SMT 3 Nocturne was originally a game released in 2003 on the Playstation 2. Infamously known for being one of the most difficult turn-based combat games of the console generation. The remaster keeps the difficulty, but adds some quality of life changes.
What’s new in the Nocturne Remaster?
There are a lot of quality of life changes made to the blisteringly difficult game of Nocturne. Some of these changes are controversial and others were sorely needed. And controversial changes can be avoided entirely if you choose to do so. But here we’ll tackle just what these changes are and how they will affect your experience. Starting off with the most controversial addition.
For New players
An easier difficulty is available in the Nocturne Remaster. The best part of this is that it makes the game more accessible to newer players. This mode makes story take the central focus, by eliminating most challenge in combat. With this, even those who are new to turn based combat can experience the brand new Tokyo. In order to access this easier mode, you have to install it from the steam page like DLC for free. From there when you start your game, you can select it to start your new game.
Quality of life
For those who played the original, you will notice the graphics of the Nocturne Remaster are cleaner, but will still retain that lower poly look. And in addition to the updated graphics, there is full English voice acting for the first time ever. The voice acting is great and the graphics are nostalgic yet feels clean and fresh. There was also the addition of a Temporary save function so you can quit mid game and then pick up where you left off with no loss of progress between save spots. This is a temporary save that is exclusively for returning to where you were when you closed the game.
The Biggest change to Nocturne comes in the form of the improvement to Demon Fusion. When you merge your demon allies together, you gain a brand new, completely different demon in return. But one of the parts of that that has changed is how you get skills from the fusion. In the original when you fuse it’s random. But now you have the ability to choose what skills are inherited by their progeny. To some this is too easy, but honestly this was much needed. Nobody enjoys grinding for hours for your perfect demon, fusing them, and getting a horrible roll, wasting all of that work.
The SMT 3 Nocturne Remake is a well done remake, is maintains its difficulty and other key things to its identity. But it doesn’t just let new players fall off, giving them multiple ways to get into the game and allowing it to cater to their skill level. With the addition of an easy mode and dlc for grinding extra cash and exp, new players can make the grueling grind a little more manageable. But of course this is still a game meant to challenge you, and it still maintains this identity.
Overall I’d say this is a faithful remake to the original Nocturne, and anyone who wants to play it again should absolutely grab it. And if you wanted to give the game a try but were scared off by the difficulty, this would be the place to start. SMT 3 Nocturne HD Remaster is on sale on Steam for $50.