• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Sep 20, 2016
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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: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. 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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  2. Oct 7, 2016
    10
    Amazing game. After all this time and many great games, it can still be surprising that games this good can come on such a small device.Amazing game. After all this time and many great games, it can still be surprising that games this good can come on such a small device.
    Great story and dialog, addicting fights and demon management (recruiting, fusing, evolving...)... 40 hours into the game (and lvl 63) I still want to keep going, still want to explore and get to the end of te story.

    Every sing JRPG fan should get this game. If you still don't have a 3DS go get one!
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  3. Aug 4, 2019
    10
    One of the very best RPGs I ever got to play. Every element about it is so enjoyable and unique!
  4. Sep 20, 2016
    10
    Another awesome Atlus title, fixes many balance issues from SMT 4, the story is great and easier to follow than other SMT games, plus, plentyAnother awesome Atlus title, fixes many balance issues from SMT 4, the story is great and easier to follow than other SMT games, plus, plenty of sexy female demons like Nekomata! Expand
  5. Dec 10, 2021
    9
    Game: Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
    Genre: RPG
    Developer: Atlus Publisher: Atlus System: Nintendo 3DS (3DS) Year of Release: 2016
    Game: Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
    Genre: RPG
    Developer: Atlus
    Publisher: Atlus
    System: Nintendo 3DS (3DS)
    Year of Release: 2016
    Length of Playthrough: 65 Hours

    Total Score: 93/100
    Value Score: 9.3/10

    • Story: 8/10
    • Characters: 9/10
    • GamePlay: 9/10
    • Graphics: 8/10
    • Sound: 10/10
    • Music: 10/10
    • Length: 10/10
    • Replay Value: 10/10
    • Player Value: 9/10

    Pros
    +High replay value such as New Game Plus and multiple Endings
    +Great story, cast of characters and gameplay
    +Great OST and voice acting
    +Choice of multiple difficulty modes
    +Great engaging and customizable gameplay

    Cons
    -Map areas can be confusing at times
    -High difficulty even for normal battles
    -Animated cutscenes are stills most of the time
    -Visuals look outdated compared to other games from the same universe (due to the system it was released on)

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    Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS): 95
    Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse (3DS): 93
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS): 83
    Shin Megami Tensei Persona 1 Portable (PSP): 88
    Shin Megami Tensei Persona 2 Innocent Sin (PSP): 85
    Shin Megami Tensei Persona 3 Portable (PSP): 95
    Shin Megami Tensei Persona 4 (PS2): 97
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  6. Jun 29, 2020
    8
    What are you doing with my Tokyo map?Why so many locations was copy from past game?In my opinion this game should get 7 or 8.Yes charactersWhat are you doing with my Tokyo map?Why so many locations was copy from past game?In my opinion this game should get 7 or 8.Yes characters stupid, your change sucks, gameplay better, history so so 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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