Megami Tensei Series

ConsoleNameReleaseLucca's Notes
3DSPersona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth2014A P3/P4 crossover with Etrian Odyssey-styled gameplay; characters equip Personas to change affinities/attacks/weaknesses as well as sub-Personas that confer extra abilities
3DSPersona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth2019A P3/P4/P5 crossover this time focusing on the P5 cast; similar gameplay to Persona Q but with the difficulty rebalanced
3DSShin Megami Tensei IV2013Takes place in a separate world from the other SMT games, gameplay elements like demon recruitment/fusion, the 3-pronged alignment choice, and the Press Turn system return
3DSShin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse2016A follow-up to/alternate timeline story in the same world as SMT IV, makes some QoL changes to the gameplay loop from its predecessor
3DSShin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers2013Remake of a JP-only Saturn game; demon alignment makes a large difference in battle, dictating what types of attacks they prefer; demon pairs can also be incompatible
3DSShin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker2015Adds a post-ending scenario, voice acting, an easier difficulty mode, a new character, and QoL changes
3DSShin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked2011Adds an additional day of plot, more demons, QoL improvements, voice acting, difficulty selection, and a graphical retouch
3DSShin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux2018Newly added routes, endings, demons, and voice acting along with graphical and QoL upgrades
DSShin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor2009SRPG with branching narrative choices and squads of units rather than individuals, plus demons of course
DSShin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 22012Plays largely the same as the first, but adds a social system to influence the ending
DSShin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey2010First-person dungeon crawler with demon battling, negotiation, and fusion - all in Antarctica!
GB+GBCRevelations: The Demon Slayer/Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible1999Megami Tensei for kids, more medieval-themed than its mother series
JP FCDigital Devil Monogatari: Megami Tensei II1990Considered to be the origin of the series' heavy-handed order vs chaos theme, good old-fashioned demon negotiation and recruitment
JP FCDigital Devil Story: Megami Tensei1987The series had to start somewhere…
JP Game GearMegami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible1994Monster collecting with a bit of kiddie MegaTen flair
JP Game GearMegami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special1995Biblical-themed first-person dungeon crawl, with gameplay otherwise similar to the other Last Bibles
JP GB+GBCMegami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible II1993Pretty much just like the first, but now you can give your monsters accessories
JP GB+GBCShin Megami Tensei Devil Children: Kuro no Sho2000First game in the Devil Children series (the accompanying other version is untranslated), a monster-collector where demon partners can be used to help traverse the overworld
JP GBAShin Megami Tensei2003Keeps the visuals from the Playstation version, makes a few balance changes and adds some unlockable story scenes
JP PSXPersona 2: Innocent Sin1999The missing half of Persona 2 in the Americas
JP PSXShin Megami Tensei2001Visually overhauls the SFC version, but is otherwise no different than the original
JP SFCKyuuyaku Megami Tensei1995Enhanced remake of Megami Tensei 1 and 2
JP SFCShin Megami Tensei19921st-person dungeon crawl with demon recruitment/fusion, only localized on mobile
JP SFCShin Megami Tensei if…1994Like regular SMT, but in a centralized high school setting. This is Persona's daddy!
JP SFCShin Megami Tensei II1994Similar to but easier than the first game
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon2009Very similar to its predecessor, but uses demon negotiation rather than capture elements
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army2006Deviates from series norms by being more of an ARPG and taking place in the past, demon assistance is always present
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga2005Straightforward turn-based JRPG, characters transform into demons in battle, lots of turn manipulation in combat
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 22005See above - direct sequel to Digital Devil Saga
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne2004AKA Shin Megami Tensei 3 - has all the expected demon recruitment, does not feature a Law/Chaos branching system
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 32007Where the Persona series really began to pick up steam in mainstream consciousness; introduced the Social Link element used by future entries
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES2008Adds an additional epilogue scenario to the original game, debatably the definitive edition
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 42008The RPG/life sim (of sorts) series continues, this time with a murder mystery theme and an obsession with the color yellow
PS3Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (PSone Classics)2013See PSX
PS3Persona 52017Demon negotiation, collection, and fusion, all with a bunch of stylish teens!
PS3Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon (PS2 Classics)2014See PS2
PS3Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army (PS2 Classics)2014See PS2
PS3Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga (PS2 Classics)2014See PS2
PS3Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 (PS2 Classics)2014See PS2
PS3Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (PS2 Classics)2014See PS2
PS3Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES (PS2 Classics)2012See PS2
PS3Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2 Classics)2014See PS2
PS4Persona 52017See PS3
PS4Persona 5 Royal2020Adds a new party member, new Social Links, a new section of the story, and loads of tweaks and additions to gameplay
PS4Persona 5 Strikers2021See Switch
PS4Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster2021See PS2, but also cleans up the graphics, gives you the option to not have Dante, and expands difficulty options
PS5Persona 5 Royal2022See PS4, but with spiffed-up graphics and framerate
PSPPersona 2: Eternal Punishment (PSone Classics)2013See PSX
PSPShin Megami Tensei: Persona2009Adds the previously excluded Snow Queen Quest, readjusts difficulty levels and encounter rates, and reworks the dialogue to be more modern
PSPShin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin2011Previously never localized in North America, the direct predecessor to Eternal Punishment; contains demon recruitment and rumor-spreading
PSPShin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable2010Adds a female main character to Persona 3, alters Social Links accordingly, does not contain "The Answer" scenario, gives control over other party members in combat
PSXPersona 2: Eternal Punishment2000Half of the Persona 2 story- the other half wasn't officially localized until years later
PSXRevelations: Persona1996A questionably localized game/spinoff of the SMT series; Mark danced crazy!
SwitchPersona 5 Royal2022See PS5
SwitchPersona 5 Strikers2021A sequel to Persona 5 (if you pretend Royal never happened) with ARPG gameplay; much more in-depth strategy required than your typical musou-like game
SwitchShin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster2021See PS4
SwitchShin Megami Tensei V2021Probably the most beginner-friendly of the mainline series, but still punishing if you aren't paying attention
VitaPersona 2: Eternal Punishment (PSone Classics)2013See PSX
VitaPersona 4: Golden2012Adds new social links, a new character, more story elements, costumes, and Personas in addition to QoL changes
VitaShin Megami Tensei: Persona (DL only)2012See PSP
VitaShin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin (DL only)2012See PSP
VitaShin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable (DL only)2012See PSP
Xbox OnePersona 5 Royal2022See PS5
Xbox SeriesPersona 5 Royal2022See PS5
PS4Persona 3 Portable (DL only)2023See PSP, but with improved/remastered graphics
Xbox OnePersona 3 Portable (DL only)2023See PS4
Xbox SeriesPersona 3 Portable (DL only)2023See PS4
SwitchPersona 3 Portable (DL only)2023See PS4
PS4Persona 4 Golden (DL only)2023See Vita, but with improved graphics and some QoL features like saving anywhere and looking back on previous social conversations
Xbox OnePersona 4 Golden (DL only)2023See PS4
Xbox SeriesPersona 4 Golden (DL only)2023See PS4
SwitchPersona 4 Golden (DL only)2023See PS4