History VideoGame / Persona

22nd Jun '17 1:24:22 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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At the time, the ''Shin Megami Tensei'' series was known for its incredibly deep, yet NintendoHard gameplay. ''Persona'' was an attempt by Atlus to create a ''Shin Megami Tensei'' game that would appeal to the masses: a character-driven RPG that turned down the difficulty a few notches in order to be more accessible. And by and large it worked, creating a very successful series whose recent incarnations (starting with ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'') have eclipsed the main series in popularity. Many of the main characters from ''Persona'' would later go on to make cameo appearances in the ''{{VideoGame/Persona 2}} duology''. (Three even being ''playable characters'' in ''Persona 2''.)

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At the time, the ''Shin Megami Tensei'' series was known for its incredibly deep, yet NintendoHard gameplay. ''Persona'' was an attempt by Atlus to create a ''Shin Megami Tensei'' game that would appeal to the masses: a character-driven RPG that turned down the difficulty a few notches in order to be more accessible. And by and large it worked, creating a very successful series whose recent incarnations which (starting with ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'') have has eclipsed the main series in popularity. Many of the main characters from ''Persona'' would later go on to make cameo appearances in the ''{{VideoGame/Persona 2}} duology''. 2}}'' duology (Three even being ''playable characters'' in ''Persona 2''.)
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10th Jun '17 6:57:56 PM Neverwhere
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* AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler:The Snow Queen Quest ends with Masao returning to the now unfrozen school to recruit his friends to rescue Maki from the SEBEC Building, thus actually tying the Snow Queen Quest ending to the main route of the game.]]



* ArmorOfInvincibility: Persona 1 dropped the ball in terms of ultimate armor. It DOES exist in the form of Caesar equipment for the head, arms, feet, and armor. Unfortunately, you can only make the Ceasar Feet once (as you only get that particular item needed in fusion once) and that's only if you return Ayase's ultimate persona, which means no Ayase, no ultimate legwear. The other parts come from returning three seperate persona at rank 8 (Seioubo for the Head, Baal for the Arm, and Athena for the body). But, the armor is found on a level 90 persona, by which you don't fear taking damage aynway, as it's quite a pain in the butt to keep making Athena just for that. Thankfully, it's completely possible to beat the game with store bought armor.

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* ArmorOfInvincibility: Persona 1 dropped the ball in terms of ultimate armor. It DOES exist in the form of Caesar equipment for the head, arms, feet, and armor. Unfortunately, you can only make the Ceasar Feet once (as you only get that particular item needed in fusion once) and that's only if you return Ayase's ultimate persona, which means no Ayase, no ultimate legwear. The other parts come from returning three seperate persona at rank 8 (Seioubo for the Head, Baal for the Arm, and Athena for the body). But, the armor is found on a level 90 persona, by which you don't fear taking damage aynway, anyway, as it's quite a pain in the butt to keep making Athena just for that. Thankfully, it's completely possible to beat the game with store bought armor.
4th Jun '17 1:25:03 PM rmctagg09
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* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption - In order to enter a certain dungeon where Kandori is hiding, the party is [[MacGuffinDeliveryService forced to cash in]] the PlotCoupon/borderline MacGuffin they ''only just obtained'' by [[LockAndKeyPuzzle using it as a key]], which opens the door to the dungeon proper. Subverted in that Nanjo actually figures out the trap, but doesn't mention anything until after the Coupon is lost; according to him, StupidityIsTheOnlyOption if they're to confront Kandori. In the manga, he tries to get a Persona to open the door first but fails, meaning that there really is no other way.

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* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption - StupidityIsTheOnlyOption: In order to enter a certain dungeon where Kandori is hiding, the party is [[MacGuffinDeliveryService forced to cash in]] the PlotCoupon/borderline MacGuffin they ''only just obtained'' by [[LockAndKeyPuzzle using it as a key]], which opens the door to the dungeon proper. Subverted in that Nanjo actually figures out the trap, but doesn't mention anything until after the Coupon is lost; according to him, StupidityIsTheOnlyOption if they're to confront Kandori. In the manga, he tries to get a Persona to open the door first but fails, meaning that there really is no other way.
4th Jun '17 10:54:32 AM syndomatic
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* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption - In order to enter a certain dungeon where Kandori is hiding, the party is [[MacGuffinDeliveryService forced to cash in]] the PlotCoupon/borderline MacGuffin they ''only just obtained'' by [[LockAndKeyPuzzle using it as a key]], which opens the door to the dungeon proper. Subverted in that Nanjo actually figures out the trap, but doesn't mention anything until after the Coupon is lost; according to him, StupidityIsTheOnlyOption if they're to confront Kandori.

