most iconic part of Persona 5 is when you’re locked in the interrogation room and Akechi is escorted in by a guard and takes the guard’s gun and shoots the guard to death and the game is like “you understand Akechi a bit more now! the Justice Confidant has leveled up! you have gained an experience boost when fusing Personas of the Justice Arcana! :)” and then he promptly fucking kills you.
If Mishima were a Phantom Thief, I think he’d have a navi role instead of being in the fighting party. You could swap him around with Futaba, kind of how you can do so in Persona Q.
Since he’s pretty much the team’s knowledge broker in canon with the Phansite, he’d have a persona that specializes in gathering info on shadows.
Analyze Weakness - He could have the ability to analyze enemies and figure out their weakness. So I don’t have to constantly throw every attack element possible and hope that one of them is the weakness. Just command him to scan enemies and he’ll know their weaknesses in a couple of turns.
Appease Shadows - He could scan the enemy’s personality type and determine which dialogue choices would make them happy when you’re negotiating with them to join you. Or maybe something like Mishima sometimes warning you when you select an answer that would piss off the shadow. You’d pick a bad answer and Mishima is like “Wait don’t say that. I don’t think he’s gonna like that”. And you get a chance to choose again. (On a sadder note, this would reflect how Mishima probably acted when he was being abused by Kamoshida/ bullied by classmates. Watch out for their mood swings, and say whatever it takes to appease them so they don’t hurt you any more than they usually do.)
Target Hunt - If you’re looking for a particular shadow (cause you need it to fuse a particular persona/or want to make skill cards etc), Mishima can scan and look for which shadows on the map will spawn the one you’re looking for. I personally would love to have this since I hate having to go through a ton of battles just to find the one shadow i need.
These are just the ones at the top off my head. I can probably think of a whole list of abilities for Navi!Mishima with a little more time.
Squidwad-kun and I finished Kamoshida’s palace earlier and wow I am so happy. It wasn’t near the end that I had to retry several times bc of stupid misplays. I had an easier time fighting Kamoshida compared to trying to figure out the weaknesses for the other shadows ahhh. I mean this is my second day playing it and I’m definitely enjoying it, despite some of the anxiety it gives me from having to redo battles and then realizing how much easier it could’ve been lmaoo. But man once you finish a battle, the payoff feels so nice. So many times I’m like “HELL YES WE BEAT ‘EM!”
I managed to finish his palace on 4/30 so I had several days to kill before the final day on 5/2. I still can’t figure out how to get a part time job. I’m trying to get one at the flower shop at the underground mall in Shibuya. I’ve also been going to the bath bc I wanna raise his charm LMAO. Also bless Ryuji, he’s been my MVP since he’s the only one who has an lightning spell out of all of us and a lot of shadows in Kamoshida’s palace seemed to be weak against that.
I never used Mithra in Persona 3 or 4 because of it’s awful design but I fused one in Persona 5 who ended up being my MVP for a little whole so… I wanted to be nice to him and give him a better posture I guess. I feel like this is the first Mithra fanart from any SMT game…?
Tried out some different settings that in an attempt to make quicker, looser pics, and it worked fairly well until the snake of all things threw me for a loop. If the shape was a little off in one area it made the whole thing look off. Any non-snake related pictures should go quicker though!
I thought I could fit all this into one post… haha. More to come! This stuff isn’t magical or fascinating so much as funny, so keep that in mind if you want to see the dark underbelly that is MADAM JEDI and other scrapped and rough content!!
From a doc beautifully entitled
“Kylo Ren Master Notes, Updated 1-4-15” (one of about 10 CWU ‘master
notes’ docs I kept throughout the year, behold my organization
skills, including labeling this doc with the wrong year. This doc was
37 pages long! It picks up with notes on what became the second chapter of Life Sentence):
-You can buy nutrients for your plant at certain stores. (Pawn Shop, Flower Shop, and one other shop in the Red Light District.) Tending to your plant will give you Kindness points without using any time. (Which you will need to start or finish Confidants.) (The more expensive, the higher the points you’ll get.) The best part? MORGANA CAN’T TELL YOU TO GO TO SLEEP!
