the True Demon path as well, which also includes an additional final boss.

Dante, the main character of Devil May Cry games, makes an appearance in this enhanced version. He is fought as a boss enemy early in the game, and can be recruited into the party if certain conditions are met. This release also contains an additional opening movie prominently featuring him.

The enhanced version allows the player to select Normal or Hard difficulty level from the beginning of the game. A few adjustments have been made to the gameplay balance: for example, there are less enemy ambushes than in the original version, and lower possibility for the protagonist to be hit by an instant-death attack.

Other gameplay tweaks include a transformation bonus for keeping the first recruited party member, an option to fuse some of the previously encountered boss enemies and have them join the party, an option to fight (and later recruit) the powerful demons Beelzebub and Metatron, and a new skill (Pierce).

Screenshots

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne PlayStation 2 Ominous red corridors of the Amala Temple
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne PlayStation 2 Ginza map
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne PlayStation 2 Both parties can gain and lose turns during battle
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne PlayStation 2 Viewing the stats of a summoned ally. Fanciful, yet impressive design - I wonder if Mithra was ever depicted like this?..

Alternate Titles

  • "真女神转生III" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "真・女神転生 NOCTURNE マニアクス" -- Japanese spelling
  • "SMT Nocturne" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer's Call" -- PAL title
  • "Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Maniax" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Watch out for Lucifer at the Ginza Mall Cor 13 (173784) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars

Critic Reviews

Digital Entertainment News (den) Jan 04, 2005 9.3 out of 10 93
Yahoo! Games Oct 08, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Factornews Jun 28, 2005 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Nov 22, 2004 8.6 out of 10 86
GameSpot Oct 07, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jul 11, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Video Game Talk Apr 07, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Diehard GameFan Nov 04, 2004 7.9 out of 10 79
4Players.de Jul 08, 2005 79 out of 100 79
GameSpy Oct 04, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

One of the major differences between this version (in fact, the English translation of Nocturne Maniacs) and the original, Japanese-only release of SMT3, is the side-plot involving Dante, the popular demon-hunter from Capcom's Devil May Cry series. Dante's presence was largely advertised in many commercials for the game. However, there is only one time in the entire game where you must meet Dante (and fight him). After that, everything connected to him is optional, if you just follow the main plot, you'll never see him again.
Cor 13 (173784) added Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (PlayStation 2) on Oct 12, 2004