Polygon’s Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse Review is Exemplary
Dating back to when Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne debuted on the PS2 in the U.S., role-playing lovers everywhere have had a soft sport for the acclaimed Japanese series. Often boasting great characters, intricate storylines, and unique gameplay (where words like “strategy” and “micromanagement” took center-stage), the SMT IP established a fiercely loyal following. Now, a new entry – Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse – is available for Nintendo 3DS owners, and many are wondering: Does this sequel stand up to the RPG lover’s always-intense scrutiny?
For the answer, we recommend popping over to Polygon. Critic Megan Farokhmanesh pens an excellent review that is well-written and nicely structured. The reader gets a solid and informed introduction to both the story and the gameplay style, along with helpful comparisons to the title’s predecessor. We learn about improvements and the missteps but the analysis isn’t bogged down by intricate, and potentially trivial, details. And finally, despite the obvious depth of the game, the review moves along at a decent clip, and still tells us everything we’d like to know.
Why We Like It:
— When reviewing deep RPGs, it’s easy to go off on tangents, spend too long on a particular point, etc. But this review remains focused and well-paced from start to finish, and without skipping over pertinent details.
— Readers will want to know how it compares to its predecessor, but also how the new title stands on its own merits. This review provides both a comparison and a compelling, objective evaluation of the new experience, which is ideal.
— About the right amount of time and attention are given to story and gameplay, respectively. Too many critics can’t strike a good balance in this respect, especially when it comes to RPGs.