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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse - It's Raining Demons - 3DS

It wouldn't be a Shin Megami Tensei game without plenty of demons.


Thankfully, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse has a series record of 450+ demons from various mythologies to fight, fuse, or recruit. If you're new to the series and this sounds a little complicated, don't fret. Collecting demons is ADDICTING, and it's pretty much like that monster catching game everyone's been playing on their phone... except, no joke, it's way better.
When encountering demons in Tokyo such as the fabulous Napaea or strong Centaur, players can fight, negotiate, or flee. While annihilating every single demon may be the knee jerk reaction, negotiating with them opens up a wealth of options that can greatly benefit the party. Choosing to talk to demons opens up a dialogue tree that gives players to opportunity to recruit them or receive items/bonuses. A successfully recruited demon can be summoned to fight alongside the protagonist, but if negotiations fail demons will happily tear you to shreds.



Once a demon has been added to the party, they'll gain experience, new abilities, and stronger attributes with every victory in battle. The protagonists can also learn powerful new skills from demons that level up, but that's not even the best part about demon collection. Using the Cathedral of Shadows, monsters can be fused together to create even stronger ones! Mix and match or use recommended formulas to create the demon of your dreams (or nightmares)!

The plot of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse overlaps with Shin Megami Tensei IV (and features some familiar characters), but no previous experience with the original is required! The game features:
Divine Intrigue - Choose between peace or anarchy while being a pawn in the gods' chess game.
Combat Partners - Hunting demons is dangerous, so count on some backup! Alongside the standard three demons, players will be able to rely on one of seven partners to help win battles.
Oodles of Demons - Be on your guard because Tokyo is infested with a series record 450+ demons to fight, fuse, or recruit.
Revamped Demon Fusion - Demons will have affinities for certain skills, so players can better plan the outcome of fusions.
Classic SMT Combat - Prospective Hunters will exploit weaknesses, boost attributes, and unlock skill bonuses with the returning Press Turn and Smirking systems.
Oh, and we have information about a ton of DLC we'll be releasing for the game. From vanity items to new quests, the SMTIV: A DLC offers content that will enrich the demon hunting experience. Take a look at the details below!

Bonus Item: Asahi/Nozomi Set
Price: $0.99
Availability: 9/20/2016
Description: Now you, too, can look like Asahi and Nozomi, thanks to these helmets! Must become an official Hunter before you can access them.

Bonus Item: Green Pompadour
Price: $0.99
Availability: 9/20/2016
Description: Now you, too, can be as smug as Navarre! Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Movie: Fall of Tokyo Promo Video
Price: Free
Availability: 9/20/2016
Description: A look into the events that set SMTIV: A in motion (warning: contains graphic content). Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Item: Earring Set
Price: Free for a week, then $0.49
Availability: 9/20/2016
Description: The "Peace Earring" and "Anarchy Earring" are redeemed from the eShop. Must become an official Hunter before you can access them.

Bonus Quest: A GodSlayer Needs Levels
Price: $2.99
Availability: 9/20/2016
Description: This Challenge Quest provides a means to level up quickly by gaining EXP-increasing items for your party. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it. Recommended for players that have reached the Fairy Forest.

Bonus Add-On: Ranking Program 1
Price: Free
Availability: 9/20/2016
Description: This add-on uses the highest-ranked demons from DDS Cards acquired via StreetPass to power up the same demons in your stock. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Quest: A GodSlayer Needs Demons
Price: $1.99
Availability: 9/27/2016
Description: This Challenge Quest grants you access to the "Demon Market," where you spend Macca to buy pre-trained demons. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Quest: A GodSlayer Needs Macca
Price: $2.99
Availability: 9/27/2016
Description: This is a Challenge Quest that helps you increase your Macca. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Add-On: Ranking Program 2
Price: Free
Availability: 9/27/2016
Description: This add-on determines the highest-ranked Main Partners from people whom you made StreePass exchanges with and powers those Partners up for you! Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Item: Chiro Mask
Price: $0.99
Availability: 9/27/2016
Description: A mask that makes you look like Hallelujah's partner, Chironnupu. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Item: Avatar's Hat
Price: $0.99
Availability: 9/27/2016
Description: Dress just like Krishna with this snazzy fedora. Flute not included. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Quest: A GodSlayer Needs Apps
Price: $2.49
Availability: 9/27/2016
Description: This is a Challenge Quest that helps you increase your App Points. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it. Recommended for players that have reached the Fairy Forest.

Bonus Item: Tokyo's Past Set
Price: Free
Availability: 9/27/2016
Description: Download the Cute Glasses, Secret Eye Power Seal, and Surgical Mask! Must become an official Hunter before you can access them.

Bonus Add-On: Extra Difficulty Levels
Price: Free
Availability: 10/4/2016
Description: This free add-on unlocks "Paradise," the easiest difficulty setting for RPG newcomers and "Apocalypse," the hardest difficulty setting for the most hardcore Shin Megami Tensei fans.

Bonus Quest: The Inverted Pyramid
Price: $1.99
Availability: 10/4/2016
Description: This is a Challenge Quest that unlocks Cleopatra for fusion after you've beaten her in battle. Recommended for players who are near to or have completed the game.

Bonus Quest: A GodSlayer Needs Jewels
Price: $2.99
Availability: 10/4/2016
Description: This Challenge Quest helps you collect jewels to trade for powerful items. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Add-On: Lore 1: Parallel Universes
Price: Free
Availability: 10/4/2016
Description: This lore add-on is a secret entry in the Hunter database, for those interested in more of the game's back story. Spoiler alert! This entry contains several spoilers for the main story. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Quest: Explosive Epidemic in Mikado
Price: $1.99
Availability: 10/4/2016
Description: This is a Challenge Quest that sends you back to Mikado to solve a mystery within a limited number of turns. Recommended for players who are near to or have completed the game.

Bonus Quest: A Trip to Hawaii
Price: $2.49
Availability: 10/4/2016
Description: This is a Challenge Quest that unlocks Mephisto for fusion after you'be beaten him in battle. Recommended for players who are near to or have completed the game.

Bonus Add-On: Lore 2: "Observation" Explained
Price: Free
Availability: 10/4/2016
Description: This lore add-on is a secret entry in the Hunter database, for those interested in more of the game's back story! Spoiler alert! This entry contains several spoilers for the main story.

Bonus Quest: Depths of Twisted Tokyo
Price: $1.49
Availability: 10/11/2016
Description: Obtain the "Eternal Torus" to reach its lowest level. Recommended for players who are near to or have completed the game.

Bonus Quest: A GodSlayer needs Items
Price: $3.49
Availability: 10/11/2016
Description: A Challenge Quest that lets you obtain HP/MP- and stat-increasing items. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Add-On: Level Cap Unlock
Price: Free
Availability: 10/11/2016
Description: This free add-on unlocks the level cap, allowing you to exceed level 100.

Bonus Quest: Messiahs in the Diamond Realm
Price: $3.99
Availability: 10/11/2016
Description: Experience a short side story and fight alongside familiar faces to challenge an unexpected foe. Recommended for players who are near to or have completed the game.

Bonus Add-On: Lore 3: Tokyo and Mikado History
Price: Free
Availability: 10/11/2016
Description: This lore add-on is a secret entry in the Hunter database, for those interested in more of the game's back story! Spoiler alert! This entry contains several spoilers for the main story.


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