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08 July 2010 @ 04:33 pm
P3P- I paid to hate this!  
Persona 3 on PsP was released this week. For those of you that don't know anything about it, it's a port of a PS2 game. This is the third time Atlus has released the game in the US. The first being the original release, the second being the game+ expansion release titled Persona 3 FES, and the third being this PsP release.

To Atlus' credit, they added a ton of content to entice fans to buy it again. Having a portable version of the game is a definite plus, but you could also play as a female protagonist! They reworked Slinks for this, so maybe I'll get to date Akihiko! There's a hot dude working in the velvet room with Igor instead of Elizabeth! (If you think you see a guy when you go) PLUS! The pre-order bonus for this game was Junpei's hat! How cool is that?!?

Now, the downside-

The female path so far... is really ghetto.
While they did render a model for her in battles, they decided not to render her in the game world. Instead, they've got some wacky ass cursor/map thing you have to navigate with the analog pad. I don't know if this was done for processing/performance reasons, or if they just didn't want to re-do stuff for the female model. I haven't started a new game as the male protagonist, so I don't know if it's been changed in both scenarios. It's a little hard to get used to. Some of the targets you need to hit with your cursor are unnessesarily small (IE- THE BED! It is huge, but the spot you have to hit to interact with it is teeny tiny)

I suppose I can understand if these changes were made for performance reasons. The game looks damned good, and I didn't know you could just port over PS2 games like that XD. And it's not like SMT fans arn't used to strange overworld menu systems already. The shortcuts are a blessing. I really wish they'd used the same party AI as P4, though. The newer P4 party AI was much better, becasue if you'd inspected/figured out the enemy's weak point, the party AI would automatically go for the full knockdown. In P3, the party AI is a little retarded, and the inspection system is more cumbersome. It would have been nice if they'd updated that while they were changing everything for the PSP port.

Anyway... back to the female-specific stuff.
Mostly the "since you're a girl..." and "since you're female..." etc dialogue. You expect other characters to treat you a little differently based on your gender. Junpei starts off being nice, and Yukari yells at him for hitting on you. Aside from that, just about every other dialogue change has just been to add "since you're a girl" or "we sistahs gotta stick together" etc after every sentence. I realize most of the writers are probably male, and that's ok. They still manage to write a compelling dating sim appealing to women playing the men's side in the other games :P The insight into the world of women is somewhat lacking, though. The sports teams still wants to go do male bonding at the beef bowl, everyone fauns over you regardless, etc. I've noticed some new girls wandering around school, but I haven't been able to establish SLinks with them yet. It's too early. That being said, there doesn't seem to be any cattiness between the girls at school or anything like that. You're still playing the hot new guy that everyone loves and accepts, but with longer hair and boobs.

This is probably pretty harsh considering I'm still VERY early in the game, and I haven't had a chance to bring any SLinks beyond rank 2-3 yet. It'll be interesting to see what happens when I get closer to maxing out the male SLinks. Even then, though, I don't know that it'll be much different. In P3 & P4, when you max out an SLink with a girl, she becomes very upfront about letting you in her pants. If they just reverse that for girls, it will be a kind of negative experience, huh? :P I'm interested in seeing what happens. I haven't decided if I should go for Akihito or Junpei.. or the new hot guy in the velvet room. I want to see Junpei get flustered, or Akihito soften up.. but mysterious hot guy in velvet room!

I dunno. I know I should give it a chance. I plan on playing a little longer and seeing what happens. So far, though, between getting used to the PsP port changes and the girl's side dialogue, I'm having trouble getting into it.

I should also mention, I finally picked P4 up and beat it :P I was on the last boss, srsly :X
I started a second cycle right about when P3P came out, and I've kind of dropped it one month in to give this PsP port a try. At least I can say I finally finished it, though! (I didn't get very far in the Persona1 PsP port before I dropped it for somthing else.. oops!)
Fulbright Kuzunoha XXVsecret_plot on July 9th, 2010 08:37 am (UTC)
i understand it's the same in both, with all daytime activities turned into menu surfing.

thinking about picking it up but ehhh.
Fulbright Kuzunoha XXVsecret_plot on July 9th, 2010 08:39 am (UTC)
also i heard you can't date junpei because of the chihiro arc.
HIDE your facekyonomiko on July 13th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
That slut! She totally took it all off for my protagonist, and now she's two-timing me with Junpei? GAH
HIDE your facekyonomiko on July 13th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Oh wait, that was Chiyo chan :X I forget whom I made my bitch in P3, but it wasn't Chihiro. It was like.. the Strength arcana chick.. the ganguro soccer team manager! Yeah, she totally took it all off for me.
j_koei on July 14th, 2010 05:37 am (UTC)
Yoko was awesome!

But on the bright side, Junpei totally gets to stay a bro with FeMC, even with his gothic lolita inclinations. I mean, yeah, an awkward bro, but a bro nonetheless :)

And I'm going for the volleyball social link, which is pretty solid, so far. A few familiar faces pop up, but you get to see them from different perspectives you might not expect. Well, if you're like me, and very easily surprised and forgetful :)
HIDE your face: Naoyakyonomiko on July 14th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm kinda dissappointed in Junpei :P He acts like a womanizer, flirts with your FMC, and then you can't date him? What a man whore. I'm only on my second month of the playthrough, though, so I haven't had a chance to see how the higher Slink interactions change. I'm dissappointed that Junpei took the spot of the magician, and you can't be BFF with the dude that wants to hump his teacher, though. I went Tennis, library committee since I did health committee last time. (as MMC... but so far, the only thing different I've noticed is that FMC gets a few diff. Slinks, and everyone adds "Since you're a girl" to all dialogue options. I'm still pissed about that)

I played P3 right when it came out, though.. and didn't play a whole lot of FES, so I didn't remember any of this shit. The worst part is, I've gotten most of the random quiz stuff wrong in class, so it's going to take me forever to get my stats up. >:( But yeah, I don't remember much of the original game either, and every time I think I remember when to go do somthing, it's changed with this version, so it doesn't help at all XD

I really love the Doublejump books Strat. guides, but they didn't print anything new for FES, and I don't think they are printint anything new for this version, which is a shame. I think sometimes they prepare material that you can download and print, but I really like the more compact version of the printed guides. Those guys are just awesome in general, and the SMT guides they have put out have been amazing. I just wish I had a good, comprehensive one for all the P3 stuff in my hands.
j_koei on July 14th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah -- all of the quiz answers changed from P3 to FES, and I believe P3P uses the FES questions/answers with (possibly) a few new ones.

A great way to get stats up, though, is to go work part-time in Paulownia Mall -- working at the health spa place will increase your charm and academics, so it might be worth looking in to :)

And as for strategy guides, I've always found GameFAQs.com, while hit-or-miss most of the time, does have some really solid SMT guides -- especially as far as the Persona Compendiums go.
HIDE your facekyonomiko on July 17th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, the FES quiz answers are throwing me off. You don't get the answer by paying attention in class for some of them. It's a right bitch. I've been working at the cafe to raise charm and courage so that I could start the Akihito and Monk Slinks, but now I need to work on academics again to open up Mitsuru.

I used the hell out of my double jump strats, because they had everything sorted by months, told you what Slinks were available on what days, what all the enemy weaknesses/etc, all a block at a time. I also really loved the Slink guide section that would tell you how to get the most points out of each encounter, since your time is super valuable, and you can't really afford spending multiple days buttering up someone for another Slink event. Unfortunately, Gamefaqs is kind of sucking right now for a female Slink guide, and I think I've already fucked things up beyond belief there >:O Oh well XP