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Bring the popcorn and watch me fumble! It's the Persona 3 FES playthrough!
In which things are introduced
I look forward to this. And because I'm totally unoriginal, I'm going to suggest Minato Arisato (That's in the order of given name/surname) for the protagonist's name. Minako if you for some reason want to give the guy a female name.
Sabbo
Put insane emphasis on maxing your social stats (Courage, Charm, Academics) from the get-go. It will help you with everything.

Take note that during the name input you write down the surname first and the given name second. Just so that you don't accidentally name the MC Suzumiya Haruhi or something.
Risetteer
You need max Charm, Courage and Academics to date Yukari, Fuuka and Misturu, respectivily, which should be maxed around September for Courage and Charm and November for Academics. Take a special note of your Academics as higher of that also works well for your test scores.

My vote's for Minato Arisato. It's classic.
phoenixdaughterAM
Minato Arisato, huh? Well, if nobody has any other names that are utterly outlandish and amusing enough to sway me, we'll be going with that. And charm, courage and academics shall be my main focus.
Phoenixor
Might I suggest you romance Yukari if only because either her or Fuuka seems to fit the protagonist better.
Chariot
Also name him Nao Shirogane if only because he looks like he could be related to Naoto.
Chariot
P 3 MC and Naoto being related is my headcanon. P 3 P doesn't have enough character spaces for "Shirogane", though. ;~;

Mitsuru's SL opens up rather late, but I think you should try and max her because Mitsuru is love.
Risetteer
I'll put my vote behind Nao Shirogane, because I like it.
ReDead
I flipped a coin for the name and it came out tails, so Nao it is. Now I just need to wait for the game to arrive.
Phoenixor
Since Shirogane doesn't fit, can the last name be Bearstrangler- Oh wait that doesn't fit either, damn.
BetaRay
Nao Shiroga, as an abbreviation.

Or Minato Arisato, since that does fit. (It should probably be noted that this is the protagonist's name in the Persona 3 manga.)
Sabbo (edited by: Sabbo)
So Nao Bearoga, then? I can work with that. THE SHADOWS SHALL FEAR MY GRIZZLY MIGHT AS I CRUSH THEM WITH MY BEAR HANDS.
Phoenixor
No bare hands but in here you can switch the weapon of the Protagonist. Knifes being the only one barred. Closest thing to bare hands in boxing gloves.
phoenixdaughterAM
^ Guns are also barred, despite the two other characters who use them (in admittedly considerably different forms).
Sabbo
...Can I change my vote to anything that's not Nao Bearoga?

The puns would be unbearable.
ReDead
Yeah... I'm gonna have to vote again for Minato Arisato. Things are going to get really confusing for us who used that name, and it at least has some degree of officialness to it.
Sabbo
Bah, you kids are no fun. Minato it is. Just got the game as well, so expect the next part shortly!
Phoenixor
Wow! Great post. ;)
christineB
In which our journey begins
Yep. The dog's a party member. More about him when we get to him.

The posh dorm for the posh people! (And there's some cool background music later)

Don't worry. You'll see creeeepy ghost kid later. -laughs-

If I remember right, the orginal opening appears if you linger too long on the decision stage. With some more spoilerific stuff on it. Atlus seems to have grown fond of these over the years.
phoenixdaughterAM
Actually, the original opening didn't seem that spoilerific at all unless you already know the game's plot.
Barrylocke
In which other things are introduced
-giggles- The teachers are very much eccentric here. And yep, that is a French man there. -stays quiet on the rest about them-
phoenixdaughterAM
In which PERSONAS PERSONAS PERSONAS
-laughs- Big nosed and eerie looking is Igor. -smiles-
phoenixdaughterAM
Speed reading a play-through is fun!
Merhabi
In which I am thou, and thou art I
-laughs- Loving the humor. And the Igor-dislike.
phoenixdaughterAM
Well, it's not just Orpheus who was kicking ass in the cutscene. You'll get the chance to see that awesome guy again, later.
hnd03
Remember to fuse Orpheus into something else. But not Apsarus. As you'll be able to get her easy in shuffle time
Jamdat369
You've still got some tutorial-ing to go through yet.

