Shin Megami Tensei
is video game
series by Atlus
. They are mostly RPG
s. The series includes Devil Summoner (Sega Saturn
) and Soul Hackers (Sega Saturn and Sony Playstation
, as well as the original Shin Megami Tensei games, found on Super Famicom
. The Megami Tensei series, on Famicom
predates these games, but are slightly different genre, and from a different company -- there was probably a purchase of rights in order to use the name and motifs.
The Persona series (called 'Revelations: Persona' in the US) is a gaiden, or side story of this series. These games include strong and frequest religious and occult references, from several different cultures. They also mesh the sci-fi and Fantasy genres quite well, involving both technology and magic. They have turn-based combat, and complex magic systems. In my opinion, the games have excellect plot componants, and very good music.