History VideoGame / Persona

29th May '16 6:35:46 PM nombretomado
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The really awful localization tends to be the most well-remembered element of this game outside of Japan. One of the earliest titles released by Atlus USA, it has gone down in gaming history as a textbook case of how ''not'' to localize a title. You see, Atlus had got it into its head that they were going to localize the Megaten series as the "''Revelations''" series [[note]]although this actually makes some sense -- every Megaten game features Revelations, but only the very first featured a true goddess reincarnating, and it didn't even have the word ''shin'' in the title[[/note]], and turn all the spells and demons into generic RPG-sounding names and make the characters Americans. The problem was, most of the translation didn't make sense. Yet despite all of this, it still has a die-hard cult following to this day, and copies of the PS1 English version are still incredibly rare and sell for more than ''twice'' the original retail price.

The sudden popularity of the franchise after the successful revival with ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'' led to a PSP UpdatedRerelease with brand new cel-shaded cutscenes (replaced the now-dated 90s era CG), a new interface, and numerous improvements to the game's balance, including a better mini-map and many more save points. This release came to America with much fanfare, [[OldShame especially from Atlus themselves]], who were quick to point out the newer, more faithful script, restoration of original character designs, and inclusion of ''all'' content left out of the PS1 release.

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The really awful localization tends to be the most well-remembered element of this game outside of Japan. One of the earliest titles released by Atlus USA, it has gone down in gaming history as a textbook case of how ''not'' to localize a title. You see, Atlus had got it into its head that they were going to localize the Megaten series as the "''Revelations''" series [[note]]although this actually makes some sense -- every Megaten game features Revelations, but only the very first featured a true goddess reincarnating, and it didn't even have the word ''shin'' in the title[[/note]], and turn all the spells and demons into generic RPG-sounding names and make the characters Americans. The problem was, most of the translation didn't make sense. Yet despite all of this, it still has a die-hard cult following to this day, and copies of the PS1 [=PS1=] English version are still incredibly rare and sell for more than ''twice'' the original retail price.

The sudden popularity of the franchise after the successful revival with ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'' led to a PSP UpdatedRerelease with brand new cel-shaded cutscenes (replaced the now-dated 90s era CG), a new interface, and numerous improvements to the game's balance, including a better mini-map and many more save points. This release came to America with much fanfare, [[OldShame especially from Atlus themselves]], who were quick to point out the newer, more faithful script, restoration of original character designs, and inclusion of ''all'' content left out of the PS1 [=PS1=] release.



* CulturalTranslation: Nearly all references to Japan are gone in the PS1 localization, though the music in the Satomi Tadashi stores and what is obviously a Japanese Shinto shrine somehow made it through localization.
** This also makes the economy of the game somewhat easier, thanks to changing yen/macca to dollars without adjusting for proper balance. As a result, many items are very cheap, and best of all, the healing spring that Trish (called Kelly in the US PS1 version) would've charged out the nose for is very cheap.

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* CulturalTranslation: Nearly all references to Japan are gone in the PS1 [=PS1=] localization, though the music in the Satomi Tadashi stores and what is obviously a Japanese Shinto shrine somehow made it through localization.
** This also makes the economy of the game somewhat easier, thanks to changing yen/macca to dollars without adjusting for proper balance. As a result, many items are very cheap, and best of all, the healing spring that Trish (called Kelly in the US PS1 [=PS1=] version) would've charged out the nose for is very cheap.
11th May '16 9:01:48 AM jake38
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* ArcWords: ''I am thou... Thou art I.''

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* ArcWords: ''I am thou... Thou art I.'''' Later became the Arc Words for the series as a whole.
6th Jan '16 9:40:19 PM spirasen
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* UnstableEquilibrium: Characters that are more efficient in combat - either by doing damage, buffing their allies, or healing characters with status effects, ect - will gain more EXP for both their combat level and Persona level. This means that party members with less applicable use will get weaker and weaker as the game goes on. In short: The Protagonist, Maki, and Nanjo will level up normally. Everyone else will lag behind ridiculously, to the point where enemies can kill them in no time at all. It doesn't help that finished dungeons cannot be accessed after you beat them.
* VideoGameRemake - For the PSP.
* VisualPun: Takashi [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannya "Hannya"]] Hanya. What's interesting is that hannya themselves (female demons) appear as a generic enemies.
* WhereItAllBegan: [[spoiler:The school library is a gateway to Pandora's lair]].
* WorldTree: The [[SavePoint Agastya Tree]].
* YouCantThwartStageOne: [[spoiler:Kandori... pretty much wins, actually. His palace rises from the earth, he attains [[AGodAmI godhood]], and the city is under his control]].
* YouBastard: If you listen to Kei. His preferred options are to [[spoiler:[[SaveTheVillain let Kandori's lead scientist die]], and [[SickbedSlaying pull the plug]] on an unconscious Maki]].

