Shin Megami Tensei IV Gets Rated “M” For Its Usual Antics

By Ishaan . May 20, 2013 . 3:30pm

Shin Megami Tensei IV is rated “M” (Mature) by the ESRB and a rating summary for the game is available on the ESRB website now. Here’s what led to the M rating:


This is a role-playing game in which players assume the roles of demon fighters who battle evil forces in fantasy and post-apocalyptic settings. Players interact/negotiate with characters and engage in turn-based battles with human and demon-like creatures. Players choose attacks from a menu, using mostly magic spells to kill various creatures (e.g., sprites, demons, gods/goddesses). Damage is indicated by screen-shaking effects, flashes, or zapping sounds; some attacks result in blood-splatter effects.


Blood is also depicted on the screen or in pools on the ground. One scene depicts a room with a large pile of corpses in the background. During the course of the game, some female demons wear outfits that expose their breasts or buttocks; other demons have phallic-shaped heads or torsos. Descriptions of demons sometimes include sexual references: “It ravishes women while they sleep, impregnating them’ and “They visit sleeping men and have sexual intercourse with them.” The words “sh*t” and “a*shole” appear in the dialogue.


Yep. That sounds like Shin Megami Tensei. Uncannily like it, actually. That whole bit about phallic-shaped demons and sexual references is from the ESRB’s description of Soul Hackers. (The Soul Hackers description identifies the two demons in question as Incubus and Succubus.) That same part of the rating summary is also used for other Shin Megami Tensei games such as Persona 3 and Strange Journey.


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


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  • Are they not being as detailed for a reason? *raises eyebrow*

    • M’iau M’iaut

      They seem to have got much more cut and dry with their descriptors. A year or more back you would find these for our niche games being written with all kinds of fun. I’d suspect the ESRB has decided to inform of content rather than provide tag lines for the back of the game box.

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        The ones for Mugen Souls, Hyperdimension Neptunia, Lollipop Chainsaw, Deadly Premonition and particularly the one from Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 are hilarious to read, mostly because it’s obviously written by your “average” american father or soccer mom and they can’t understand some of the stuff that goes on in those games.

        • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

          I don’t think it’s so much written -by- them, as written -for- them.

  • Istillduno

    So Mara is confirmed then.

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      Basically. They should just make an “M for Mara” rating designed for games with phallic monsters.

    • Tsunamori Nanashi

      I was thinking exactly the same, I read the one about phallic heads and I was like “well we know who that guy is…”

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Watch out for Gigi impact and hydro pump

  • $29082171

    ”other demons have phallic-shaped heads or torsos”

    Gee I wonder who could they be referring to.

    • Teddy

      There are actually a great many demons that fit that description (at least three or four that I can think of off the top of my head). Mara is only the most popular because she appeared in Persona 3 and 4.

      • Foryth

        Mishaguji, who’s on my current Soul Hacker team, comes to mind. :)

      • Spirit Macardi

        I think Mara is male… For obvious reasons x3

        • MikeTxn

          Shocking plot twist.
          Mara is female in Strange Journey.

          • Scrooge_McDuck

            And Arioch is male.

          • Dem traps.

          • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

            Mara has been depicted as male or female. As a male, he sent his daughters to seduce Gautama Buddha. As a female, she went to seduce him herself.

            With her wobbling man-meat.

          • Adrián Anthony

            What man could resist?

          • MikeTxn

            Manliest female ever.

    • Lordshade

      Cthulu has a penis for a tongue in this series, if you look at the official art…

  • Laith Rem

    Well there’s not really that much difference between demons so they use the same description every time.

    • There’s 400 demons in this game. Nocturne had something like 150.

      • Barrylocke89

        To be fair, I imagine that a lot of their descriptions may have originated from Strange Journey. That game had >300 iirc, which was the most demons in a Megaten until SMT4.

      • bluegazer6643

        I hope this ones not as depressing as Nocturne. It looks a little bit more friendly(since everyone doesnt die in the begging) but then again that room filled with dead corpses is proving me otherwise. I just hope this one is a bit more aprochable.

  • Natat

    Good old Mara.

  • Haseyo

    All you’re going to see for the description under “Rated M” is “Mara.”

  • StarWarudo

    I wish I could jump through time so I can get a chance to play all the wonderful games coming out this year ASAP.

  • Coeurl

    I get the phallic head but which demon has a phallic torso?

    edit: My first thought was Inugami actually. Ridiculous as that is

    • neocatzon

      Phallic head is Mishaguji I think, so phallic torso is Mara. For exposed breast.. i hope it’s including the cancerlike-breast Diana.

      • Schezo Wegey

        Also titty Satan

  • I wonder how this will effect SMT x Fire Emblem.

    • Haseyo

      I’m sure they’ll leave Mara out of that one, so it’ll get T.

      • bluegazer6643


    • Cough Devil Survivor Cough. Mara’s weird as hell anyway tentacle bastard XD

    • Curtains.

  • Daru Titor

    I can see the cover now:

  • Hinataharem

    Rated M for Mara

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    The game sounds pretty lewd. I hope they dont flaunt these demons in front of us as itd be pretty uncomfortable.

  • idrawrobots

    Hello sweet black case… oh yeah :(

  • Keyanf

    Most interesting use of the copy-pasted compendium description is its use in the original Devil Survivor (which had no compendium)

  • Muhammad Haris

    expected from this series.
    never once i found no nudity on smt games. LOL

  • Damarius Wingfield

    Yep pretty much the real sh*t people! NO HOLDING BACK!

  • Junko Enoshima

    Screw the haters, I’m fabulous~

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