Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

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Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is a 2016 role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS, and the eighth entry in the Shin Megami Tensei series. It was developed and published by Atlus and released on February 10, 2016 in Japan, on September 20, 2016 in North America, on December 2, 2016 in Europe, and on December 9, 2016 in Australia.

Apocalypse is the direct sequel to the 2013 Nintendo 3DS game Shin Megami Tensei IV, following diverging events of the previous game's Neutral route.[1] Both games were later re-released in Japan in a dual package, entitled Shin Megami Tensei IV & Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final - Double Hero Pack, on April 19, 2018.

Blurb

Japanese

RPG「真・女神転生」シリーズ 最新作!

“一抽教”vs“多神教”劲発──。

選ベ、絆ゕ皆殺しゕ・・・・・・

English

Walk the line between peace or anarchy. Will you side with your friends or walk your own path?


In the latest entry in the Shin Megami Tensei RPG series, the apocalypse is now!

Synopsis

Nanashi and Asahi, both young Hunter cadets living in Tokyo, are training to become full-fledged Hunters under the mentorship of Nikkari and Manabu. Both cadets greatly admire the Samurai hero Flynn, who has inspired hope in Tokyo's people and resolves to end the war between the angels and demons gripping the city. While accompanying their mentors on an errand, the cadets and Hunters are approached by the demon Adramelech. The encounter results in the deaths of their mentors and finally Nanashi himself. In the afterlife, he meets the deity Dagda, who offers to revive him in exchange for his complete servitude. With his new powers as Dagda's Godslayer, Nanashi chases away Adramelech and saves Asahi.

While seeking a way to aid Flynn in the war, Nanashi and Asahi are tricked into reviving the malevolent god Krishna, who forms an alliance of polytheistic deities known as the Divine Powers and together aim to save humanity through destroying and recreating the universe. Krishna kidnaps Flynn as part of his plan and unleashes the monster serpent Shesha. Nanashi and Asahi resolve to rescue their hero and stop the god's goal, while meeting new allies along the way.

Gameplay

As a direct follow-up to Shin Megami Tensei IV, Apocalypse carries over many of the same features and mechanics that were in IV, including exploration in semi-open, 3D-rendered environments, the return of the Press Turn System, the Smirk, partner, and Horde battle mechanics, Whispered Skills, Challenge Quests, and Special Fusions. Apocalypse furthermore adds additional mechanics to some of these features or expands them entirely.

Most notably, Apocalypse greatly expands the partner mechanic that was present in IV. Instead of a small selection of partners whose involvement in battle was decided at random, the protagonist Nanashi is now able to recruit many more partner characters and select who participates in battle. As previously, partners cannot be issued commands and instead act on their own after Nanashi's party have finished all their turns. Partners are now also able to gain experience at the end of a battle and will gradually learn new skills as they level up. Many of Nanashi's partners learn an unique array of skills that fulfill different roles in battle, thereby encouraging partners to be swapped for different situations.

Apocalypse also expands skill affinity to include demons, which was previously exclusive to the protagonist in IV through Whispered Skills. Demons now have their own set of skill affinities where they favor skills of certain attributes and are disadvantaged in others, affecting the strength and MP costs of associated skills. Unlike Nanashi, whose own skill ranks can still be increased through Whispered Skills, demons cannot have their skill affinity ranks changed. This encourages demon builds that favor their preferred skills and intended combat roles.

The game features a differing take on the Alignment system. Instead of having a Law-Neutral-Chaos scale as was previously in IV, Apocalypse uses a Light-Dark scale whose points are determined by Nanashi's responses and actions taken throughout the course of the game. Unlike IV, the final Alignment score is not actually tied to the game's ending route and this choice is instead left up to the player; however, choosing an opposing route that does not align with the final Alignment score will incur a penalty.

