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 GBAShin Megami TenseiAtlusKeeps the visuals from the Playstion version, makes a few balance changes and adds some unlockable story scenes
JP PSXPersona 2: Innocent SinAtlusThe missing half of Persona 2 in the Americas
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
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
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
SwitchShin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD RemasterAtlusSee PS4
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
JP GB+GBCShin Megami Tensei Devil Children: Kuro no ShoMultimedia Intelligence TransferFirst game in the Devil Children series (the accompanying other version is untranslated), a monster-collector where demon partners can be used to help traverse the overworld