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  3. 1. Persona in a Nutshell
  4. 2. Which game should I play?
  5. 3. Tips and Tricks
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  10. The Persona series is a hybrid JRPG/VN series made by Atlus. The series is an offshoot of the larger Shin Megami Tensei franchise that became its own style of game focusing on characters and atmosphere over the apocalyptic mythology and hardcore dungeon-crawling of the SMT games. While initially the first games in the Persona series were similar to their Shin Megami Tensei cousins, the series has evolved in a different direction and become the realistic, psychology-based real-world fantasy series it is today.
  12. Persona games are split into two halves, the old games consisting of Persona, Persona 2 IS and Persona 2 EP, and the newer titles Persona 3, Persona 4 Persona 5 and their offshoots. The older games rely more on traditional SMT/JRPG mechanics (travelling the Overworld, visiting new locations and dungeons,exploring) while the later games adopt a more unique system of time management. Persona 3, 4 and 5 place you into the role of a character living a structured life where you choose how to spend your time, where clearing dungeons is just a part of the overall narrative.
  14. Modern Persona is not a particularly difficult game as it is designed to be open to newcomers. Difficulty levels do allow you to set yourself a challenge however and the tricky and SMT combat mechanics do remain, so it isn't a total cakewalk. However the time management and social systems of Persona games are the focus and meat of the series, and as a result Persona has become its own beast in the JRPG world.
  18. Megami Ibunroku Persona (1996)
  19. *Released on the Sony Playstation in Japan
  20. *Name means "Goddess Revelations: Persona"
  21. *A classic SMT dungeon-crawler in form, MIP differed from SMT with a larger cast of playable characters in a real-world setting, and began the trend of school students fighting enemies using Personas that the Persona series is known for
  22. *Features alternate routes through the game, some very hard
  23. *Very oldschool with lots of random encounters and a slow battle system, relatively simple plot
  24. *Probably the most difficult game to complete because of the dated, unforgiving nature of the combat system and dungeon mechanics
  25. *Released outside of Japan as Revelations: Persona, a heavily edited, localized and altered version of the game with character names and appearances altered to look and seem American as well as large portions of story removed and the ending altered
  26. *Rereleased in 2009 as Shin Megami Tensei: Persona for the Playstation Portable in English as a full remake with remixed music, enhanced graphics, redrawn art, redesigned dungeons and a new intro. This remake version is recommended over the original for obvious reasons
  28. Persona 2: Innocent Sin (1999)
  29. *Released on the Sony Playstation in Japan
  30. *Story is loosely related to the events of Persona 1 and features returning characters, however playing Persona 1 is not needed to understand Persona 2
  31. *Transitional title from SMT to unique IP, Persona 2 features classic dungeons yet introduced more social aspects, slice-of-life elements, and a more character-centric story that is slightly surreal and channels the quirky writing of earlier SMT games
  32. *While still featuring random encounters and Demon negotiation from SMT, gameplay is easier and less unforgiving, which makes the title much more accessible
  33. *Features continuity nods and references to other SMT franchise offshoots like Devil Summoner
  34. *Rereleased in 2011 on Playstation Portable in English as a full remake with remixed music, enhanced graphics, redrawn art and better controls but keeps the gameplay mostly the same
  36. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (2000)
  37. *Released on the Sony Playstation in Japan and in America
  38. *Direct sequel to events of Innocent Sin (yet for some reason was released in America while the original wasn't)
  39. *Darker and more grounded than previous games, Eternal Punishment is the only Persona game to feature a female protagonist (thought Persona 3 Portable allows you to select male or female)
