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Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne

The world has been swallowed by chaos. As a demonic revolution descends into a broken Tokyo, the choices you make will determine if it stays that way. Tokyo, 200X. A young high schooler spends his days blissfully unaware of the chaos about to befall his world. The rebirth of the world, an event which no human has ever witnessed takes place and wipes the world’s slate clean. Chaos itself enfolds Japan's capital, and what was once a bustling center of life is now a ruined hellscape, where demons from folklore gather. Sucked into this hostile netherworld are our young protagonist and his two classmates, who are separated at different points on the compass. While our protagonist is unconscious, two curious figures endow him with a Magatama, and hence the power to survive this harsh tribulation. Be it a blessing or a curse, he awakens to find himself reborn as a demon. And so begins his journey through a post-apocalyptic Tokyo, where new enemies and old friends carve a bloody path toward their visions of an ideal world...


The game received an updated rerelease for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. This version, known as the "HD Remaster", sports higher defintion textures as well as the ability to manually choose which skills demons will inherit.


Which version of Nocturne should I play?

These are the different versions of Shin Megami Tensei 3:

  • The original version of Nocturne was released in Japan in 2003 without additional content like the Fiends or the Labyrinth of Amala dungeon.
  • The Maniax version of Nocturne was released in North America in 2004 and PAL regions in 2005 with the aforementioned additional content. If you choose to play the original Playstation 2 version of Nocturne (simply labelled "Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne"), this is most likely what you'll be playing. Play this version if you are uninterested in the new additions from the HD Remaster, as it is easily accessible in the current day.
  • The Maniax Chronicle version of Nocturne was released in Japan in 2008 as a special rerelease bundled with Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon. This version's biggest change is featuring Raidou Kuzunoha as a demon hunter in place of Dante.
  • The HD Remaster of Nocturne was released in all regions in 2021 with additions such as voice acting, better visuals, and the ability to select inherited skills, amongst other things. Play this version if the additions interest you and you're willing to buy it. It also includes the option to play the game with either the original version content or the Maniax version content.

Acquiring Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

Follow this link to acquire the original Playstation 2 version of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. If you still want to play the original version but with Raidou, follow this link to acquire the pre-patched Playstation 2 version of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Maniax Chronicle edition. You can purchase the HD Remaster on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam.

Gameplay Tips

  • If you are running into problems with the game crashing, set it to NTSC 60hz mode regardless of the region.
  • The Playstation 3 PSN version has a bit of slow down during the fusion process, which is usually skipped anyways. Otherwise it runs great.
  • If you are playing on Hard mode, the first few battles are completely luck based so just keep trying if you die. It will eventually smoothen out the further you get into the game.
  • A physical build is highly recommended, especially for the True Demon Ending; St is most important, with secondary stats Ag for hitrate and Vi for survivability. Do not ignore Ma entirely as it is used for magic defense, but do ignore Lu as it is largely terrible.
  • Keep track of what demon your Pixie fuses/evolves/sacrifices into and make sure you keep her, or that demon into end game. She is needed to open a door in one of the Kalpas for the True Demon Ending.
  • Buffs and debuffs are very important for boss fights.
  • Fusing demons of the same family will create an Element which can be used to rank down or rank up a demon within it's family. Fusing two Elements will result in a Mitama which will boost the stats and add skills to the skill pool of a demon it fuses into without changing it's EXP at all.
  • Recruit Angel and Lilim in Ginza and fuse them to make Nozuchi. He'll be very useful against the Matador fight. Buy and equip the Hifumi Magatama from the Junk Shop in the Great Underpass of Ginza if you're having trouble against him.
  • Daisoujou is a very good healer due to his ability to drain MP from most enemies, including bosses. He can be acquired around the early-mid game and is useful up until the final areas of the game.


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Yumiko says:

Pixie a cute!