I was quite pessimistic about the Shin Megami Tensei games. Ever since watching gameplay videos to impressions, I feel withdrawn out of the series due to the Shuffle minigame, the day/night cycle and Social Links(which I assumed is like a Dating Sim). Persona 3
is one of the first suspects that introduced me into the Shin Megami Tensei game. Besides the faults that I hate, I really enjoyed watching those gameplay videos where there is a cast of characters that talk in the game, making it enjoyable as it is for a Role-playing Game. The sense of a dating sim that is implemented in these Persona games are pretty neat too, as you can select your preferred girlfriend. The obstacles that you faced in those games, living a ordinary life as a high-school student but becoming a hero in the other world, sounds appealing.
I know how you feel..Haru... I mean Minato. Due to the lack of images.
One of the aspects that I also adore in these Shin Megami Tensei games , is the soundtrack. It features great J-PoP/Rock music during your adventures and its quite addicting as well. Provided by Shoji Meguro in Persona 4, I really crave the up-beat rhythm music that the game persists, especially when it sung in English on J-Pop. The openings of Persona 4 is the evidence for that. As it consists of the cast of characters, you will encounter through the game, the town of Inaba which has a "bewildering fog" and the other dimension in which you enter through the TV through Junes.
As the game boots up and entering my name as "Kenji Satou". Ignor whom was persists in the previous installments as well as Margert explains to me about the challenges that I will faced through the course of the storyline. It then flashes to an anime sequence where Kenji is leaving his hometown to the rural countryside of Inaba. The impression that I saw in the opening made me want to go to Japan but as evidence to the last blog that I posted recently, I have second thoughts of it..sadly
Anyways, Kenji arrives to the town of Inaba where he was met by his uncle/cousin, Dojima and his daughter Nanako. Where he is staying at his place for about a year and the trials and tribulations that he will face here. It's quite fun to have a prolonged sequence of dialogue /w voice acting and seeing how awesome the Atlus guys did to localized it. Upon welcoming Kenji to their new home as well as having a dream sequence of the fighting mechanic. Kenji was introduced to Yasogami High School where he met Chie Satonaka
, a kung-fun fanatic, Yosuke Hanamura
, a clumsy yet hilarious dude and Yukiko Amagi
, shy yet popular girl at this school. After brief introductions were made by Kanji from Rappiest, McRappier
, a murder investigation which
Everyday's Great at your Ju-Nes!
Yamato(the announcer) was murdered and then Saki Konshi. Kenji, Chie and Yosuke took action finding who is all behind this, ending up in the TV dimensional world with our buddy, Teddie. In the television at Junes where no-one could afford a Flat-screen Television due to this being a PS2 game. Facing obstacles like Yosuke's shadow form to introducing Kenji's PERSONA!, Izumangi as well as Yosuke's PERSONA! Jiraya(no! not that one). After that, as everyone wonders where is Yukiko and destined to save her as evidence by an anime sequence. Wanting to "score a hot stud" and wanting to take the pants off so that he could go inside to do business with her.
Upon entering Yukiko's castle, featuring a new bond with Yosuke and now Chie as "they will take a mortal blow to you" as well as Ignor and Margert explaining how the fuse Personas which I still have the difficulty on doing so. Purchasing a Chain mail for Kenji and now can explore freely through the town of Inaba. He went to the North Shopping District and ate at the Chinese restaurant, increasing his Courage. Within each day, he was introduced by new concepts such as working "a part-time job" and after-school activities as well as increasing his traits through the lectures that he has, with Chie and Yosuke taking advantage of him with the correct answer. When the after school bell rang, he was met by a Quiz/Riddle Dude which gave him some potions for answering the correct answer. He explores this school, having some interaction with students to granting him to be a part of a basketball team and then a drama club. It was awe-inspiring from what Sunohara and Tomoya did before. Knowing that his weakness is that of the Social Links' aspects. Then, Kenji decided that he wants to become a day-care attendant because of how much it was paying.
Kenji showing his "feminine" side.
As of right now, three hours into Persona. Upon beating "Shadow" Chie and now doing the Social Links with joining the basketball and drama club. It feels quite complicated to me to progress more due to that damned Yukiko Castle and getting "pressure" each day. It's that type of pressure that I usually have when I play "Dating Sims" and getting stressed out about the time system and how to manage my character's trait everyday. The one possible thing that I did is upping my Knowledge and Courage to Informer/Reliable and having some level ups for my Social Links. Everyday as I was pressure by both Yusuke and Chie about rescuing Yukiko. I went there and have my ass kicked by those enemies, seeing how I'm still at a low level and haven't gotten much Personas yet. Due to that damned Shuffle minigame in which I really suck it.