I have been with the series since day 1 back on the NES days. This is by far one of the worst Shin games since Strange Journey back on the NDS days.
The game is largely empty, with little to no story plot, bland characters, no romance, also no choices what-so-ever. The game is repititive, Quest, Quest, then Story, you constantly die over & over due to high level Demons.
I whish I rented this game instead of buying the game it isnt woth 55 Dollars, it is a Rent if anything. Being a Hardcore Shin fan I was really disappointed with the game.
Also people you can not compare Persona with Shin Megami those are 2 diffrent Genre's being Dating Sim while Shin is Old School Dungeon Crawler being extremly difficult. Even for an Expert gamer such as me. Me I say advoid this game like a Plague.
I am now very worried on Persona 5. By the way this is my 19th Shin Megami game.
After experiencing Shin Megami Tensei fusion heaven with SMT 3: Nocturne and Persona 3 and 4, I gave SMT IV a go. I can honestly say after playing it, I'm left with bittersweet thoughts. Mainly having to do with the story overall. It was very bland all the way through and has definitely one of those analogy types of endings that may seem deep but isn't really. Then again it is about angels and demons so the religious stuff is very heavy here. I can imagine a devout Christian playing this game with a blank expression on his face.
Anyhow, the addicting aspect to this game comes from the fusion and leveling system. I was never bored grinding at all because every single level that you gain means something. The ability to fuse new demons each level is awesome, albeit not so much rewarding if you grow attached to using some of the demons. I hate to have to let go of my Metatron due to the higher level demons that come down the line.
The essence of Shin Megami Tensei is here and yet everything feels meh... it felt like this game was just to get my demon fusing fix before they release another Persona game.