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Atlus Persona 3 is a bad game that could have been nice

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Considering that you can get most interesting skills on the lower level 60-70lv demons and there is also a out to 'down-inherit' stuff for the lulz, the actual advantage Lucifer or Abbadon, Metraton et al have is their resistances and near 3/4 of the way filled statistics, which is indeed, the ultimate i win because i no longer need to think, but not so much different in practice. Especially due to people just rolling with Siegfried or Odin or something like that and pumping their relevant stats.

In fact, fusing something like Helei (lucifer angel variant for the lulz) in P3 is prohibitively expensive by itself, due to the absurd compendium prices and 6 way fusion of lv80s needed.
 

StaticSpine

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I walked through Persona 3 Portable and actually I consider it the best game I ever played on PSP (along with Valkyria Chronicles 2), I liked the battle mechanics, the social stuff, the story was okay, it had some touching moments. As almost everyone else mentioned the most boring part of the game is grinding Tartarus levels, which look and feel alike. I totally agree with that. Though I've spent something about 60 hours to finish the game.

Later I tried Persona 2: Innocent Sin. I quit after 10 hour, I couldn't stand that awful number of identic encounters, it felt much much worse than the boring grind of P3.

On the other hand, now I'm playing Persona 4 Golden. I'm something about 20hrs deep in the game, and I feel that the things that seemed good to me in P3 were even better and there is less grinding, and the dungeons do not feel so much alike. Also I like the more mature themes mentioned in the game.
 
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Wow, I've just remember I haven't played The Answer yet, this is my last Megaten available so I have strong will to finish but...
... why the party members are now even moar unlikable that in main game?
... why the is no compendium?
... why party members aren't directly cotrolled?
... why the very first thrashmob snake almost killed my entire team with single Mabufu?

It's looks like there's gonna be some grinding here.
 

InD_ImaginE

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... why party members aren't directly cotrolled?
To be fair direct party member control didn't come untill P4 and later P3P

... why the very first thrashmob snake almost killed my entire team with single Mabufu?
AFAIK The Answer is the game on highest difficulty (don't remember what it is for PS2 P3. very hard?)
Not counting the bonus dungeon you fought elizabeth on, the enemies in the answer are much harder than the ones on the journey. Heck, some of the floor bosses are harder than anything on the journey except elizabeth, and some are even harder than major storyline bosses on the answer itself. There is even a lvl 99 rare (the rainbow blob) mook running around on the latter floor that is basically resistant to everything and immune to instant death spells as well.
 
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Falksi

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Had all the right ingredients, I love the vibe and aesthetics of the game massively, but it's SO slowly paced and tedious that I've never finished it.

The whole combat system's too simple anyway. Everything's way to black or white solution-wise.
 

Duraframe300

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Considering this thread crept up, I'd thought to mention that Persona 3 (FES) probably got the most active PS2 modding community.

Mod Manager: https://github.com/TekkaGB/AemulusModManager/releases/tag/5.5.5

If you play another recent Persona you may be already familiar with it. The manager has a built-in browser where you can look up and download mods. You'll have to set up HostFs though, there's a tutorial in there how.
 

Sarathiour

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Nice necro.

Was around the middle of it before dropping it. Might try to finish it this year nevertheless.
My biggest grip currently was the shitton of ennemies using mahamaon AND Mudoon int the same fight, or being able to lock the MC trough other vulnerability for the few persona being immune to it. Only strat was wyping them first, and hoping that they don't dodge, otherwise you might lose 1 hour or more just because of shitty roll. Which is really annoying when the game is already so slow. Only workaround is to bring homonculus, but that mean even more farm and time wasted ...
Urgh .
 

Vorark

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I have finally beat The Answer... with exp bonus cheat and still, gaem was unbearable.

Seriously, propably the worst MegaTen, avoid it at all cost.

My condolences. It's a well known fact The Answer is, at best, youtube material for when you're terribly bored. It's irredeemable dogshit in both gameplay and story, its only saving grace being the music which can be appreciated through other means.

That being said, I quite liked base P3/The Journey but then again my last playthrough was when Portable released.
 

Baron Dupek

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