Diversity is one of the most important characteristics when identifying the best RPG game. Not to accuse other RPG games of not having it, but there is always a distinction. When it comes to a source that shows diversity in it, any experienced player would suggest Shin Megami Tensei. The franchise has created a series of the best RPGs in the category so far as players would testify.
But that is not the common name for the game for those familiar with it. It is known as “MegaTen” for them. Shin Megami Tensei was once creating a series of games published by the prestigious Bandai Namco. But the crown to create a series of legendary games is now under the rights of Atlus.
The excitement is still the same as the games under the franchise celebrate the beauty of diversity. This is a rare element if we put gaming through a bigger lens. But our point here about diversity is the inclusion of cultural elements, the scary characters of demons. There are many demons to encounter in the Shin Megami Tensei series of RPGs.
You may not familiar with the majority of them if you are not into deeper cultural exploration. But they are the known demons being revered since humanity assumes to create civilization. In this article, we will introduce the weirdest ones you will encounter playing Shin Megami Tensei games. They are so interesting that you can question their source when you encounter them. Without further talking, let us know them one by one.
Have you ever had a habit of going to the toilet in the nick of midnight? That would be scary even if you are already used to it because there are thoughts that will paralyze you. Well, Belphegor created those thoughts, and he didn’t care if you were experiencing them. Who would ever care if you are one of the princes of Hell? He also represents one of the most paralyzing sins known as the Deadly Sin of Sloth.
Belphegor is indeed the source of all the lazy ways we have in the world. But he is a known academic with brilliance unfathomable by any evil spices of imagination. He specializes in invention and discovery and is rumored to be the whisper of revolutionary ideas. If you have a lot of thoughts inside a comfort room, that is a gateway to listen to his whispers.
The majority of us may assume that Hell is a place where style is dead. That is the main assumption from the basis of perspective that hell itself is an unstylish word. But that is wrong after all, and Adramelech is the one who will prove you wrong. Known as the stylist of Lucifer, he is responsible for the outfit Lucifer wears on every occasion.
He also holds the position as the chancellor of hell. That authority itself will prove anyone wrong that hell is such a place lacking aesthetics. The compendium reveals that he appears in several forms when summoned into our world.
He will appear in the world as either human, a peacock, or a mule. This is why he has the appearance of these three in the Shin Megami Tensei’s incarnation. He is known in other circles as the King of Fire and appears to bring a weird saucepan.
If you are a Filipino reader, chances are you have a lot of knowledge about this weird demon. Manananggal is a mythological creature witch that appears just like a normal woman during the day. This is the same description that appears in the Compendium. The scary and weird fact about this demon is it can transform into a horrifying creature.
She will then have an appearance that shows her separated upper body from her lower body. The most frightening part? She will suck your blood without mercy. Atlus added the Manananggal character designer Masayuki Doi to bring a new demonic character.
It is mainly present in Shin Megami Tensei 5 and appears to be one of the known extreme demons. This bloodsucking demon will devour you at night, so take care if you are alone.
We know werewolves for they are mostly by pop culture. This demonic dude turns into a humanoid wolf when it is caught by the moonlight. He becomes so strong that even the strongest man alive can look at his death if he encounters him. But Loup-Garou is not just a werewolf from any fictional race. Players know him in the Compendium as a French werewolf.
The story of Loup-Garou originated from the Laurentian French communities. He is rumored to roam around swampy sugarcane fields and filthy places. Unlike the mainstream legend, he breathes electricity in Shin Megami Tensei. This makes him a demon to reckon with to people who love werewolves.
Buddhism is the absence of deities and is an atheistic religion. But beneath the trappings of philosophical gibberish is a demonic character, Preta. She is widely known as a “little jerk” and has appeared as a ghostly structure. An unpredictable demon that plays on your excitement, she can take control of your psyche easily.
Legend has it that Preta invites self-harm to those she goes in. But if you are not that jerk enough, no Preta can enter your psyche. Preta is one of the weirdest if not your weirdest, preferences in Shin Megami Tensei games.
She has an insatiable hunger to make people live impure lives. Looking at this demon is not easy as she leaves an imprint of uneasiness. The appearance of an ovoid ghoul is a stereotype of unpredictable dangers that always prey on all of us.
Think of any undesirable demons in Shin Megami Tensei games, but no one can equal Mara. This legendary demon is a giant with the look of a phallus screaming in his chariot.
He is also a demonic force that has its origins in Buddhist Mythology. His weirdness is amplified in Shin Megami Tensei games as he spares all the gladness you can have. He always has a side quest in every Shin Megami Tensei game that shows in.
The demons mentioned above are the weirdest demons we know so far. Shin Megami Tensei games have a lot of demons to know, and describing them in one article is not enough. But having an overview of the weirdest demons can help you identify them while playing Shin Megami Tensei games.
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