"Shin Megami Tensei has always been the other 'great' JRPG pillar. There's Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, and those two have significant appeal, both in the west, and in Japan proper. But Shin Megami Tensei, which started as a spin off of a series of games based on a Japanese horror novel, has always catered to a niche. A hardcore, dedicated niche, but a niche nonetheless. While its own spin off, Persona, has achieved significant success with all kinds of audiences throughout the world, the core series remains a bit obtuse for most people."