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* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption - In order to enter a certain dungeon where Kandori is hiding, the party is [[MacGuffinDeliveryService forced to cash in]] the PlotCoupon/borderline MacGuffin they ''only just obtained'' by [[LockAndKeyPuzzle using it as a key]], which opens the door to the dungeon proper. Subverted in that Nanjo actually figures out the trap, but doesn't mention anything until after the Coupon is lost; according to him, StupidityIsTheOnlyOption if they're to confront Kandori. In the manga, he tries to get a Persona to open the door first but fails, meaning that there really is no other way.
23rd May '17 8:26:53 PM rmctagg09
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* GottaCatchThemAll: The missing shards of a MagicMirror [[spoiler: Later revealed to be a MacGuffin]].

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* GottaCatchThemAll: The missing shards of a MagicMirror [[spoiler: Later [[spoiler:later revealed to be a MacGuffin]].



* SpoilerOpening: The PSP version's animated opening contains some clues to [[spoiler: the AlternateUniverse being a ideal DreamLand of Maki's]], notably the way a giant Maki looms over the town. The song's lyrics also mentions [[spoiler:dreams]] several times, and the lines [[spoiler:"Don't wanna wake up/ 'Cause I'm happy here"]] are particularly heavy.

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* SpoilerOpening: The PSP version's animated opening contains some clues to [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the AlternateUniverse being a ideal DreamLand of Maki's]], notably the way a giant Maki looms over the town. The song's lyrics also mentions [[spoiler:dreams]] several times, and the lines [[spoiler:"Don't wanna wake up/ 'Cause I'm happy here"]] are particularly heavy.



* WhereItAllBegan: [[spoiler: The school library is a gateway to Pandora's lair.]]

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* WhereItAllBegan: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The school library is a gateway to Pandora's lair.]]



* 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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* YouCantThwartStageOne: [[spoiler: Kandori...[[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 [[spoiler:[[SaveTheVillain let Kandori's lead scientist die,]] and [[SickbedSlaying pull the plug]] on an unconscious Maki.]]
23rd May '17 2:46:23 PM urutapu
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The PSP opening, if not a straight up SpoilerOpening, at least contains some clues to [[spoiler: the AlternateUniverse being a ideal DreamLand of Maki's]], notably the way a giant Maki looms over the town and the lines [[spoiler: "don't wanna wake up, 'cause I'm happy here"]] in the intro song.



* SpoilerOpening: The PSP version.

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* SpoilerOpening: The PSP version.version's animated opening contains some clues to [[spoiler: the AlternateUniverse being a ideal DreamLand of Maki's]], notably the way a giant Maki looms over the town. The song's lyrics also mentions [[spoiler:dreams]] several times, and the lines [[spoiler:"Don't wanna wake up/ 'Cause I'm happy here"]] are particularly heavy.
23rd May '17 2:43:18 PM urutapu
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* RevolvingDoorCasting: Igor is the only true consistent in the whole Persona series; while Philemon appears from time to time; he doesn't play a crucial role outside of ''Persona''.

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* RevolvingDoorCasting: Igor is the only true consistent in the whole Persona series; while Philemon appears from time to time; time, he doesn't play a crucial role outside of ''Persona''.
16th May '17 12:02:48 PM Redkun
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Although you do not appear to have any serious injuries, you are sent to the hospital for a check-up. While there, you decide to visit Maki Sonomura, a classmate who has been in intensive care for a year despite only suffering from "minor delusions". Yet your visit is cut short when Maki is suddenly rushed into the emergency room and the hospital undergoes a weird transformation into a demon-filled labyrinth. Fortunately, you and your friends have gained a supernatural power to help defend against the demonic hordes, rescue Maki and find a way out of this maze: the mysterious inner-power of "[[SummonMagic Persona]]".

