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Franchise: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona

"I am thou...And thou art I."
Arc Words for the entire series.

Persona, or Shin Megami Tensei: Persona as it is known in the West, is a long-running series of video games, animated series, comic books and light novels that began as a spinoff of a Shin Megami Tensei What If? Gaiden Game aptly titled Shin Megami Tensei: if...; While SMT games revolve around characters enlisting the aid of demons and deities, characters in the Persona series fight using the eponymous Persona, anthropomorphic personifications of their own personalities. Similarly, instead of battling the forces of Order or Chaos, the protagonists of the Persona series combat Shadows, manifestations of the collective darkness in humanity's hearts. You may expect the usual Atlus weirdness, along with a David Lynchean vibe from the dream worlds and their oddball residents.

Persona began with the tale of a nameless high school student and his friends trapped in their demon-infested Domed Hometown. This was followed by the Persona 2 duology, which expanded the universe with the story of an ongoing war between two manifestations of the collective unconscious, Philemon and Nyarlathotep.

Following that entry was the radically-different Persona 3, where you played as a teenager trying to juggle school and friends with a giant tower of Shadows threatening to bring about The End of the World as We Know It. Persona 4 followed with a supernatural murder mystery where a new high school student and his friends try to stop a serial killer throwing victims into a world inside people's TV sets (It Makes Sense in Context). Persona 4 Arena meanwhile serves as a Cross Over for the series, with various characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4 dealing with the wider universe established in Persona 2.

Persona tends to be more forgiving on gamers (hence, more commercially profitable) than its core series. Most of the games are Dungeon Crawlers where you obtain various Persona fight on your behalf. Persona 3 also introduced the "Social Links" system to the franchise, which trades the monster negotiation of earlier titles for Visual Novel-esque vignettes that enhance your combat abilities as you get to know other characters better.

Games in the Series:

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