  40. *Much more difficult than Persona 2, requiring focused and organized grinding, Demon hunting and Persona fusing
  41. *Concludes the story-setting from Megami Ibunroku Persona, setting the stage for the second form of the Persona series
  42. *Was rereleased in 2012 on Playstation Portable as a full remake with remixed music, enhanced graphics and redrawn art...but this version was not released in English due to disappointing sales of previous remakes
  44. Persona 3 (2006)
  45. *Released on the Playstation 2 in Japan, America and Europe
  46. *Departure from SMT and previous Persona titles, Persona 3 uses a hybrid life simulation and dungeon crawler system to combine adventure, exploration and episodic storytelling
  47. *Removes Demon enemies and Negotiation in favour of Jungian Psychology-based opponents called Shadows
  48. *Set in a realistic world only loosely connected to the events of the previous games, basically a soft reboot
  49. *Individual combat is easier and smoother, controls greatly improved, however party members have their own AI and fight by themselves unless given specific tactics to follow
  50. *Challenge comes from completing time-management-centric Social Link system for new Personas and exploring hundreds of floors in the game's Dungeon
  51. *The player can improve social stats in order to make him more appealing to other characters, which maximizes Social Links
  52. *Time limit is a full Japanese school year
  53. *Known as a very "blue" game, with a lot of emotional plotlines and has a very back-ended story. This encourages the player to get to know the cast over the course of the game as the focus is on interpersonal relationships
  55. Persona 3 FES (2007)
  56. *Released on Playstation 2 in Japan, America and Europe
  57. *Improved version of Persona 3 with more content tweaked gameplay and a new Hard Mode, as well as more S-Link options, new dialogue and an increase in content
  58. *Features The Answer, an Epilogue Story set after the main game with its own dungeon that concludes the Persona 3 story
  59. *Generally considered the definitive version of Persona 3
  61. Persona 3 Portable (2009)
  62. *Released on the Playstation 2 in Japan, America and Europe
  63. *A portable version of Persona 3, featuring more gameplay tweaks and new content
  64. *Due to memory constraints replaces the 3D Overworld and regular Cutscenes with 2D Visual Novel Cutscenes
  65. *Allows direct control of party members, new dungeon rescue missions, more Personas, and a new bonus boss rush mode called Vision Quest
  66. *Features the option to pick a female main character whose tone and dialogue is changed significantly, which also changes Social Links and romance options
  67. *Does not feature The Answer
  68. *Recommended to be played after FES
  70. Persona 4 (2008)
  71. *Released on the Playstation 2 in Japan, America and Europe
  72. *Builds on Persona 3 but is very different in tone
  73. *Player is set into a time management situation with multiple Social Links to follow and dungeons to explore once again, however the game has a less tense pace than 3 and is easier to complete all Links in
  74. *Combat system and general difficulty have been eased up and Dungeons aren't huge, allowing the player more freedom and give to experiment or take the game slower
  75. *SMT affinities and elements archetypes have beens simplified and the player can directly control party members unlike Persona 3
  76. *Storyline is based around the small-town murder-mystery with supernatural themes and features multiple endings based on your actions
  77. *Most newbie-friendly Persona title
  79. Persona 4 Arena (2012)
  80. *Released on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Arcades in Japan, America and Europe (Arcades in Japan only)
  81. *Known as Persona 4 The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena in Japan, or P4U for short
  82. *A 2D fighting game by Atlus and Ark System Works that features both combat gameplay and a full Light Novel-style story mode
  83. *A story sequel to the events of Persona 4 and Persona 3, featuring the casts of both games and set chronologically after Persona 4
  84. *Fan-oriented plotline that elaborates on how the various characters have developed, but the story itself is original
