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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 and Persona 4 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 and 4 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
  97. Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold (2014)
  98. *Released on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Arcades in Japan, America and Europe (Arcades in Japan only)
  99. *Known as Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold in Japan, or TUUSH, and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, or P4AU, in America
  100. *A 2D fighting game by Atlus and Ark System Works that features both combat gameplay and a full Light Novel-style story mode
  101. *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
  102. *Online play is available, and there are tournaments in Japan (Lobby mode is PS3 only)
  103. *The story mode is more streamlined than P4U has two sides, P3 and P4, with the P4 side having the true ending
  104. *The game is still centered around everybody being able to play, so if you're not good at fighting games have no worries
  105. *P4U story mode is a DLC for this game, so you can just buy this version
  107. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (2014)
  108. *Released on the Nintendo 3DS
  109. *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
  110. *Gameplay design based on Etrian Odyssey series of dungeon crawlers with EO's staff heading the project
  111. *DLC Personas are available, both free and paid for
  113. Persona 4: Dancing All Night (2015)
  114. *Planned for release on Playstation Vita in Japan on 6.25.2015, NA and EU TBA
  115. *Chronologically the final title in the Persona 4 game series set after the other games
  116. *A rhythm-dancing game featuring the Persona 4 cast using the power of dance to battle Shadows
  117. *Used to be a collaboration title with dance veteran Dingo, but now Atlus took the reigns
  118. *Launches with a special look at Persona 5
  120. Persona 5 (2016?)
  121. *Planned for release sometime in 2016 for Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 "...I think." Hashino - 2016
  122. *Gameplay seems to be like Persona 3 and 4 with a few new twists
  123. *Story is supposed to be emotional, cathartic and have a different tone from previous titles
  124. *Read the Persona 5 pastebin for more elaboration(It's dead Jim)
  126. Catherine (2011)
  127. *Released on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in Japan, America and Europe
  128. *Created by the Persona team, yet is its own game
  129. *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
  130. *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
  131. *Features references and music to the Persona and SMT games, and is considered to be one of the most visually attractive games from Atlus
  136. Persona:
  137. * Max out DEX and get Megido
  138. * Unless the enemy will absorb or reflect it, always use your personas. When they level up, ALL of their
  139.   stats go up
  140. * If you want to go on the much harder Snow Queen Quest which is a completely alternate route, make sure you
  141.   talk to everybody at school every single time you're there. Visit every room and talk to everyone.
  142.   Twice
  143.       -Snow Queen Quest was cut out in Revelations.
  144. * The best 5th party member is Reiji, but you have to talk to everybody, including his mother at the
  145.   mall before the real game starts, and you have to encounter him in front of SEBEC and at the
  146.   abandoned factory at specific times. If you don't have him by the end of the school dungeon, you
  147.   messed up
  148.   - If you want ANY fifth party member who isn't Brown, don't recruit him at the police station
  149. * Mediarama and regular Medicine will last you well past half way through the game
  150. * If you get into the lost forest dungeon, save your game on an alternate slot. Trust me on this
  151. * Fill out every space on your map and fight everything you encounter to make sure you're leveled up
  152. * Snow Queen Quest is hard and tiring
  153. * Get Lilim
  154. * Detailed Guide for the game!
  156. Persona 2 Innocent Sin:
  157. * You don't need to fuse at all
  158. * Max out DEX/TEC and Vit
  159. * You can play the game using only the Persona you get from Philemon directly ("handouts")
  160. * Allow your party members to handle issues on their own when given the choice, however don't leave
  161.   Yukino behind (you will understand the meaning of this eventually)
  162. * Spread rumors that shops sell high quality, expensive weapons and armor
  163.   - Remember to spread at least one that some shops will pay a lot for used equimpment
  164. * Use fusion spells at every opportunity; they rank up your Persona faster and do tons of damage.