Updates

Version Release Changes
Version 1.1
Japan March 23, 2016[2]
  • Game System / Balance Adjustments
    • Adjusted difficulty of the final dungeon.
    • Auto-Pinpoint functionality against A (Ancient)-type demons in final dungeon adjusted.
    • New apps added:
      • Comeback (200 AP): Reduces number of turns it takes for an incapacitated partner to return to battle.
      • Estoma Boost (300 AP): While Estoma is active, repels enemies up to eight levels higher.
      • Frenzy (1,000 AP): Increases odds of an enemy preemptive attack (press Y to disable).
      • Annihilation (3,000 AP): Results in a game over if Nanashi's HP falls to 0 (press Y to disable).
    • Rebalanced God's Bow.
    • Added Armor Boost Kit to Ginza Members-Only Club stock for 1,000,000 Macca.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed StreetPass hang-ups.
    • Fixed battle event hang-ups.
    • Fixed Talk icon errors during battle results.
    • Fixed error when completing both a Challenge Quest boss and a performance Challenge Quest at the same time.
    • Fixed various Challenge Quest-related hang-ups.
    • Fixed turns not increasing when inflicting a weak point critical.
    • Fixed error with Spirit Crystal in Ginza Underground B displaying as 0 Emeralds obtained.
    • Fixed automap not working in final dungeon.
    • Fixed a hang-up that occurred when first leveling up in a New Game+.
    • Various other bug fixes.

Downloadable Content

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Throughout 2016, a number of free and paid downloadable content was released in weekly waves following the game's launch in each region. These were released from September 20 to October 11, 2016 in North America.[3][4][5][6] As of the Nintendo 3DS eShop's closure on March 27, 2023, it is no longer possible to purchase or download the game's downloadable content.[7]

