The world has plunged into chaos as the apocalypse takes hold in this HD Remaster of the PS2 classic Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne. Recently, I got the chance to play through the first few hours and here's what stood out most to me.
The third game in the main Shin Megami Tensei series received positive reviews back when it debuted, especially for its labyrinthine dungeons and challenging battle system. In this HD Remaster, you'll have just as much fun exploring dungeons while recruiting and fighting monsters. However, although the graphics are indeed sharper, it must be said that the lack of detail in the environments often reminded me that I was playing an updated version of the same game rather than a full remake. That being said, as someone who owns it on PS2, I still find that the great amount of fun to be had traversing its dungeons helps make up for the lack of graphical detail.
I can't be the only one who finds it hard to turn off an RPG whenever I have to decide between going back to the last save point or quitting thus losing my progress. Thankfully, Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster contains a suspend save feature that allows you to exit and save then pick up from where you left off. Some of the dungeons can be quite lengthy so this is definitely a bonus.
The Digital Deluxe Edition includes the Maniax DLC pack and in order to play through this version of the game, you must select it when starting your save. The only difference that there seems to be is that with Maniax, you gain the recruitable ally of Dante from the Devil May Cry series whereas without Maniax, you get the original character of Raidou. It's unfortunate that you can't have both but as I said, this is a remaster and not a full remake and it's nice that you actually get to choose which character that you want to come across. For the record, I picked Maniax and was treated to a little cutscene right after the apocalypse happened that showed Dante surviving it.
I've unlocked a handful of trophies after playing Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster for a few hours so if you're a fan of trophy collecting, you'll enjoy the fact that there's a decent variety of trophies to be unlocked during your playthrough.
Thanks for reading what I think of Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster so far. Look forward to my full review closer to release!