Shin Megami Tensei V

Rating Summary

Based on 82 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

94%

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Based on 82 critic reviews
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9.5 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2021

Shin Megami Tensei V is an excellent addition to the Atlus RPG series. Despite a few occasional issues, it's a richly detailed experience that's worth playing. Even with so many years of built-in expectations, the result is quite positive and one of the best titles of its kind on Switch.

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9.5 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2021

Play it!

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IGN

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8 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

Shin Megami Tensei V's excellent JRPG combat and deeply rewarding customization shine bright, even when it sometimes feels like Persona without the heart.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2021
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Metro GameCentral

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7 / 10
Nov 11, 2021

The battle system is excellent but the Shin Megami Tensei series once again misses a golden opportunity to reincarnate itself, with its sparse plot and sky high difficulty.

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8.3 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2021

Shin Megami Tensei V enhances its formula with expansive areas and more ability customization. The result is a mostly entertaining ride, albeit with a few bumps along the way

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8 / 10
Nov 4, 2021

Shin Megami Tensei V may be slow-paced, but its strategic turn-based combat and dark, foreboding atmosphere deliver a challenging and rewarding RPG experience.

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Unscored
Nov 4, 2021

There are more quality-of-life updates that go beyond combat. While roaming through areas, you will now stumble upon orbs that can recharge your health, SP (mana for magic attacks), or Magatsuhi gauge. The return pillar allows you to return to the last checkpoint you interacted with on a whim without any penalization (perfect to save your game, restore health to your party for a small fee, visit the merchant, or fuse demons). Loot is fairly generous as well; a companion character who follows you around pinpoints item spots that sometimes lead to fights, but more often than not just grants you an item.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2021

Shin Megami Tensei 5 brings back the things that fans love about the series. Its biggest sin is that it doesn’t do much to innovate. Fans that were expecting to see a brand new vision for SMT will be confused because this is essentially the same demon collecting dungeon crawler it has always been.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

The seemingly endless possibilities of Shin Megami Tensei V directly fueled my desire to play it from the moment I got my copy. It’s overwhelming, but compartmentalized. The world is technically finite, but feels limitless. It’s just what a lot of people want out of an RPG, and the strong personality-driven throughput helps propel it past a lot of its competition.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

‎Visually very original, playably very familiar and narratively very interesting are the adjectives that join AAA production values to put on the table one of the best RPGs of the year and, possibly, of the decade.‎

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90 / 100
Nov 4, 2021

Shin Megami Tensei V trascends divinity achieving a perfect balance between heaven and hell: it's and ode to the classics, to those JRPG's that weren't afraid of being complex and challenging, but it's also a modern game, adapted to current times and trends..

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8 / 10
Nov 4, 2021

The Shin Megami Tensei games have often been some of the most mechanically inventive and unique, and that remains the case with SMT5. Combat is challenges and dynamic, and the party-building options are limitless. My only issues with the game boiled down to JRPG tropes that likely won’t bother hardcore fans. It’s not only an excellent JRPG, but a wonderful new entry in one of the genre’s most influential games.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

Shin Megami Tensei V is a severe JRPG, at times even a bit 'heavy, but capable of standing out thanks to its flawless integralism in building an extraordinary gameplay.

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VG247

Top Critic

Nov 4, 2021

Shin Megami Tensei 5’s combat is great, punishing and rewarding in equal measure without ever tipping the scales too far in one direction. Mixing and matching your deck of demons makes for great fun as well, and spurs you to look to all corners of the ruined world for allies of all shapes and sizes. It’s everything outside of the battling and grungy soundtrack where Shin Megami Tensei 5 badly misses the mark, with one-note characters that you’re never given the chance to better know, and a paper-thin plot that feels dragged out over dozens of hours. Shin Megami Tensei 5 is a good RPG battler, but it’s not good at much else.

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Nov 4, 2021

Although it's been a while since the last mainline game, Shin Megami Tensei V lives up to the hype. This is a JRPG you won't want to miss.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

Shin Megami Tensei V has a deep and satisfying combat system making every fight a challenge, as well as an engaging story and great visuals.

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Nov 4, 2021

Several years after SMT4, Shin Megami Tensei 5 is a huge revitalization of Atlus' flagship JRPG that new and returning fans will enjoy thoroughly.

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90 / 100
Nov 4, 2021

Shin Megami Tensei V is a masterfully made JRPG and fascinating work of art. While the characters could have used more fleshing out and the leveling curve is wildly uneven, it's still incredibly fun with thrilling combat and a gripping plot.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2021

If you're in for a challenge and got time on your hands, then Shin Megami Tensei V has a lot of content for you to enjoy. Certain parts might seem a little dragged out, but it's a fantastic RPG on the Nintendo Switch with in-depth gameplay systems that is equal parts punishing and rewarding.

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