-You can also buy books to read on the train. Finishing them will give you points in certain Social Stats.
-To upgrade your teammate’s Personas, you must finish their Confidants, much like in Persona 4.
-There’s an easy way to farm for EXP on certain days. (Towards the end of the game.) (There’s no spoilers in this video)
—It’s best to finish the Star and Moon Confidants for this. (As mentioned in the video.)
And one more tip, but it’s much later in the game and contains spoilers. (Around 10/1 spoilers.)
I’ve played it twice, I’ve platinumed it, I’ve been through every f*cking rage
quit, I died many times right before getting to the safe room, I’ve never seen
it coming like a thousand times, and now, I can safely say, I love this game so
Persona 5 was everything I expected and more, much more. It surpassed my
expectations in every aspect. And yes, this is gonna be anything but praise,
and you can already guess which is going to be my final verdict on this, but
still, I have to talk about this game.
in its two predecessors, you play as a nameless protagonist, whom we’ll call
Akira Kurusu (‘cause that’s his name in the manga and I like it very much) and
who’s been falsely accused and now is under probation in Tokyo, the big city.
Here, he’ll be taken under custody by Sojiro Sakura, the owner of the café
Leblanc, and he’ll attend to this school with a very particular sense of
fashion when it comes to its uniforms, Shujin Academy. Soon enough, Akira will
discover that a strange app has been installed into his cellphone without his
consent, and despite the many times he tried to delete it, it won’t go away.
on out, you can guess what will happen if you’ve played another Persona game
before: he’ll discover he can summon creatures from hell itself and that
there’s a world inside of the world where shadows live, he’ll come across other
people who can summon things as well, and they’ll fight demons and stuff, and
at the end, they’ll save the world with the power of friendship because if not,
this is definitely not a jrpg. Pretty much the same concept from previous games.
But at the
same time is completely different, new and fresh.
revolves around the themes of ’freedom’, and ’being slaved by society’. The topic
of corrupt and rotten adults is also brought up many times. And it does it
perfectly. From the beginning, you get absorbed by the prejudice they throw
upon Akira for being a ‘delinquent’ under probation. You can feel how they
speak behind his back, how they look away while he walks past them. You put yourself
in his shoes, and you sympathize with his bad luck. That’s a very special moment
for the player and the protagonist, for it hadn’t happened in previous
Personas: this is the very first Persona game in which the main character has
the heaviest story pre-game and you feel it. And with ‘heavy’ I mean, seen,
clear, present, because yes, the P3 Protagonist had a very sad past, but the
game barely touched upon the death of his/her parents, and regarding Yu
Narukami… well… yeah, he comes from the city and… yeah, that’s it.
Akira is a character
already stablished, the responses you can choose for him have a tendency to
seem rebellious, the way he smirks, taunts his enemies and acts proudly of
himself… He is, in every way, a character on his own, and not a chance a
representation of what the player want him to be. And that’s GREAT!
just him. The friends you come across in this path – The Phantom Thieves – may all
seem a copycat of previous characters from previous games, but there’s always
something that make them unique and original. The way Ryuji speaks and stands
against everyone; Ann’s ideals of becoming an inspiration and her passionate
love and care for her friend Shiho; Makoto’s concern about her sister and her
own future and the pigeon-hole that chained her down for so many years;
Futaba’s case of agoraphobia, with her tearful fears and her own demons;
Yusuke’s hidden past shaped in a painting and his eccentric ideas; Haru’s heavy
burden in following her father’s footsteps while at the same time realizing
what she wants for herself; Akechi’s intrusive appearances, with a sad motive
and a real self-centered issue; Morgana’s pursuit for his own past, and his
devotion for the team. Yes, we already had that best friend who follows women
in swimsuits (and actually buys a swimsuit for them cof cof Yosuke I’m looking at you cof cof), we already had the genius detective, the rich heiress to a big
enterprise, the talking animal (stop it, Teddie, this is un-bear-able), the
popular girl… but they all bring something new to the table. They’re all
relatable at some point, and it’s hard to choose a favorite, for they all make
you want to be part of that group of friends.
