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CHECK BOTH THIS REVIEW AND THE REPLY BELOW. THIS ALONE IS NOT THE FULL REVIEW.
While this game is certainly fit to be a black horse game, there are issues and advantages that the author above does not tell you. It's also quite spoiler heavy so watch at your own risk.
At first, the better sides.
(Sorry Tropes doesn't let me upload more than 3000 chars so...)
(...Here's a follow-up...)
...And the downsides.
Part of the reason why I didn't mention the spoilers in my review is that if I do, it's of little benefit to people who want to learn more about the game without being spoiled. It also doesn't help that a lot of readers will be fairly lost considering that a lot of your comments are difficult to understand if you haven't played the game.
Part of the reason why Rei's somewhat more effective as a character than Hikari is that she has more interaction with the rest of the party. Throughout the story, she bonds with Zen and the rest of the party, provides a source of comic relief and even helps out in the P4 side's version of the third dungeon. The fact that she's taken away, as well as the circumstances under which it happens, helps set the dark and tragic tone for the game's final act. While the stakes aren't as high as in PQ 2's endgame, the party isn't about to abandon Rei any more than the Investigation Team would abandon someone who was thrown into the TV(i.e. most of the party and even Mitsuo), or SEES would abandon someone like Fuuka.
Your description of the first three labyrinths oversimplifies things. The first labyrinth is about an authority figure who gets away with abusing his power because the citizens don't think for themselves. The second labyrinth is more about peer pressure and a desire to fit in. The third labyrinth focuses on how people are persecuted for not fitting in. One recurring theme is that while various people may mistreat others for not conforming, it's still one's responsibility to think for oneself, which relates to how Hikari eventually had to regain the courage to be her own person.
Incidentally, does continuing a review in the comments section violate the "no circumventing the word count limit" rule the same way posting a two-part review does?
Yes it is. Doing that is against the rules.
I hesitate to cast the first stone in this regard, as I have done so once or twice. Albeit, usually for a sentence or two of specific nitpicky examples or recommendations for other media with a similar theme or genre, rather than such an extensive addition to the original review.
I agree with Spectral Time. The one time I did it was to add some commentary on how Three Point Shot handled some characters (a few of whom were killers/victims), which I obviously couldn\'t include in my review, lest I spoil the plot. That\'s why I decided to ask for other people\'s opinions rather than simply go ahead and flag it.
Sorry I wasn\'t aware of this rule at the first time I made it.
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