The improved version of the third part of the distinctive Japanese RPG game Shin Megami Tensei finally came to us after its launch last year to Japan, this game had a great impact on the development of Japanese RPG games when the original version was released and many of its gameplay mechanics are still used in versions of the various series games until Today, but has Atlus been able to provide an experience that fits the current generation and maintains the game’s valuable essence? This is what we will know in the next lines of our review.
The story of the game revolves around the character of a student who witnesses the end of the world with his own eyes and in order for events to take place in order to gain demonic energy to embark on an adventure to determine the fate of the world in which the remaining people compete to return it in a way that suits them according to their circumstances and psychological experiences. The game will also offer you many options in which the end will be determined. You will get it.
One of the most prominent features of the series and the original version of the game is its high difficulty, or let us call it a great challenge, as the game will not give you a helping hand from the beginning and will leave you to learn the basics of playing and its details on your own and you will find many obstacles and traps and a variation in the level of difficulty of the enemies who will not tolerate you at all and will work To exploit your faults and weaknesses to eliminate you and return to your last points of conservation, which provides a unique experience full of caution and the desire for continuous development to continue playing and bypassing obstacles and enemies and despite the beauty of this method for some, but it was a reason for the reluctance of many to buy the original game on the PlayStation 2 Or their failure to complete the game, so a new difficulty phase has been introduced in this version on behalf of Merciful for those who want to play the game and enjoy its story and the game system as well, but without suffering from the severity of some battles, especially with the leaders.
The game world is varied, and you will visit various Japanese regions on your trip, whether abandoned malls, dubious parks, or dark underground tunnels … Well, have we forgotten to mention that the game is somewhat dark and bloody? Well, from our description of the game regions, you can easily discover this.
The game is characterized by a large number of trenches and mazes, which may take a lot of your time exploring them, as the developer here does not hide his love for traps, complex stages and high-difficulty labyrinths, and unfortunately there is a great discrepancy in the level of stages, sometimes you will find yourself exploring one of the palaces with fake doors and you have to discover the right path and sometimes you will find yourself in a tunnel Very dark, long and full of traps in an experience that will not please many players.
The combat system in the play depends on the turn-based system where your character will help a number of monsters or demons who have persuaded them to join you in fierce battles by using various types of strikes and magic and trying to discover the enemy’s weaknesses, so your use of the enemy’s weaknesses will give you an opportunity to get an additional strike and your mistakes to injure the enemy will cause Because you lost one of the playing roles, which makes you constantly searching to collect the ideal diverse team that will benefit you at different times.
You can include different monsters through several methods, one of which is through negotiations in the middle of the battles and meeting the requests of the monsters, which may lead to their joining you or at least obtain some equipment from them. You can also visit one of the stores in the game that works on merging the monsters with each other to obtain On a new monster in a style similar to what we currently see in the Persona series, which we still apply today.
The improved version got the option of Japanese and English voice acting for the first time, which is a distinctive addition that gives a greater dimension to the characters, especially with the fluent Japanese voices, and all English conversations have been reviewed to provide a more accurate and clear experience of meanings to the player.
This version of the game worked to improve the graphics for the characters, backgrounds and stages, but the improvements were not enough in many parts of the game. The surfaces are few in detail in many areas, and you sometimes feel surprised. In some moments of the story, some cinematic shows appear in their old, low-quality original version. It raises the question of the reason for its existence, is it the laziness of the developer or a certain technical vision?
Well, our experience was on the PlayStation 5 for the PlayStation 4 version through pre-compatibility, and we faced a number of technical problems such as the uneven number of frames and the emergence of some problems from the repeated appearance of a black screen repeatedly during movement in some areas.
This game has been reviewed with a PS4 review version that was provided by the publisher prior to the game’s release on the market