  85. *Online play is available, and there are tournaments in Japan
  86. *If you're not good at fighting games, the story-mode features much easier fights to allow you to complete the very long and detailed story mode, which is many hours long and told from multiple perspectives
  87. *It is recommended that you have played Persona 3 and Persona 4 before playing this
  89. Persona 4 Golden (2012)
  90. *Released on Playstation Vita in Japan, America, and Europe
  91. *Enhanced remake of Persona 4 like FES was of 3
  92. *Features upgraded textures, new music, a very large amount of new dialog and content, several new group events, new cutscenes, two new social links, new Personas, a new dungeon, new areas, more costumes, gardening, scooters, a fast-forward button, a new Epilogue, more time to do activities, new attacks, more difficulty options, rebalanced bosses and characters, Bonus content including music videos, a quiz game, psychology lectures about the Persona series, movie viewers, and a new battle theme
  93. *Golden expands the game's backstory and adds more content to the story itself, however the real focus is on interpersonal relationships as it adds tons of events and things to do with the cast
  94. *Probably the easiest of the Persona games if you don't play it on hard
  96. Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold (2014)
  97. *Released on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Arcades in Japan, America and Europe (Arcades in Japan only)
  98. *Known as Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold in Japan, or TUUSH, and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, or P4AU, in America
  99. *A 2D fighting game by Atlus and Ark System Works that features both combat gameplay and a full Light Novel-style story mode
  100. *A story sequel to the events of Persona 4 and Persona 3, featuring the casts of both games and set chronologically a day after Persona 4 Arena
  101. *Online play is available, and there are tournaments in Japan (Lobby mode is PS3 only)
  102. *The story mode is more streamlined than P4U has two sides, P3 and P4, with the P4 side having the true ending
  103. *The game is still centered around everybody being able to play, so if you're not good at fighting games have no worries
  104. *P4U story mode is a DLC for this game, so you can just buy this version
  106. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (2014)
  107. *Released on the Nintendo 3DS
  108. *Features the casts of Persona 3 from the middle of their story and Persona 4 from the middle of their story meeting in supernatural circumstances
  109. *Gameplay design based on Etrian Odyssey series of dungeon crawlers with EO's staff heading the project
  110. *DLC Personas are available, both free and paid for
  112. Persona 4: Dancing All Night (2015)
  113. *Release on Playstation Vita in Japan on 6.25.2015, NA and EU TBA
  114. *Chronologically the final title in the Persona 4 game series set after the other games
  115. *A rhythm-dancing game featuring the Persona 4 cast using the power of dance to battle Shadows
  116. *Used to be a collaboration title with dance veteran Dingo, but now Atlus took the reigns
  117. *Launches with a special look at Persona 5
  119. Persona 5 (2016)
  120. *Release in Japan on 9.15.2016 for Playstation 3 and Playstation 4
  121. *Gameplay has been streamlined and is the most accessible mainline title to date
  122. *Difficulty has been reduced and is extremely beginner friendly
  123. *Story is about rebelling against societies norms and the public's fickle opinion, also there's a godlike entity at the end
  125. Persona Dancing Star/Moon Light (2018)
  126. *Released in Japan on 5.24.2018 for Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita
  127. *Features the Persona 3 and Persona 5 cast
  128. *The games themselves are split into two versions and offer an average 4 hours worth of content
  129. *Story evolves around the Velvet room attendants organizing a dance competition between both the SEES and Phantom Thieves to see who's the better guest.
  130. *Technically these titles both take place at the same time within a dream, but chronologically they take place after Yaldabaoth has been defeated and a period of time after Shinji Aragaki had died, but before the final sacrifice.
