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  • Summary: A spatial distortion full of demons appeared in Antarctica, threatening to engulf the Earth in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey. The United Nations responded by tasking a team of highly advanced specialists with piercing the anomaly and figuring out how to stop it from the source. Well,A spatial distortion full of demons appeared in Antarctica, threatening to engulf the Earth in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey. The United Nations responded by tasking a team of highly advanced specialists with piercing the anomaly and figuring out how to stop it from the source. Well, get ready to don your Demonica once again in this new expanded port: Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux. Expect new story content, additional endings, a new dungeon to explore, and more in the return of this sci-fi tinged SMT adventure. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. May 16, 2018
    100
    Along with being the definitive way to play Strange Journey, Redux stands out as one of the best games in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise all around.
  2. May 16, 2018
    90
    Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux is still as great and robust a game as ever, now more accessible for those not looking for something quite as demanding. Several quality-of-life additions are certainly welcome to have, and the new content sufficiently bolsters what was already in place. Whether you are new to Strange Journey or are looking for a good reason to revisit it, this release is worth checking out.
  3. 85
    I can wholly recommend this as a litmus test for fans of Persona 5 who haven’t yet gotten into the main Shin Megami Tensei series.
  4. May 15, 2018
    80
    If you’re new to the series, Redux‘s difficulty options and overall presentation are an excellent starting point for entering the deep, dark world of Shin Megami Tensei.
  5. May 21, 2018
    80
    Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux is an enhanced porting which preserves the better qualities of the original Nintendo DS entry, while providing some quality of life improvements to newcomers and returners.
  6. May 18, 2018
    80
    Who knows, you may even learn Japanese because all the voice acting is in Japanese while the game itself is fully subtitled in English.
  7. May 15, 2018
    65
    Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux is as long and as the title, and can be challenging to get into, due to dated UI and lots and lots of text to read. The story is interesting, if not slow, offers multiple endings, and more than 300 demons for you to collect, fuse, and fight alongside. A solid, if not slightly clunky title built for the retrogamer crowd.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 16, 2018
    10
    SMT: Strange Journey was a fantastic game when it released stateside 8 years ago, but as the series is known for, it did not reach mass marketSMT: Strange Journey was a fantastic game when it released stateside 8 years ago, but as the series is known for, it did not reach mass market appeal.
    The original game featured a steep difficulty curve, complex dungeon-crawling obstacles in its second half, and many of its plot elements remained unclear by the time of its conclusion.
    Now Atlus seeks to update and improve various aspects of the game for a modern audience.
    While it features a new and controversial art-style, SMT: Strange Journey Redux is still the great game fans remember.
    Atlus has gone out of their way to introduce new ways to keep track of your dungeon-crawling exploits without diminishing the complex and thoughtful dungeon design that the game is known for, allowing for more casual players to keep in step with the more hardcore elements of the game.
    As one of the few SMT games that does not have RNG-based demon recruiting, Strange Journey has fantastic dialogue with logical answers to the various demons' riddles, and the new Demons added to the game only add to the charm.
    The addition of the new dungeon added to the game allows for players to get the extra push they might need to overcome the otherwise incredibly difficult bosses in the second half of the game, allowing for a more natural difficulty curve.
    Alongside the fantastic faux-orchestral soundtrack and lavishly detailed 3D dungeons (the brothel and grocery store being personal favorites), the added voice-acting and animated cutscenes lend to a grander presentation which elevates the already fascinating story being told.
    All in all this is a first-class remake, and with the tolerance for a newer more simplistic art style, this is a game you can't miss as a dungeon-crawling fan.
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  2. May 17, 2018
    10
    Atlus has always been incredible at making games that far better than their sales would have you believe, and this remake, despite not beingAtlus has always been incredible at making games that far better than their sales would have you believe, and this remake, despite not being their first of the year, is a clear and concise example of why that is. Having never played the original, but rather watching it be played online, I could instantly see where the improvements were, which is the best indication that Atlus really put their all into making this game work, and work better than ever.
    The high quality music helps set the atmosphere, the fantastic voice work makes it feel as real as it can, and the setting that the Shin Megami Tensei games are known for is at work here almost better than ever. There's something special about SMT that makes it so unique that no one can quite imitate. I love every second of this game.
    If you've ever enjoyed a good dungeon crawler, not playing this game is a huge missed opportunity. It's simply fantastic in a way that only Shin Megami Tensei can be, and easily earns a perfect score.
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  3. May 18, 2018
    9
    An amazing rework of a classic. The game is long and rich in history. There's plenty of demons to collect and the new endings are a veryAn amazing rework of a classic. The game is long and rich in history. There's plenty of demons to collect and the new endings are a very welcomed thing for veterans.

    SMT: Strange Journey Redux is easily not only a best SMT than IV, it's also a better entry for new people that got interested in SMT because of the Persona series.

    It don't reach god-tier of SMT: Nocturne, but if you like:
    Dungeon crawler
    Multiple endings with morality
    Rich Story
    Collect demons (wat?)
    ... or just SMT series.

    That game is a must buy.
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  4. May 17, 2018
    3
    The biggest fans of the SMT series are surely to still like this game, but it doesn't justify being played by anyone else nor is it reallyThe biggest fans of the SMT series are surely to still like this game, but it doesn't justify being played by anyone else nor is it really worthy for everyone else, as what changes are mostly tweaks that many won't even notice, give preference to the original game first if you wanna know the series, it also looks better. Expand