Shin Megami Tensei has always been one of the most well regarded RPG series. Despite being utterly blotted out by the likes of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, Megaten has succeeded in carving out its own niche here in the states. Part of the reason for this is simply that they are great games. The last title, Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga, was not only a solid role-playing affair, but was also a tantalizing piece of philosophy. Tackling subjects such as the existence of God and the nature and purpose of human existence, they refuse to pull any punches. Because of these heavy topics, SMT:DDS, was a bit of a surprise when it made it to the United States. However, it wasn't half the surprise that its successor is. The subjects in the last game are like controversy-child's-play compared to the stuff that is going on in the newest installment.