Shin Megami Tensei IV DLC Makes Leveling Up Easier

By Spencer . May 23, 2013 . 1:17am

Shin Megami Tensei IV came out in Japan today and it launched with downloadable content. Some items like the silver spectacles, honest person’s barrette, and Lucifer’s fighting spirit (the red and blue eyes) are freebies.




There is also a samurai costume designed by Shin Megami Tensei lead Masayuki Doi, which costs 100 yen until June 10 when the price goes up to 200 yen.



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The most interesting item is the Hell Incident Level Program. When you die in Shin Megami Tensei IV you end up in the River Styx and Charon can resurrect you. Atlus created a funny back story about why Charon bothers to do this too. If you keep dying in the game it’s probably because you’re under leveled and if you purchased the Hell Incident Level Program for 250 yen Charon’s faceless bureaucrats will help you level up faster. Not directly, of course. They guide you to the town where people go after they die. There you can fight demons that drop items that give you experience point boosts. The DLC pack also unlocks Oread, a fairy class demon.




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  • Chris Yuen

    ._. *hands over wallet*


    I might get the DLC pack because of the demon and other stuff,mainly the demon though :S

  • Lubulos

    So it’s like the grinding maps in FE: A. I like this kind of DLC. It doesn’t take away content from the game. It’s kind of a way for the customer to further support the product:
    “If you donate 250 yen, you’ll get the HILP DLC. Skyrocket your levels into the sky!”

    • Slayven19

      Wish everyone understood this but we have at least 2 people on this page that doesn’t get it.

  • Mozendo

    A DLC that unlocks a demon? How disappointing. Hope Atlus doesn’t make this a trend. :V

    • Lordshade

      Well, considering said demon is merely a palette swap of a demon already in the game, I doubt there will be anything important.

      • Mozendo

        Ah, I remember seeing the similar demon on a scan/trailer earlier this week and thought it was the same one. Thanks for clearing that up.

    • It’s the rise of DLC for Nintendo consoles/handhelds! After the success of the Fire Emblem: Awakening DLC series it’s only natural everyone else wants a piece of that delicious pie!

    • JoeSislack

      If they see that a majority of people buy the DLC, then it will definitely send the message that they should include more. And the next time they will push it a bit further to see if people will pony up for other items that did not used to be DLC. It is a vicious cycle.

  • Adrián Alucard

    I hate Pay to win games…

    • DyLaN

      You can choose not to pay…..

      • TrevHead

        Which is what I’ll be doing when I don’t buy the game along with the DLC.

        • DyLaN

          Your loss then.

        • AweOfShe

          I’d believe it, if Atlus fans didn’t have a track record of being completely tsundere towards them. ;)

        • M’iau M’iaut

          You’ve really run this into the ground on the thread. Once is sufficient for the community to know your viewpoint.

      • Adrián Alucard

        It’s like if I say “A don’t like platforms games” and you say “just don’t play platforms games”

        Even if I don’t play platforms games, platforms games are still platforms games. So if I don’t pay, the game is still a pay to win game…

        • DyLaN

          My point is, no one is pointing a gun on your head and force you to pay the DLC. I’m pretty sure ATLUS won’t pull a “Pay X to continue the game” trick.

          • TrevHead

            I’ve spent more than enough time with DS3 explaining why pay2win is a bad idea in a traditional game to argue here,

            All I’ll say is that thinking about any company as your best friend who can’t do no wrong is a bad idea.

          • DyLaN

            Thing is, I have never seen ATLUS go as low as some other company. SMT IV doesn’t look like its designed to be unbeatable. This is just there for those newcomers and its not like you miss anything important with it.

          • Slayven19

            No company is your friend though none of them video game or not. SO if your taking this stance you should boycott all big businesses and hell even some smaller chains as well. No-one said atlus can do no wrong but this pay to win isn’t really a forced pay to win like it would be in an mmo.

        • Ty Austin

          Not a very good analogy. If we tell you to not play a platform game because you don’t like platform games, you miss out on 100% of the experience.

          You don’t pay the DLC, you miss out on a tiny fraction of the game.

          This isn’t a pay to win model, trust me. Pay to win models generally come with free games, allow you to experience the full game for free, but you have to spend an immense amount of time in order to do so. Paying money seems to be the only way to avoid spending an exorbitant amount of hours on it.

          SMTIV does none of this. If anything, it’s like FE’s DLC, a fun distraction that can help you out a bit.

    • Ferofax

      Ahaha, thinking an experience boost is gonna make the game a cakewalk? SMT?


  • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

    Casual Megami Tensei IV: Dress up edition

  • JustThisOne

    She looks beautiful. *__*

    • DurableTomb

      I figure she’ll have a very bubbly personality. B’dum tish…

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    …………So all the money we donate through this DLC is going to end up on Charon wallet………i am okay with that lol.^_^

  • MiniTaurus

    honest person’s barrette
    honestly looks like a trap XD

  • Raze

    I’m suprised Atlus still doesn’t think of a DLC contain cross over costume…
    Like SMT1 protag Costume…

    • Ninten

      Karukozaka HS uniform represent! (Would love to see that too.)

      • Zharkiel

        Karukozaka pants? Are you kidding me?!

