Game Vortex writes: "Last week, I participated in an online demo of Shiren the Wanderer, Atlus's upcoming dungeon-hacking RPG. Though the game shares a lot in common with a typical Roguelike, Atlus was quick to distance the game from the label. According to Aram Jabbari, Atlus's PR manager, the term carries with it a negative connotation. Players hear the word and instantly categorize the game as being something too hard and, therefore, unappealing. Atlus is looking to tackle this misconception head-on, highlighting Shiren's ease of play and emphasis on story."