History VideoGame / ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney

21st Jul '16 5:30:01 PM HamburgerTime
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* GildedCage: The Law faction's endgame [[spoiler: is the effective conversion of ''the entire planet'' into one of these, a world of peace and happiness, but also no dissent or free will, period]].
10th Jul '16 6:05:41 PM nombretomado
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** A possible one to ''{{Claymore}}''. One of [[spoiler: Demon Jimenez's]] racial names is "Awake." "Awakened Beings" in ''{{Claymore}}'' are humans mixed with demons who are insanely dangerous and powerful.

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** A possible one to ''{{Claymore}}''.''Manga/{{Claymore}}''. One of [[spoiler: Demon Jimenez's]] racial names is "Awake." "Awakened Beings" in ''{{Claymore}}'' ''Claymore'' are humans mixed with demons who are insanely dangerous and powerful.
3rd Jul '16 2:14:41 AM Juicehead_Baby
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*** Speaking of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the DEMONICA armor looks uncannily similar to a Cyberman, particularly the 1980s incarnation with its segmented lower jaw and large rifle with prominent carrying strap.
13th May '16 8:10:56 PM HamburgerTime
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* HelloNurse: Zelenin is a dark version. If Asura's taunts are to be believed, she's deeply insecure about her good looks and feels as though her male colleagues only keep her around to ogle her.



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:In the Neutral path's ending, and is referred to as such by the surviving crew]].

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:In [[spoiler: Arthur in the Neutral path's ending, and is referred to as such by the surviving crew]].



* HundredPercentCompletion: It'll take you a hell of a long time to do it, but it can be done. A more localized hundred percent completion focuses on fully analyzing demons you've got: it's how you get their Demon Sources (stuff that provides extra skills to demons you fuse) and makes them much cheaper to summon from the Compendium.

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It'll take you a hell of a long time to do it, but it can be done. A more localized hundred percent completion focuses on fully analyzing demons you've got: it's how you get their Demon Sources (stuff that provides extra skills to demons you fuse) and makes them much cheaper to summon from the Compendium.Compendium.
** If you can somehow map every tile in the game on one playthrough, the Dantalian on the top floor of Eridanus will give you a whopping ten of each stat-boosting Incense. Keep in mind this requires, among other things, deliberately falling into every pit trap and tripping every teleport hazard.



* NietzscheWannabe: Captain Jack, whose philosophy states that in the face of the imminent apocalypse, the only thing that still matters is [[{{Greed}} money]].



* NotCompletelyUseless: Attack and Magic Mirrors are generally too much of a gamble to be reliable, since most demons have both physical and magic attacks. Attack Mirrors, however, significantly decrease the difficulty of [[spoiler: Ubergestalt Gore]], otherwise one of the hardest bosses in the game, since he has ''no'' magic attacks whatsoever.



* [[spoiler:NukeEm]]: This is the Schwarzwelt Joint Project's response to the threat, with the excuse that [[spoiler:it would further destabilize the already unstable particles of the Schwarzwelt and nullify it]]. As you might expect, [[spoiler:it doesn't work...]] [[spoiler:from the outside.]]

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* [[spoiler:NukeEm]]: NukeEm: This is the Schwarzwelt Joint Project's response to the threat, with the excuse that [[spoiler:it would further destabilize the already unstable particles of the Schwarzwelt and nullify it]]. As you might expect, [[spoiler:it doesn't work...]] [[spoiler:from the outside.]]



* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Give the people of Earth some credit: one of the communiques from the Joint Project reveals that the Schwartzwelt crisis has resulted in at least temporary world peace, with every country banding together to fight the demons once the Project can't cover up their existence any longer.



* OrganDrops: Quite a vast variety of Forma obtained ([[RandomlyDrops randomly]]) from demons consists of body parts, from the mundane ("Oh, a feather!") to the {{squick}}y ("Is that an angel's ''heart''?") When found in the field, on the other hand, most of the illustrations of Forma appear to be crystals, which possibly lessens the squick factor.

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* OrganDrops: Quite a vast variety of Forma obtained ([[RandomlyDrops randomly]]) from demons consists of body parts, from the mundane ("Oh, a feather!") to the {{squick}}y ("Is that an angel's ''heart''?") When found in the field, on the other hand, most of the illustrations of Forma appear to be crystals, which possibly lessens the squick factor. Even stranger, the relevant demons in your party will occasionally give these drops to you as gifts.
9th May '16 4:21:08 PM Chaosenvoy
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** The ''Mother Goddesses'' which rule Sectors E, F, G, and H all have the syllable "ma" in their names: ''Ma''ia Ouroboros, Tia''ma''t, ''Ma''ya, and ''M''em ''A''leph. The proto-Indoeuropean root ''ma'' means ''breast'' and is the origin of the word "mother" in modern languages. Also, it isn't just Mem Aleph's initials (and the name of her MA attack) but ''Mem'', the Phoenician for ''water''[[note]]the origin of life[[/note]], is itself also derived from proto-Semitic ''ma''. At one point, even A''ma''terasu, the Japanese Sun goddess and often considered a Mother Goddess as well, [[LampshadeHanging wonders why she felt drawn to the Schwarzwelt.]]

