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Shin Megami Tensei V Vengeance

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance is a must-have for JRPG fans on PS5

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Released exclusively on Nintendo Switch way back in November 2021, we really liked Shin Megami Tensei V. In fact, the weakest aspect of it was its performance; the game’s wide open areas were seemingly too much for the Switch’s hardware to handle. That’s not an issue now that the game is available on PS5. And along with a silky smooth framerate, Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance looks better than ever, too.

Available on PC and all consoles, Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance takes the original game and updates and enhances it in various ways. And so, while the core premise remains the same — as a high-school student, you suddenly find yourself transported to the Netherworld, which looks a lot like a desolated Tokyo — there’s plenty to see and do whether you’ve played the original game or not.

As soon as you jump into Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance, you’ve got an important choice to make: whether to take the hand of a mysterious girl. Do so, and you’ll begin the new story made just for this release. This is essentially two games in one, then, with those who haven’t played the original Shin Megami Tensei V on Switch reaping the most benefit, having two massive campaigns to play through, each with their own unique scenarios and characters.

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Image: Atlus/SEGA

Having played the original Switch release, we’ve been making our way through the new story, Canon of Vengeance, and have been very much enjoying the new gameplay additions and content we’ve discovered. Travelling through the Netherworld, or Da’at, it doesn’t take long for you to learn that there are new ways of interacting with your allies, for example, be they human or demon.

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Visit a Demon Haunt from a Leyline Fount and you can talk to your companions to further develop your relationships with them, perhaps buffing their stats along the way. You can give gifts to expedite the process, too, and sometimes you might even receive an item or two yourself. Your dorm room is also somewhere you can chill out and get your know your human companions better, because it’s good to have a little downtime now and again.

Another new feature that rears its head pretty quickly is the fact that Devil Summoners can now join your party, taking the spot of a demon. They’ll come and go as the story dictates, but it’s a nice touch, adding more variety and letting you appreciate them a little more. Ultimately, though, demons are still the bread and butter of your party, and they’ve been on the receiving end of some attention too.

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Image: Atlus/SEGA

With over 40 new demons added to the game, there’s more choice than ever when it comes to the makeup of your party, though remember that you need to find and recruit many of them first. Demons now also have new unique abilities, making them stand out from one another a little more. Needless to say, your demonic allies remain a strong point here: from negotiating with them to bring them to your side, to fusing them to create even more powerful allies, it’s all rewarding and fun.

Even if you dismiss all of this new content and the exciting new features, however, Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance is simply a better game at its core. New quality of life features include being able to save pretty much anywhere outside of battle, which is a godsend, and there are new auto battle options too, for those who don’t want to have to be switched on for every enemy encounter. Throw in other core improvements, such as expanded field exploration, and you have a game that feels better in every conceivable way.

It’s pretty simple, then: if you’re a fan of the Shin Megami Tensei series, Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance is a must-have, especially on PS5 where it looks and plays better than ever. We expect it’s similarly great on PC and Xbox Series X/S, too. But even if you’re not a fan of the series and just appreciate a good JRPG, you should also probably check it out. Thanks to its engaging combat system, enjoyable exploration and gargantuan amount of content, this is one hell of a game.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance launches 14th June on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC.

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