is so well thought that it makes me want to cry tears of joy. The main concept
is to change the hearts of corrupt people: a sexual assaulter, an artist who
plagiarizes his pupil’s work, a mafia leader… you get the idea. The Phantom
Thieves risk their lives by entering Palaces, these people’s manifestation of
their distorted desires, and they steal their ‘treasure’ – in other words, they
take away from the villain’s cognition that specific thing that made them
corrupt in the first place. It can be a memento from their childhoods, it can
be a very naïve object that, with time, created in them this sinful desire to
abuse of others with their power. F*ck these guys, really.
one thing leads to another… and… there’s like a wheel thing, things that happened
at the beginning have repercussion later down the line… and… if I speak a
little more I’ll be banned by Atlus 'cause spoilers. But, let me just say that
if you believe that Persona 4’s story was clever and surprising, trust me, your
jaw will fall to the floor many, maaaaany times in Persona 5. Like, really.
You’ll envy these kids’ minds. You’ll never see it co- sorry, it just never
gameplay remains true to Persona roots, and brings back the Shadow Negotiation, a mechanic that hadn’t been present since the Persona 2 duology.
Before, you gained Personas at the end of the battle thanks to cards shufflin’
(the Shuffle Time Oh My God), but now, it’s up to you to convince the shadows
you fight against to join your cause. The Velvet Room is also back, with a very
grave-voiced Igor (and Oh, I wanna comment on this, but I can’t), and with two
new assistants: Caroline and Justine, the twin wardens. You’ll be able to fuse
Personas, just like in old times, but in this occasion you’ll have to
decapitate the Personas you want to fuse to create a new one. Nice! There’s
also an electric chair, a cell for lockdown and a hanging spot! Cute! All of
these things bring new mechanics to the Velvet Room, that you’ll be taking
advantage of. There are over 200 Personas to create, and there are some new
ones, but don’t worry, we’ll be seeing the same old faces again (hee, hoo, Jack
Frost is there too!).
the Social Lin- pardon me, the ’confidants’ (f*ck it, they’re still Social
Links, don’t bother me), will enchant the player and take your heart, no pun
intended. Aside from fighting darkness itself inside the Palaces (which you
should finish as fast as possible), you’ll be spending time with your party
members and people from school and from around the city. It’s always good to
see Akira interacting with his peers, but it was refreshing for me to see him
with adults: in a society in which adults are all rotten and only think about themselves, he comes across some grown-ups that are worthy, that are still clean, and
this goes to show that not all of the adults are corrupt, and not all of the
teenagers are stupid and immature.
grows close to the people around him, and you can sense his affection and
theirs. There’s a big change as to how they regard our favorite delinquent:
they slowly realize that he’s not a troublemaker as they made them believe,
that he’s actually a noble fighter, and that he’s also worth fighting for. All
their love, all their support, is seen and felt during the course of the game,
and even more during the final hours. You’ll be grateful to have been close to
all these people (I fully recommend to do a playthrough with all the Social Links
maximized, it’ll give you, apart from a sense of satisfaction, the whole
picture of what I’m talking about).
Links are now useful to the actual gameplay. Not only the party members learn
new skills as in Persona 4 and passive skills as in Persona 3, but also the
confidants outside of the party will give you perks and bonuses during the
fights. For example, Mishima’s Social Link (Arcana Moon) will give you extra
experience points for those playable characters that are on the reserves (you
know, the ones you don’t like and don’t use), so now all of your characters
level up at the same time, not just the four you choose. And it’s helpful as
hell, believe me. Another Social Link, Hifumi Togo’s (Arcana Star), lets you
exchange the characters in battle for those who are on the reserves as well, so
in a middle of a boss, if a character is low on hp or sp, you can change them
for one who is fresh and ready to fight. And so on. That’s why it is advisable
to maximize as many Social Links as you can (but don’t forget to boost your
social stats from time to time!).
story is great, the gameplay is addictive… and the music is downright
REBELLIOUS. It’s so good that it makes you wanna put on a mask and go out to
reform society in a costume. There are songs that you’ll never see – alright,
I’ll stop. It’s just… I love 'Last Surprise’ so much. And 'Rivers in the Desert’.
