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  • Summary: The story of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse depicts the remnants of Tokyo, ravaged by a catastrophe. Demons and humans co-exist, but in this state, the remnants of humankind are just a prize being fought over by the higher deities. One lone Hunter, the game's protagonist, meets an earlyThe story of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse depicts the remnants of Tokyo, ravaged by a catastrophe. Demons and humans co-exist, but in this state, the remnants of humankind are just a prize being fought over by the higher deities. One lone Hunter, the game's protagonist, meets an early demise and through a pact with a lesser god, is brought back to life in exchange for his pledge of servitude. From there, the protagonist allies with other Hunters in the ruins of post-apocalyptic Tokyo beginning a plot that crosses over with the events of the original Shin Megami Tensei IV. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 100
    Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse provides more of the series' addictive combination of exploring, demon-collecting and fast-paced battling, all while continuing the delightfully warped narrative of its predecessor. This is pure JRPG bliss.
  2. Sep 15, 2016
    90
    It’s an obvious second try to rectify the problems of the former game, but it is damn fine excellent one.
  3. Dec 14, 2016
    90
    This episode is one of the best RPGs of the year, a great adventure with a great story every JRPG fan should play.
  4. Sep 15, 2016
    85
    While Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse feels a little too similar at times, it’s one of the tightest JRPGs on the 3DS.
  5. Sep 26, 2016
    85
    My final score would have been considerably higher had the game ended when it was first given the opportunity.
  6. Sep 28, 2016
    80
    While I think Apocalypse is much better than its predecessor, a part of me wishes more had been done to make this game feel a bit more fresh.
  7. Sep 15, 2016
    70
    Sort of a weird game in that it is both undeniably great and a little bit disappointing at the same time. It is a poor spot to jump into for newbies and yet returning veterans might be a disappointed by how much the game repeats itself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. May 1, 2017
    10
    Basically the most underrated game in the 3DS library. This was one of the best games I have ever played, and I've been around since the AtariBasically the most underrated game in the 3DS library. This was one of the best games I have ever played, and I've been around since the Atari era. It was better than Persona 4 and 3, which I already thought were great. I completed the game at level 99 after putting in roughly 95 hours into it and my first thought after finishing it was "omg I have to play another smt game", so I just got myself smt devil survivor 2 record breaker. I would describe this game as a mixture of Persona 4 and Wizardry, with some incredible high-speed soundtracks and a high difficulty level. There's an element of Dragon Age to it as well, in that you easily can just get completely absorbed into the twisted large-scale world the game presents to you. So far this is the best game I've played on the 3DS and to me it's just miles above everything else, fire emblem included. Expand
  2. Sep 20, 2016
    10
    En.: I'm with 5 or 6 hours of gameplay and, til' now, the game is really, really good. It follows the same structure from the SMTIV but its aEn.: I'm with 5 or 6 hours of gameplay and, til' now, the game is really, really good. It follows the same structure from the SMTIV but its a lot better. The history is fantastic, the anime style graphics are also amazing so are the voices. I truly recommend this that can be a new great RPG from 3DS.
    Pt.: Estou com 5 ou 6 horas de jogo e o mesmo é muito viciante. Desde que comecei a jogar, não consigo mais parar. A história é envolvente, a dublagem está ótima, os gráficos estilo anime também são ótimos. Recomendo fortemente o mesmo por ser um dos melhores RPGs para o 3DS.
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  3. Sep 4, 2017
    10
    I really, really liked SMT IV, but it never was quite one of my favorite JRPGs. Even though the story, lore and atmosphere were stellar andI really, really liked SMT IV, but it never was quite one of my favorite JRPGs. Even though the story, lore and atmosphere were stellar and none of the "bad points" were actually bad, it still wasn't up there enough to really hit the right spots to feel like a masterpiece. (I'd give SMT IV 8/10)

    But oh my, Apocalypse fixed literally everything important, such as making demons more unique, making party members fit for your playstyle and adjusting a lot of mechanics to make them useful and unique (such as smirking).

    The story takes a different approach and even though it was the best part of SMT IV, Apocalypse's point of view is equally as interesting.
    The soundtrack is composed by Ryota Koduka, as was in IV, so the music leaves you with a same kind of gloomy and atmospheric impression which is really unique to basic JRPG soundtracks.
    The art style and direction is also like it was in IV, why fix it if it ain't broken.

    Somehow SMT IV Apocalypse feels more like a complete package than its predecessor and even though I played through IV multiple times, I think I'll spend more time with Apocalypse.
    I really love this game.
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  4. Sep 20, 2016
    10
    What is there to say? A New SMT game came out, and it is glorious This is a story in its own, takeing place slightly before, during and afterWhat is there to say? A New SMT game came out, and it is glorious This is a story in its own, takeing place slightly before, during and after the events of the original, but with so much more. If you like the SMT series this is a much needed game Expand
  5. Sep 21, 2016
    10
    This is a great improvement from the SMT IV. The concept and the setting remains the same but many things are improved. New improvementsThis is a great improvement from the SMT IV. The concept and the setting remains the same but many things are improved. New improvements include things like:

    You can choose your partner in the battle. Which is a great improvement considering the mistakes that partners did in SMT IV.

    Demons roar and speak while attacking, like in SMT III: Nocturne.

    The interface looks more beautiful.

    Overall this is still the same SMT we love and missed. Furthermore it is improved. The music composer is the same as SMT IV so the musics are once again sucessful the catch that gloomy atmosphere of the SMT Series, similar to SMT IV. If you are a newcomer though, I recommend starting from SMT IV, since it is highly probable for you to get lost in the lore and the difficulty of the game.
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  6. Sep 26, 2016
    9
    Love love love this game. Even more accessible to beginners than the original IV yet offering just as much challenge as other games in theLove love love this game. Even more accessible to beginners than the original IV yet offering just as much challenge as other games in the series. A must own for any 3DS owner. Somehow they managed to outdo SMT IV Expand
  7. Jan 20, 2017
    4
    The writing is absolutely terrible, the gameplay is an improvement, but the narrative is just flat out stupid. Apocalypse basically goes outThe writing is absolutely terrible, the gameplay is an improvement, but the narrative is just flat out stupid. Apocalypse basically goes out of its way to push along with a Firnedship is Magic narrative while also pretending to give players choices that mean anything. Any time you take the 'mean guy' choice because a character is just being annoying or whatever, the dialogue flow stutters for only a second before it goes to acting like what just happened did not in fact happen. You can be completely mean the entire game and everybody will be surprised in the end when you pick Dagda's ending. The dungeons are okay, lots of boring rehashes of locations in SMTIV, and the last dungeon will make you curse the game for not having a way of knowing where warps will take you.

    All in all I don't think it's that great of an experience. The gameplay is only a bit better than SMTIV, and the story is a *lot* worse. Worse, I think, is if you played the two games in succession then SMTIVA would confuse you with retcons and changes while also boring you with the same dungeons and locations.
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