  131. *Gameplay wise they're the exact same as their Persona 4 Dancing All Night counterpart, however unlike P4DAN, they do not feature a story mode and instead offer miniature 5 rank social links for each character (DLC characters do not apply)
  132. *The DLC bundles all together cost $185 USD and does not transfer between vita and PS4 versions of the game
  134. Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth (2018)
  135. *Released in Japan on 11.29.2018 on the Nintendo 3DS
  136. *Features the Persona 3, Persona 4 and Persona 5 cast and two new NPCs
  137. *Gameplay design based on Etrian Odyssey series of dungeon crawlers
  138. *The combat system has been revamped and the puzzles have been mostly removed and or toned down, offering a much more smoother experience for people not familiar with this genre
  140. Persona 5 The Royal (2019)
  141. *Released in Japan on 10.31.2019 on the Playstation 4
  142. *Enhanced remake of Persona 5 like Golden was of 4
  143. *Adds in a new semester with 2 new confidants plus a revamped one, a completely new area of Tokyo to explore, reworked boss fights, new battle mechanics, more group events and additional frivolous details like phone calls which give you free notes and new date spots
  144. *Royal follows the same plot beats and storyline as the original game with 3 new confidants thrown in the mix, however if you have completed the new confidants by the time you have defeated the final boss, the new semester will unlock and you will be able to experience the new term
  145. *This is the definite version of the game, but does not offer much to people who have already experienced Persona 5
  147. Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers (2020)
  148. *Released in Japan on 2.20.2020 on Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch
  149. *This is a musou game that takes place a year after the events of Persona 5 and features 8 of the Phantom Thieves as well as a new character called Sophia
  151. Catherine (2011)
  152. *Released on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in Japan, America and Europe
  153. *Created by the Persona team, yet is its own game
  154. *Considered by some to be an "honorary" Persona title due to mythological themes, time management, emphasis on interpersonal relationships, and a pseudo-social-link system, also features Demons and Alignments from SMT
  155. *Gameplay consists of players talking to other characters and interacting with them during the day and experiencing nightmares during the night where they climb through puzzle-like levels of pushable blocks, sometimes escaping from bosses and battling other people trapped in nightmares
  156. *Features references and music to the Persona and SMT games, and is considered to be one of the most visually attractive games from Atlus
  161. Persona:
  162. * Max out DEX and get Megido
  163. * Unless the enemy will absorb or reflect it, always use your personas. When they level up, ALL of their
  164.   stats go up
  165. * If you want to go on the much harder Snow Queen Quest which is a completely alternate route, make sure you
  166.   talk to everybody at school every single time you're there. Visit every room and talk to everyone.
  167.   Twice
  168.       -Snow Queen Quest was cut out in Revelations.
  169. * The best 5th party member is Reiji, but you have to talk to everybody, including his mother at the
  170.   mall before the real game starts, and you have to encounter him in front of SEBEC and at the
  171.   abandoned factory at specific times. If you don't have him by the end of the school dungeon, you
  172.   messed up
  173.   - If you want ANY fifth party member who isn't Brown, don't recruit him at the police station
  174. * Mediarama and regular Medicine will last you well past half way through the game
  175. * If you get into the lost forest dungeon, save your game on an alternate slot. Trust me on this
  176. * Fill out every space on your map and fight everything you encounter to make sure you're leveled up
  177. * Snow Queen Quest is hard and tiring
  178. * Get Lilim
  179. * Detailed Guide for the game!
  181. Persona 2 Innocent Sin:
  182. * You don't need to fuse at all
  183. * Max out DEX/TEC and Vit
  184. * You can play the game using only the Persona you get from Philemon directly ("handouts")
  185. * Allow your party members to handle issues on their own when given the choice, however don't leave
  186.   Yukino behind (you will understand the meaning of this eventually)
  187. * Spread rumors that shops sell high quality, expensive weapons and armor
  188.   - Remember to spread at least one that some shops will pay a lot for used equimpment
  189. * Use fusion spells at every opportunity; they rank up your Persona faster and do tons of damage.