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      that would be awesome

    • Ferofax

      That actually looks like he’s from SMT Imagine (the PC MMO game).

      • Exkaiser

        Imagine is supposed to take place during the time skip of SMT1, as I recall.

        • Ferofax

          I actually played that MMO before, but couldn’t really get into the lore. It was pretty cool though, seeing demons in 3D instead of the 2D sprites that most of us got used to.

    • Tony F.

      Raidou’s uniform, please!

      • JustThisOne

        That would be the swankiest gear. *__* I don’t care if it’s low level stuff, I’d keep it on forever!

  • Crevox

    It begins

  • DyLaN
  • TrevHead

    I appreciate the gesture of the Hell Incident Level Program but to make it a microtransaction is not good.

    Just because it’s Altus and not EA means nothing to me and if Altus have any sense about the western gaming sites they’ll make it free for the localisation.

    I’m only just getting into SMT and I’d hate for the game to be on my boycott list like DeadSpace 3

    • Hound

      How is it a Micro-transaction if you pay once? It’s a DLC pack that unlocks a monster focused grinding area for those that would rather do without exploration. It’s not a one use item.

      • TrevHead

        Fair point DLC then, still should be in the vanilla game.

    • Slayven19

      If atlus has any sense they won’t listen to you, like at all. You boycotting will not hurt the game.

      • TrevHead

        I have no such lofty ambitions that they will be listening to me, I just choose not to buy this game in the future.

        My point is that given the recent DS3 debacle on the net, Altus are playing with fire that could burn them and the IP here in the west.

  • Hraesvelgr

    That demon is a palette swap of Napaea. Come on, son…

    • DyLaN

      Not the 1st time they did it though.

      • Hraesvelgr

        True. Among others, there was Amaterasu in Nocturne.

    • JustThisOne

      Didn’t even know about her. ;__; I have failed you, SMT gods.

  • dahuuuundge

    slippery slope of pay2win

    • Ferofax

      Oh, I don’t know about that. We all know that SMT’s usual difficulty is that you can grind and grind but the next sector/area will still probably decimate you.

  • Herok♞

    So this is for people who keep dying and don’t want to play the game normally and want a crutch, this has no bearing on me because I play the game normally and it also unlocks a pallet swap demon. I have no problem with this unless the game is literally impossible with out the dlc.

    • Keima88

      The harder the game is, the better! Bring it on.

      • Herok♞

        yup, so there is no reason to complain, this dlc is good because it might get someone who would quit the game to finish.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    ಠ_ಠI bet Gamestop costume ability will allow you to Trade in a Demon for double attack damage only to deal half as much damage you can do by attacking alone .

  • Zharkiel

    DLC demons, game over man… game over.

  • Pockystix

    that lady’s got some real balls

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Really great move, I hope more experience point boosts are around. Im glad they are taking in innovations that provide a more streamlined and immersive experience to get us to the best parts of the game faster.

  • Not that I agree with the whole DLC scene, but I don’t see this being a big deal. Think about it. For those who want to take the easy way out and waste their money fine. If not, then just play the game like you normally would, and don’t pay the DLC any mind. Most of the DLC probably won’t even be worth it.

  • ragingmerifes

    It’s just a DLC. And SMT was never extremely hardcore in first place.

    • Sylveria

      Have you played Nocturne? Calling it brutal is an understatement.

      Anyway, I don’t see a problem with this. It’s optional, you have to die to do it, and it still kinda forces you to grind.

      • ragingmerifes

        Yes. On Hard. It was really hard, but not extremely hardcore, especially compared to other dungeon crawlers, like Wizardry or Ultima.

        Also, I like this DLC thing too. It may make the game easier, but it is also something to give more content to it.

        • Hound

          Shin Megami Tensei 1..
          It’s still an uncomfortable experience. or the original Megami Tensei.

          As far Nocturne’s hard goes, It should be no problem to beat with one or two demon partners your first time through, and only using the demi-fiend on any new game+. Of course you may need more demons to get the extra turn icon at the end of the first game for your new game+ if you wanna play a solo run (depends on your set-up).

          • ragingmerifes

            SMT1 and the two MT games were unbalanced, but not the challenging way we know today.
            As far as I remember, the hardest SMT was actually, not a SMT: Majin Tensei. It may be because I suck at japanese, but that game was hard.
            SMT series in general is punishing, but in a way that always reward you for being smart, and while this is not a casual thing, it is not a game that makes itself hard to complete.
            The pacing of the series itself usually makes the player advance quite fast to the end.

    • Someone need an old NES cart of MegaTen STAT

    • Ninten

      What about SMT1? It’s stupidly unfair.

  • DesmaX

    hahaha, this will be an amusing thread

  • Charles Parker

    Meh nothing too bad.

  • Charles Parker

    Meh nothing too bad.

  • kassandra

    jesus! youtube japan is full of walkthroughts cant resist!!

    • Ramón Navas

      You must! Be strong!

    • DesmaX

      So… Any soundtrack videos?

      • MrTyrant


  • kassandra

    jesus! youtube japan is full of walkthroughts cant resist!!

  • Ramón Navas

    I like the Chu Chulainn costume and the long hair and the glasses

  • Hinataharem

    Even if she is a palette swap, she might have a unique move, making it worth the purchase.

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