• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Jul 16, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 48 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
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  1. Jul 25, 2013
    A strong story makes this a best in class RPG.
  2. Jul 12, 2013
    Shin Megami Tensei IV is one of those games where many people have probably heard the name but have never tried a game in the series. This is a great beginning point for anyone that has never played a MegaTen game before.
  3. Jul 10, 2013
    I do not regret the possible hundreds of hours I am going to continue to lose to Shin Megami Tensei IV, and I hope it has the power to win over newcomers to the franchise. I like quirky, demon-summoning high schoolers as much as the next Persona fan, but you haven’t truly experienced a Megaten game until you’ve tried to wrap your mind around the infamous conversation system.
  4. Jul 10, 2013
    Shin Megami Tensei IV may have been developed for two little screens, but it's a massive, uncompromising game that feels just as big as any console RPG release. It's as deep and gratifying as you'd expect from Atlus' original key franchise, and now it's fully portable (with a save anywhere function). In fact, the only real problem you're going to have with Shin Megami Tensei IV is keeping your 3DS battery charged up, because it's the best RPG for 3DS to date.
  5. Jul 22, 2013
    At this point, my feelings on the game should be clear. Shin Megami Tensei IV is not only one of the best RPGs to come out this year, it's also proof that Atlus has not lost its touch with the main Shin Megami Tensei series. Despite how radically different it is from the Persona series, this post-apocalyptic adventure is no less engrossing. Strap on your gauntlet and hop to it, Samurai.
  6. Pelit (Finland)
    Dec 15, 2014
    A deeply satisfying RPG that should have found it's way into Europe a lot sooner. A combination of tough battles and a great freedom in how to develop your character and your team of demons makes Shin Megami Tensei IV the best 3DS RPG of the year. [Dec 2014]
  7. Jul 10, 2013
    Despite not being overjoyed with the cast of the game, there’s little else to complain about with SMT IV. The gameplay mechanics borrow enough from previous entries to feel familiar, but at the same time there’s enough new about the mechanics to make them feel fresh.
  8. Jan 23, 2015
    The combat system, character development and demons are a great evolution from previous games, but graphics needs some improvement.
  9. Jan 8, 2015
    An incredibly in-depth RPG that should result in no two players having a similar run-through. [Issue#156, p.122]
  10. Jul 24, 2013
    If you're a fan of the franchise or a fan of JRPGs, you need to run out and buy SMT4.
  11. Jul 16, 2013
    For anyone looking to whittle away dozens of hours in a fully realized war between light and dark, good and evil, Shin Megami Tensei IV will provide in spades.
  12. Jul 10, 2013
    Shin Megami Tensei IV isn't just another big name that Nintendo can boast about. It's one of the finest, most well produced, technically sound, feature rich and content packed RPGs released in years. True Shin Megami Tensei fans should pick it up without hesitation, and anyone who enjoys RPGs should strongly consider it as well.
  13. Jul 10, 2013
    Like a bottle of fine scotch, SMT IV won't be for everyone - but those RPG enthusiasts who can appreciate its subtlety and challenge will cherish it for years to come.
  14. Jul 10, 2013
    Shin Megami Tensei IV has it all: an exciting story with multiple paths and memorable characters, the most captivating cast of monsters this side of Kanto, fun, engaging combat, and a whole heap of style. Any RPG fan up for a dark adventure will have a blast here; you don't need any background in the MegaTen series to enjoy it, and the well-balanced Easy mode means anyone can get in on the action. If you're looking for a 3DS game to sink your teeth, claws, and time into, this is as good as it gets.
  15. Games Master UK
    Dec 30, 2014
    It gives new Pokemon a real run for its money. [Jan 2015, p.83]
  16. Nov 24, 2014
    Though it does not offer anything new if compared to previous entries in the saga or either recent JRPG from Atlus, Shin Megami Tensei IV is a rock solid role playing, with a lot of demons to catch and fuse and a good level of challenge throughout.
  17. Nov 19, 2014
    Questionable presentation aside, Shin Megami Tensei IV is a solid game. Even with advancements in accessibility, it won’t be for everyone, but fans of JRPGs should definitely check it out.
  18. Nov 4, 2014
    The fourth chapter in the Shin Megami Tensei series delivers fun combat, an intriguing plot and a great lifespan. The Demon Fusion system is back at its best along with a handful of new features that makes the latest Megaten one of the best JRPGs to be found in 3DS's catalogue.
  19. Nov 3, 2014
    We're getting the game only in English and via eShop, but it's a game fans of the genre cannot miss. One of those games you won't stop playing till you beat it.
  20. Oct 30, 2014
    Another superb JRPG for Nintendo 3DS. A solid new entry for the classic Atlus franchise.
  21. Sep 23, 2013
    The long awaited Shin Megami Tensei 4 unfortunately isn't as progressive as its predecessor, but does offer a memorable adventure in a decaying Tokyo. Familiar elements have been improved and dressed in a modern outfit without it being at the expense of the strong core formula of the series.
  22. Aug 2, 2013
    Shin Megami Tensei 4's worst enemies are 3DS battery life, and the at times off-putting difficulty. Conquering this game is certainly satisfying and the storyline is engaging enough to make the effort worth it. Side note, Atlus, these nearly ten year cycles between sequels need to tighten up a bit.
  23. Jul 29, 2013
    Straightforward and addictive gameplay come together to make Shin Megami Tensei IV one of the 3DS’ best RPGs. The sheer amount of demons to unlock, multiple endings, and dozens of side quests means you’ll be playing this one for hours on end.
  24. Jul 11, 2013
    While it falls a little short of what I wanting for a long-anticipated new major chapter in the Shin Megami Tensei series, Shin Megami Tensei IV is still a highly enjoyable RPG that mixes Altus’ trademark flair for style with some new ideas and engrossing narrative twists.
  25. Jul 10, 2013
    Shin Megami Tensei IV succeeds on the merits of its outstanding demon fusion system and combat, even if its story and exploration are only fair.
