Hey guys been a while since my last thread
So without any a due... AOD_Rainreaper introduces Shin Megami Tensie Imagine
OK so with those of you not familiar with SMT Franchise...
About SMT Series
SMT is a Japanese RPG Franchise Published and Developed by ATLUS games.
Megami Tensei (女神転生?, lit. "Rebirth of the Goddess"), commonly abbreviated as MegaTen (メガテン?), is a Japanese role-playing video game metaseries which was originally based on the novel series Digital Devil Story by Aya Nishitani (taking its name from the title of the first of those novels) and has gone to become one of the major franchises of the genre in its native country. The games are published by Atlus with the exception of the Famicom games, which were published by Namco.
Digital Devil Saga I / Digital Devil Saga I and II
Although most games in the series have independent stories, the Megami Tensei series has many common elements. Demons and mythology are prominent in each installment, usually giving players a chance to recruit demons into the battle party. Other common elements include certain game mechanics and plot themes. Most games in the series feature nonlinear gameplay offering freedom of choice between branching paths and multiple endings, a conversation system allowing players to engage enemies in conversation, the ability to use or capture monsters, and a moral alignment system.
Persona III / Persona III & IV
[N.B the blond robot girl in vid 1 is Aigis She makes my world go round sigh...]
Megami Tensei games have met commercial and critical success and the series is usually known as the third main RPG series in Japan, after Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. Several games from the series have been released in North America and found praise from critics.
Many of you will already be familiar with the SMT world through popular releases in bothe the EU and USA through games such as the digital deveil saga and persona series, needless to say SMT games have been released predominatley on the PSX, PS2, PSP, and DS
SMT Imagine Free to Play MMO-J-RPG
Although these games have been single player up until now Atlus have released SMT-Imagine there MMORPG in 2007.
This game describes an alternative view of the future where the Earth is overrun by Demons. Humans have clashed, and eventually learned to co-exist with them. The player is a "Demon Buster" (or DB for short), who fights and interacts with these Demons; featuring Japanese anime-like graphics, with the added feature of futuristic devices (such as portable computers that players wear around their arms called COMPs) the game can appeal to a wide range of fans.
The gameplay consists of real-time strategic commands, each with a "casting" and "cool-down" time. The player character is primarily controlled by the number keys and mouse. While the player's demon generally acts on AI, it can be manually given actions with the F keys. Properly using the player character's commands in tandem with their demon companion's can significantly increase the player's battling efficiency. Additionally, it is wise to use demons whose attacks do not compete with the player character, but provide more options. For example, a pair of two close-ranged characters would throw off each other's strategic timing, but a close-range human would be more supported with their demon's long-range attacks for maximum efficiency.
Demons, the main draw of the game, can be obtained through "Negotiating." Like defeat, a successful negotiation earns EXP and the demon disappears. However, the demon can offer items or friendship to the player. Talk, Threaten and Taunt are among the negotiation abilities, and each demon favors a particular ability. After setting a contract, the new partner can fight alongside the player in battle. Demon partners with high friendship can also be "crystallized", becoming a form of item usable in modifying equipment.
There are several types of weapons. Having a variety of at least 3 affinities (generally Slash, Charge and Blunt) is essential to a melee player. Besides weaponry, most equippable items provide minor enhancing effects or simply aesthetics, except for torso and lower body that usually always give defense boosts.
The player's character can grow in any way the player wants. It can be given a wide range of abilities, but the game's skill system is set up in a way so that a player cannot be the best at any two character specialties at the same time. However, hybridizing still has many benefits that the character wouldn't receive by focusing on only one thing. For example, a melee character could support themselves and their party with healing and support spells. There are also "chain expertises", which are automatically obtained after a certain set of expertises are at the appropriate levels and grow based on those expertises.
First of all How many free to play Demon Ccyber-Punk, MMO J-Rpgs are out there?
Second a lot of MMOs are labeled these days as being free to play. Unfortunately, that usually that means free unless you want to do everything or free unless you want to be good.
Imagine is neither of these things. While there is a cash shop in Imagine it serves to sell items of convenience and cosmetic changes. While buying in something in the cash shop might make it easier to kill that monster or survive that boss, it is never necessary to continue on with the game. That means that a player who wishes to experience everything the game has to offer can do so without having to pay additional money. The only cost to experience Shin Megami Tensei Imagine is time.