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* UnstableEquilibrium: Characters that are more efficient in combat - -- either by doing damage, buffing their allies, or healing characters with status effects, ect - etc. -- will gain more EXP for both their combat level and Persona level. This means that party members with less applicable use will get weaker and weaker as the game goes on. In short: The Protagonist, Maki, and Nanjo will level up normally. Everyone else will lag behind ridiculously, to the point where enemies can kill them in no time at all. It doesn't help that finished dungeons cannot be accessed after you beat them.
* VideoGameRemake - VideoGameRemake: For the PSP.
* VisualPun: Takashi [[http://en."[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannya "Hannya"]] Hannya]]" Hanya. What's interesting is that hannya themselves (female demons) demons), appear as a generic enemies.
* WhereItAllBegan: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The school library is a gateway to Pandora's lair]].
lair.]]
* WorldTree: The [[SavePoint Agastya Tree]].
Tree.]]
* YouCantThwartStageOne: [[spoiler:Kandori...[[spoiler: Kandori... pretty much wins, actually. His palace rises from the earth, he attains [[AGodAmI godhood]], godhood,]] and the city is under his control]].
control.]]
* YouBastard: If you listen to Kei. His preferred options are to [[spoiler:[[SaveTheVillain [[spoiler: [[SaveTheVillain let Kandori's lead scientist die]], die,]] and [[SickbedSlaying pull the plug]] on an unconscious Maki]].Maki.]]



-->''Mark danced crazy!''
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-->''Mark danced crazy!''
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crazy!''
29th Oct '15 9:22:53 PM crashkey
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* FreudianExcuse: Humorously deconstructed in the Snow Queen Quest. The bosses of the towers all attempt to explain their tragic backstories, but the protagonists' reactions are more or less "so?", quickly pointing out how whatever sad things happened to them not only justifies little but also isn't even relevant.
24th Aug '15 7:12:15 PM eroock
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* RescuedFromPurgatory: In a way. The guardian from the Thanatos Tower traps your Personas in Tartarus, and the group has to go in there to get them out. And yes, it's guarded by Cerberus.

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* RescuedFromPurgatory: RescuedFromTheUnderworld: In a way. The guardian from the Thanatos Tower traps your Personas in Tartarus, and the group has to go in there to get them out. And yes, it's guarded by Cerberus.
22nd Jul '15 12:28:06 AM Dirtyblue929
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''Mark danced crazy!''

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''Mark -->''Mark danced crazy!''
4th May '15 10:43:55 AM nombretomado
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* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The Snow Queen creates three towers within the school for a game. They are based off of ClassicalMythology gods, Hypnos, Nemesis, and Thanatos and each have a guardian that exemplifies them.

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* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The Snow Queen creates three towers within the school for a game. They are based off of ClassicalMythology Myth/ClassicalMythology gods, Hypnos, Nemesis, and Thanatos and each have a guardian that exemplifies them.
19th Apr '15 12:02:59 PM TokoWH
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* ThinlyVeiledDubCountryChange: One of the things the English dub of the [=PS1=] was infamous for. It attempted to change the location from Japan to Chicago... despite the fact that one of the major areas in the game is a ''Shinto shrine'', on top of many of the houses looking very Japanese influenced. Thankfully, this is {{Averted}} in the PSP remake, which keeps the setting in Japan.

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* ThinlyVeiledDubCountryChange: One of the things the English dub of the [=PS1=] original was infamous for. It attempted to change the location from Japan to Chicago... despite the fact that one of the major areas in the game is a ''Shinto shrine'', on top of many of the houses looking very Japanese influenced. Thankfully, this is {{Averted}} in the PSP remake, which keeps the setting in Japan.
19th Apr '15 12:02:25 PM TokoWH
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* ThinlyVeiledDubCountryChange: One of the things the English dub of the [=PS1=] was infamous for. It attempted to change the location from Japan to Chicago... despite the fact that one of the major areas in the game is a ''Shinto shrine'', on top of many of the houses looking very Japanese influenced. Thankfully, this is {{Averted}} in the PSP remake, which keeps the setting in Japan.
2nd Apr '15 8:04:18 PM M3
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* InfinityPlusOneSword/InfinityMinusOneSword: Every character has it, but you best do some research beforehand on where to find them. The Casino in Sun Mall up to a point has some great weapons to use, but they'll pale in comparison to what you'll find by returning some Rank 8 Personas.

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* InfinityPlusOneSword/InfinityMinusOneSword: InfinityPlusOneSword / InfinityMinusOneSword: Every character has it, but you best do some research beforehand on where to find them. The Casino in Sun Mall up to a point has some great weapons to use, but they'll pale in comparison to what you'll find by returning some Rank 8 Personas.
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