And 'With the Stars and Us’, especially the piano version, my goodness, is that
a tear in my eye…?
At the end
of the game, I found myself whispering how good it was. It was beautiful, and I
cried, although it’s not a sad story. I cried because of how good, how joyful
it was, because of how many laughs it gave me; I cried because it conveyed many
feelings, it made me feel rage, sadness, pity, happiness, rage again, betrayal,
surprise… I was amazed by how clever the story went, by how well implemented
each mechanic was. I really don’t know how Atlus can top this game, but I’m
sure they will, and Persona 5 won’t be the 'last surprise’, I hope.
am glad that this game exists. I waited for it not so much, because I entered
the Persona world (and I’ve been sucked into it forever now) last year,
but still, a few months of delay felt like an eternity, and by the end of
March, I was yearning for this to finally be released.
I do have
one complaint. Tiny. I really wished there were more easter eggs and references to past Persona
games. I know you can see Rise’s poster, and also Kanami’s (which makes,
unfortunately, Persona 4 Dancing All Night canon), and that they mention the
other 'ace detective’, referring to Naoto Shirogane. I’ve read but not found
that they also mention another detective with red sunglasses, making an
allusion to Katsuya Suou, older brother of Tatsuya from Persona 2. But still, I
was waiting for that trip to Inaba, or to Tatsumi Port Island, or to come
across at least Yu Narukami. Something… more. But I guess we’ll see Akira
interacting with previous wild card wielders in the not so far away future
(yeah, you guessed it, most probably Persona 5 Arena is being developed right
now). I just wished they put something more obvious into the game.
it. I want Atlus to keep on creating games, to keep on surprising me. If you’re
a fan of the series, this game will blow your mind, because it brings
everything from past games and make it better. If you’re new to the series,
this game will blow your mind as well, but you’ll have a difficult time
adjusting to the previous ones, if you ever wish to play them (I recommend it
though, even Persona 2 Innocent Sin). All in all, it’s an excellent, EXCELLENT,
jrpg, and everything we’ve been waiting for.
Like seriously, if you’re fighting a boss who can have up to 6000 HP in their final phase and your party members barely break 500, maybe do some cost/benefit analysis and just get by on Diarama/Mediarama instead. Or at the very least fuse a Persona that doesn’t have Diarahan without also having Null Charm.
@mad-king-edgar said: I believe the Robin Hood persona and Crow outfit were the facade used to deceive the Phantom Thieves.
Well, I mean… yes and no?
Obviously Akechi hid behind Robin Hood and his “Prince Crow” outfit to avoid conflict. But the question of there they came from still lingers. I think there are two possible readings:
Robin Hood was Akechi’s starter Persona, much like Arsene was for Akira. The “Prince Crow” outfit was also Akechi’s initial Metaverse gear, symbolizing his pure intentions to be seen as a hero, before he was corrupted by Shido and started abusing Loki. He dons his former self as a disguise because it’s convenient, and because a part of him wishes he could be that guy again and start over as a Trickster with the Phantom Thieves.
Robin Hood is just some Persona Akechi fused to be as nonthreatening as possible, and the silly "Prince Crow” outfit was created by him to mock what he sees as the Phantom Thieves’ naïveté and childishness. His decision to run around using a lightsaber isn’t about reconnecting with his inner child but rather about being a dick.
I personally prefer option number one for angst purposes, and because Robin Hood fits the pattern of fictional character personas being starter Personas.
It did happen in p1 and p2 (as well as briefly pq) but that was because they all required it's services and the MC would just fuse/summon new Persona and give them to who the MC thinks could use them the best, so to speak.
The thought is certified then, also someone said p3Fes at the end so apparently it’s common