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** The ''Mother Goddesses'' which rule Sectors E, F, G, and H all have the syllable "ma" in their names: ''Ma''ia Ouroboros, Tia''ma''t, ''Ma''ya, and ''M''em ''A''leph. The proto-Indoeuropean root ''ma'' means ''breast'' and is the origin of the word "mother" in modern languages. Also, it isn't just Mem Aleph's initials (and the name of her MA attack) but ''Mem'', the Phoenician for ''water''[[note]]the origin of life[[/note]], is itself also derived from proto-Semitic ''ma''. At one point, even A''ma''terasu, the Japanese Sun goddess and often considered a Mother Goddess as well, [[LampshadeHanging wonders why she felt drawn to the Schwarzwelt.]]]] She even first appears in an alternate guise called Kin''ma''mon.
9th May '16 4:15:28 PM Chaosenvoy
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** It should be noted that noted that not only do Chaos aligned characters show Social Darwinist tendencies, but also ''Law'' aligned characters. [[spoiler: After the defeat of Mother Maya, the Three Wise Men mention that the weak willed will be purged and only the strong willed will be allowed to live in the new world. At least in Strange Journey, being a Social Darwinist isn't exclusive to Chaos.]]

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** It should be noted that noted that not only do Chaos aligned characters show Social Darwinist tendencies, but also ''Law'' aligned characters. [[spoiler: After the defeat of Mother Maya, the Three Wise Men mention that the weak willed will be purged and only the strong willed will be allowed to live in the new world. At least in Strange Journey, being a Social Darwinist isn't exclusive to Chaos. The main difference is whether the strength is physical or mental.]]
8th Feb '16 1:19:54 AM WillBGood
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* TechnoBabble: In the form of both ReversePolarity and ScotchTape.

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* TechnoBabble: In the form of both ReversePolarity and ScotchTape.{{Hand Wav|e}}ing.
19th Jan '16 10:03:14 PM aye_amber
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-> ''> The Main Mission '''[[BrickJoke Visit Unabridged Version]]''' has been completed.''
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-> ''> ->''> The Main Mission '''[[BrickJoke Visit Unabridged Version]]''' has been completed.''
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19th Jan '16 11:30:02 AM Willbyr
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* CastFromHitPoints: Averted! Unlike most previous Megaten games released in the past ten or so years, physical attacks in Strange Journey run off of MP, not HP. Though this means that your physical attackers won't kill themselves by punching the enemy, it also means they might not be able to do their special moves too often before you need to hit them with a Chakra Drop.

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* CastFromHitPoints: Averted! Unlike most previous Megaten [=MegaTen=] games released in the past ten or so years, physical attacks in Strange Journey run off of MP, not HP. Though this means that your physical attackers won't kill themselves by punching the enemy, it also means they might not be able to do their special moves too often before you need to hit them with a Chakra Drop.



** The "recipe" for fusing Shiva should be old hat to Megaten veterans, Barong + Rangda.

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** The "recipe" for fusing Shiva should be old hat to Megaten [=MegaTen=] veterans, Barong + Rangda.



* CreepyChild: Wouldn't be a Megaten game without Alice. Doesn't looking at her skinning, salting and devouring a living rabbit make you want to [[SignatureMove Die For Her?]]

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* CreepyChild: Wouldn't be a Megaten [=MegaTen=] game without Alice. Doesn't looking at her skinning, salting and devouring a living rabbit make you want to [[SignatureMove Die For Her?]]



* GlassCannon: Asura can kill you like a traditional MegaTen boss can, but will go down quickly if you can avoid that.

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* GlassCannon: Asura can kill you like a traditional MegaTen [=MegaTen=] boss can, but will go down quickly if you can avoid that.



** Some demons will ask you what your favorite kind of video game is, and if you answer that you prefer the old classics, some will get angry at you for being stuck in the past and ask if you're sure there isn't ''anything'' about the new ones you like. Given the debate over "old-school" vs. "new-school" Megaten games...

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** Some demons will ask you what your favorite kind of video game is, and if you answer that you prefer the old classics, some will get angry at you for being stuck in the past and ask if you're sure there isn't ''anything'' about the new ones you like. Given the debate over "old-school" vs. "new-school" Megaten [=MegaTen=] games...



* {{Magitek}}: As with many other MegaTen series entries, you are able to communicate with and control demons thanks to the use of computers. Your "magic" in this game is also limited to the kinds of guns you equip yourself with (which actually uses the physical skill) and expendable items that mimic spells (that actually use your magic stats), but given that they are constructed [[MetaphysicalFuel out of the leftovers of demons]] combined with human science, they probably ARE shooting magic bullets.

