I'm somewhere between 60 and 80 percent done with Shin Megami Tensei IV apocalypse. I gotta say, this is probably the most disappointing game I've ever played. I kept trudging through it hoping it would get better and wanting to see it through to the end but it just never gets good. First off, the story is hot garbage. Which is bad, because that's all it has outside of the battle system and demon fusion, which is virtually unchanged from SMTIV (still great though I'll give em that). There's literally no new locations or visual assets whatsoever outside of a couple cutscenes and boss demons. so adventuring is completely pointless and there's no sense of discovery. It's like a really uninspired romhack. but the story though. god. if you wanted something like nocturne or strange journey, or even SMTIV, you wont get that here. It's dumbed down significantly and plays out like a shitty anime with uninteresting characters. the dialogue is especially bad. There's a few brief moments of quality but it's quickly drowned out by boring or outright bad crap to drudge through. and it doesn't help when inbetween is just going through the entire smtiv game again but in a different order with different demon placements. did I already mention that? Cause god damn that is stupid. not one new area. I hate just not finishing a game but god damn does this game suck. it abandoned everything that made smtiv interesting in favor of making a shitty fanfiction.net level romhack.
also there's all this weird japanese nationalism shit that wasn't really present in smtiv even though this is a direct sequel.