  26. Jul 10, 2013
    Despite its shortcomings, SMT IV is a handheld adventure that RPG fans are sure to embrace for hours on end. While it doesn’t go in too many new directions, it makes some bold story moves that kept me reflecting long after I stopped playing.
  27. Jul 10, 2013
    Even with its blemishes though, I really enjoyed my time with Shin Megami Tensei IV, and the demon collection and fusion system remains just as addicting as ever — just don’t expect it to top some of the other entries in the series, including Nocturne.
  28. 85
    Overall, Shin Megami Tensei IV is a massive, sprawling RPG that features one of the most fun and deep combat systems I’ve seen on the 3DS.
  29. Nov 24, 2014
    It's not the best looking JRPG out there, but it's a very deep, challenging and long game. And finally it's available in Europe.
  30. Nov 18, 2014
    SMT4 shines thanks to its foundation, but those are the same elements that keeps the game in a cage. Beautiful, rich, deep and complex, Atlus once more delivers, even if it should have taken more risks.
  31. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Oct 11, 2014
    If you've never brought a Black Frost demon into existence, you're in for a treat. [Issue#116, p.92]
  32. Jan 4, 2015
    It keeps some of the best aspects of the series, while adding new and always welcome content. The game's pace keeps the player interested non-stop and its overall quality redeems Shin Megami Tensei IV from the late European release.
  33. Dec 18, 2014
    Don't be fooled by the seemingly gentler looks of Shin Megami Tensei IV, it's more devilish than ever. Just like a succubus, this devious RPG will suck your whole life and lead you to the depths of hell, where you relentlessly die seducing more powerful demons, while wondering what is good or bad. And such ambiguity carried through the subtle narrative only strengthens the mature tone of this naughty experience, in every sense of the word.
  34. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Nov 25, 2014
    Shin Megami Tensei IV will grab you as firm as any demon and keep you playing your 3DS until it starts to whimper about dwindling battery power. [Dec 2014, p.92]
  35. Nov 21, 2014
    Gotta catch ‘em all, and nary a Pikachu in sight. Shin Megami Tensei IV marries a bonkers, branching, heavily religious plot to wildly imaginative monster husbandry.
  36. Nov 12, 2014
    A fascinating experience, and one that can provide a different way to do usual things of an RPG.
  37. Aug 7, 2013
    The game may not transcend its genre, but it’s a great reminder of why so many us fell in love with role-playing games in the first place.
  38. Aug 5, 2013
    Anyone expecting the same level of teen drama offered by the Persona series may find the characters a little flat, but if you embrace the depths of the fusion system, there's nothing quite like building a squad of demons that can unleash hell in perfect harmony.
  39. Jul 15, 2013
    The excellent combat and the almost never-ending quest to explore the compendium of demons should keep you coming back for more, even if you have a fairly good assumption of what the other endings might entail.
  40. Jul 12, 2013
    It's a testament to the uniform excellence of Shin Megami Tensei IV's core gameplay that it can still be appraised as a successful RPG when its story is lacking in necessary profundity. Ascribing the label of "nearly impossible to put down" isn't something that should be done lightly, but the game earns that classification in spades, and is yet another estimable chapter in a series with an unconditionally outstanding track record.
  41. Jul 11, 2013
    Shin Megami Tensei 4 isn't going to give you an easy, feel-good experience, but there's something to be said for dancing with the devil.
  42. Jul 10, 2013
    Ultimately, those limited failings will either be seen as quaint by longtime RPG addicts or tolerable by newcomers that will appreciate everything else Shin Megami Tensei IV gets right. It advances the genre in subtle ways, exhibiting once more that JRPGs are alive and well on handhelds. Numbered Shin Megami Tensei entries are few and far between. Thankfully, SMTIV makes the most of it.
  43. Jul 10, 2013
    It's not the prettiest thing you'll ever pop into your 3DS, and the story isn't the series' strongest, but SMT4 will demand your full attention every step of the way.
  44. Jul 10, 2013
    Shin Megami Tensei IV manages to meet its hype in some respects and fall short of it in others. Its combat is stronger than ever, adding in components that are deep, unique and reward the strategically-inclined, while the character customization options will excite those who like to build their ideal fighter.
  45. Jul 18, 2013
    Shin Megami Tensei IV is the kind of game that has some people doing their happy dance and others running for the hills. If you're looking for hard-won victories, an impressive collection of demons, and some genuine Crazy Japanese Stuff (I say that with all affection) to be had from the story, then congratulations. This game is for you, and like me, you'll get a kick out of it. If you're more interested in heartwarming stories, relatable characters, or relaxation from your RPGs, I recommend checking out the Persona 3 and 4 instead.
  46. Aug 25, 2013
    SMT IV gets the details of grinding right, but it seems the devil was elsewhere.
  47. Jul 31, 2013
    A disappointing sequel that offers no significant gameplay improvements compared to its predecessors, and a notably inferior story and set of characters.
  48. Jul 23, 2013
    The plot is full of holes, inconsistencies, and unbelievable character actions and reactions. There are some creative moments late in the game where SMTIV presents the alignments and philosophies in a fascinating, new way, but for the most part the plot, characters, and morals fail to come together as part of a coherent setting.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 512 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Jul 21, 2013
    Amazing 4th installment of the SMT series. Kinda upset to see such strange comparisons and laughable ones as well such as; "This game is theAmazing 4th installment of the SMT series. Kinda upset to see such strange comparisons and laughable ones as well such as; "This game is the Dark Souls of Persona" or "this isn't a waifu simulator I'm disapointed." What makes this game shine is it's dark vibe, intense difficulty, old school dungeon crawling, fantastic graphics and beautiful sprites, a fantastic soundtrack, as well as an engrossing surreal apocalyptic story.

