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Review: Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster – The Best Version Of An Ageing Classic

A Demi-fiendishly good time.

By this point in time, it’d be easy to believe that the Persona series is Atlus’ flagship franchise due to how easily audiences seem to have connected with the lighthearted high schooler antics featured there. In actuality, Persona is itself a spin-off of Shin Megami Tensei, Atlus’ true flagship franchise which has been around for a lot longer and acted as the progenitor of many elements that would go on to become staples of the Persona experience. It remains to be seen whether Shin Megami Tensei V will finally be the entry to bring this parent franchise out of its spin-off’s shadow, but in the meantime Atlus figured that now is as good a time as any to bring back Shin Megami Tensei III for a new generation.

Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster is exactly what it sounds like, a prettied-up and slightly modified take on this oft-forgotten sixth generation RPG classic. Sometimes that feels like a good thing and sometimes it doesn’t; Shin Megami Tensei III hasn’t aged as gracefully as some may have hoped, but it also is quite easy to see that this has all the elements of a pretty great RPG. The unique mixture of a dark atmosphere, heavy religious themes, and punishing difficulty is simply unlike anything else out there, and it’s the sort of thing that can become quite enchanting once it hits its stride.

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