Shin Megami Tensei: if... is a Japanese console role-playing game that was released for the Super Famicom in 1994. It is a side story to the Shin Megami Tensei series, rather than a direct sequel, and is part of the larger Megami Tensei series. The game concerns a "what if" situation in which the final events of Shin Megami Tensei were different.
The game was remade for the PlayStation and featured updated graphics and a DVD with an interview from the creators. There was also a cellphone game, which was a one chapter side story to the plot.
If... is a console role-playing game that features many of the same gameplay aspects of previous games in the series. Players must navigate through first-person dungeons, fighting demons in turn-based random encounters. To help the hero there will be different companions and the always-present minions recruited by the usual demon-negotiation process or the fusion process into a Jakyou. This game introduced the possibility to acquire Guardian Spirits. When the hero dies in combat, he or she is given a Guardian Spirit that will alter the characters stats when he or she gains an experience level. Depending on the enemy that the party was fighting when the hero died, the stat growth can either be boosted or negative.
The player chooses between an unnamed male and female student to control. The setting is Karukozaka High School, which has been mysteriously sucked into a void and emerges in the realm of Makai, a world of demons. After arming him/herself with protective equipment from a sports locker, the player character must investigate the various worlds of Makai, which are based on Five of the seven deadly sins. The person claiming credit for the new surroundings is Hazama, a vengeful student who proclaims himself the new ruler of Makai.
The generic female character the player can choose to control at the onset of the game also appears as a side character in the Persona series of games. Her given name in those installments is Tamaki Uchida (aka "Tammy" in the North American release of Persona 2)
- Tamaki Uchida/Nameless Male: The main character that you can name
- Reiko: A blood relative to Hazama
- Yumi: A classmate of the Main
- Charlie: A student of the School once suspected of robbing
- Hazama: A vengeful student who proclaims himself the new ruler of Makai.
- Akira: Special secret character
The Playstation version was released packed with a trading card. This version is a conversion of the SNES original game with enhanced graphics, music & sound effects.
The 50th Anniversary Pack (in celebration of the School in the game) The "trilogy" sees completion now that Atlus has released the third and final SFC/SNES SMT conversion for the PS. Every copy of SMT If includes a bonus Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne preview DVD which includes interviews with producer Kazuma Kaneko and creative director Okada Hajime. In the spirit of updates, Kazuma Kaneko shares new character designs for SMT If to freshen up the look of the game while new options include bonus scenarios and a Demon Collection library.
The limited edition of SMT If, titled "Karukozaka High School 50 Year Anniversary Commemoration Box", includes a blue notebook whose cover is emblazoned with the Karukozaka High School coat of arms and a mess of pages which contain character artwork, high school information and a set of yearly organizer papers. Also included is a blue/silver colored ballpoint pen which allows the diligent student to record game notes or whatever.
SFC was a big hit in "Shin Megami Tensei if ... " remake in the PS. The graphics and more beautiful, or they can become sort of a guardian in a conversation with Alice and selection difficulty moving dash, break-save function, has been decorated with new BGM various improvements and additions. Aim for an escape from the school suddenly engulfed in Darkness!
- First person perspective.
- 2D graphics
- Cartoon graphics
- Horror & Mystery themes.