DLC Title Image Release Price Details Notes
Studs L
Japan February 10, 2016
Lawson preorder bonus.
  • Pre-order bonus
  • Limited edition pre-order bonus for Lawson customers in Japan
Vivid T
Japan February 10, 2016
Tsutaya preorder bonus.
  • Pre-order bonus
  • Limited edition pre-order bonus for Tsutaya customers in Japan
GSEB Power Suit
United States of America September 20, 2016
GameStop and EB Games preorder bonus.
  • Pre-order bonus
  • Limited edition pre-order bonus for GameStop and EB Games customers in North America
Prime Suit
United States of America September 20, 2016
Amazon preorder bonus.
  • Pre-order bonus
  • Limited edition pre-order bonus for Amazon customers in North America
Retail Hero
United States of America September 20, 2016
Best Buy preorder bonus.
  • Pre-order bonus
  • Limited edition pre-order bonus for Best Buy customers in North America
Asahi / Nozomi Set
United States of America September 20, 2016[3]
$0.99 (NA)
Adds two Delivery Challenge Quests that each add the Asahi Helm and Nozomi Helm headgears.
Green Pompadour
United States of America September 20, 2016[3]
$0.99 (NA)
Adds a Delivery Challenge Quest that awards the Green Pompadour headgear.
Fall of Tokyo Promo Video
United States of America September 20, 2016[3]
Free
Adds a FMV video showing the events leading up to Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse.
Earring Set
United States of America September 20, 2016[3]
$0.49 (NA)
Adds two Delivery Challenge Quests that each awards the Peace Earring and Anarchy Earring accessories.
  • Was offered as a free download for a week up until September 27, 2016 in North America
A Godslayer Needs Levels
United States of America September 20, 2016[3]
$2.99 (NA)
Adds a Challenge Quest that sends Nanashi to an area where high experience and experience-giving items can be gained in battle.
Ranking Program 1
United States of America September 20, 2016[3]
Free
StreetPass add-on that allows the highest-ranked demons from DDS Cards acquired through StreetPass to power up the same demons in Nanashi's stock.
A Godslayer Needs Demons
United States of America September 27, 2016[4]
$1.99 (NA)
Adds a Challenge Quest that sends Nanashi to the Demon Market where he can buy pre-trained demons.
A Godslayer Needs Macca
United States of America September 27, 2016[4]
$2.99 (NA)
Adds a Challenge Quest that sends Nanashi to an area where a lot of Macca and valuable items for resale can be gained in battle.
Ranking Program 2
United States of America September 27, 2016[4]
Free
StreetPass add-on that checks the highest-ranked partners exchanged from other players and powers up those same partners on the save file.
Chiro Mask
United States of America September 27, 2016[4]
$0.99 (NA)
Adds a Delivery Challenge Quest that awards the Chiro Mask headgear.
Avatar's Hat
United States of America September 27, 2016[4]
$0.99 (NA)
Adds a Delivery Challenge Quest that awards the Avatar's Hat headgear.
A Godslayer Needs Apps
United States of America September 27, 2016[4]
$2.49 (NA)
Adds a Challenge Quest that sends Nanashi to an area where App Point-giving items can be gained in battle.
Tokyo's Past Set
United States of America September 27, 2016[4]
Free
Adds three Delivery Challenge Quests that each award the Cute Glasses, Secret Eye Power Seal, and Surgical Mask headgears.
Extra Difficulty Levels
United States of America October 4, 2016[5]
Free
Adds the easiest and hardest difficulty settings, "Paradise" and "Apocalypse".
The Inverted Pyramid
United States of America October 4, 2016[5]
$1.99 (NA)
Additional story Challenge Quest. Completion of this quest unlocks Megami Cleopatra for fusion.
A Godslayer Needs Jewels
United States of America October 4, 2016[5]
$2.99 (NA)
Challenge quest that awards in Jewels.
Lore 1: Parallel Universes
United States of America October 4, 2016[5]
Free
Adds the "Special 1: Parallel Universes" entry to the Hunter Database.
Explosive Epidemic in Mikado
United States of America October 4, 2016[5]
$1.99 (NA)
Additional story Challenge Quest featuring a timed battle.
A Trip to Hawaii
United States of America October 4, 2016[5]
$2.49 (NA)
Additional story Challenge Quest. Completion of this quest unlocks Tyrant Mephisto for fusion.
Lore 2: Observation Explained
United States of America October 4, 2016[5]
Free
Adds the "Special 2: What Is Observation?" entry to the Hunter Database.
Depths of Twisted Tokyo
United States of America October 11, 2016[6]
$1.49 (NA)
Additional Challenge Quest.
A Godslayer Needs Items
United States of America October 11, 2016[6]
$3.49 (NA)
Adds a Challenge Quest that sends Nanashi to an area where Incenses can be gained in battle.
Level Cap Unlock
United States of America October 11, 2016[6]
Free
Frees the level cap, allowing Nanashi to exceed level 100.
Messiahs in the Diamond Realm
United States of America October 11, 2016[6]
$3.99 (NA)
Additional story Challenge Quests featuring the previous Shin Megami Tensei protagonists: the Hero, Aleph, Demi-fiend, and Flynn.
Lore 3: Tokyo & Mikado History
United States of America October 11, 2016[6]
Free
Adds the "Special 3: History of Tokyo & Mikado" entry to the Hunter Database.

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Nomenclature

Names in Other Languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 真・女神転生IV FINAL True Goddess Reincarnation IV: Final

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References

  1. "Special I: Parallel Universes: Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse represents an alternate outcome than the one explored in Shin Megami Tensei IV. The point of divergence begins when SMTIV:A's protagonist meets Dagda." Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse.
  2. "『真・女神転生IV FINAL』をご愛顧頂き誠にありがとうございます。 お客様からご要望の多かった部分の改良や、一部問題の修正対応を行った「更新データ」の配信をしております。お手数をおかけいたしますが、下記のガイドをご覧のうえ、ダウンロードをお願い申し上げます。" [1]. Published March 23, 2016. Retrieved August 1, 2023. Megaten4F.jp.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 "9/20" DLC - Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. Retrieved August 1, 2023. ATLUS.com.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 "9/27" DLC - Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. Retrieved August 1, 2023. ATLUS.com.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 "10/4" DLC - Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. Retrieved August 1, 2023. ATLUS.com.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 "10/11" DLC - Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. Retrieved August 1, 2023. ATLUS.com.
  7. "As announced previously, sales of software and DLC for the Nintendo 3DS family and Wii U via Nintendo eShop will end at 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Monday, March 27, 2023." Nintendo Support: Wii U & Nintendo 3DS eShop Discontinuation. Retrieved July 14, 2023. Support.Nintendo.com.

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