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Hey, is anyone else excited about the first Persona game on the 3DS? Mind you it isn't a "normal" Persona game, and in fact sounds more like an Etrian Odyssey type game in the Persona world, but that could be neat. It releases next week in North America and has been getting great review scores so far (around 87% on GR at the moment.)
I might try to knock Persona 3 out first though since it uses characters from 3 and 4.
TRIPLE POST! More people should be playing this game.
I finished the game on the P4 path and it only took around 90 hours or so!
I am having trouble with fighting Elizabeth/Zeus though. I can easily get her to the point where she heals herself, but then I'm destroyed. Any tips, @VofEscaflowne?
After this I'm moving to Majora's Mask 3D, then maybe playing NG+ through the P3 path. I really fell in love with this game, although the main point of the plot makes little sense:
We met awesome new people who helped us grow and change! We're better off because of them, and we are more mature! And then, the expected "None of you will recall this" happens. Kind of silly to use growth through friendships as a theme when that growth is then negated.
I gave more of a push this week-end and got about halfway through the third maze. At this point, the game is kind of broken because all I have to do is have Naoto cast Mahamaon and everything dies (except the FOEs, I guess, but I don't pick fights with them). The game is enjoyable, no doubt, but it's in many ways on the easier side of Etrian Odyssey games.
@Guillaume Yeah, the insta-dark and insta-light attacks are pretty overpowered. Of course, they don't work on bosses or FOEs (for the most part) so there's still that. Maze traversal is pretty fun and requires some serious thinking. I like that aspect.
I've never payed an EO game before, so it's pretty new to me.
I started with IV and really enjoyed it. I think Persona Q contains pretty much all the elements that made EOIV enjoyable for me, and adds characters I love.
I don't think that loving Persona Q means you'd automatically love Etrian Odyssey, but you might still want to check them out, especially since they're on sale for $15 on the eShop right now. They don't have interesting characters, but the dungeon-crawling is top-notch, and there's plenty of those "maze puzzles" you love. And they're pretty different from the ones seen in P-Q, too! It's amazing how they don't seem to run out of ideas.
The character customization options are very different, and the combat is probably more balanced.
I actually just purchased both Etrian Odyssey Untold and SMT Soul Hackers because of the sale, and because I'm having so much fun with Persona Q right now. Probably a mistake (where will I find the time!?), but oh well, there are worse problems to have.
@Guillaume Hmm, one day I might hit up one of those but I already have so many things to plaaaaayyyyy! Definitely on my radar though!
This particular game got a pass because it had the name "Persona" attached to it. Same reason I'm currently playing P4 Arena Ultimax. It's mostly a visual novel about the same peeps but with a tiny bit of fighting sprinkled in.
Finished the game at last. Great stuff, though as usual with most RPGs, it's overstayed its welcome a bit for me.
I'll admit I lowered the game to the easiest difficulty setting for the final boss. I just didn't want to face it and fail, only to have to do everything again. As expected, it's a convoluted fight, there are multiple forms, and they heal. Eff that. I was ready to be done.
I think my favorite part of these Etrian Odyssey games is definitely charting the dungeons. I think I get the same pleasure from them as I do playing, say, a Picross game: you methodically reveal the whole picture by figuring it out bit by bit... the comparison is actually a good one!
The combat is also fun and challenging, but there's just too much of it in general. I would LOVE for a new mode in these games that basically halved the random encounters and gave you double XP. If I could finish these games in 35 hours… well, I probably would complain that they should be 20 hours long. But it's still a whole lot better than 70 hours!
So I picked this game up after enjoying EO4. I got it on its most recent sale when it was $30 on the eShop. I am only 12 hours in and onto the second stop in the second labyrinth. I love the story and the dialogue between the characters, but the dungeon crawling is at an extremely sluggish pace, even compared to EO4. This is definitely a slow-burning RPG that's gonna take me a year of off and on play to get through. I'm contemplating just putting the game in the easiest difficulty just to get through it at an enjoyable pace.
@Scrawnton Have you played P3 or P4? Knowing the characters really helps keep things going. Although I do agree regarding the sluggishness. It comes from the problem Guillaume mentioned: Too many random battles.
Overall though, I really enjoyed it! Keep at it, man!
@ploot Played and beat Persona 4 and I got about half way through Persona 3. I know all the charactersand I really enjoy the banter. I think I'm just gonna play on the easiest difficult just so I can experience the story and its levels.
@ploot played for a few hours this morning on "safety." I decided to do that because battling is my least favorite aspect of etrian odyssey games. I just want to experience the story and fill in the maps. :)
Finally got this, played about 5 hour yesterday uggggg I stayed up too late.
It's pretty fun. A kind of interesting mix between the Persona and SMT dungeon crawler games.
At first I didn't like that you don't get another attack when you hit a weakness because it felt like it made the battle system slower than Persona games usually are, but then again the enemies don't either, and I kind of don't miss my characters going from full health to getting killed because the enemies keep getting bonus attacks after hitting weaknesses.
I'm also not sure I am overly keen on having to fill in the map myself. Mostly because I don't really carry a stylus around with me (I'm not even sure I have any that fit snugly in the 3DS anymore.)
It's tough getting used to the fact that this is not a Persona game though. I keep trying to play it like one and running into issues.
I like the idea of using play coins to help open those big treasures you get for filling out the whole map. Gives me incentive to try to explore as much of the map as possible without having to be a completionist.
Anyway, enjoying it so far. Finished the whole first dungeon area.
So I picked this game up and I decided to boot it up to see what makes it tick. I had planned to at least finish Persona 3 Portable before I start this up but apparently the Persona 3 campaign takes place during the Typhoon event from that game which really isn't that far from where I left off (I'm about a month ahead of where this game starts in the Persona 3 timeline and outside of that teensy tiny detail where Shinjiro goes and gets himself killed in a back alley I really don't know what happens to these characters after this game ends so it's an interesting time for me to start and essentially follow these characters chronologically, although I'm guessing everyone is going to get their memories wiped at the end of this so it's all a bit pointless anyways.
Not having the Female protagonist from Persona 3 Portable come back is a bit weird though. I mean the male one is fine but I was playing as the Female protagonist and I'd prefer to have that bit of continuity there and he's just #NotMyMC. I mean the male MC can't even wear his school uniform properly. How am I supposed to relate to some incompetent slob like that? I mean come on.
Ha, I've actually been playing through this game recently as well! At a snail's pace, mind. But I've really been enjoying it. Funny enough, it's actually my very first Persona game I've ever played. Despite not knowing anything about the franchise or characters, I'm finding everything to be pretty cool and...charming? I guess? The characters are funny and the personalities bounce off each other pretty well.