Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Rated “M” For Graphic Text And Phallic Monsters

By Spencer . December 20, 2009 . 1:42pm

The ESRB just explained why Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey is one of ten “M” rated Nintendo DS games. Before you read on for laughs be warned there are minor spoilers and some mature content.


This is a role-playing game in which players assume the role of a soldier who, along with an elite squad, investigates an ever-expanding region called "Schwarzwelt." This mysterious region is an "other dimension" teeming with demons that want to overtake the world; it is players’ job to stop this by traversing through Schwarzwelt’s dungeons, negotiating with enemies, and destroying the demons in turn-based battle. Players use swords, firearms, and magic to kill an assortment of demons, zombies, spirits, and slime creatures. Damage is minimally represented: fire images, electricity, bullet holes, a flashing screen.


More graphic depictions are presented during ending sequences in which a string of text dialogue is set over still-frame images; some of these images contain large amounts of blood: dark pools covering open terrain; crew members on the ground with blood around their bodies; an operating chair, the surrounding floor—speckled in blood. A handful of female demons wear outfits that completely expose their breasts (though these demons have no nipples); other monsters have phallic-shaped heads and torsos; and a couple of monsters (e.g., "Succubus" and "Incubus") have sexual characteristics that are detailed in text (e.g., "They visit sleeping men and have sexual intercourse with them" and "It ravishes women while they sleep, impregnating them."). Profanity (e.g., "dipsh*t" and "a*shole") occasionally appears in the dialogue.


Gotta watch out for those nippleless demons!

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  • Zeik56

    Nothing particularly surprising for an SMT game.

  • Soma

    Phallic shaped head and torso?
    I’m guessing that Mara will show up as a demon in this game.

    Still, it’s rare that we see a DS game with a “M” rating.

    • Chow

      It’s rated Mara lololololololol

      • GamerKT

        Your avatar is so funny.

    • shade543

      Mara is DEFINATLY in it, In full form.

  • Slashlen

    Considering that Devil Survivor had just about everything in there and got a T, I think the ESRB has something against phallic monsters.

    • Devil Survivor didn’t have as much blood or language… But it did have Arioch. I’m surprised they let THAT thing in a T game.

    • shade543

      Well, Persona PSP also had Mara, albiet in a less explicit, though still quite phallic form , and that game got a T rating.

  • Tofuuu

    awww and here i was expecting tentacle monsters :)

    • Zeik56

      Don’t worry, there are definitely tentacle monsters. :P

    • shade543

      Did you notice that Mara has tenticles? :)

  • MadMirko

    No nipples? Talk about defeating the purpose. No buy.


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