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  1. 84
    Based on 98 critics.
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  1. 100
    Minor graphical hiccups aside, Shin Megami Tensei V is an outstanding RPG, made all the more so by its countless improvements over its older siblings. It's tough but enthralling, and brimming with style. More importantly, perhaps, it has great ideas executed to something near perfection. It's been a long wait since Atlus first announced SMT V at the Switch reveal show, but it was absolutely worth it.
  2. 85
    With Shin Megami Tensei 5, Atlus reaches new heights thanks to a surprising and particularly neat exploration aspect, while continuing to refine its formidable formula of capturing monsters and turn-based battles. The result is an ever-renewed gameplay pleasure, despite obvious technical weaknesses and a main plot too disjointed to fully convince. Finally, it is a monster of balancing, combining an unprecedented accessibility for the series with a high but far from insurmountable challenge: a game that should suck your soul for dozens of hours if you're up to the challenge.
  3. 90
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    Shin Megami Tensei V is a traditional RPG with dense gameplay, a fantastic cast of demonic creatures, and some of the best visuals on Switch. It’s a stellar experience that holds steadfast to its old-school origins but gives the huge world and gameplay mechanics just enough smart changes to make every moment a blast. A sinister, magnificent, and deeply satisfying new contender for the best RPG on Switch.
  4. 90
    SMT V is a welcome return to home consoles for the series with an intriguing world to explore, filled with challenging encounters that are immensely satisfying to overcome. If not for the technical limitations of the Switch holding it back from being experienced in its best possible form, it could have been a new classic.

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