Shin Megami Tensei IV Has Its Own Version Of Cortana

By Spencer . May 9, 2013 . 5:42pm

Burroughs is like the Cortana of Shin Megami Tensei IV. This AI entity is installed in your gauntlet. Sometimes, she acts like a guide, giving players warnings before big fights. Like other Shin Megami Tensei games, the protagonist is silent, so Burroughs does most of the talking. She has a distinct personality and greets the player with an air of formality. Burroughs also acts as your tutor and early on she teaches you how to use apps.


The Gauntlet you wear in Shin Megami Tensei IV can be enhanced with app points, which you earn by leveling up. Burroughs walks you through this system and gives you the Scout app. This skill lets you talk to demons, but only about adding them to your party. If you want to ask for macca or gifts you have to learn other abilities.


We got to play an English build of Shin Megami Tensei IV recently. Here’s a list of app skills you can learn in the game:


Demon Analyze (20 app points) – Allows you to view abilities that demons have.

Skill Smoother I (20) – Decreases MP cost of demon skills by 1.

Scout Gift (15) – Befriended demons give you a gift

Negotiate (20) – I believe this stops enemies from attacking your team.

Fundraise (15) – Ask for macca.

Mapper – A skill that auto maps an area.


Shin Megami Tensei IV will be released on July 16th in North America.

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  • benhofb

    Well, I am assuming the COMP will have memory akin to the Demonica and the Gump. I just hope the space isnt’t too limited this time around… ((I need to freakin pre-order already >_<))

  • Haseyo

    As long as she doesn’t go nuts on us, I’m all for AI.

    • “Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do.”

    • Byas

      I hear it’s amazing when the famous purple stuffed worm in flap-jaw space with the tuning fork does a raw blink on Hara-Kiri Rock. I need scissors! 61!

    • Tom_Phoenix

      That’s kind of the big question regarding Burroughs. Will it just remain a regular AI with a female voice, only serving in its intended function? Or will it grow beyond its programming, eventually developing a personality and potentially even rebelling against its “master”?

      I guess we will have to wait until the game is released to find out.

      • Zeik56

        I don’t think it would make much sense for it to “rebel”, considering it controls core mechanics of the game. But I kind of wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out she was more than just a simple AI and actually is important to your ability to shape the world.

      • MrTyrant

        She will develop feeling for your main character to the point of getting jealous each time Isabeau get close to you so she will give you fake missions to just spend time alone with you.

        I can see the ending…D:

        • Tom_Phoenix

          So wait….are you suggesting Burroughs could potentially be Lilith trapped inside a COMP? :O

          That…..would be very interesting indeed.

          • MrTyrant

            You know what? if they would have given me the choice I would accept being with Lilith. While not summoning that big snake she has.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    Wonder how this computerized voice will sound in the English version.

  • Chivalry

    what is “Cortana”?

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    This game also has a hot hologram chick who let her cleavage do the talking? Can’t wait till July

  • Visa Vang

    Being called “master” is an very awesome feeling.

    • Ethan_Twain

      I prefer “sir”. Master just seems obsequious.

      • AzureRyuujin

        Same. Sir is a term that merely requests respect to me, not demands it.

    • MrTyrant

      I prefer “goshujin-sama” myself hahaha

  • Howl

    Just reserved mine a minute ago actually. Though i probably won’t get it day one because i had to get it from bestbuy online because they weren’t letting people reserve it in stores v.v

  • Ladius

    I’m really looking forward to SMT4, completing Soul Hackers did a lot to rekindle my Megaten love :)

  • I hope it’s William Burroughs

  • ChiffonCake

    Hmm, that app system really reminds me of Strange Journey… which I suppose is what they were going for. This game really takes a lot from previous SMTs, huh?

    I’m also expecting Burroughs to end up being awesome like Arthur in SJ.

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