  190. * To get the ultimate handout persona, you must collect all the masks hidden in Mt. Iwato(4)
  192. Persona 2 Eternal Punishment:
  193. * Use the Velvet Room on a regular basis, as your handouts are not strong enough to carry you the whole
  194.   game like in IS
  195. * Stock up on Lucky Bags and Antidoes before going to the Sanitarium
  196. * When warned to stock up on the next area, take the chance to do so
  197. * Talk to everyone everywhere because there are missable unlockable contacts and sidequests
  198. * Only go to the Bomb Shelter if you are prepared for a challenge
  199. * Give Baofu personae with Tec or Agi bonuses
  200. * Get accustomed to demon contacts; try to get blank cards whenever possible
  201. * No, EP Portable won't be translated. Some kind moonspeaking anon in /smtg/ made a short summary of Tatsuya's Additional Scenario
  202. Episode 1:
  203. Episode 2:
  204. Episode 3:
  205. Typesets:
  207. Persona 3/FES/Portable:
  208. * Fuse everything
  209. * It is pretty much impossible to max all S.Links on your first playthrough without using a guide for literally entire game (Around 70-80 hours). Doing so kills the fun, just max S.Links you like, work on your stats and then try again on NG+, as they transfer over his level, Persona compendium, Max Link items, social states and money
  210. * Prioritize less accessible social links (ones available on fewer days of the week, or not available
  211.   during the summer) over more accessible ones
  212.   - Some High Priority
  213.         a. The SEES girls
  214.         b. Akinari Kamiki
  215.         c. Shinjiro (P3P)
  216.         d. Ryoji (P3P)
  217.   - Some Low Priority
  218.         a. Bunkichi and Mitsuko (Just remember to rescue them from Tartarsauce)
  219.   - Good, interesting S.Links you should try to max on your first playthrough
  220.         a. Sun (Akinari Kamiki/Dying young man. Avaible only on Sunday at Nagaki shrine. To trigger it, hanged man S.Link should be on rank 3.)
  221.         b. Tower (Mutatsu, night-only S.Link. Found at Club Escapade, needs Strength S.Link on rank 4 and Yuko telling you about the rumor of a monk who drinks and smokes in the club at night. In FeMC's case, Chariot needs to be on rank 3 and it is Rio who tells you the rumor.)
  222.         c. Devil (The ''I need an adult'' S.Link of P3, needs high charm, only avaible at night, are you man enough to give somre random guy all your yens for a promise of being a swimsuit model? If so, go and meed the seedy-lookin businessman in the Mall.)
  223.         d. Honorable mention; Hidetoshi Odagiri (Emperor) and Yuko Nishiwaki(Strength) for allowing you to fuse OP as fuck Personas when you max them
  224. * Aim to reach the top of the current Tartarus block before the next full moon (i.e. go as high as you
  225.   are allowed)
  226. *Do Elizabeth's Requests
  227. *Aside from the replay bosses, the Vision Quest's trick bosses in P3P are very cryptic and difficult to figure out, so good luck
  229. Persona 4/Golden
  230. * Fuse everything
  231. * Buy TaP sodas from one of the vending machines; you can buy five per week (Replenishes on Monday)
  232. * Fuse Senri for Shadow Yukiko, she blocks Fire. Rakshasa for Shadow Kanji (Resists physical)
  233. * At level 17, you can fuse a Sarasvati with Invigorate 2 to regain mana
  234. * On rainy days, you can visit Aiya to get a large social stat increase
  235. * Complete the fox's quests as soon as you can; increasing the Hermit social link will reduce the fox's
  236.   prices
  237. * Prioritize the Social Links of party members you intend to use in combat, since they get various
  238.   combat bonuses (like taking a blow meant to kill you, or performing a follow-up attack)
  239. *Social Links:
  240.  1. Important SLinks
  241.     -Justice (Nanako)
  242.     -Hierophant (Dojima)
  243.     -Magician, Chariot, Priestess, Emperor, Lovers, Fortune ( So the IT)
  244.  1.5 Somewhat important
  245.     -Tower (Tutoring), it will let you fuse Yoshitsune with Hassou Tobi(game-breaking Persona, rape train has no brakes) so you won't have to grind
  246.  2. Other good, interesting SLinks
  247.     -Moon (To date her you need to push her away on rank 4 instead of asking to be her bf. You need to pick "...". Courage must be at least on 'Brave' to hang out with her)
