R: 7 / I: 3
Shin Megami Tensei V
Just beat this game
fuck getting the true ending and having to grind like a retard, I just got the neutral ending. Here a small review:
First level of the game is really fun, I collected all the demons and was trying to figure out the best possible combinations
second and third levels were more of the same, in the latter part of the third level, navigation was really shitty and you never knew how to get somewhere. All the loot is shown on the map, and that makes exploration basically staring at the minimap
the last level was really really shitty and boring. it was made non linear, but you still had to grind because you were 15 levels under everyone else.
the ending dungeon was better, but still boring. I wished I had dropped the game halfway though, as nothing new got introduced.
The performance is dogshit, in the last dungeon you get like 15 fps
all in all I wished they didn't force you to grind and the demon fusion system was a bit more lenient, so you could experiment more. I only used a handful of essences for resistances, so I don't know how you really should've played the game. I never used any items as they are OP as fuck. Spyglass in itself is OP. Ailments are really shitty as basically every boss is resistant against every status condition. The game mechanic is basically more shallow than pokemon, just hit weaknesses and win. I also wished I had more situations where you actually need to guard or have any round based strategy. Apart from the hydra fight I never had to guard.
I had a 60 hour play though and all in all I'd give the game a 8/10. The latter parts just drag it down so much, especially level 3 and 4. Still, one of the few games I actually beat in the past years so that's saying something.
By the way just play Etrian Odyssey, it's better than this game.