MegaTen is a Japanese console role-playing game metaseries which was originally based on the novel series Digital Devil Story by Aya Nishitani and has gone to become one of the major franchises of the genre in its native country. The games are published by Atlus with the exception of the Famicom games, which were published by Namco.
Although most Megaten Gold games in the series have independent stories, the Megami Tensei series has many common elements. Demons and mythology are prominent is each installment, usually giving players a chance to recruit demons into the battle party. Other elements include game mechanics and plot themes.
The Megami Tensei series differs among other Japanese console role-playing games because it generally eschews the genre's typical pseudo-Medieval settings and sword and sorcery elements. MegaTen games typically take place in modern or near-future Japan and are centered around the occult, at times combined with cyberpunk elements.