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Shin Megami Tensei

Super Nintendo

Game Description:

This game is at its heart a dungeon crawler. You walk around dungeons in a first-person perspective and fight monsters. But you don’t necessarily have to fight them, oh no! You can also talk to them. If they don’t like what you have to say they’ll start attacking you, or get a buddy to help kill you, or just ignore you altogether. If they DO like what you’re saying, they can give you money, or even join your party, or they can just leave you alone. You can even fuse the minions you recruit to create new, more powerful minions. Very open-ended stuff.

The plot is crazy and fantastic, taking place in modern-day Japan, and involving a group of people who want to summon the god of Law to Earth so he can rule us all and everything will be orderly and, therefore, happy. Then there’s this bunch of guys who want to stop this from happening, and try to summon the god of Chaos who will give everyone free will, making everyone, again, happy. It’s your job to choose sides, which determines the outcome: Law or Chaos. Or you can choose neither, and kick everyone’s ass. Kinda hard to do though.

While the graphics aren’t astounding, they’re merely a backdrop to the neat gameplay and storyline. At least the artwork’s good though. Some of those demons look super cool.

Translation Description:

A lot of people seem to have trouble patching the game. It’s really easy guys, just make sure you use the version 1.0 ROM, and that the ROM has a header. Okay? If you don’t know how to check those, get SMC.COM from the FAQ page.

Also, the game seems to have random problems with crashing and such under ZSNES. SNES9x works fine though.

The translation for the game is excellent, and while there’s the occasional hacking problem (overrunning and other such), there’s nothing getting in the way of you having an enjoyable demon-summoning experience.

  • Update: For anyone having issues with this translation, Orden has released a patch with some bug fixes.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Shin Megami Tensei (J) (V1.0).smc - HEADERED
  • CRC32: 90DE2C78
  • MD5: 9055814B1782CADD538C78AE773826B8
  • SHA-1: F765341B62FF3E7D119E8185BE51C6F0757A86C6
  • SHA-256: D0B5EAC22D9E07C4A7CA10387200408BED0E635684CECC98AD008824E2952A6A

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Screenshots:


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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Gideon ZhiHackingProject leader, ROM hacker
Ian KelleyTranslation
TomTranslationPreliminary translation

User Review Information

Quite Original For a Dungeon Crawler

Reviewed By: Klaviaturist on 18 Feb 2011

I have never been a huge fan of dungeon crawling RPGs. A lot of them I found very boring and repetitive, aside from a select few (Phantasy Star 1, Arcana). For a long time I have seen this game around the net because of its translation and have had no interest to check it out, even though most reviews have been very positive. Well, boredom gets a hold at times and I found myself checking this game out.

Well, from the start I was dragged in. This is a very dark game concerning war and the after effects of nuclear winter. The story is actually really quite good but because of the games non-linearity it is very possible to miss out on certain events that might make more sense as the game plays out.

As for the translation it was well written but at times a bit vague. I found myself looking up walkthroughs a lot. But I looked through and the translation seems to be solid as for grammar and it does help to build some character development, especially when a major character is killed.

The game is definitely a dungeon crawler but that is not the main element of gameplay. Where the games heart is is in its battle system. There are certain characters that will have to be with you to carry the story, but there will be many other characters that you will essentially either talk or payoff to join your party. This will happen in the battle screen. As well, if you can’t talk them into joining you or you can’t pay them what they want you will be forced to fight them. It’s quite unique and certainly keeps you playing. The only problem I see with this is that it makes the game much longer than it would be otherwise.

This is definitely a game worth taking a look at. Considering this game came out in the earlier years of the Super Famicon it’s a fantastically complex game.

Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Quite Original For a Dungeon CrawlerKlaviaturist18 Feb 2011N/AYes
There are problems...MelanyKoura29 Sep 2009N/AYes