Never played an SMT game before, is Soul Hackers a good place to start?

#1super_taco_ftwPosted 9/6/2013 12:17:35 AM
I've recently been playing loads of JRPG's, and luckily loads are just around the corner. Unfortunately, living in the European region, SMTIV is not one of them. However, Soul Hackers is coming out in a couple of weeks, as well as EOIV (which I'm definitely getting). Since Soul Hackers is a remake, I was wondering if it would be a good place to start, as I'd assume it'd be less complex, making I easier to understand the new features of later titles.
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#2n00bifierPosted 9/6/2013 12:23:35 AM(edited)
Honestly, I don't think Soul Hackers is the best place to start. It's pretty dated. Don't get me wrong, it's a good game, but there are better MegaTen games to start with. You could try Strange Journey, or (if you've the means to play it) Nocturne.
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#3ObtuseAnginaPosted 9/6/2013 12:41:39 AM
I've never played Soul Hackers, but SMT IV is good, and I've never played a game in the series before. I don't think the stories of the games are interconnected
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#4dantegt4Posted 9/6/2013 2:00:15 AM
I'm also new to SMT series and made a topic yesterday about this,

http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/997614-nintendo-3ds/67167070

after reading and watching reviews of the games for ds and 3ds I think im going to start with Strange Journey (DS), but read what people said in the other topic first good help.
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#5Solar20xxPosted 9/6/2013 2:21:39 AM
n00bifier posted...
Honestly, I don't think Soul Hackers is the best place to start. It's pretty dated. Don't get me wrong, it's a good game, but there are better MegaTen games to start with. You could try Strange Journey, or (if you've the means to play it) Nocturne.


Except Strange Journey and Nocturne are very hard, ESPECIALLY Strange Journey.

I say the Devil Survivor series since those are the easiest ones in my opinion, but they're a mixture of SRPG amd normal JRPG elements.
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#6audiohereticPosted 9/6/2013 9:43:13 AM
I don't think it's as bad a start as you might think. Yes, it's old school, it's an update of a 1997 game, and some of the presentation / mechanics might be dated. BUT... there are tweaks and "hacks" in the game that can ease the pain (Save anywhere, lower the difficulty, maps, remove limitation on demon alignment for your party, etc.).

Just beat the main game the other day and while it was a bit tough going at times, I found it to be a great game.
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#7Nickcool1996Posted 9/6/2013 10:07:23 AM
If you want to start with the old stuff, then yes, it's a good place to start. You can even lower the already easy difficulty or increase it to normal.
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#8aya valentinePosted 9/6/2013 10:15:56 AM
Mmm... I would have to say no.

If you want a challenge, go for Strange Journey or Nocturne.

If you want something not quite as hard but still challenging, Digital Devil Saga and the Devil Summoner series are good, though they play differently. Devil Survivor is excellent as well, though it's an SRPG with visual novel elements.

I guess it depends on your preferences. If you're a super stickler for authenticity and you want to play the SMT SERIES, Nocturne is your only choice.

You're in the EU region, right? It's called Lucifer's Call there.
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