And I've decided on my vote as to who Minato should romance:

All of the ladies. All of them.
ReDead
Nobody calls Ikutsuki "Shuji". If you're having trouble spelling the more common name, try to think of it in two parts: "ikut" & "ski". Thankfully, the "u" syllable parts in Japanese are often ignorable, to a degree.
Sabbo
No. Romance Yukari and leave the others alone.
Chariot
Oh god i hope you do all.
Merhabi
In which SOCIAL LINKS GO!
Yes, yes I am happy. :P
Sabbo
In which Tartarus is not a brand of toothpaste
If you want to string installations together (such as you could have done with this one and the previous), then feel free. Or not. Your choice really. So long as you split your paragraphs well, then there'll be no trouble reading it even if it's really, really long.
Sabbo
I figure stringing instalments together works best, since it gives people a chance to take a break and allows me to start a fresh update. The updates will probably be a little more spaced out once I properly escape the tutorial, though.
Phoenixor
Hmm...I usually buy a weapon for the Protagonist with the windfall of cash. The best way to gain money is obviously through your dungeon crawling. So I'd recomend a return as soon as you can get yourself to a "Great" status. Take the restroom but if all else fails, sleep.
phoenixdaughterAM
In which Tartarus and Kenji try my patience
Oh Oh! Always analyze the enemy! I belive there is a shortcut button for it...

Hey! Hey! In Japan, the proper etiquette is to eat the ramen noisily. That shows the chef that you like it. It is called Ramen Slurp for a reason.

You probably would have preferred Junpei as a Social Link wouldn't you? But on the bright side: I think sports clubs are opening up. -hint hint-
phoenixdaughterAM
You'll no doubt soon find that Kenji is just generally delusional about a number of things. "Smile and nod" seems to be the recommended way to handle a lot of these early S.Links.
JoieDeCombat

missmaraher
In which fatigue rears its ugly head
Jack Frost. Mascot for Atlus. A persona you are likely to find. I find him useful for the first full moon boss. Hee-hoo!

But the bookstore is most certianly a place to be hanging out as the Social Link is one of my Personal favorites.
phoenixdaughterAM
In which we clip some wings
The skull and crossbones is...

Bad. Very Bad. Avoid it.
ReDead
Yes, pdam gave me the low-down on what that does. I shall not be listening to a certain cult of blue oysters' advice any time soon.
Phoenixor
In which we gain knowledge and power
-grins- One of my favorite Social Links, coming up!
phoenixdaughterAM
Bunkichi and Mitsuko are cool old people.

Also, piece of advice, if you advance the Chariot social link enough, you'll be able to romance Yuko.
ReDead
In which we pause to discuss matters of the heart
...You're going to be missing out on completing several social links if you do it this way. Persona 4 isn't so picky, but in this game - for all the girls except two or three - you begin going out with them at around rank 7. That said, if you do intend to do it this way for whatever reason, I'd suggest Yukari.

—-

I was going to post this earlier, but I figured posting on the most recent update would be best...

Every floor has an access point, without exception.

Relatedly, a tip: Explore every square of the map before moving on to the next floor, making sure to beat all the shadows in your way. The midbosses such as the Venus Eagles you just fought will be much easier if you do it this way, and it also means you wont have to worry about the full moon dungeons or bosses being particularly hard, with most being downright easy.
Sabbo
Chihiro.
ReDead
Mitsuru!
phoenixdaughterAM
I don't really know how to edit my comment, but I want to change my vote to Mitsuru.
ReDead
Yukari.
Chariot
In which Kazushi disregards health and safety
No party member socal links here. Expect for the girls. That was one of the much better improvements Persona 4 gave and is the probable reason for the Female Protagonist for adding in those Social Links.
phoenixdaughterAM
Oh! But get online sometime during a weekend/holiday! You'll find something...-grins-
phoenixdaughterAM
In which Atlus gets self-referential
PHIL refers to Philemon, who was in the first two Persona games. The blue butterfly you saw in the first scenes of the game was revealed by Word Of God to be him as well. So why make a Innocent Sin MMO if P2 is canon to P3?

