• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Sep 20, 2016

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
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  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
    One of the best games on the 3DS has been bested with Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, and the result is an exciting, smart, and amazingly complex RPG. I can't think of a game I've enjoyed this much in 2016, and I'm already looking forward to diving back into this again in the near future.
  3. Oct 11, 2016
    Apocalypse is what the original Shin Megami Tensei IV should've been.
  4. Sep 15, 2016
    This is the pinnacle of the franchise in almost every way and a worthy successor to Shin Megami Tensei with fantastic combat, exploration, and story.
  5. Jan 22, 2017
    We already loved the original SMT IV, and this second campaign is even more solid. The true essence of Japanese RPG beats strongly in Apocalypse: its turn-based battles are the best we've ever played, the story is mature and captivating, and the soundtrack is amazing.
  6. Dec 14, 2016
    This episode is one of the best RPGs of the year, a great adventure with a great story every JRPG fan should play.
  7. Dec 1, 2016
    Quotation forthcoming.
  8. Sep 23, 2016
    While Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse could easily have been a lazy reuse of content from its predecessor slapped together to make a quick buck, a different perspective on the story, a host of improvements, and the return of Shin Megami Tensei IV’s quality gameplay come together for a pseudo-sequel that’s a worthy experience.
  9. Sep 21, 2016
    As an RPG sequel, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is just about perfect. It lets players revisit a familiar world from a new perspective, keeps what made the original so special, and adds in several small but significant mechanical improvements that make for a smoother, better game throughout. We recommend playing through SMTIV first if possible, both to get the most out of Apocalypse and to experience one of the 3DS' finest JRPGs, but however you arrive at it, this is a game that begs to be played. It's a delightfully dark adventure that's dripping with dystopian charm, and between the personable demons, deeply satisfying combat and killer aesthetic, we couldn't get enough — the end times have never been so good.
  10. Sep 15, 2016
    Apocalypse is a fantastic RPG that goes above and beyond the original Shin Megami Tensei IV to become one of the shining gems of the 3DS library.
  11. Sep 15, 2016
    It’s an obvious second try to rectify the problems of the former game, but it is damn fine excellent one.
  12. Sep 15, 2016
    Apocalypse’s brand new story, engaging characters, and deep gameplay systems are more than enough to warrant a playthrough for fans both new and old. If you’re looking for a lengthy, satisfying handheld RPG to play, Apocalypse is a great candidate.
  13. Jan 3, 2017
    SMT: Apocalypse is an excellent game with deeper, fluid and solid system combat, great art direction. It's, also, a good sequel. One of the most solid JRPG in terms of gameplay, but misses some opportunities with the new Divine Powers faction and has some inconsistencies at the end of the game.
  14. Oct 23, 2016
    Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse offers a rich experience: a complex story, engaging characters and a deep gameplay system. It improves several things seen in Shin Megami Tensei IV while keeping the core gameplay that made its predecessor one the great RPGs for the 3DS.
  15. Jul 5, 2017
    For fans of the series and newcomers alike, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is a quintessential JRPG experience, and one that only has some very minor issues.
  16. Dec 9, 2016
    Regardless if you are a newcomer to the series or a veteran that knows SMT 4 inside and out, this alternate version of the JRPG classic will keep you busy for weeks.
  17. Dec 9, 2016
    Excellent sequel to one of the best Shin Megami Tensei chapters of all time. Great story and development of characters.
  18. Dec 1, 2016
    Apocalypse marks an improvement in every way over Shin Megami Tensei IV, that already was one of the best JPRG available on the 3DS family of consoles. The user interface, the map, the companion system, the demon alignment are all welcome changes especially because they come on top of a fascinating setting and a gritty storyline.
  19. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Nov 7, 2016
    While Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse gave me déjà vu more than once, it has an intriguing story with plenty of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. [Issue #24 – November/December 2016, p.18M]
  20. Oct 14, 2016
    Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is somewhere between an expansion pack and a sequel. There's a lot of familiar content bolstered by some fresh content and strong mechanical changes. It's more Shin Megami Tensei IV, so if you enjoyed the previous game, you'll find a lot to like here, even though it can sometimes feel too familiar and repetitive for its own good.
  21. Sep 26, 2016
    My final score would have been considerably higher had the game ended when it was first given the opportunity.
  22. Sep 20, 2016
    Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is a rich RPG experience that’s a respectable addition to the franchise, an often twisted turn-based take on things that flies in the face of more sterilized fare. Despite some minor quibbles, it stands out as one of the finest traditional JRPGs available on the 3DS, an easy choice for franchise veterans and a compelling entry point for someone looking to take a dark dip into something strange and striking.
