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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 Gonna have a hard time convincing some of them to join you.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Nintendo DS You're better off than me already.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Nintendo DS Such a plain menu is strange already.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Nintendo DS Leveling up isn't as important here as in other rpgs.

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RPGFan Mar 22, 2010 93 out of 100 93
Game Shark Apr 18, 2010 A- 91
Thunderbolt Games Apr 04, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Mar 24, 2010 8.75 out of 10 88
GamingTrend 2010 86 out of 100 86
The A.V. Club Apr 05, 2010 B+ 83
Game Observer May 03, 2010 82 out of 100 82
Legendra Nov 04, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RPGamer 2010 3.5 out of 5 70
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Jan 29, 2013 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Oleg Roschin (174012) added Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey (Nintendo DS) on Apr 15, 2010