Shin Megami Tensei IV Adds Story-Linked DLC

Shin Megami Tensei IV Adds Story-Linked DLC

Asmodeus - SMTIV

Image Source: Megami Tensei Wikia

Two new missions are available for download in Shin Megami Tensei IV, and unlike the rest of the game's extant DLC, this latest offering has plot consequences.

Shin Megami Tensei IV is the latest entry in Atlus' long-running roleplaying game franchise. As with all SMT titles, it blends traditional, turn-based combat with demonic enemies that not only serve as punching bags for your coolest spells and shiniest weapons, but are also capable of becoming your best pal. I'm not here to review the game, but fortunately its critical praise has been nearly unanimous. Point being: It's a great game, particularly for RPG-loving Nintendo 3DS owners.

As of this morning however, Shin Megami Tensei IV grew a bit. This isn't all that new, as DLC releases have been weekly events for the game since its debut, but what makes this latest offering so special is that it marks the first time a new mission has been added to the game that actually builds on the title's plot.

The first DLC pack is entitled "Overlord Equipment," and it will set you back $1.50 if purchased from the Nintendo eShop. This download includes three new Challenge Quests that, once completed, award a full armor set patterned after the demon Asmodeus. That would be the angry-looking, red fellow with all the spiky bits in the image at right.

The second DLC pack, "Clipped Wings 1," delivers that new story content I mentioned above. It only includes a single new Challenge quest, but by completing this task players gain the ability to fuse the angels Uriel and Raphael at will. It's suggested that players not attempt Clipped Wings 1 until they're toward the end of Shin Megami Tensei IV, but as long as you've got $2.50, you can pick up the additional content right this very minute.

It's unclear exactly how this DLC relates to the main quest, but it is said to be canonically linked with the events of the original game. Will you miss out on crucial plot points if you don't buy it? Probably not, but you may get a bit more out of the story.

The more DLC is released for this game, the more I realize how brilliant it was for Nintendo to offer gamers $30 for registering both Shin Megami Tensei IV and Fire Emblem: Awakening with Club Nintendo. Want to ensure that your players download as much DLC content as possible? Why not gift them enough cash to cover almost everything you plan to release right after they buy your game? It's so simple, yet so effective.

Source: Siliconera

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They did a really good job on Asmodeus. One of the coolest looking demons out of the 400+ in the game. I have the Cu Chulainn armor set already though, so I'll probably pass on this. I may pick up the story oriented one at some point, but unless it adds something really cool to the story I'll probably pass that up too. There's already 3+ playthroughs worth of content in the game as is.

EDIT: Earnest, the review you linked to is for Strange Journey, not Shin Megami Tensei IV btw.

I'm tempted to grab it, when I'm off my simple game binge. I've been playing waaayyyy too many JRPGs, I just need a game like the old Spryo or Crash Bandicoot games. But I might try this DLC, simply because I got those $30 on my eShop, might as well use them.

Fappy:
EDIT: Earnest, the review you linked to is for Strange Journey, not Shin Megami Tensei IV btw.

It's been a very long day. Apologies. Fixed.

klaynexas3:
... But I might try this DLC, simply because I got those $30 on my eShop, might as well use them.

Like I said, clever!

Earnest Cavalli:

Fappy:
EDIT: Earnest, the review you linked to is for Strange Journey, not Shin Megami Tensei IV btw.

It's been a very long day. Apologies. Fixed.

klaynexas3:
... But I might try this DLC, simply because I got those $30 on my eShop, might as well use them.

Like I said, clever!

The worst part is that it's only Tuesday. Three more days to go, amirite? ;D

I guess $50 wasn't enough for a 3DS game.

Sweet, might pick it up towards the end of my current playthrough or in my second.

I plan to pick up the grinding DLC as well for my next playthrough, so extra story for a new playthrough will be just gravy, doesn't hurt with that 30 dollar eShop credit I got with the game.

WeepingAngels:
I guess $50 wasn't enough for a 3DS game.

Considering it offers 50-60 hours of content on your first playthrough when most big-budget $60 games these days offer 7-12 hours (or even less than that), I'd say SMTIV is worth the purchase.

I'll probably end up picking up the story DLC at a later date.

Solaire of Astora:

WeepingAngels:
I guess $50 wasn't enough for a 3DS game.

Considering it offers 50-60 hours of content on your first playthrough when most big-budget $60 games these days offer 7-12 hours (or even less than that), I'd say SMTIV is worth the purchase.

I'll probably end up picking up the story DLC at a later date.

So you think Pokemon games should be $50 too (plus paid DLC)?

WeepingAngels:

Solaire of Astora:

WeepingAngels:
I guess $50 wasn't enough for a 3DS game.

Considering it offers 50-60 hours of content on your first playthrough when most big-budget $60 games these days offer 7-12 hours (or even less than that), I'd say SMTIV is worth the purchase.

I'll probably end up picking up the story DLC at a later date.

So you think Pokemon games should be $50 too (plus paid DLC)?

Do I think they should? No. Would I really mind if they were? Not really, considering Pokemon games also offer dozens of hours of content, again outstripping your typical "triple-A" game.

WeepingAngels:

Solaire of Astora:

WeepingAngels:
I guess $50 wasn't enough for a 3DS game.

Considering it offers 50-60 hours of content on your first playthrough when most big-budget $60 games these days offer 7-12 hours (or even less than that), I'd say SMTIV is worth the purchase.

I'll probably end up picking up the story DLC at a later date.

So you think Pokemon games should be $50 too (plus paid DLC)?

It helps that the Megami tensei DLC and the fire emblem DLC are more like expansions, small ones, but things that help extend the play value of the game, rather than offering shortcuts to beat the game.

The problem people have with dlc in paid games is that the developers make the game fight you in order to force you to buy the extra content. Here the dlc is more "something to do once you're bored with the main game but don't really want to stop playing just yet" it is optional in every sense of the word. And enjoyable.

I'd beat fire emblem three times, was tired of the main campaign maps, but still hadn't quite worked it out of my system yet. So I got the dlc for some fun new challenges and was not disappointed.

I guess I can't complain because of the 30 dollar eshop deal, but I still really don't like the idea of canon story elements being DLC. I'll let it slide since it's Atlus but I really don't want to see this happening so much.

WeepingAngels:
I guess $50 wasn't enough for a 3DS game.

Considering it came with an artbook/strategy guide and a soundtrack. It's a steal. Even more so if you bought Fire Emblem(which a lot of people who bought SMT4 already had) with the $30 deal. Which technically makes this DLC free, assuming you didn't use the credit for anything else..

Oh boy. Great news. Now how about you first release this game?

RaikuFA:

WeepingAngels:
I guess $50 wasn't enough for a 3DS game.

Considering it came with an artbook/strategy guide and a soundtrack. It's a steal. Even more so if you bought Fire Emblem(which a lot of people who bought SMT4 already had) with the $30 deal. Which technically makes this DLC free, assuming you didn't use the credit for anything else..

The eShop version is also $50.

 

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