You know, even though every other front-page post on this site (and every other Talking Time thread) is about Persona, the dude who runs the site — that’s me! — has yet to play a single game in the Shin Megami Tensei series for more than an hour. Until now! Although technically the game in question — Devil Survivor — belongs to the Megami Ibunroku series, but I don’t even know what that means, so, like, whatevs and stuff.
So far it seems to be a really good take on (what I understand to be) the whole point of MegaTen, despite the jarringly terrible character designs. It’s also strongly reminiscent of The World Ends With You, but I rather think MegaTen had a claim to things like teenagers struggling against mystical forces in a battle for life or death in Shibuya about a decade or two before Square Enix and Jupiter got there. I think what impresses me most is that it manages to combine the super old-school MegaTen combat system (first-person battles) with a tactical RPG. And, also, it’s gonna be pretty baffling for anyone who isn’t familiar with major Tokyo geography — landmark and location names are tossed about casually without regard for tin-eared American sensibilities.
Needless to say, I approve on all counts.