JRPGs, You're Better Than This

64 hours. 23 hours. 42 hours. 28 hours. Somewhere on a grassy plain trying to figure out if I should spend my days hunting down one of many pending side quests. Somewhere deep in the ocean chasing mermaids. Somewhere making preparations for my next strategic battle. These are all the places I’m willing to leave… » 3/12/15 11:00am 3/12/15 11:00am

The first Shin Megami Tensei comes to iOS next month. It'll be out on March 18 for $8, Atlus says. Here's hoping you don't have to pay real money to negotiate with demons. That'd be kind of evil. » 2/27/14 1:30pm 2/27/14 1:30pm

Let's Be Real About Walkthroughs

Fact: websites like GameFAQs and game-specific Wikis are some of the biggest, most popular websites on the internet. Fact: a lot of gaming culture prides itself on the pursuit and overcoming of difficult challenges. Hmm. » 8/01/13 6:30pm 8/01/13 6:30pm

Devil Survivor 2 Is Much Better Than I Expected

Devil Survivor 2:The Animation is an anime based on the 2011 DS game Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2. A few months back, I called it one of the anime you'd be okay skipping last season because of its first half being rather cliché and boring. » 7/30/13 7:30am 7/30/13 7:30am

Shin Megami Tensei IV: The Kotaku Review

My favorite character in Shin Megami Tensei IV didn’t make the front cover of the North American release. She’s not one of the samurai warriors tasked with keeping the world’s demons in check. She’s not technically even a real person, much less a she. Her name is Burroughs, and she’s the keeper of the menus. » 7/15/13 4:00pm 7/15/13 4:00pm

Shin Megami Tensei IV Is as Deep and Interesting as It Is Hard

In recent years, the Shin Megami Tensei series has found new life in the West thanks to the popularity of spinoff titles Persona 3 and Persona 4. But now, after a decade since the release of the third game in the core series, comes Shin Megami Tensei IV. » 6/11/13 8:00am 6/11/13 8:00am

This Game's DLC Lets You Hit Level 99 In An Hour

I've already talked a bit about how hard Shin Megami Tensei IV was on the default difficulty—and how the game makes you humiliate yourself in order to switch to easy mode. But if even easy mode is still too much for you, you can always download the first DLC dungeon. It completely breaks the game. » 6/11/13 4:00am 6/11/13 4:00am

Stephen Hawking: Devil Summoner

For decades, Stephen Hawking has been one of the world’s most famous scientists. But despite that, I wasn’t expecting him to make an appearance in a game about capturing devils. » 6/07/13 4:30am 6/07/13 4:30am

This Shin Megami Tensei IV Trailer Makes Being A Samurai Seem Intense

Shin Megami Tensei IV, the upcoming role playing game by Atlus, is a game about samurai. The protagonist is a samurai, actually. That means you have two mandates: to take care of the demons (would this be an SMT game if that weren't the case?) and to keep the peace. » 5/15/13 9:00pm 5/15/13 9:00pm

You Can Do Special Fusions Via StreetPass In Shin Megami Tensei IV

Shin Megami Tensei games have typically always let you collect demon minions which you can then use in battle, ala Pokémon. You can "fuse" these demons to make new ones, but that's typically a solitary affair. In the upcoming Shin Megami Tensei IV, other players will allow you to perform special fusions via Streetpass. » 5/03/13 8:30pm 5/03/13 8:30pm

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 00s

The first years of the new millennium brought us the seventh generation of video game consoles, and with that came a whole new family of attractive men and women. With new evolutions, this decade introduced the start of increasingly realistic-looking characters. » 5/02/13 8:21pm 5/02/13 8:21pm

Kazuma Kaneko's Art Is Summoning Devils Into Your Eyeballs

Earlier this week, I showcased the works of one of my favourite video game artists, Atlus' Shigenori Soejima. It's only fair, then, that I close out the week doing the same for the other half of the studio's artistic engine room. » 4/26/13 12:00am 4/26/13 12:00am

Oh Hey, It's A New Teaser Trailer For Shin Megami Tensei IV

This dramatic new teaser for Shin Megami Tensei IV has finally gotten me to shake off the remnants of my JRPG overload-ennui and realize, "Hey, cool, a new JRPG is coming, and I want to play it." Atlus recently announced that the game is coming to America; it'll arrive on July 16. For a more involved Japanese… » 4/25/13 5:00pm 4/25/13 5:00pm

The Darkest Cyberpunk Worlds In Japanese Video Games

Cyberpunk was a big deal in the 80s and in the 90s. Writers like Philip K. Dick and William Gibson, movies like Blade Runner, and anime such as Akira heavily influenced video games. The result was games with a dark, dystopian future, high technology and low life. » 4/10/13 8:00am 4/10/13 8:00am

Look At How Cool You Get To Dress In The Next Shin Megami Tensei

Demons, mature themes, samurai—blah, blah, blah. That stuff is important, but guys, look. Look at the things you get to wear in Shin Megami Tensei IV. » 3/01/13 5:30pm 3/01/13 5:30pm

First Look at the Limited Edition Shin Megami Tensei IV 3DS XL

Excited about Shin Megami Tensei IV? Leaked scans from this week's Famitsu reveal that the role-playing game will be out in Japan on May 23. And Shin Megami Tensei IV will bring a companion in case it gets lonely. Hey, video games have feelings, too! » 2/20/13 5:30am 2/20/13 5:30am