everything rad is good for you: a persona/shin megami thread

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lol it totally makes sense now, feels funny that i ever had to wonder about it

question though: how do you get the background music out of your head??????? this is a major problem with videogames with this many hours of play built in imo!!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 23:17 (three years ago) link

I realized that I'm never going to actually push through with Persona 2B (which, I gather, is just a variation on the first version of Persona 2) so I jumped ahead to Persona 3. I don't know how I feel about the PSP version so far, since it does that thing that way too many Japanese Vita/PSP games do where they reduce the gameplay to not much more than clicking buttons amidst static images of talking heads (just watched some PS2 clips to confirm that the portable version strips away all of the cutscenes and character animation). Maybe the actual battles will make this feel like less of a (yaaaaaaawn) visual novel? Everyone seems to agree that it's actually better than the PS2 version so I'm hanging in there. I'm probably just spoiled by the fact that the PSP ports of the first two games are newer and more polished than P3.

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I'm not meltdown. (Old Lunch), Thursday, 8 March 2018 02:57 (three years ago) link

the psp version is far superior in that you actually get to control your whole party, iirc. in the original i think you just set their "AI" and only had direct control of your own character. plus they added some stuff like the other gender main character. enjoy it! that game gets buckwild in the best way.

flippy bard (Will M.), Thursday, 8 March 2018 16:18 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Persona 5 (PS3) is finally a reasonable price on the PS store so here I go

Simon H., Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:33 (three years ago) link

:D

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:38 (three years ago) link

I've never played any of these before; just getting started on this one. Music's cool, dialogue is... functional

This thing is 80-100 hrs long?!

Simon H., Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:37 (three years ago) link

depends on how far down the rabbit hole you want to go (secret boss is ng+ only, for starters) but i don't think you can beat it in less than 40 or so unless you're speedrunning it.

chihuahuau, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:52 (three years ago) link

I've never played any JRPG stuff before so the fun part for me is catching little bits of Japanese culture amidst the Westernized dialogue, like when a character moans about conveyor belt sushi or letting a man take up his passenger seat(!)

Simon H., Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:11 (three years ago) link

is P5 on sale for PS4 too?

not booted PS4 up in a while but now this and horizon are reasonable prices......

||||||||, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:36 (three years ago) link

You'd have to check but I assume so.

Simon H., Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:37 (three years ago) link

hope I get to play p4g and p5 someday but I refuse to buy a console just for one game let alone 2 consoles for 2 games. hoping sega moving in on PC and switch ports this year will filter down to atlus eventually

ciderpress, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:58 (three years ago) link

i got involved in something else and stalled on this. it is incredibly addictive but i wound up getting impatient.. i would blitz through the combat in order to get to the story.. then blitz through the story in order to get to the combat :(

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 16:57 (three years ago) link

hoping sega moving in on PC and switch ports this year will filter down to atlus eventually

smt v is switch exclusive so far so there's that

chihuahuau, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 19:58 (three years ago) link

smt is usually on nintendo consoles yeah but it's a p different vibe. atlus doesn't ignore Nintendo they just don't make their games for more than one platform at a time

ciderpress, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 20:26 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

not reading the thread yet because spoilers but i got Persona 5 last Tuesday and have put in 60+ hours in the last week and am now forcing myself to take breaks.

the Joao looked at Jonny (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 July 2018 21:52 (two years ago) link

I quit before I even got to the second proper dungeon. The time management shit was just stressing me out.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Wednesday, 1 August 2018 01:22 (two years ago) link

got a bit niggled by that at times when you go a couple of days and you have no freedom to roam but a lot of the time management is more apparent than real i think, once you work it out

the Joao looked at Jonny (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 1 August 2018 01:59 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

god that was good

Noodle Vague, Friday, 17 August 2018 16:46 (two years ago) link

Short version of why I should get P5 while it's $35?

Gwent Stefani (Leee), Friday, 17 August 2018 20:03 (two years ago) link

epic storyline, emotional and smart; brilliant merger of Visual Novel, JRPG and life sim; complex dense combat mechanics that i felt like i was barely beginning to get good at after one play thru; it looks beautiful

main caveat would be if you don't like VNs or looooong cut scenes (depending on your point of view) this mightn't be for you. also it's just eaten 3 weeks of my (admittedly unemployed) life

Noodle Vague, Friday, 17 August 2018 20:07 (two years ago) link

The life sim aspect gives me pause...

Gwent Stefani (Leee), Friday, 17 August 2018 20:34 (two years ago) link

it's not the main game but there's an important time management element that alters your powers and relationships with other characters as well as opening a bunch of mini story-arcs

Noodle Vague, Friday, 17 August 2018 20:47 (two years ago) link

I watched some gameplay and the colors do look pretty as all get out.

Gwent Stefani (Leee), Friday, 17 August 2018 21:49 (two years ago) link

with maybe MGS games aside it’s the most completely designed game i’ve ever played, from menus to loading to various gameplay modes. it’s a GESAMTKUNSTWERK

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 17 August 2018 22:55 (two years ago) link

I've spent the evening trying not to just start it over again.

Noodle Vague, Friday, 17 August 2018 22:57 (two years ago) link

who did u date

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 17 August 2018 22:59 (two years ago) link

Makoto. I realised I could date multiple people, but I felt guilty so I stayed faithful.

