As mentioned in our review, Shin Megami Tensei IV is not an easy game and will pretty much require a lot of patience. Gamers who are new to the series will most likely want to seek advice on what to do as jumping right into the game right away is not really a good idea. In over forty hours of gameplay, Shin Megami Tensei IV will give everyone the satisfaction that JRPG gamers have been longing to have but then, prepare for tough challenges ahead.
Here are our tips in surviving the game:
1. Save Often
Since the journey you will have in Shin Megami Tensei IV will most likely be a hard one, it’s recommended that you save often. Whenever you visit a dungeon or on a task to pursue a demon, it’s best to save for every floor that you go to. The difficulty spikes are random and dying unexpectedly can give you a headache, especially when you don’t want to spend your hard earned Macca to let the Charon revive you. At an event that you die, you will have two options; spend a ridiculous amount of Macca or let the game end to re-load your data. Since getting Macca in the game is scarce, I don’t really recommend using them for the Charon to revive you since that Macca you will be spending can be used in improving your main character’s gear or save it later for quick summoning of the demons you have collected.
2. Grind for Levels
If you reach a certain point where you think the boss is too hard and you are five levels below, it’s best to not waste your time trying it a lot of times. Go back to the previous floors and grind until you are about 2-3 levels below the boss. It might sound like a very tedious thing to do but being almost the same level as the boss will save you the pain and annoyances.
3. Fuse Demons Every Time You Level
As you level up in the game, more demons that you can fuse become available. Since you will be collecting a plethora of demons on your way through your mission, don’t forget to visit the Cathedral of Shadows to check out what demons are available for fusion. Using a lower-tier demon on boss fights will be somewhat tough since they only learn a skill at a certain level. Once you reach the threshold level, the demons that you’ve had since the beginning will stop learning new moves. The good thing about fusion is you can choose what skills you want the new demon to learn. My suggestion is, collect different kind of demons and when you level, fuse for a new one.