  23. 85
    On one hand, SMT IV is one of the best games on the 3DS and is surely worth a playthrough by every 3DS owner. Apocalypse, however, is more or less a re-skin of the 2013 title with a new story perspective. Those that are looking to dive back into an SMT title with an expanded story and don’t mind retreading familiar ground will surely find a lot of recognizable fun in Apocalypse.
  24. 85
    Despite some feelings of deja vu while traversing this end-of-days version of Tokyo, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is an excellent game and a fantastic addition to the 3DS library. The year of the RPG is still red hot.
  25. Sep 15, 2016
    This would have been a cash-in almost anywhere else, but here, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse was shown the level of love and care most would give aggressively marketed new IPs. It's still no Nocturne, but it'll do.
  26. Sep 15, 2016
    While Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse feels a little too similar at times, it’s one of the tightest JRPGs on the 3DS.
  27. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 1, 2017
    Shin Megami Tensei is like Pokemon for a more mature audience. You’ll still be capturing monsters, breeding them and using them in fights – but characters will talk about life and death, freedom and obedience. Another important thing is that you’ll be able to draw your own conclusions and make your own choices with consequences, which are sometimes so severe that you’ll want to replay the entire chapter. [Issue#217, p.72]
  28. Apr 8, 2017
    Apocalypse is very much a more-of-the-same sort of sequel, but when the first instalment was already pretty solid, all you can really do is a few touch ups and a new story. Definitely check it out if you played and enjoyed Shin Megami Tensei IV- I’d have a hard time recommending it to anybody else without the context provided by the first game. Having said that, if you haven’t played the first one, go do that! It’s usually cheap on the eShop, and you already know there’s a fairly expansive universe around just the SMT IV story now.
  29. Dec 14, 2016
    Overall, though, Apocalypse amounts to more of the same; for the most part, that's a good thing indeed. It's a meaty, involving role-playing game, filled with MegaTen standards and adding its own refinements. While its story does lose much of its predecessor's sense of uniqueness, there's something to be said for its lean, get-to-the-point setup. I hesitate to call it as great or essential as SMT4, but it's nonetheless one of the best RPGs available for 3DS — a system with no shortage of them to begin with.
  30. 80
    SMT IV: Apocalypse is a really smart and thoughtful game on the wrong platform entirely, for what it wants to offer. It’s easy to spot the compromises to the vision that the development team needed to make to have it all fit the platform, and while it’s still an essential title, it’s difficult to sit back and not wonder just how much more it could have been.
  31. Sep 28, 2016
    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.
  32. Sep 16, 2016
    Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is the perfect nightcap game for summer’s end. A perfect portable adventure that should satiate the appetites of fans that also serves as a solid entry point for those unfamiliar. Demons, dungeons and damnation await those who wish to take on the mantle of Godslayer. If that sounds like a sales pitch, it’s because I finally found a Shin Megami game that does not require a broken controller.
  33. 79
    Despite an intense backtracking and a large use of old assets, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is a good game, imbued with the epic spirit of the series. Beware the cryptic story, if you have not played the previous episodes.
  34. Dec 2, 2016
    Quotation forthcoming.
  35. Jan 8, 2017
    Following the well known formula, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is a good JRPG, stuck in the past but still very interesting to play thanks to the large scale plot.
  36. Dec 21, 2016
    Shin Megami Tensei 4: Apocalypse is a nice remix of its predecessor, but it is a bit shallow. However, we do love this cyberpunk adventure with its refined gameplay mechanics.
  37. Dec 7, 2016
    Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse offers great gameplay in a cool setting. Unfortunately these good points get outweighed by the awful graphics and other incompetencies in the game.
  38. Sep 21, 2016
    Apocalypse is more robust than the average remix, and in some ways it’s even better made than Shin Megami Tensei 4. It piggybacks on the game that came before it, but Apocalypse introduces just enough improvements to the original to be a meaningful improvement that’s worth experiencing — as long as you can handle a little déjà vu.
  39. 70
    A notable improvement on the original, although most of the changes are still just doodling in the margins – as the series waits for a more substantial overhaul.
  40. Sep 16, 2016
    Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is a hell of a mess. At moments, the complex and fun combat and progression systems break through the game’s ick presentation and sexist character designs, but what little fun exists gradually fades before you’re even halfway through the campaign. If you’re a fan of the series, there’s plenty to love here, but Apocalypse is unforgiving for any new players
  41. Sep 15, 2016
    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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 335 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Jan 20, 2017
    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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  2. Sep 20, 2016
    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 21, 2016
    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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