Charts Genres Community
Charts Genres Community Settings
Login

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

真・女神転生 STRANGE JOURNEY

Developers: AtlusLancarse Publisher: Atlus
08 October 2009
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey [真・女神転生 STRANGE JOURNEY] - cover art
Glitchwave rating
3.91 / 5.0
0.5
5.0
 
 
201 Ratings / 1 Reviews
#245 All-time
#9 for 2009
A mysterious black hole has appeared on the region of the South Pole and is expanding day by day. Concerned of this event, the United Nations sent a collection of elites from around the world to investigate the area called Schwarzwelt. Inside, the U.N. Schwarzwelt Investigational Team finds that the area has been infested with supernatural beings known as demons that threaten to cross into the human world. As the team delves further into the Schwarzwelt, they find strange and repulsive callbacks to human society.
The player assumes control of an unnamed soldier from America (or Japan in the Japanese version), who will be working with three other crew members assigned by the Joint Project. The crew dons Demonica suits, which enables access to special abilities as well as regulating the player to the conditions within the Schwarzwelt.
There was an error saving your submission.
Rate / catalog Rate / catalog another release
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Releases 6
Filter by: All 6 3DS 4 DS 2
2009 Atlus Lancarse  
Game card
JP 4 984995 900452 NTR-BMTJ-JPN
2010 Atlus Lancarse  
Game card
XNA 7 30865 40035 5 NTR-BMTE-USA
Show all 6 releases
2017 Atlus Lancarse  
Game card
JP 4 984995 901657 LNA-CTR-AJ9J-JPN
2018 Atlus Lancarse  
Game card
XNA 7 30865 30027 3 LTA-CTR-AJ9E-USA
Write review
Title
Pristine dungeon crawling
There are so many elements that are executed to near perfection in this game. The plot, atmosphere, music, dungeon design, and combat here are all top tier. The sense of progression through unlocking apps on the Demonica is super satisfying. SJ contains some of the most interesting characters in the entire franchise. The journey through the Schwarzwelt is fantastic, engaging, and unnerving nearly every step of the way.

Strange Journey isn't just a dungeon crawler or a JRPG. It is also existential and horrific. Unlike other games in the SMT franchise, SJ is pre-apocalyptic rather than post-apocalyptic, and it is up to the player to decide on a course of action to either halt or accelerate the incoming doom to humanity. In my opinion, no other SMT game expresses the weight of such a decision as well as SJ.

Most of the gameplay involves navigating a number of dungeons. They can include surprising amount of complexity, my favorite being swapping out entire chunks of the region from a different dimension. Graphically, the areas don't necessarily look that interesting, and without the map, different parts of the same sector would be indistinguishable, but luckily you'll be looking at the map on the bottom screen more often than the first-person perspective on the top screen.

The combat isn't quite as strategic as the Press Turn system found in many other SMT games, but the Demon Co-Op system present here is still very fun and gives you a reason to be more selective of your party members, as demons that align with your protagonist make for a significantly stronger party.

Character development in SJ is among the best of JRPGs here. In a relatively short script, some NPCs slowly evolve from simple fellow crew members to ideologues of various alignments, and all of them are either fascinating or easy to sympathize with.

The main drawback here compared to other SMT games is how limiting the fusion can feel. In standard fusion, you can customize abilities with demon sources, but those are difficult to come by more than once for each demon, so fully customizing a demon with the abilities you would like is very cumbersome without using a password calculator.

Speaking of passwords, I wouldn't recommend using the password system for the most part. You can input a password to automatically summon a demon into your roster, but there are two problems with this. Most obviously, being able to summon nearly any demon can break the balance of the game and allow the player to entirely circumvent the problem-solving element of boss fights. Secondly, it costs a lot of in game currency to summon demons this way, which is already fairly tight if you aren't farming for it, so using this system regularly would require more grinding than the game needs. Passwords may be a good system for players that would prefer to farm their way out of a challenge instead of dealing with the puzzle of fusion, though.

New to Redux is the Womb of Grief, a monstrous mostly-optional dungeon with a new plotline. It's fun and the plot with new character Alex is interesting, but not as solid as the base game. Also new in this version is a simplified character portrait art style. I don't personally mind the updated portraits as much as it seems others do. It's a little more "anime" looking than the original SJ, but it doesn't compromise the unsettling tone of the game for me. To me, the most important new features in Redux are the additional apps available to the player. They provide a ton of quality of life upgrades that make dungeon crawling more forgiving, while not necessarily easier.

