ATLUS, At Last!

I admit, I haven’t always been a fan of Atlus because I felt that most of their releases were aimed towards a very hardcore Japanese RPG crowd.

My feelings changed in 2011, however, when I bumped into Catherine and fell in love with its game design. My admiration is so great that I recently replayed the game and forced my close friends to try it out. “This game may make you a better a person,” I insisted, “This game may help you be faithful. This game will reveal to you if you’re a dirty pervert.”

After playing Catherine, I wanted to play everything by the development studio, and thus discovered Persona 4. Persona 4 is not your average turn-based RPG because this game does more like reward you for making good moral decisions.

When do we see that in a game? Yes, in Catherine,  but I’ll  go into detail about it in another post. This one is for the fans of Persona and Shin Megami Tensei, yes all 2 of you.

At this year’s E3, I had the pleasure of putting on some comfortable, loud headsets to play Atlus’s new 3DS game, Shin Megami Tensei 4. SMT 4 looked incredible in 3D because the dungeons and fights were complemented by a beautifully dark, catchy soundtrack. Atlus has a reputation of releasing games for a limited time, and this one is no different.The game will be $49.99 and is only available for pre-order. Walk-ins, you may be out of luck.

The high price tag is justified because this 70 hour epic comes packed with an artbook, soundtrack, and a mini strategy guide. The series is no stranger to critical success, so expect to see high scores from its reviews. The game is very much like Persona 4 because you can make good moral choices and build relationships with side characters. These relationships can mature and eventually make characters willing to protect you in battle, or even sacrifice themselves in your name. The game looks great, so I decided to share my opinion. 3DS owners, pre-order now. It’s out on July 16th.

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2 comments

  1. No. An Atlus representative offered the following statement from president and CEO Naoto Hiraoka:

    “Currently, Index Digital Media, Inc. and the ATLUS brand are unaffected by the Index Corporation proceedings in Japan. We’re carrying on day-to-day activities, business as usual. Shin Megami Tensei IV and Dragon’s Crown are still releasing on July 16 and August 6 respectively, and we’re licensing and publishing third-party titles such as R.I.P.D: The Game and Daylight. We want to thank all of our fans for their outpouring of support.”

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