Well, originally, the MMO was Devil Busters Online (a call back to Megami Tensei II for the Famicom), "Tatsuya" was "N-jima" (A reference to Nakajima from MT1/the original novels) and "Maya" was "Y-ko" (Yumiko, the heroine of MT1/the novels). Presumably, the P1 locations like the Lunarvale Hospital were DDS/MT locations as well, and there wasn't references to JOKER and the like.

Boring trivia over.

Anyway, you can do Elizabeth's "take me somewhere" requests any time you visit her through the mall Velvet Room door instead of the Tartarus one. I suggest you do them, as they are rather amusing, and if you miss the chance for one, you can't do the later ones.
Otherarrow (edited by: Otherarrow)
In which we bite the hands that feed us
-is coffined and can't comment-
phoenixdaughterAM
In which the plot strikes back
There will be someone else who needs the Conserve SP [[MARINKARIN even more...]]

Yep. Very "eager" Junpei is.
phoenixdaughterAM
People talk about how Persona 3 only has one dungeon.

Well what do you call this?
Mysterion
Persona 3 - including the bit in The Answer - has two main dungeons, each split into several subsections, and a handful of very small one-time-only dungeons. Most people ignore The Answer and the mini-dungeons.
Sabbo
In which the fruits of our mental labours are revealed
The social link stuff on Sundays will never lead to a rank up in this game, but they can in Persona 4. Too much stuff in the social links here happens in school for it to work, I think. Kenji is a prime example, as even though the social link itself could theoretically be undertaken outside school (He's meant to just be a friend; him being a classmate is unimportant), the entire social link revolves around the school and people in it.
Sabbo
In which yer a wizard, 'Arry
So has this been put on hold or abandoned? (Either way, you've gotten further than the guy who tried to do a liveblog of P 3 P's female route... in Japanese.)
Sabbo
Currently on hold. Got a lot of busy stuff going on right now, which has rather sapped my free time. Will hopefully get a new update out soon, though.
Phoenixor
I'm looking forward to the update but take your time. Were on the internet we can wait.

Wildcard
In which we return to your regularly scheduled programme
It's back! It's back! It's back!
phoenixdaughterAM
In which we go Tutankamun on a Guardian
And we aren't even into the That One Boss portion yet...
phoenixdaughterAM
He is so doomed.
zacen299
Thanks for the vote of confidence, there. I feel like I was a little under-leveled for that right, really. I'll likely do some grinding in Tartarus in preparation for the next Full Moon.
Phoenixor
In which we BELIEVE IT! Or don't...
That Mitsuru stalking girl is there throughout the entire game, usually talking about Mitsuru. I admit, she is probably one of my favorite of the faceless nameless NP Cs (...not that is a particularly crowded field)
Otherarrow
In which we make like a whetstone and grind!
In case you haven't noticed, for the school Social Links, when they come up to you at lunchtime, that means the next time you hang out with them, you will get a rank up.
Otherarrow
That did click for me today, yeah. I just neglected to mention it in the post since I wasn't entirely sure.
Phoenixor
In which Shinjiro is awesome
-is silent in fear of spoiling you-
phoenixdaughterAM

Yes, "not knowing things" is a constant in this game. Even the final scene of The Journey can be considered ambiguous, despite that being the end of the original P3.
Sabbo
In which Fuuka is some variety of magician
Now I feel guilty for not taking that Lead Metal quest...-sighs- Don't care for Yukari much but she at this point, is still a valuable party member.

