Shin Megami Tensei – It’s Influence on Me

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It’s time I finally talked about video games. I’ve been a gamer for 11-13 years of my life, but it was only about 2 and a half years ago when I discovered the Megami Tensei series. There I fell in love the series, adopted some of its ideas, looked into the demons/mons I liked a little more, looked into religion and mythology more, and took inspiration from it. Oh, and its spin-offs are cool too, but remember who the star is guys.

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The general idea of the games is that you summon demons, usually through an arm-based computer device, usually in modern post-apocalyptic Japan, and the story has a high emphasis on personal choice and the effect your actions and choices have on the world and its fate. Sounds like a great recipe if you ask me. Usually you have three different paths to choose from. Fans of the series, like myself, usually recognize them as Law, Chaos, and Neutral. Law offers eternal peace and security in them form of the Thousand Year Kingdom with God’s at the cost of all freedom and those who aren’t fit to live there all die (sound familiar?) Chaos is all about power and freedom and is mainly out to oppose the Law faction with Lucifer’s help, but you are without protection as well as control and have to fend for yourself, and in a world where demons now live. Neutral is about rejecting both factions and serving only yourself and following your own path (usually).

My favourite so far is Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne (though I think Digital Devil Saga improved some gameplay aspects). Simply put, it is an amazing experience that gives many sensations and emotional experiences, as well as immersing you in a world that is both empty and vibrant.

A screenshot from Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne.

A screenshot from Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne.

But I’ve always wanted to play Shin Megami Tensei and Shin Megami Tensei II, the games that had the most influence on me when I found them. Unfortunately, they were only released for the Super Famicom in Japan and I have no idea how to patch them. Incidentally, does anyone know how? Regardless, I am reminded of what I’m missing all the time.

Shin Megami Tensei 1, with the Law-aligned hero berating us for going against his faction

Shin Megami Tensei 1, with the Law-aligned hero berating us for going against his faction

Something big happening in Shin Megami Tensei II

Something big happening in Shin Megami Tensei II

By the way, I am excited about Shin Megami Tensei IV coming next year.

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