Three New JRPGs Are Out Today

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The deadest genre just continues to get deader as three—yes, three!—new Japanese role-playing games hit U.S. shores today.

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There's Pandora's Tower, an action-RPG that might just be the last big Wii release ever. End of an era. I've spent a couple hours with Pandora's Tower, and I think it's fun so far, although I wish it was in high definition. It's hard to really appreciate the act of killing monsters and feeding their flesh to a little girl when it's rendered in 480p.

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Atlus is releasing their 3DS remake of Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers today as well, if you're into first-person dungeon-crawlers. It feels rather antiquated compared to Atlus's last big release, Etrian Odyssey IV—probably because Soul Hackers was originally released in 1997—but it's interesting nonetheless.

The third game wasn't made in Japan, but it's a Japanese RPG nonetheless: Book One of Dragon Fantasy, an episodic series designed to emulate the old 8-bit classics. It's out for PS3 and Vita today.

It's Tuesday, April 16, and this has been your JRPG public service announcement.

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DISCUSSION

Seeing how the Bioshock Infinite baptism thing was just out earlier today, I might as well ask:

Would a Christian be comfortable playing the Devil Summoner game (and the Shin Megami Tensei series in general)? I'm not quite sure how to feel about:

1) Summoning demons. How is it handled?

2) Christian beings in the series - IIRC, beings such as Lucifer and some of the angels are in the games, and the earlier games included Yahweh. Some of them I don't care as much about - a lot of demons and angel hierarchies were basically made up by monks in the Middle Ages, but some I believe exist - Lucifer, God, certain named angels of the Bible

3) Portrayal of Christianity in the series - again, if I recall, they made Yahweh (God) the big bad of some of the earlier games. And made the more appealing choice be to side with the demons. That's... not something I can quite agree with.

And please, I don't need a bunch of posts from people saying Christianity is fake crap anyways so just suck it up. It's not going to change my mind as to what I believe.