Originally based on the novel series Digital Devil Story by Aya Nishitani, and taking its name from the title of the first of those novels, Megami Tensei has grown to be one of the most popular RPG series in its home country of Japan. In terms of connections, most of MegaTen's games are standalones by nature.
They all share common elements, though in theory, gamers could really pick up any of the Persona games and play them in whatever order they like (provided they're prepared for the random shifts in gameplay quality). Now in 2015, Megami Tensei's Persona series shall see yet another instalment with Persona 5 getting its release date on PS4 and PS3.
Shin Megami Tensei's Persona 5 on PS4 & PS3
The release date for this highly anticipated title is still unknown, and we've only recently been getting any news from Atlus regarding the progression of the game. The gameplay trailer, which you can check out below, showed us a beautiful NextGen title. The animation style is startlingly beautiful and the gameplay looks to have a wonderful charm.
Over the years we've all developed our own favourite Megami Tensei games (and if you've yet to check them out, you shouldn't miss them), but there's two that I'd like to take a look at that I really admire. Be sure to let us know what your favourite game from this series is in the comments!
Shin Megami Tensei's Nocturne
Before Atlus introduced us all in the West to this extraordinary adventure, Nippon Ichi's Disgaea: Hour of Darkness was the game that demonstrated to a lot people in the PS2 era that Atlus could make great JRPGs. Released as Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Maniacs in Japan, this enhanced interpretation of Tensei III boasts quite a deal more than what was first presented. The most talked about new feature, which was a strange trend in recent PS2 games, is the inclusion of Devil May Cry's demon hero Dante as an extra character.
This game was disturbing, challenging, beautiful and gave me a fascinating story, brimming with intrigue and great characters. It represents everything that I love about Japanese games, and though it has dated a bit, it's still a worth while adventure for those looking to try out this series before the release date of Persona 5.
Shin Megami Tensei's Persona 4
Though perhaps not exactly a controversial MegaTen choice, there's a reason why Persona 4 is such a great game, not only within this series. The Golden version of this great game is obviously an improved version of the original, so if you want to enjoy Persona 4 in all of its glory, that's the way to go.
Persona 4 gave us yet another glorious story. One of alternate dimensions, high school kids dying, mad mend throwing people into TVs and a generally fantastic fighting system (though if you want a great fighting system then Persona 4 Arena is the place for you).
Persona 4 is without a doubt my favourite MegaTen game. It brought everything that I had enjoyed about the series into one beautiful place. The story is excellent, the voice acting is superb, animations are always beautiful and its far too easy to get lost in its world for hours on end.
I sincerely hope that the Persona series can only get better, and that Persona 5 will blow my mind when I pick it up on the PS4 on its release date. But what about you guys? Are you excited for Persona 5? What's your favourite Megami Tensei game? Let us know in the comments!