It’s been exactly 2 weeks since I picked up my copy of P3P, and I’ve been playing for several hours a day. I didn’t max out all s links and I didn’t complete my persona compendium (oh man…I think I’m rather behind here), but I’m glad I went through the storyline. In January, the month before the final boss, I was so tense I couldn’t give a shit about completion or anything and went straight to the boss after finishing Mitsuru’s s. link (because I really, really like her. I was really worried about her s. link since it comes in late in the game). As a result, I’ll be going over the game again for max s.links to fuse Orpheus Telos, and fight the Reaper. I also have to go through FeMC’s route, since I want to save Shinjiro.
Persona 3 is very good (understatement). I love this game. I can understand why my friend played it 7 times, or why someone bought the game 4 times. This game is truly awesome in every way. Best PSP RPG for me, and possibly the best RPG I’ve played. Granted, I probably haven’t played most of the classics (I haven’t played Final Fantasy 7. There. I said it.), but I doubt there’s another RPG that “hits the spot” like P3 did for me. I finished P3P at around 64 hours with a lvl 74 MC (was 73 when fighting final boss, but leveled). Most people said they took 70+ hours for their first run. I think my friend was logging around 100 hours for her first playthrough with her team in mid-eighties. Wow, maybe I should get to 99 next time.
For me, the story and s. links were probably the highlight of the game. It felt nicely paced, and the ‘power of friendship’ actually felt moving and not cheesy. S.links were sweet (not just the romantic ones); they made me want to hang out with my friends and form deep bonds too =) I found the battle system to be very enjoyable. I like dungeon-crawling, so climbing up Tartarus seemed fun rather than a chore in comparison to the sim elements. The dungeon crawling and sim aspects of the game really compliment each other, and gives a ‘fresh’ feel for me. If crack felt like playing P3P, then maybe I can understand why druggies do what they do.
P3P is my first Persona game and my introduction to the SMT series. Seeing as P3P uses P4’s system, I am very interested in playing P4. I can’t find it in any stores, so…P4P? Please, Atlus. Not that I’ll hate you for not doing it since you release such awesome games. With P3P and my other games, I can probably last until the end of the year if I really tried. P3P, DQ9, Xenosaga 1, La Pucelle, Wild Arms 4, Etrian Odyssey 3 and some things that I can still play like Pokemon, Hexyz Force (for 100 hour achievement), Chrono Trigger…Damn this is the first time I realized that I’ve got a lot waiting for me. No more shopping sprees until maybe boxing day, if my plans go well. The summer of 2010 is already starting out as a good one, even if there’s no fresh summer romance or doki doki summer school days for me. No need for real life romance when I got P3P XD