  248.     -Death (Old Lady, Hisano Kuroda, available after rank 3 Devil, only on Sundays)
  249.     -Hanged Man (Naoki Konishi, Saki's brother, starting his SLink takes two days, available on Mondays after School and Holidays)
  250.     -Devil (Sayoko Uehara, if you are into nurses)
  251. *When the game prompts you to save, SAVE. Especially when when it says "shit is about to get real", that means make multiple slots. Once you reach the climax, just stay calm and focus on convincing your friends that everything is not what it seems, no matter what
  252. *To get the true ending, remember to talk to everyone on your last day, then head for the secret base one last time
  253. *Like P3, you can carry over your stats, money, compendium, max Slink items and persona slots, though not your level to the NG+
  254. *Concerning Golden, you can get an extended Epilogue and a new Dungeon by maxing Marie's S-Link before Christmas. You don't have to romance her, but it's recommended to do so because it will give you more playable days to finish off other S-Links and activities. You can also get another ending by pursuing a certain character's S-Link after a certain point
  255. *To get the Fishing Pole and Bug Net in Golden, You Give a drink to a boy at the Shrine from 6/4 to get a bug which you give to Lady Shiroku at her Pub at night to get a hook, which you give to the old man at the Rivebank to get a fishing pole, and then return to the boy and discover he has lost his net. Then, visit the Shrine in the evening to talk to a lady in a Kimono to get the net
  256. * Golden Fishing and Bughunt Guide (needed to finish the Fox's S-Link):
  257.    - Read books about bugs
  258.    - Catch Inaba Jewel Beetle, there are more of them at night
  259.    - Read books about fishing, Expert Fishing will teach you a new reel technique
  260.    - It must be raining/snowing/foggy or anytime in December
  261.    - The ripples for Guardian are very specific, at first it looks like Huge Fish but trust me you will know
  262.    - Reel back until you get the right ripples, then FIGHT!
  263.    - Get the Sea Rod from the old guy
  264.    - Ride your scooter three times to unlock the Shichiri Beach
  265.    - Catch Genji Beetle ( or buy it from Tanaka on 8/22, which is way easier because little niggs are hard to catch)  
  266. - Wait for rain, catch the motherfucker
  267. *To get your friends second Personas, complete their S-Links. To get 3rd Personas for your friends in Golden, hang out with them in January
  268. *Continuing over on NG+ in Golden lets you keep all your costumes!
  270. P4U2 Guide/Resources
  271. *
  273. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
  274. *Strength builds are OP, use them for best effect
  275. *Magic is lackluster besides Hama/Mudo for mobs
  276. *Use binds
  277. *For more detailed info see
  279. Persona 4: Dancing All Night
  280. *Beat story mode and buy every item to unlock everything
  281. *Beat songs in free mode to unlock more
  283. Persona 5
  284. *Fuse everything
  285. *Register your Personas
  286. *If you catch a Bicorn you can avoid fusing away Arsene
  287. *By fertilizer for your plant for easy kindness points
  288. *Eat a big bang burger or take a bath on rainy days
  289. *Visit the juice stand every Saturday
  290. *Focus on maxing Moon, Star and Temperance
  291. *Prioritize your party composition's confidants as members who you do not complete don't have access to baton passes, blocking lethal blows, curing status aliments, ect.
  292. *For a more in depth look at confidants, see
  293. *Purchase or take out books to read on the train
  297. Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
  298. *Instant kills have been nerfed
  299. *Binds are OP
  300. *Strength is still superior, but magic isn't a waste of time
  301. *Refer to the link for a more in depth look
  305. *Pretty much every Persona game has had some sort of Japan-only mobile phone spin-off that we never get to play
  306. *Persona 4 has two decent (if cheaply-made) anime that does differ from the game (characters don't use weapons, Yu talks, etc)
  307. *Persona 3 has a mutipart OVA, only watch the last one if you're a fan of Aigis
  308. *Persona 5 has a lackluster anime addition that tells the exact same story as the game but at a break neck pace
  309. *Every Persona title has a manga adaptation
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