Game Groups > Megami Tensei / Megaten universe

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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Title Released Platforms Genres Moby Score
box cover thumbnail Aegis: The First Mission 2007 Windows, Nintendo Switch (+2 more) Action, Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Another Bible 1995 Game Boy Strategy / tactics, Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail DemiKids: Dark Version 2003 Game Boy Advance Role-playing (RPG)
6.8
box cover thumbnail DemiKids: Light Version 2003 Game Boy Advance Role-playing (RPG)
6.9
Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidō tai Abaddon Ō Plus 2008 PlayStation 2 Action, Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers 1997 SEGA Saturn, PlayStation (+1 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.4
box cover thumbnail Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers - Akuma Zensho Dai-ni-shū 1997 SEGA Saturn Adventure
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box cover thumbnail Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei 1987 NES, BREW (+2 more) Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei 1987 MSX, PC-88 (+2 more) Action, Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei II 1990 NES, J2ME (+2 more) Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku 1997 PC-98, Windows Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Jack Bros. 1995 Virtual Boy Action
7.0
box cover thumbnail Kyūyaku Megami Tensei: Megami Tensei I ・II 1995 SNES, Wii Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Majin Tensei 1994 SNES, Wii (+1 more) Strategy / tactics, Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Majin Tensei II: Spiral Nemesis 1995 SNES, Wii (+1 more) Strategy / tactics, Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Majin Tensei: Blind Thinker 2007 DoJa, J2ME (+2 more) Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Maken Shao: Demon Sword 2001 PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 Action
6.7
box cover thumbnail Maken X 1999 Dreamcast Action
7.1
box cover thumbnail Megami Ibunroku Persona: Ikū no Tō-hen 2006 BREW, Windows (+3 more) Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible II 1993 Game Boy, Game Boy Color (+1 more) Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible III 1995 SNES, Wii U Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special 1995 Game Gear Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Megami Tensei Gaiden: Shinyaku Last Bible 2007 DoJa, J2ME (+3 more) Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Megami Tensei Gaiden: Shinyaku Last Bible II -... 2008 BREW, Nintendo Switch (+2 more) Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Megami Tensei Gaiden: Shinyaku Last Bible III... 2010 BREW, Windows (+3 more) Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Megami Tensei Online: Imagine 2007 Windows Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Persona 1996 PlayStation, Windows (+1 more) Role-playing (RPG)
6.7
box cover thumbnail Persona 2: Eternal Punishment 2000 PlayStation, PS Vita (+2 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.5
box cover thumbnail Persona 2: Tsumi - Innocent Sin 1999 PlayStation Role-playing (RPG)
6.9
Persona 3 FES (Append Edition) 2007 PlayStation 2 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight 2018 PlayStation 4, PS Vita Action
7.3
box cover thumbnail Persona 3: Reload 2024 Windows, PlayStation 4 (+4 more) Role-playing (RPG)
8.7
box cover thumbnail Persona 4 Golden 2012 PS Vita, Windows (+5 more) Role-playing (RPG)
9.0
box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Arena 2012 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 (+1 more) Action
7.9
box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Arena - Ultimate Edition 2012 Arcade, PlayStation 3 Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Arena Ultimax 2014 Xbox 360, Windows (+4 more) Action
7.9
box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Arena Ultimax - Ultimate Edition 2015 PlayStation 3 Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Dancing All Night 2015 PS Vita, PlayStation 4 Action
7.8
box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Colored Contacts Set 2015 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Colored Wig Set 2015 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Crossdressing... 2015 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Feather Mask Set 2015 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Featherman Set 2015 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Gekkoukan High... 2015 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Dancing All Night - General Teddie Costume 2015 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Girls' Swimsuit Set 2015 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Lawson Set 2015 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Nanako Set 2015 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Naoto's Girl Uniform Set 2015 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Original Stage... 2015 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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