Has it been a while since you played the original Shin Megami Tensei IV, or are you new to the series? If so, Atlus has released a new battle strategies video that details some of the tricks that you'll need to know when you head into the game when it comes out next month on the Nintendo 3DS.
Overlapping the story of the original SMTIV, the upcoming game focuses on a Hunter cadet protagonist who gets killed by one of the demons treating post-apocalyptic Tokyo as their personal playground. However, the mysterious god Dagda resurrects the protagonist in exchange for his fealty, and sets him on a perilous path that treads a fine line between peace and anarchy. Is Dagda simply an opportunistic lesser god or is he part of something much bigger?
And per Atlus's press release, here's a text-based list of the strategies:
1. Strike First - Tokyo is crawling with demons, so if you see one (or a hundred) while exploring be sure to strike first. If you land a successful first hit, you'll be allowed to attack first during the battle sequence. While this doesn't sounds super important, preemptive strikes can mean the difference between life and death. Seriously, death is around every turn in this game, so striking first is a must!
2. Exploit Weaknesses - Fighting demons may seem like a daunting task, but it's not too difficult once you get into a rhythm. Attacks come in eight classes -- Physical, Gun, Fire, Ice, Electric, Force, Light, Dark -- and must be used wisely during every encounter. That's because demons have an elemental weakness that can be exploited to deal devastating damage. For example, battling a gaggle of fire class demons? Don't fret! It's nothing that a little Bufu or Raging Blizzard can't handle. Make sure to remember each demon's weakness to maximize damage output!
3. Use Buffs - While attacks are the bread and butter of a demon hunter's arsenal, utilizing buffs can be the difference between a victory screen or making a sad visit to the underworld. Buffs can boost damage/defense, lower enemy damage/defense, prevent negative status effects, heal the team, and more, so make sure to use them!
4. Utilize the Right Partners - Besides demons, you'll be able to enlist the help of various partners such as Asahi, Navarre, Nozomi, Hallelujah, Gaston, Toki, and Isabeau who can turn the tide of battles in a big way. Each partner offers a different type of support, so it would be best to choose one that best accompanies your team build. Need a healing touch? Asahi is your girl. If extra fire power is what you're missing, Nozomi is probably a good choice. If muscle is needed, no one hits harder like Gaston! Essentially, partners will fill any offensive/defensive gaps that are missing.
5. Don't Panic - Fighting demons takes a lot of strategy, and can be terrifying when they ambush you into a battle. However, the worst thing to do is panic and let the demons tear you apart in a turn or two. Be patient, take a step back, and take a look at all the attack options you have at your disposal before making a move.
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse will be available in North America on September 20 both physical and digitally for $49.99/CA$64.99. For all pre-orders and launch edition copies of the game, the game will also come with a special metal metal emblem set that literally has the emblems of those paths on them. The pins themselves are metal and are about .75" in diameter each, with a high shine finish. All pre-orders and initial launch copies of the game while supplies last will include them. The European release will be handled by Deep Silver, but its release date in that territory is currently unannounced.
And for those who want to get caught up on the original, Atlus will be continuing their streaming of the original Shin Megami Tensei IV this Wednesday at 4pm PDT at twitch.tv/atlususa.