Review: Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance

Estimated read time 5 min read

Developer – ATLUS

Publisher – SEGA

Platforms –  Playstation 4/5, Xbox One,Xbox Series S|X, Nintendo Switch,PC (Reviewed)

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WARNING:

This Game is Rated Mature 17+ and may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Such as graphic violence, frequent nudity, sexual content, and other mature topics.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance is the ultimate definitive edition of the critically acclaimed Shin Megami Tensei V. This definitive version offers an expansive new storyline, introducing a host of new locations, demons, and pivotal choices that will shape the destiny of all existence by introducing enhanced features and tons of new content.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance offers players two fully developed narrative paths, each providing a unique and immersive experience.

Canon of Vengeance: In Canon of Vengeance, you will embark on an entirely new storyline filled with dramatic twists and a thirst for retribution. This route introduces a cast of fresh characters, including a mysterious group of demons known as the Qadištu. Unlike the typical factions, the Qadištu have their own sinister agenda, distinct from the ongoing war between those who uphold order and those who rebel against it. In this path, you will dive into a complex tale of fallen heroes seeking revenge and uncover the hidden motives of these enigmatic beings.

Canon of Creation: Revisit the original epic tale from Shin Megami Tensei V. This path delves into the timeless battle between angels and demons, where the protagonist must navigate the treacherous conflict to determine the world’s destiny. In this path you will engage in the eternal struggle, making choices that will shape the future of humanity and the cosmos itself.

While trying to avoid any spoilers , a quick recap of the story In Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance, is about our main protagonist’s routine walk home in modern-day Tokyo taking a harrowing turn when he stumbles upon a grisly murder scene. Forced to take an unexpected detour, he ends up buried and unconscious, only to awaken in an apocalyptic wasteland known as Da’at. This desolate version of Tokyo is overrun by bloodthirsty demons. Just as they are about to claim his life, a mysterious savior appears. Together, they merge into a powerful being called a Nahobino, a creature that is neither human nor demon.

Armed with this newfound power, the protagonist sets out to explore Da’at, a mysterious realm where mythical deities and demonic tyrants are locked in perpetual conflict. As he navigates this treacherous world, he seeks answers about his circumstances and the nature of Da’at itself. The protagonist must make critical decisions, forging his own path in the midst of a relentless battle between angels and demons, ultimately aiming to determine the fate of the world.

Now since this is considered the Definitive Edition, other than the new story path of Vengeance, let’s talk about all the changes and improvements.

Shin Megami Tensei 5 already boasted a substantial roster of recruitable and fusion-acquired demons, yet the Vengeance update elevates the game further by introducing 40 additional demons. Among these newcomers are several unique entities making their debut in the Megami Tensei series, enriching the game’s extensive demon compendium.

Moreover, the number of demon guides available in the game has surged from six to an impressive 17. These guides play a crucial role in navigating the expansive maps of SMT 5, helping players uncover a multitude of hidden treasures. Notably, they also highlight new shortcut-savvy railways, which significantly reduce the difficulty of traversing the game’s vast landscapes.

Another notable change is the level cap is increased from 99 to 150, providing power-savvy players with a substantial boost in strength and abilities. This enhancement allows players to further develop their characters. Players can test these newfound skills with the help of a virtual trainer, a new NPC designed to offer challenging rematches against story bosses. These rematches are more difficult than the original encounters, providing a fresh and intense experience.

Additionally, completing the game’s story, regardless of the chosen route, unlocks the Godborn difficulty mode. This mode significantly increases the power and resilience of enemies, offering a formidable challenge even for the most experienced players.

Speaking of Power and Skill, Innate skills are now included in the demon stats listings, enhancing their base attributes. These skills can interact synergistically with specific other demons, resulting in potent effects that can turn the tide of battle.

In addition to these innate synergies, Magatsuhi Skills introduce a new layer of strategy. These skills enable particular combinations of demons to unleash devastating attacks. This adds a significant dimension to party composition, making your choices more impactful and rewarding when forming an effective and balanced team.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance stands as the ultimate version of an already exceptional game, delivering a rich and expanded experience for both new and returning players. With its new storyline path, expanded demon roster, enhanced gameplay mechanics, and increased level cap, it offers a fresh and engaging journey through a world of angels and demons. The added strategic depth through innate and Magatsuhi skills, along with the increased challenge from new difficulty modes, ensures that players will find plenty of reasons to dive back into the game’s dark and captivating universe. Whether it be a gripping new quest for Vengeance or the classic saga of creation and destruction, Vengeance promises an immersive and rewarding adventure that redefines the Shin Megami Tensei V experience.

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