All of that said, this game won't be for everybody. It is very trial-and-error heavy in its dungeon design. I enjoyed learning the layout of every floor of each sector, and solving each teleporting puzzle was very satisfying to me, but if a player is more into story and combat than exploration and puzzles, they might find the maps tedious. Outside of the demons and combat, this doesn't have as much in common with SMT 3, 4, or 5 as one might expect. Mostly, I would recommend this to fans of other JRPG dungeon crawlers, like SMT 1-2 and the Etrian Odyssey series. If you like the more modern SMT games and are open to old-school exploration, or are a fan of classic blobbers and wouldn't mind a modern/sci-fi twist, then you should definitely give it a shot.
Body
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
Supplement
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
Attribution
Requested publishing level
Draft
Commentary
Review
review
en
Expand review Hide

Catalog

hanl3po 真・女神転生 STRANGE JOURNEY 2022-08-14T14:49:55Z
2022-08-14T14:49:55Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
man19572160 真・女神転生 STRANGE JOURNEY 2022-08-13T01:44:11Z
2022-08-13T01:44:11Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
_AK_ 真・女神転生 STRANGE JOURNEY 2022-08-13T00:06:50Z
2022-08-13T00:06:50Z
4.5
1
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
bleakage 真・女神転生 STRANGE JOURNEY 2022-08-12T09:50:35Z
2022-08-12T09:50:35Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Flayven 真・女神転生 STRANGE JOURNEY 2022-08-08T11:06:51Z
2022-08-08T11:06:51Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Were 真・女神転生 STRANGE JOURNEY 2022-08-03T08:18:30Z
2022-08-03T08:18:30Z
4.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
ckcy 真・女神転生 DEEP STRANGE JOURNEY 2022-07-31T03:29:20Z
3DS • JP
2022-07-31T03:29:20Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
i will play
shmutz Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux 2022-07-30T08:15:38Z
3DS • XNA
2022-07-30T08:15:38Z
3.5
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
SMZXW Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux 2022-07-29T06:18:30Z
3DS
2022-07-29T06:18:30Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
goddamruskies 真・女神転生 STRANGE JOURNEY 2022-07-25T08:14:56Z
2022-07-25T08:14:56Z
4.5
1
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Cii Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux 2022-07-24T21:37:06Z
3DS
2022-07-24T21:37:06Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Ammon56 真・女神転生 STRANGE JOURNEY 2022-07-24T20:58:24Z
2022-07-24T20:58:24Z
1.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Content rating
CERO: C
Player modes
Single-player
Media
1x Game card
Franchises
Also known as
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
  • View all [1] Hide

Comments

Rules for comments
  • Be respectful! All the community rules apply here.
  • Keep your comments focused on the game. Don't post randomness/off-topic comments. Jokes are fine, but don't post tactless/inappropriate ones.
  • Don't get in arguments with people here, or start long discussions. Use the boards for extended discussion.
  • Don't use this space to complain about the average rating, chart position, genre voting, others' reviews or ratings, or errors on the page.
  • Don't comment just to troll/provoke. Likewise, don't respond to trollish comments; just report them and ignore them.
  • Any spoilers should be placed in spoiler tags as such: [spoiler](spoiler goes here)[/spoiler]
Note: Unlike reviews, comments are considered temporary and may be deleted/purged without notice.
  • Previous comments (10) Loading...
  • suddenlywolf 2021-07-18 01:15:01.604664+00
    redux endings are cool. i loved being able to team up with jiminez while still having a "good" ending
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • brasscontraption 2022-01-19 14:59:51.416525+00
    pinnacle of gaming except the commander gore fight but its ok its still 5/5
    reply
    • samred 2022-01-30 17:36:50.787954+00
      thanks for the spoiler
    • oculi 2022-02-08 18:21:45.695161+00
      @samred
      hate to say this but if you think it's a spoiler that you fight major characters in smt games this must be the first one you've ever seen
    • samred 2022-05-18 17:16:50.950454+00
      I'm well aware of that, I've beaten IV and Nocturne. it's still a spoiler. especially if you consider that some people might play this as their first SMT game, so they won't know that.
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • pensiero97 2022-02-17 22:03:00.925235+00
    @oculi because all people on earth have played a SMT game once right
    reply
    • oculi 2022-02-19 15:35:17.477464+00
      no but surely you understand that that wasn't my point at all, right?
    • pensiero97 2022-02-19 19:09:19.886596+00
      I'm just sayin' you could have avoided that, there's even a spoiler tag lol
    • oculi 2022-02-20 23:03:04.714964+00
      i wasn't the one making the original comment
    • pensiero97 2022-02-26 01:17:54.946764+00
      that's true lol I'm sorry, I'm withdrawing the charges
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • oculi 2022-03-07 20:05:26.35584+00
    call me a schizo or stockholm syndrome-addled but the more time passes the more i think eridanus is peak atlus and possibly peak rpg dungeon design
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • shrey_ara 2022-03-09 00:13:27.555745+00
    so underrated but my only gripe about this game is the dungeon design for some sectors
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • Tyraffe 2022-03-16 19:22:32.766026+00
    blobber
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • TarotSport 2022-06-24 20:20:33.695493+00
    blobbed
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • Fowlawneeshafow 2022-08-10 03:57:49.488778+00
    Weird case where this is vastly underrated by the general public, but also overrated by MegaTen fans. Still great though.
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • More comments New comments (0) Loading...
Please login or sign up to comment.

Suggestions

ADVERTISEMENT
Examples
1980s-1996
23 mar 2015
8 apr - 12 may 2015
1998-05
Report
Download
Image 1 of 2