Noodle Vague, Friday, 17 August 2018 23:01 (two years ago) link

It's a really long game to contemplate going thru every possible storyline but what the hell

Noodle Vague, Friday, 17 August 2018 23:04 (two years ago) link

i never made it the dating stage of this

i gave a gift to the doctor but she didn’t want it :o

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 17 August 2018 23:07 (two years ago) link

The randomness of the gifts is a bit of a pain - there are 3 or 4 obvious ones, but most of the time you're just guessing, or looking up a guess paper on the internet. Tae was the first character I cd've dated, but I gave the wrong answer when she asked me.

Noodle Vague, Friday, 17 August 2018 23:10 (two years ago) link

atlus has only made 2 console rpgs this decade and they're both visually insane in different ways

ciderpress, Friday, 17 August 2018 23:14 (two years ago) link

Persona 3 is on the PS Store and I'm probably getting that next but somebody upthread said the PSP/Vita version is better? Such a pain trying to track down old console games

Noodle Vague, Friday, 17 August 2018 23:23 (two years ago) link

makoto's a cop, designer drug doctor all the way

devvvine, Friday, 17 August 2018 23:24 (two years ago) link

the thing that's stayed with me the most about this game is how beautifully the menu/ui moves

devvvine, Friday, 17 August 2018 23:27 (two years ago) link

3 and 4 both have significantly improved versions on vita by my understanding

im probably gonna pick up a cheap pstv later this year to play 4 which has been my white whale game for a decade now

ciderpress, Friday, 17 August 2018 23:48 (two years ago) link

if you are going back from 5 then yeh the PSP version of 3 is probably the best move with all its QOL improvements, although I'd rather play FES since it was the first Persona game I played. I kinda want to play it now dammit.
haven't played the vita version of 4 cos I'd played the PS2 version twice and was burnt out on that, but heard they added a lot of content
really hoping for a Q2 localization announcement at some point, but they only just announced the last Etrian game for the West so it may be some time yet
crazy that I'm still going to be buying new 3DS games in 2019 but then P4 came out 2 years after the PS3 did, Atlus gonna Atlus

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 17 August 2018 23:59 (two years ago) link

here's the Q2 trailer btw, love the weird Bomberman Aegis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RICSmSbPzVs

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:07 (two years ago) link

yeah and persona 5 was their ps3 game. atlus works slowly

ciderpress, Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:19 (two years ago) link

times like this that the difficulty of being easily able to get hold of and play all these games is agony. you rarely have this issue with books or movies.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:24 (two years ago) link

I started P5 last night! The most notable thing I did was to close up the shop we're I'm staying at -- I assume things will be more fun "tomorrow" when I go to school?

The game is so pretty to look at, at the very least.

Justice Leee Unlimited (Leee), Friday, 24 August 2018 16:12 (two years ago) link

It's a little slow getting in but it will open up

Noodle Vague, Friday, 24 August 2018 16:21 (two years ago) link

atlus has only made 2 console rpgs this decade

woah. wait. what?

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Friday, 24 August 2018 16:27 (two years ago) link

P5 and Tokyo Mirage Sessions? Both incredible games, the latter enhanced if you like the music/get all the J-Pop references (Yatsufusa Hatanaka lol)

Iain Mew (if), Friday, 24 August 2018 16:43 (two years ago) link

yeah they've mostly been making 3ds games since the ps2 era ended

ciderpress, Friday, 24 August 2018 18:13 (two years ago) link

tokyo mirage sessions is the sort of game that 10 years later you'll describe and people will think you're bullshitting them that it exists. bonus points for being an exclusive on a console no one bought

ciderpress, Friday, 24 August 2018 18:25 (two years ago) link

> I started P5 last night! The most notable thing I did was to close up the shop we're I'm staying at -- I assume things will be more fun "tomorrow" when I go to school?

IIRC my favourite bit of the whole game happens tomorrow but it's a one off, not representative of the rest of the game or anything you'll ever do again

chihuahuau, Friday, 24 August 2018 21:14 (two years ago) link

Finished the first palace -- it was hard! I think the biggest difficulty I had was getting used to the sneaking system and how limited the camera became when I was in cover, which resulted in me alerting guards etc.

HUEG regrets on not naming my team The Groop mere minutes after I set what I chose in stone. I would pay much Yen to change it again.

The sheer amount of stuff outside of dungeon-dives is a little overwhelming, especially with the nagging sense that I ought to min-max the stat-building stuff.

Definitely not a casual game that I can pick up on a random weeknight!

Justice Leee Unlimited (Leee), Monday, 27 August 2018 18:39 (two years ago) link

OK so I just unlocked Mementos and puttering around in a Catbus makes my life complete.

Justice Leee Unlimited (Leee), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 16:20 (two years ago) link

I saw an article that complained about the wonky US localization, and I kind of wonder if P5's translation issues were by design to maintain the JRPG flavor?

Justice Leee Unlimited (Leee), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 19:55 (two years ago) link

i feel like there might be some puns that aren't fully translatable, at least

Noodle Vague, Tuesday, 28 August 2018 20:27 (two years ago) link


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