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Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

M-rated DS game that's definitely not for kids - sci-fi RPG.

Game Nintendo DS 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

The M rating is undeserved

I don't know why the ESBR does what it does, but oh well. I would say that it's not a game for young children. There's a lot of disturbing themes and violence - that being said, it's not excessive and gratuitous, it all contributes to the theme. So if you're fine with the disturbing setting of the game, it's a great game with very deep themes.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Here's a game that will probably provide you with 100 hours of gameplay. It can be annoyingly slow-moving as you press the 'A' button through thousands of lines of science fiction-based dialog. Yes, there is violence with pools of blood. And yes, some of the demons resemble sexual organs. And, yes, you eventually enter the gates of hell. But much of this is presented in still frames and in text, not with animation and audio. Somehow, that lessens the severity of the mature themes.

As you kill demons and level up, your and your Demonica space suit grow stronger. What's really cool here is that you can communicate with the demons and try to convince them to help you out in your journey. If a demon agrees to your request, you then have all the powers of the demon to help you through the strange world. Also included in the package is a bonus CD with the game's orchestral soundtrack. Despite the slow-moving story, if you stick with Strange Journey, you'll be rewarded with some very innovative gameplay in a science fiction offering that's well worth the price of admission.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Release date: March 23, 2010
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Fantasy Violence, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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