    I highly recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of old school JRPG's or anyone who is up for a challenge in general.

    Graphics: 8/10 great spritework and excellent third person exploring. More sprite animation would be nice though.

    gameplay: 10/10 old school JRPG goodness

    audio: 9/10 fantastic soundtrack, and great voice acting.

    lasting appeal: 10/10 seriously I see myself losing at least over a hundred hours to this game just trying to unlock everything.

    Do yourself a favor and buy this game.
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  2. Jul 16, 2013
    This is one of the best 3ds games out right now. If you are looking for a great rpg then look no further than this game. I got the specialThis is one of the best 3ds games out right now. If you are looking for a great rpg then look no further than this game. I got the special edition which came with a guide and a cd which was well worth the extra Ten dollars. If you are new to the series no worries this is a new story for the series. do your self a favor and buy this one. Full Review »
  3. BFP
    Jul 26, 2013
    Oh... my... gawd... where can I get more of this?!
    Granted, I haven't been a fan of the SMT meta-series for very long (just really discovered
    Oh... my... gawd... where can I get more of this?!
    Granted, I haven't been a fan of the SMT meta-series for very long (just really discovered it in the last couple of years), but I can say that I absolutely LOVE this game. Even while it smashes me over the head with its old-school difficulty. It hates because it loves, as far as I'm concerned.

    Visuals are top-notch, both in the 2D and the 3D departments; each demon has its own unique look, and the characters are distinct and vibrant. For the first time in the series there is voice acting (and quite a bit of it too!), and all of it is top-notch, as expected of Atlus if only the script weren't so bland in spots, but its mostly overcome by the emotion presented through the VA's. Finally, battles are fast-paced and frantic as hell; as mentioned, the Press Turn combat system is unforgiving, and even a small mistake or misstep can really screw you over, making this game feel -REALLY- apocalyptic.

    The only complaints I can fling at SMT4 is that it doesn't get off the ground fast enough it took me about 10 hours before I finally got into the main area of the game, but I did a lot of messing around as well. Newcomers will find themselves being pummeled from the very beginning with the game's unwavering difficulty most of which seems to be a case of "Nefarious RNG Gods". Everything about the Press Turn combat system comes down to finding the opponent's weaknesses and exploiting the living out of them; the game rewards those that find the weak spots, and punishes those that lag behind. Given that there's absolutely NO defense stat in this game, you can easily get party-wiped by a bad run, or worse yet, rotten luck.

    Still... the first couple of actual main story bosses are battles of attrition; if you don't know what you need to bring to each fight, you'll likely be sent home crying. Many, many times. Most likely you'll have to redo these battles multiple times before you squeak through. However, when you do break through you'll feel triumphant for a bit... right up until you realize the game is only just starting.

    SMT games have never been for the faint of heart, but the fourth entry in the flagship namesake series is all but a meatgrinder if you go in expecting a cakewalk and free drinks at the beginning. Simply put, there is no hand-holding; its an adventure for those that crave a real challenge. Anyone who claims otherwise is lying.
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