  165. * To get the ultimate handout persona, you must collect all the masks hidden in Mt. Iwato(4)
  167. Persona 2 Eternal Punishment:
  168. * Use the Velvet Room on a regular basis, as your handouts are not strong enough to carry you the whole
  169.   game like in IS
  170. * Stock up on Lucky Bags and Antidoes before going to the Sanitarium
  171. * When warned to stock up on the next area, take the chance to do so
  172. * Talk to everyone everywhere because there are missable unlockable contacts and sidequests
  173. * Only go to the Bomb Shelter if you are prepared for a challenge
  174. * Give Baofu personae with Tec or Agi bonuses
  175. * Get accustomed to demon contacts; try to get blank cards whenever possible
  176. * No, EP Portable won't be translated. Some kind moonspeaking anon in /smtg/ made a short summary of Tatsuya's Additional Scenario
  177. Episode 1:
  178. Episode 2:
  179. Episode 3:
  180. Typesets:
  182. Persona 3/FES/Portable:
  183. * Fuse everything
  184. * 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
  185. * Prioritize less accessible social links (ones available on fewer days of the week, or not available
  186.   during the summer) over more accessible ones
  187.   - Some High Priority
  188.         a. The SEES girls
  189.         b. Akinari Kamiki
  190.         c. Shinjiro (P3P)
  191.         d. Ryoji (P3P)
  192.   - Some Low Priority
  193.         a. Bunkichi and Mitsuko (Just remember to rescue them from Tartarsauce)
  194.   - Good, interesting S.Links you should try to max on your first playthrough
  195.         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.)
  196.         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.)
  197.         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.)
  198.         d. Honorable mention; Hidetoshi Odagiri (Emperor) and Yuko Nishiwaki(Strength) for allowing you to fuse OP as fuck Personas when you max them
  199. * Aim to reach the top of the current Tartarus block before the next full moon (i.e. go as high as you
  200.   are allowed)
  201. *Do Elizabeth's Requests
  202. *Aside from the replay bosses, the Vision Quest's trick bosses in P3P are very cryptic and difficult to figure out, so good luck
  204. Persona 4/Golden
  205. * Fuse everything
  206. * Buy TaP sodas from one of the vending machines; you can buy five per week (Replenishes on Monday)
  207. * Fuse Senri for Shadow Yukiko, she blocks Fire. Rakshasa for Shadow Kanji (Resists physical)
  208. * At level 17, you can fuse a Sarasvati with Invigorate 2 to regain mana
  209. * On rainy days, you can visit Aiya to get a large social stat increase
  210. * Complete the fox's quests as soon as you can; increasing the Hermit social link will reduce the fox's
  211.   prices
  212. * Prioritize the Social Links of party members you intend to use in combat, since they get various
  213.   combat bonuses (like taking a blow meant to kill you, or performing a follow-up attack)
  214. *Social Links:
  215.  1. Important SLinks
  216.     -Justice (Nanako)
  217.     -Hierophant (Dojima)
  218.     -Magician, Chariot, Priestess, Emperor, Lovers, Fortune ( So the IT)
  219.  1.5 Somewhat important
  220.     -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
  221.  2. Other good, interesting SLinks
  222.     -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)
  223.     -Death (Old Lady, Hisano Kuroda, available after rank 3 Devil, only on Sundays)
  224.     -Hanged Man (Naoki Konishi, Saki's brother, starting his SLink takes two days, available on Mondays after School and Holidays)
  225.     -Devil (Sayoko Uehara, if you are into nurses)
  226. *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
  227. *To get the true ending, remember to talk to everyone on your last day, then head for the secret base one last time
  228. *Like P3, you can carry over your stats, money, compendium, max Slink items and persona slots, though not your level to the NG+
  229. *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
  230. *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
  231. * Golden Fishing and Bughunt Guide (needed to finish the Fox's S-Link):
  232.    - Read books about bugs
  233.    - Catch Inaba Jewel Beetle, there are more of them at night
  234.    - Read books about fishing, Expert Fishing will teach you a new reel technique
  235.    - It must be raining/snowing/foggy or anytime in December
  236.    - The ripples for Guardian are very specific, at first it looks like Huge Fish but trust me you will know
  237.    - Reel back until you get the right ripples, then FIGHT!
  238.    - Get the Sea Rod from the old guy
  239.    - Ride your scooter three times to unlock the Shichiri Beach
  240.    - Catch Genji Beetle ( or buy it from Tanaka on 8/22, which is way easier because little niggs are hard to catch)  
  241. - Wait for rain, catch the motherfucker
  242. *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
  243. *Continuing over on NG+ in Golden lets you keep all your costumes!
  245. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
  246. *Strength builds are OP, use them for best effect
  247. *Magic is lackluster besides Hama/Mudo for mobs
  248. *Use binds
  249. *For more detailed info see
  251. Persona 4: Dancing All Night
  252. *Beat story mode and buy every item to unlock everything
  253. *Beat songs in free mode to unlock more
  255. Persona 5
  256. SOON™
  259. *Pretty much every Persona game has had some sort of Japan-only mobile phone spin-off that we never get to play
  260. *Persona 4 has two decent (if cheaply-made) anime that does differ from the game (characters don't use weapons, Yu talks, etc)
  261. *Persona 3 is currently getting an anime movie series
  262. *Every Persona title has a manga adaptation
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