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Game of the Month July 2013: Shin Megami Tensei IV
We cherish the adventures that RPGs take us on, even if some journeys are darker than others. Shin Megami Tensei IV is not a game that we will remember for its cheery atmosphere and welcoming gameplay; rather, it is memorable for providing exactly the opposite. The grim wasteland of Tokyo is equal parts oppressive and fascinating, at times evoking an almost survival horror-esque sensibility. Flynn and his Samurai compatriots face extraordinary enemies and difficult decisions as they work to reshape the world, a task that puts the player in one compelling situation after another. In terms of gameplay, Shin Megami Tensei IV hits all the right marks, with a sleek user interface, strategic battles, and a blood-pumping soundtrack. It differs wildly from the Persona games that many fans have been weaned on, but the tale is still worth experiencing. All adult 3DS owners should undergo this "gauntlet rite," experience with the series notwithstanding.

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November 2013: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds October 2013: Pokémon X & Y September 2013: Valdis Story: Abyssal City August 2013: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn July 2013: Shin Megami Tensei IV June 2013: Muramasa Rebirth May 2013: The Night of the Rabbit April 2013: Soul Sacrifice March 2013: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk February 2013: Fire Emblem: Awakening January 2013: Ni no Kuni December 2012: Crimson Shroud November 2012: Persona 4 Golden October 2012: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward September 2012: Borderlands 2 August 2012: Guild Wars 2 July 2012: Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] June 2012: The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinov May 2012: Diablo III April 2012: Xenoblade Chronicles March 2012: Mass Effect 3 February 2012: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning January 2012: Final Fantasy XIII-2 December 2011: Star Wars: The Old Republic November 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword October 2011: Dark Souls

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