Oh boy. You'd think after DemiKids I'd get off the SMT-kick. Fact of the matter is, I got this game as a gift a few months back and I decided that since I hadn't put it back in my game cabinet that I'd give the game a whirl. Much like a certain other staff member, I've also decided that this year I'd dig into my backlog and try to play a bunch of older titles that have been sitting in my game collection. I have over 41 games in my backlog that I still haven't completed, and every year I attempt to see how many games I can beat in a year. Since I mostly play RPGs that number isn't always particularly high.
Anyway, outside of the fact that I got this as a gift, you're all probably wondering why I'm not playing Innocent Sin first, and the honest answer is this: I don't want to and I don't have access to my laptop as of late because I've been using the it to give my mother computer lessons. Maybe when I'm feeling up to it, I'll go back and give that game a shot too.
Of the four Persona games, this is the only one I have no prior experience with, or any real knowledge of. With Revelations: Persona having been remade on the PSP, I may finally (though may be not this year) finally sit down and complete that game too.
Why am I choosing to blog about Persona 2: EP? 1) I've been interested in this game for years, although it was never a game I could find in my local game stores. 2) It was a gift, and since it's a gift I feel that I should play this game and let the person who gave it to me know how I genuinely feel about it, and 3) RPGamer has no official staff review for the game. You heard me. If I somehow manage to make it through this 50+ hour ride, I'm going to review it. Why? Because according to some folks, I hate myself.
My goal with this blog is to update it as much as I can. I've decided I will only update it when I've completed a dungeon. I know there is over ten dungeons in this game, so I know I've got a long way to go. I'm going to try and put in a minimum of two hours a week into this game. We'll see if it hooks me more to have longer play sessions.
Let's get started, shall we?
04/05/10 - 2 hours
I have completed my first dungeon in the game - Seven Sisters High School. I must say after coming from Persona 3 and 4 this battle system is a lot different. I'm really enjoying what I've seen of the contacting system, which has a lot of hilarious dialog bits. It's going to take some getting use to, especially considering the last couple RPGs I've played have had far more active combat systems. I also know this game has a steep difficultly curve, so I'm grinding early.
One thing I am despising about this game is the ugly menus. The menu is an eyesore and it feels jumbled. However, it's not as bad as a certain other SMT game I played recently (*cough*DemiKids*cough*), but its still kind...fugly. Oh menu, I guess you and I are going to have to get quite... acquainted.
I also completed my first boss fight, which was super easy! Which means this game is going to murder me later on. I've heard the boss fights in this game are punishingly difficult if one isn't prepared. I can only hope that I find patience with this game. That being said, it was nifty to see the introduction of the Joker, and I have to say... he's terrifying. Wouldn't you be afraid of a man with a paper bag on his head? He's as scary as the T-1000 from Terminator 2!
I've also finally opened up the Velvet Room. There was a Belladonna waiting for me. She's no Elizabeth, but she sure is pretty! I've only fused one demon so far - a poltergeist who I have given to Katsuya. I actually am enjoying the personalities of the characters in this game - I also love Ulala's outfit. I want to make it, but that's another story.
Another thing I'm amused by is the voice acting. The voice acting was probably a neat thing for it's time, but it's pretty bad. I don't mind Ulala's voice, but Maya and Katsuya are just awful. Especially Maya. Maya's in particular just makes me wibble. It is also fun to hear a certain swear word blipped out in one of Ulala's voiced lines. We all know what the word is, and it's naughty.
The next time I update this blog I will have completed the Mifune Trail dungeon.
Heh, pray for me that I don't rage quit on this one! (Mind you, I never rage quit on games.
04/09/10 - 4 1/2 hours
Just a quick update today as I have officially completed the Sanitarium. It wasn't too difficult, but I've learned that I really suck at getting spell cards from a lot of the demons. Somehow things will be moving along just fine and then all of a sudden I'll pick the wrong answer and then the demons all want to kill me. I've been having much trouble that I still haven't really summoned any new demons into my party other than the starters and a Poltergeist. Unfortunately the next dungeon isn't going to likely allow me enough time to grind for spell cards...
That being said I decided to try a bit of the Sky Museum, which is the next dungeon. It also happens to the be the type of dungeon I absolutely hate in an RPG - a timed one. You only have thirty minutes to clear the entire dungeon. The dungeon also happens to be on FIRE because Shodou is a jerk, but that's not the point. Not only do you have to rush around the dungeon to usher children out, but once you hit the last two floors you get random encounters again and too many of those drain the time limit. Sadly, I hit too many random encounters and my time wiped out. :X
Yeah, that made me cranky. I'm going to try and attempt it again soon, and at least this second time around I have a better idea of where all the children are, so it should be a breeze to the fourth floor. I dunno, will see.
But yeah, timed dungeons suck.
04/27/10 - 9 hours
I apologize for being quiet as of late. I haven't had as much time to play Persona 2 as I would have liked, but hopefully I'll be able to find some more time for it. Right now it's juggling a lot of personal stuff and doing reviews for upcoming titles that's been keeping me from it.
I finished the Sky Museum awhile back, and after that incident, I can say I'm enjoying where the plot seems to be going. The next dungeon I need to tackle is GOLD, and I need to stop Ulala before she does something nutty. Right now, however, I'm doing a lot of grinding for spell cards, as this is posing my biggest problem with the game. Spell cards are not easy to get. Once you've figured out the contact pattern for one demon it's easy, but when you haven't, yeah you get smacked around. This really is the only issue that's nagging at me in the game. I think the Contact system is great, but it really is way too hit or miss.
I'm going to try and not take too much time in between updates for this blog, but with the games I need to sit and review, the updates still might be few and far between at the moment.