Was wondering if you guys could help me get in to this series, it seems to have some awesome games, just don't know where to start. Where do I start in this series? I'll have whatever console/portable is needed, so no need to worry about that.
Those two are a great introduction to the series. After that, move onto Persona 2 IS/EP. Then after getting used to those either move onto Persona 1. If you can't get into P1 then go to Devil Survivor for the DS. If you liked that move to Devil Survivor 2.
Affffffter those games move onto the Strange Journey, which is the closest to what Megami Tensei was out of the most recent SMT games. If you liked Strange Journey you will probably love Nocturne, Digital Devil Saga 1/2, SMT1/2, MT1.
You could also play the Raidou games which aren't traditional SMT games though. Recommended after playing P3 or 4. But you will probably like those if you like the entire SMT atmosphere, characters, demons, and story-lines.
Uhh you can look at this image, but it wasn't really made from someone suuuuuuper experienced with the SMT series but whatever it's pretty close.
If you have a PS3 you can buy Persona 3 FES off of the PSN store for $10 --- It's over, you've lost the game. -Near I don't remember Redd White changing his name to Bandit Keith. Not even in America.-Aceburner
PSP: Persona 1, Innocent Sin, Eternal Punishment (dubbed soon), P3P PS2: DDS1, DDS2, Raidou 1, Raidou 2, Nocturne (aka SMT3), and Persona 3 FES DS: Strange Journey and Devil Survivor 2 3DS: Devil Survivor Overclocked (the definitive version of DeSu1) and Soul Hackers (coming soon) Vita: Persona 4 Golden (definitive version of P4)
Then there are fan translations of SMT1 and SMT2.
Persona 3 and 4 are good starting points but they aren't good representatives of the megaten series. You can say they are black sheep of the series as far as themes goes.
I started with them but eventually played the original trilogy of the Persona titles, both Devil Survivors, DDS, SJ, Raidou 2, and Nocturne. I'm currently awaiting to play Soul Hackers for the first time. P2 is my favorite of the bunch thus far. --- "Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories."