Megami Tensei

ConsoleNameDeveloperLucca's Observations
3DSPersona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthAtlusA P3/P4 crossover with Etrian Odyssey-styled gameplay; characters equip Personas to change affinities/attacks/weaknesses as well as sub-Personas that confer extra abilities
3DSPersona Q2: New Cinema LabyrinthAtlusA P3/P4/P5 crossover this time focusing on the P5 cast; similar gameplay to Persona Q but with the difficulty rebalanced
3DSShin Megami Tensei IVAtlusTakes place in a separate world from the other SMT games, gameplay elements like demon recruitment/fusion, the 3-pronged alignment choice, and the Press Turn system return
3DSShin Megami Tensei IV: ApocalypseAtlusA follow-up to/alternate timeline story in the same world as SMT IV, makes some QoL changes to the gameplay loop from its predecessor
3DSShin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul HackersAtlusRemake of a JP-only Saturn game; demon alignment makes a large difference in battle, dictating what types of attacks they prefer; demon pairs can also be incompatible
3DSShin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record BreakerAtlusAdds a post-ending scenario, voice acting, an easier difficulty mode, a new character, and QoL changes
3DSShin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor OverclockedAtlusAdds an additional day of plot, more demons, QoL improvements, voice acting, difficulty selection, and a graphical retouch
3DSShin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey ReduxAtlusNewly added routes, endings, demons, and voice acting along with graphical and QoL upgrades
DSShin Megami Tensei: Devil SurvivorAtlusSRPG with branching narrative choices and squads of units rather than individuals, plus demons of course
DSShin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2AtlusPlays largely the same as the first, but adds a social system to influence the ending
DSShin Megami Tensei: Strange JourneyAtlus/LancarseFirst-person dungeon crawler with demon battling, negotiation, and fusion - all in Antarctica!
FCDigital Devil Story: Megami TenseiAtlusThe series had to start somewhere…
GB+GBCRevelations: The Demon Slayer/Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last BibleMultimedia Intelligence TransferMegami Tensei for kids, more medieval-themed than its mother series
JP Game GearMegami Tensei Gaiden: Last BibleMultimedia Intelligence TransferMonster collecting with a bit of kiddie MegaTen flair
JP Game GearMegami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible SpecialSIMS/AtlusBiblical-themed first-person dungeon crawl, with gameplay otherwise similar to the other Last Bibles
JP GB+GBCMegami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible IIMultimedia Intelligence TransferPretty much just like the first, but now you can give your monsters accessories
JP PSXPersona 2: Innocent SinAtlusThe missing half of Persona 2 in the Americas
NESDigital Devil Story: Megami TenseiAtlusThe series had to start somewhere…
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King AbaddonAtlusVery similar to its predecessor, but uses demon negotiation rather than capture elements
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless ArmyAtlusDeviates from series norms by being more of an ARPG and taking place in the past, demon assistance is always present
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil SagaAtlusStraightforward turn-based JRPG, characters transform into demons in battle, lots of turn manipulation in combat
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2AtlusSee above - direct sequel to Digital Devil Saga
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: NocturneAtlusAKA Shin Megami Tensei 3 - has all the expected demon recruitment, does not feature a Law/Chaos branching system
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3AtlusWhere the Persona series really began to pick up steam; introduced the Social Link element used by future entries
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FESAtlusAdds an additional epilogue scenario to the original game, debatably the definitive edition
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4AtlusThe RPG/life sim (of sorts) series continues, this time with a murder mystery theme and an obsession with the color yellow
PS3Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (PSone Classics)AtlusSee PSX
PS3Persona 5AtlusDemon negotiation, collection, and fusion, all with a bunch of stylish teens!
PS3Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon (PS2 Classics)AtlusSee PS2
PS3Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army (PS2 Classics)AtlusSee PS2
PS3Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga (PS2 Classics)AtlusSee PS2
PS3Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 (PS2 Classics)AtlusSee PS2
PS3Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (PS2 Classics)AtlusSee PS2
PS3Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES (PS2 Classics)AtlusSee PS2
PS3Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2 Classics)AtlusSee PS2
PS4Persona 5AtlusSee PS3
PS4Persona 5 RoyalAtlusAdds a new party member, new Social Links, a new section of the story, and loads of tweaks and additions to gameplay
PS4Persona 5 StrikersOmega Force/AtlusSee Switch
PSPPersona 2: Eternal Punishment (PSone Classics)AtlusSee PSX
PSPShin Megami Tensei: PersonaAtlusAdds the previously excluded Snow Queen Quest, readjusts difficulty levels and encounter rates, and reworks the dialogue to be more modern
PSPShin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent SinAtlusPreviously never localized in North America, the direct predecessor to Eternal Punishment; contains demon recruitment and rumor-spreading
PSPShin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 PortableAtlusAdds a female main character to Persona 3, alters Social Links accordingly, does not contain "The Answer" scenario, gives control over other party members in combat
PSXPersona 2: Eternal PunishmentAtlusHalf of the Persona 2 story- the other half wasn't officially localized until years later
PSXRevelations: PersonaAtlusA questionably localized game/spinoff of the SMT series; Mark danced crazy!
SFCKyuuyaku Megami TenseiAtlus/Opera HouseEnhanced remake of Megami Tensei 1 and 2
SFCShin Megami TenseiAtlus1st-person dungeon crawl with demon recruitment/fusion, only localized on mobile
SFCShin Megami Tensei if…AtlusLike regular SMT, but in a centralized high school setting. This is Persona's daddy!
SFCShin Megami Tensei IIAtlusSimilar to but easier than the first game
SwitchPersona 5 StrikersOmega Force/AtlusA sequel to Persona 5 (if you pretend Royal never happened) with ARPG gameplay; much more in-depth strategy required than your typical musou-like game
VitaPersona 2: Eternal Punishment (PSone Classics)AtlusSee PSX
VitaPersona 4: GoldenAtlusAdds new social links, a new character, more story elements, costumes, and Personas in addition to QoL changes
VitaShin Megami Tensei: Persona (DL only)AtlusSee PSP
VitaShin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin (DL only)AtlusSee PSP
VitaShin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable (DL only)AtlusSee PSP
PS4Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD RemasterAtlusSee PS2, but also cleans up the graphics, gives you the option to not have Dante, and expands difficulty options
SwitchShin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD RemasterAtlusSee PS4
JP GBAShin Megami TenseiAtlusKeeps the visuals from the Playstion version, makes a few balance changes and adds some unlockable story scenes