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Although you do not appear to have any serious injuries, you are sent to the hospital for a check-up. While there, you decide to visit Maki Sonomura, a bedridden classmate who has been in intensive care for a year despite only suffering from "minor delusions".year. Yet your visit is cut short when Maki is suddenly rushed into the emergency room and the hospital undergoes a weird transformation into a demon-filled labyrinth. Fortunately, you and your friends have gained a supernatural power to help defend against the demonic hordes, rescue Maki and find a way out of this maze: the mysterious inner-power of "[[SummonMagic Persona]]".
16th May '17 11:47:49 AM Redkun
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You are an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, and the story begins with you and your friends in an empty classroom, taking up a dare to play the ritual-like children's game called "Persona". Suddenly, bolts of lightning strike you and your friends unconscious, and you experience a strange dream involving a golden butterfly.

Even though you don't appear to have any serious injuries, you are sent to the hospital for a check-up and decide to visit Maki Sonomura[[note]]US: "Mary"[[/note]], a classmate who has been in the ICU for a year "for minor delusions". But Maki is suddenly rushed into the emergency room, and the hospital undergoes a transformation into a demon-infested labyrinth. Fortunately, you and the other players of the "Persona" ritual have been granted a mysterious power that you can use to defend yourselves against the demonic hordes: the inner-power known as "[[SummonMagic Persona]]".

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You are an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, and the story begins with you and your friends in an empty classroom, taking OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent who takes up a dare to play the a ritual-like children's playground game called "Persona". "Persona" with your school friends. Suddenly, bolts of your party is struck by lightning strike you and your friends fall unconscious, and where you experience a strange collective dream involving a golden butterfly.

Even though Although you don't do not appear to have any serious injuries, you are sent to the hospital for a check-up and check-up. While there, you decide to visit Maki Sonomura[[note]]US: "Mary"[[/note]], Sonomura, a classmate who has been in the ICU intensive care for a year "for minor despite only suffering from "minor delusions". But Yet your visit is cut short when Maki is suddenly rushed into the emergency room, room and the hospital undergoes a weird transformation into a demon-infested demon-filled labyrinth. Fortunately, you and the other players of the "Persona" ritual your friends have been granted gained a mysterious supernatural power that you can use to help defend yourselves against the demonic hordes: hordes, rescue Maki and find a way out of this maze: the mysterious inner-power known as of "[[SummonMagic Persona]]".
7th May '17 3:48:16 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Travelling through dungeons occurs in first-person, a holdover from ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei''.

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** Travelling Traveling through dungeons occurs in first-person, a holdover from ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei''.



*** Speaking of the combat, each cast member has a melee and a ranged attack.
** While demons would be regular enemies in ''Persona 2'' and ''Persona 5'', this is the only ''Persona'' game that utilizes a race classification system for demons (like in other SMT games), which was used in tandem with their Arcana. After this game, only Arcana would be used to group demons/Shadows.

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*** Speaking of the combat, each cast member has ** Most party members carry both a melee weapon and a ranged attack.
firearm, a feature that disappeared in subsequent entries until ''VideoGame/Persona5'' brought it back.
** While demons would be regular enemies in ''Persona 2'' and ''Persona 5'', ''VideoGame/Persona5'', this is the only ''Persona'' game that utilizes a race classification system for demons (like in other SMT games), which was used in tandem with their Arcana. After this game, only Arcana would be used to group demons/Shadows.



** The Megido line of spells aren't NonElemental in this game: they're classified under the "Nuclear" line of spells alongside the Frei spells. (Which explains its symbol in ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'').

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** The Megido line of spells aren't NonElemental in this game: they're classified under the "Nuclear" line of spells alongside the Frei spells. (Which explains its symbol in ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'').''VideoGame/Persona3'').



** It would later be retconned that Kandori is being controlled to some degree by Nyarlathotep, but this is the only game where the BigBad is a human.

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** It would later be retconned that Kandori is was being controlled to some degree by Nyarlathotep, but this is the only game where the BigBad is a human.
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