Thomas wrote:This game never ends! I've finished it, but wow, I was close to not making it. I'd almost given myself up and was dragging myself through on what I thought might be the last dungeon and then there was another dungeon... and another dungeon.
I know I spent the last few months wondering "Is there one more dungeon remaining? Two?" Turned out there were technically three, but by that point I could kind-of tell based on the levels - P4 ended in around the same level range.
Luckily I maxed out all my stats and completed all the Confidants on my first run through, except Sun which I got to level 6. I had plenty of time to max out Sun but I didn't realise that the Sun confidant ends a month earlier than everyone else. I'm quite proud of that because this is the first Persona game I've actually completed and I didn't use a guide. My advice would be just to Unlock the SP items from the doctor as soon as people, max out Kawakemi and unlock all the money and confident boosting fortune tellings from Chiyaya as soon as possible. The SP items allow you to go infinite in the dungeons, Kawakemi gives you more time and Chiyaya allows almost every interaction with confidants to level up their relationships - as long as you have the money which you get from going infinite in dungeons
I'm impressed - I've played the prior games and have a good idea how to prioritize time, yet I still ended up not making it as far as you did. Ran into the same problem with Sun too- except I only got it to Rank 1! Why does pretending to be dead have to make social interaction so difficult!
Missing out on Fortune was perhaps the biggest issue, I think, though I'm still not certain how much progress I could have added with those benefits. I'm a little sad that wasn't more obvious, but then I completed more than enough to satisfy my experience so not really bothered.
Party wise, Morgana was the first non-annoying Mascot!
Weeeeell I agree that Morgana is probably the best one so far, but Teddie didn't bother me (...much) and Koromaru was awesome. Still, Morgana was one of my favorite characters (and was in the party the entire game, to boot) and I thought the dynamic he had with the metaverse/real world was neat in a weird way (who DOESN'T want a smart talking cat for a pet? :P). I really like that they brought him back at the very end, even though I was almost ready to accept he was gone for good. I missed my super-kitty.
I really reacted badly to Ryujii's (Junpei the 3rd's) anger and impetuousness, which I think might speak to unwished for changes in my own personality, but it was also cool that they were really staying faithful to the negative character traits and I like the guy who wants to do what's right but is bulling his way through a confusing world because of his emotion.
I can't be the only one who made a habit of saying "Shut UP Ryuji!"
I made a lot of comparisons between him and Yosuke (no, not Yusuke) in the early game (I think they have the same VA?), but ultimately his personality and habits diverged a lot more than I expected. It IS pretty cool that they didn't phase out his problems in favor of "Hey guys, let's help people/save the world" which is an easy trap to fall into I think. He shows some real character development too in the later half of the game, but it serves to augment the existing character rather than replace it.
Makoto was awesome and I like that once she comes into the party, she actually comes up with most of the solutions rather than the protagonist. I was sad when I unlocked her 2nd persona and she lost the bike. She loses some of her coolness as the games gets towards the end, and not all her romance times are great, but I do love her.
Yeah, the upgrade just feels like a weird transformer knockoff or something. Not terrible, but nowhere on the level of that first reveal in the bank
I really like how she actually takes the fore and becomes the brains of the operation, though. He fighting style is also a perfect contrast to the type of person you might have thought she was up until that point.
Futaba was pretty cool,
I loved Haru's clothes and her confidant storyline was one of my favourites.
Yeah, she really surprised me after what felt like a lukewarm introduction to me. My initial impressions pegged her as just some passive girly-type, which would have been rather disappointing... had not the game done a proper job of developing her background and dealings with her heritage. I also really like how the situation in her confidant turns out way differently than you might think.
So, all in all, fun game. But I'm going to hold off on buying Horizon: Zero Dawn for a bit, I need to recuperate before committing myself to a game like that again.
Hey, at least it's shorter. Only 50+ hours! :D
Knowing him from the previous games DOES really add to things, in large part because you get the preconceived notion that the Velvet Room and its inhabitants are separate and basically immune to outside interference. They're a reliable standby and source of help.
As to my predictions: I correctly predicted everything that happened related to Sae's dungeon and Akechi. There was one bit where I thought something was part of their flashback plan but was actually an Akechi thing, otherwise it played out like I thought. On the other hand I had _no idea_ about Igor and I thought that was totally cool - it was the one bit that made me really miss not having completed the other games, because I wish I knew more about the real Igor. I thought the final bosses' line about Igor being right afterall was wonderful
...Which just makes it all the more crazy when you learn he's NOT so outside the bounds of events as you might think, and you've been played for a fool by the villian. That, and having your party actually in the Velvet Room (something that just didn't happen... excluding Persona Q >.>) turns a lot of assumptions from prior games on their heads.
The only thing that would have been the icing on the cake is if they'd still had the old VA for Igor when the big reveal happens. I'd already noticed the difference in Igor's voice from the start, but I could only assume it's because they couldn't get the old one... and it would have been AWESOME if it had been a deliberate clue to him being fake. As it was, the voice change still happened but the real Igor still didn't sound like he used to... kinda disappointing.