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A great dungeon crawler JRPG with life simulation elements!
on 2 November 2011
I can't believe I only just discovered this gem a few months ago. Whilst a little hard to get into at first, once the preliminary story bits are out of the way and it is established how to play the game, it gets really immersive!
If you haven't played the series before, your character fights with the aid of powerful magical entites called Personas, which are represented by different suits of the Tarot main Arcana. These Personas are described as a 'second you' that live inside certain people and can be called out to fight for you.
In terms of combat its a classic dungeon crawler with turn based combat, advancing up levels of the dungeon and facing more powerful enemies as you do so, with bosses at intervals and your character and their personas leveling up as you progress.
Outside of the dungeon the game takes on a life sim spin. Your character has to attend school most days, juggling an acedemic and social life. The social life is actually an important aspect of the game. When creating persona's, their initial power relies on the strength 'social links', which only become stronger as you advance in relationships. You also have the opportunity to visit the dungeon most nights with your party, whom apart from the main character you don't directly control, but can set tactics for so they fight in a certain way. This speeds up battles quite nicely, as you'll be having a lot of them.
Just because the dungeon seems optional, don't think you can get away with just playing the life sim side of the game though! You'll see from the start that every day has the phase of the moon at that time next to it. On every full moon you'll be expected to fight, and if you haven't been using your time effectively to become stronger, you're in for a big surprise!
With the FES edition comes a whole new story line, which takes place after the main game, which also has some major changes too, and due to the length and complexity of the game, it can be played multiple times with maximum replay value.
If you're into unique JRPG's, life sims, or dungeon crawlers, this game is a classic must have with an amazing story.