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* {{Magitek}}: As with many other MegaTen [=MegaTen=] series entries, you are able to communicate with and control demons thanks to the use of computers. Your "magic" in this game is also limited to the kinds of guns you equip yourself with (which actually uses the physical skill) and expendable items that mimic spells (that actually use your magic stats), but given that they are constructed [[MetaphysicalFuel out of the leftovers of demons]] combined with human science, they probably ARE shooting magic bullets.



* OrderVersusChaos: An important part of the basic gameplay; demons are either Lawful, Chaotic, or Neutral and this affects how well they co-operate with you and each other. Order and Chaos have battled in many previous MegaTen games (there's even a ShoutOut to it in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga 2'' with the division of the Karma Society) but it's been a long time since it had such an overt impact on the gameplay. [[spoiler: Given Ouroboros's condemning humans as "prisoners of matter" and "sinful clumps of matter", and her spin on Morax and Asura's claim that humans must be reborn as demons being that humans must be returned to disparate atoms and molecules drifting in space, there may also be a (Dead/Inert) Matter Versus (Living/Free) Energy/Spirit dynamic at work.]]

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* OrderVersusChaos: An important part of the basic gameplay; demons are either Lawful, Chaotic, or Neutral and this affects how well they co-operate with you and each other. Order and Chaos have battled in many previous MegaTen [=MegaTen=] games (there's even a ShoutOut to it in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga 2'' with the division of the Karma Society) but it's been a long time since it had such an overt impact on the gameplay. [[spoiler: Given Ouroboros's condemning humans as "prisoners of matter" and "sinful clumps of matter", and her spin on Morax and Asura's claim that humans must be reborn as demons being that humans must be returned to disparate atoms and molecules drifting in space, there may also be a (Dead/Inert) Matter Versus (Living/Free) Energy/Spirit dynamic at work.]]



* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: Uncharacteristically for a mainline ''[[ShinMegamiTensei Megaten]]'' game, you'll find Terminals (Save Points that can teleport you back to home base) relatively near Sector bosses, and often with a Fountain of Healing nearby. The Demonica is even generous enough to advise you when you're getting near "a powerful demon," even those that [[spoiler:lay hidden in ambush in Sector F, who are nice enough to camp out right ''after'' Terminals and Fountains]].

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* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: Uncharacteristically for a mainline ''[[ShinMegamiTensei Megaten]]'' [=MegaTen=] game, you'll find Terminals (Save Points that can teleport you back to home base) relatively near Sector bosses, and often with a Fountain of Healing nearby. The Demonica is even generous enough to advise you when you're getting near "a powerful demon," even those that [[spoiler:lay hidden in ambush in Sector F, who are nice enough to camp out right ''after'' Terminals and Fountains]].



* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: In the same vein as recent MegaTen games. Protagonist dies, Schwarzwelt swallows Earth, game over. He is the only thing that is tying those demons down and once he kicks it, there is nothing stopping the demons from calling it quits right then and there and just ditching your dead body to the enemy, even if they are on the lawful side of the spectrum.

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* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: In the same vein as recent MegaTen [=MegaTen=] games. Protagonist dies, Schwarzwelt swallows Earth, game over. He is the only thing that is tying those demons down and once he kicks it, there is nothing stopping the demons from calling it quits right then and there and just ditching your dead body to the enemy, even if they are on the lawful side of the spectrum.



* WeirdMoon: As another [[ShinMegamiTensei MegaTen]] tradition, during a Full Moon, demons are too deranged to negotiate with you. However, this time you can install a Sub Application in the Demonica that allows successful negotiations during Full Moons, even with otherwise unrecruitable Dark demons. Unfortunately, they're still drunk on [[IncrediblyLamePun moonshine]], so whether or not they like what you have to say is pretty much a coin flip.

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* WeirdMoon: As another [[ShinMegamiTensei MegaTen]] [=MegaTen=] tradition, during a Full Moon, demons are too deranged to negotiate with you. However, this time you can install a Sub Application in the Demonica that allows successful negotiations during Full Moons, even with otherwise unrecruitable Dark demons. Unfortunately, they're still drunk on [[IncrediblyLamePun moonshine]], so whether or not they like what you have to say is pretty much a coin flip.
2nd Jan '16 6:08:04 PM BillyMT
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* NothingCanStopUsNow: Some of the strike force are this way after you C4 a boulder blocking the way to a wrecked ship, as though ''this'' is evidence that the Schwarzwelt's denizens can't stand up to them. Cue CurbStompBattle from an Orias legionary. A ''much weaker than usual'' Orias legionary (they usually start out at L27. This one's at L7.).

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* NothingCanStopUsNow: Some of the strike force are this way after you C4 a boulder blocking the way to a wrecked ship, as though ''this'' is evidence that the Schwarzwelt's denizens can't stand up to them. Cue CurbStompBattle from an Orias legionary. A ''much weaker than usual'' Orias legionary (they usually start out at L27. Lv.27. This one's at L7.).Lv.7).
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