Parents' Guide to

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Dark, mature RPG is complex but a bit repetitive.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2016
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

It's rated M for mature

Unless your a religious person who doesn't like there being demons In a fantasy setting this game is fine. The world is a fantasy setting about humans who capture demons to fight with against other demons and angels who have trap humans within a giant dome. The player plays as a silent protagonist who along with his female childhood friend and other characters work toward liberating humans from the oppression of demons and angles who have trapped them.

This title has:

Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 14+

Get over yourself, your child isn’t going to turn atheist over a Megaten game.

As a long time fan of the Megaten franchise, I quite enjoyed SMT IV. The game isn’t very to play, even with knowledge of other entires in the series, but still an incredibly fun way to pass time. I believe that this game is fine for children of teen age. Does SMT IV depict God as a tyrant? Yes, it does; but the fact of the mater is that this game simply will not make your child hate their religion. If your child doesn’t believe in your religion, that’s another matter entirely. Remember, Shin Megami Tensei is fictional, it is not real.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (1):

This dark and mature role-playing game is complex and deep, and while it has some repetitive moments, the strength of its story will keep you playing. Apocalypse picks up near the end of the events from Shin Megami Tensei IV, but its story diverges from that game's multiple endings and continues in a direction all its own. Continuing with that "end isn't quite the end theme," the player character dies and gets resurrected during the opening moments, setting up the epic plot. In fact, the entire story is filled with so many twists and turns, secrets and revelations, and other mind-boggling curveballs that you never quite know what's waiting around the next corner.

Still, it pretty much follows the same formula as the previous games. First off, the content is a bit more graphic and frightening, and the story's overall focus on demons, angels, and various deities is definitely too dark for kids. For older gamers, there's a fair amount of repetition as you battle against and negotiate with demonic creatures, trying to recruit them and add them to your collection. It's a bit of a grind but also a necessary evil, since you'll quickly get outmatched if you don't spend the time upgrading your forces. Still, it's fun to see what sorts of creatures you come across, and the story is worth putting up with a bit of repetition.

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