Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is ranked in the 92nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Critic Reviews

Metro GameCentral
GameCentral
Top Critic
7 / 10
Jan 9, 2017

A notable improvement on the original, although most of the changes are still just doodling in the margins – as the series waits for a more substantial overhaul.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

One of the best pure RPGs available for the 3DS. Any fan of turn-based battles and creating the ultimate combination of evolutions will have a blast

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GameSpot
Top Critic
9 / 10
Sep 15, 2016

This all-new adventure in the Shin Megami Tensei IV universe ranks among the best games for the 3DS.

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7.5 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2016

Shin Megami Tensei 4: Apocalypse is a familiar, yet enjoyable journey

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Sep 15, 2016

Though more of an expansion than a standalone release in spirit, Apocalypse's narrative superfluity is made up for by the considerable refinements it contains over its direct predecessor. Whether or not you'll enjoy its plot and its emphasis on partner characters comes down to personal taste, but on the whole it's an engrossing and addictive role-playing experience... even if it can feel a little familiar at times.

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Sep 16, 2016

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is the perfect nightcap game for summer’s end. A perfect portable adventure that should satiate the appetites of fans that also serves as a solid entry point for those unfamiliar. Demons, dungeons and damnation await those who wish to take on the mantle of Godslayer. If that sounds like a sales pitch, it’s because I finally found a Shin Megami game that does not require a broken controller.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

Atlus has been going strong for over 30 years and they have no sign of stopping. This would have been a cash-in almost anywhere else, but here, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse was shown the level of love and care most would give aggressively marketed new IPs. It's still no Nocturne, but it'll do.

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9.5 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

This is the pinnacle of the franchise in almost every way and a worthy successor to Shin Megami Tensei with fantastic combat, exploration, and story.

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70 / 100
Sep 16, 2016

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is a hell of a mess. At moments, the complex and fun combat and progression systems break through the game’s ick presentation and sexist character designs, but what little fun exists gradually fades before you’re even halfway through the campaign. If you’re a fan of the series, there’s plenty to love here, but Apocalypse is unforgiving for any new players.

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GameMAG
Zellel
Top Critic
8 / 10
Feb 6, 2017

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse took everything the best from the series and corrected mistakes of SMTIV, making the game relatively beginners-friendly and generally more engrossing. This is an excellent present for all Nintendo 3DS owners and fans of the Japanese role playing games genre, which is definitely must not be skipped. Especially because it is still several month left before a release of the long awaited Persona 5, and Tokyo Mirage Sessions has long been completed.

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4.5 / 5.0
Sep 15, 2016

Apocalypse is a game that can easily stand on its own, even if you haven’t played the original Shin Megami Tensei IV. Of course, having played the original will give you more context and understanding of the world and its different characters and factions.

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4.25 / 5.0
Sep 30, 2016

Don’t think of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse as just some throwaway cash-in title. This spin-off game builds on the solid foundation of its predecessor and even outshines it in some aspects. Admittedly, it reuses several assets from the previous game and mapping, while improved, could still be better. A likable cast of characters combined with an intriguing story and compelling combat, however, makes Apocalypse a worthy addition to anyone’s JRPG collection.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

Those that are looking to dive back into an SMT title with an expanded story and don’t mind retreading familiar ground will surely find a lot of recognizable fun in Apocalypse. For those that never played the original title, Apocalypse isn’t a bad place to start. However, considering how good of a game SMT IV is, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to go back and play the original release instead.

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Sep 19, 2016

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse provides more of the series' addictive combination of exploring, demon-collecting and fast-paced battling, all while continuing the delightfully warped narrative of its predecessor. This is pure JRPG bliss.

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9 / 10
Sep 21, 2016

As an RPG sequel, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is just about perfect. It lets players revisit a familiar world from a new perspective, keeps what made the original so special, and adds in several small but significant mechanical improvements that make for a smoother, better game throughout. We recommend playing through SMTIV first if possible, both to get the most out of Apocalypse and to experience one of the 3DS' finest JRPGs, but however you arrive at it, this is a game that begs to be played. It's a delightfully dark adventure that's dripping with dystopian charm, and between the personable demons, deeply satisfying combat and killer aesthetic, we couldn't get enough — the end times have never been so good.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2016

While Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse could easily have been a lazy reuse of content from its predecessor slapped together to make a quick buck, a different perspective on the story, a host of improvements, and the return of Shin Megami Tensei IV’s quality gameplay come together for a pseudo-sequel that’s a worthy experience.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

The various gameplay components combine to make this into a satisfyingly addictive title that you can and will sink dozens of hours into. Whether it was witnessing the dark and compelling story and events, devastating enemies with my unique demon and skill combinations, exploring the varied dystopian setting, fusing better demons, completing side quests or customizing my character’s apps, skills and appearance, I was always engaged while playing this game. It doesn’t improve on SMTIV in many fundamental ways but it doesn’t need to; Atlus is wise enough to not try to fix what isn’t broken. This one is sure to please series fans.

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RPG Site
Top Critic
9 / 10
Sep 15, 2016

With a new cast and story, Apocalypse is a thoughtful follow-up that succeeds in fixing problems that plagued the foundations of its prequel.

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85%
Sep 26, 2016

One of the best RPGs in recent years nearly ruined by an awfully placed and paced epilogue.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2016

Apocalypse marks an improvement in every way over Shin Megami Tensei IV, that already was one of the best JPRG available on the 3DS family of consoles. The user interface, the map, the companion system, the demon alignment are all welcome changes especially because they come on top of a fascinating setting and a gritty storyline.

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