-laughs softly- Naturally getting to like Mitsuru?
phoenixdaughterAM
That Toy Bow is useful now, but here's something to keep in mind: Those are the stats for every gag weapon. The last character's bus stop sign halfway through the game? 100/99, just like the Toy Bow.
Sabbo
Oh, but that said, the Toy Bow (as well as any revealing armor you give her) is the kind of stuff she'll swap out her own equipment to get rid of. Yes, that's a thing.
Sabbo
In which we commit double regicide
Uh...it will take until Friday until you can go into Tartarus again. Three days for healing up and the other to get her room ready in the dorm. But ah well, a short break for your job well done.
phoenixdaughterAM
Won't remember? This is something about Persona 3's plot that I disagree with. It happened, and Natsuki was conscious for some of it at least, why wouldn't she be able to remember? Even if the Dark Hour is a warped timeframe, I don't see how that would stop her from forming memories of it.
Mysterion
The way I see it, humans aren't good at dealing with this kind of crazy stuff. Without a Persona to help them deal with it and keep them grounded in that level of reality, so to speak, they just sort of blot out the memory to protect their sanity and go off on their merry way.
Phoenixor
In which we get bargain hunting
I just fuse different Persona onto my Nihil/Mother Object depending on who I don't need and what gives the best stats.

All I recall is that Odin makes Gungnir, which gives innate Elec Boost, but that is a ways down the line.
Otherarrow
Interesting, otherarrow. And all I remember is Thor giving Mjolnir... which gives Elec Boost. That was the first such weapon I got, and I kept it for quite a while.

Cybele might also give something, I think, but that's at the end of the Lovers social link.
Sabbo
In which Kazushi spills the beans
Death means Change in terms of the Tarot arcana. And slowly, this Creepy Kid will change into a more friendly Creepy Kid. -laughs-
phoenixdaughterAM
In which we pack our insecticide
Hey, I bought this around about half a month or so ago, choosing hard for the first playthrough. It's actually going pretty well so far (Just two days after the Hermit battle.). Of course, I was hilariously lucky within skill mutating and got Fire and then Wind Amp at Level 23 and 38, respectively, or something close. I laughed. Hard. Both times. Anyway, a question: When you zio'd the beetles, did it do the regular amount of damage for striking the weakness, or around about? Because, within hard mode, whereas the weakness is still there (With knockdown and everything.)... it does absolutely pitiful damage, as if it highly resisted it. Just wondering if that's another way hard mode making the game more dickish, as well as the douuble damage (Which isn't that bad really. At the very least, I have been utterly fine with it for now, even with all the OHK's that physical skills tend to provide.) and the fucking tripled compendium prices argh argh argh eh, whatever, it's not THAT bad.

If you'd care for any hints for the parts I have completed, then I'll provide anything that doesn't essentially provide a walkthrough. Part of the fun of this game is creating your own path to take down the constant problems it throws you. However,any general hints or advice, ask me.

Oh, and by the way, seeing as you have never mentioned it beforehand, have you been going towards the mall during evenings to level your interaction stats? If not, then well... Fuck. There's definitely the ability to get, and even max, them, especially the earlier non - stat ones (2 and 4 charm for Moon and Devil, respectively, and 4 courage for Star.), but for the ones requiring, maximum within those stats, it's very improbable. Doable, but improbable. Case within point, I have been doing that sporadically through - out the game (Actually, I dedicated a lot of time after the fourth non - cutscene full moon towards them, after decding that I was probably overleveled at that point: I was getting members joining that were four levels below me, for whatever's sake.) and I only just max'd them around about six days before the next of the moon. So, yes, if you have not been doing that before now, then start now. It doesn't stop you from studying within your room afterwards: It just skips straight towards the "sleep/study" decision.

Sorry if this sound patronizing if you have been doing this already. I just would prefer it to be sure.
InWithTheAshes
And holy shit, wall of text. Sorry for that to.
InWithTheAshes
Guess this is dead.
VeryMelon
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