Games like Shin Megam Tensei IV?
Digital Devil saga 1 and 2 (they're one story) for PS2. There's no demon fusion but your party are humans who turn into demons. You can manually pick their skills and abilities so it's like fusion without the actual fusion. The enemies in game are standard demons though.
I'd tell you to try SMT1 but I don't know your opinion on emulators and the game will probably seem dated to you.
Half naked teenage demon boy is as good as it gets- MetaLoki
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sonicnewboy posted...Yeah, this is definitely one of my favorite games of all time too. I love how Atlus can make excellent games even though they don't get all flashy with the graphics.
Better yet, play the first three DQMs first.
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In terms of fusing, it's been mentioned, but anything in the Megami Tensei universe (Persona, Devil Survivor, Devil Summoner, etc).
It terms of JRPGs featuring first person battle systems, Dragon Quest has been mostly first person as far as I know. Old Phantasy Star games (I, II, III: Generations of Doom, and IV) are also first person, just don't bother with anything past IV. Etrian Odyssey is also first person and has character creation for every party member, but I personally don't like it.
Feel and gameplay-wise, Persona 1 & 2 are closest to the SMT series. Persona 3 & 4 are great games too, but takes a completely different turn from the first two games (whether it's a good thing or not is up to you, but I personally like it).
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Chances are you'll really like Persona 4. Here's a review I wrote for the golden version awhile back, but Golden and the original are pretty much the same. Just with the exception of a new ending, the ability to go outside your house at night, and an extra dungeon.
If you just read the first part of the review, you'll see all of the differences between Persona and SMT. The basic gameplay (dungeon crawling) is just about the same, but the battle system does have a few differences as well. Also whoever said you can't fuse personas lied lol
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I am 50 hours into Strange Journey the game is excellent, probably my favourite SMT game after DDS1. Just got Soul Hackers yesterday as it just came out in my region and it has potential. I haven't played SMTIV because I live in Europe and Nintendo hates me.
Ahh, a fellow European who's imported Strange Journey!
Strange Journey is incredible! I highly recommend it.
I got Soul hackers last wednesday (2 days before release), and I'm not enjoying it as much as I'd hoped. Although I'm a huge SMT fan, I'm finding it very hard to find anything positive about Soul Hackers. (The 7/10 I have in my sig is just a.. Placeholder until I've progressed enough into the game.)
I'm still waiting on SMT IV, doesn't look like we'll get it in the UK 'till next year.. :'(
Nocturne/Lucifer's Call is another good SMT to try!
TLDR; Try Strange Journey, it's really good. As is Nocturne.
Don't get Soul Hackers.
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Yeah, I agree with the poster above. Soul Hackers is an odd one. It just felt kind of empty to me. Don't know how else to describe it.
Play SMT: Nocturne and your opinion will change yet again.
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