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Never heard of the Shin Megami Tense (SMT)i series and are wondering why is everyone raving and excited about the announcement for the Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne Remaster?

We go you covered. Ever since its initial release date on 20 February 2003. The graphics of dark atmosphere and the underlying of sensitive topics between gods and demons. The concept itself were ahead of its time and people were talking about it till this day, after 17 years.

Curious to find out why?


challenging difficulty

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne – Megami Fuse

The game’s difficulty can break you if you’re unsure of what you’re doing when you first boot up the game and spend your few hours in there. Back in 2003. Access to internet and guides are rather difficult, so getting first hand knowledge for the best combinations and stats adding is usually based on trial and errors.

Unlike the Persona series where you can switch Personas on the whim not wasting a turn. You got to set up your Demon team just right to synergise with one another. It would pose some difficulty if it weren’t. However that’s the highlight of the game. Some bosses can annihilate you easily if you aren’t sure what you’re doing. I it is SUPER SATISFYING when you get the right team to throw them off, especially bosses, they are well designed and intelligently crafted to get your brain juices flowing.

Do not be dishearten by its difficulty factor. The game is hard but rewarding at the same time.


multiple endings

SMT Nocturne Wallpaper by Johnnybad82 on DeviantArt

The SMT series are known for their multiple replay abilities and their multiple endings. They are known for 3 different kinds of endings. Law by siding with the Angels and Gods, Chaos by siding with the Demons and Devils and lastly the Neutral ending by threading your own path.

What makes SMT ending great is that not all path are the absolute correct path. Siding with the Gods does not mean you’re doing good for humanity and siding with the demons does not mean you’re going to destroy the world.

Both sides has their own pros and cons and it is up to you to decide which path you think that is aligned to your own moral compass. They question your believes bearing the consequences you make in the game.

However in Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne. We are given with 5 different endings which are way more than the usual SMT games offers. Each character you meet has their own desire and believes and it is up to you to decide who would you be agreeing with more.


melancholic atmosphere

Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne vs Persona 4. | ResetEra

The game started you out as a high school student and in a few series of events. You are thrown into a post-apocalyptic state in Tokyo. Deserts as far as the eye can see with not many humans in sight. It is practically a barren wasteland.

With demons running amok. You spend most of your time fighting demons, exploring labyrinths and dungeons and spend very little time communicating with other humans. You’d be surprise that you communicate with Demons more than the humans in this game. It gives you a very lonely vibe.

But that’s the catch of the game. With only this much information you can gather in the game it is fun to draw your own conclusions of how the end plays out.

However the game compensates the lonely atmosphere with memorable and head bobbing array of soundtrack and Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne has one of the most memorable tracks. Each tracks and music tells its own stories.


monster collection

Shin Megami Tensei - Nocturne | 転生, イラスト, 視覚芸術

It is an undeniable fact that Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne is a monster collecting game or Demon collecting to be more precise. Similar to the Pokemon, Digimon and Monster Rancher Series. Shin Megami Tensei appeal to the more mature audience by bringing demons into your ranks. Instead of catching it with a ball, hatching from an egg or buying one off the stall. You form a contract or a deal with the demons you meet to fight along side you.

There is a catch however. Depending on your alignment to your moral compass. Be it Law, Chaos or neutral. Different demons will join you in battle. If you’re more aligned to Chaos. The angels or Gods will refuse to be in your ranks and vice versa. Which is a very interesting niche for the SMT series.


Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne will be available on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in Spring 2021

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