I didn't realize it's been over two years since I beat
Persona 3:FES and wrote about it (just The Journey). Also, over a year since my last entry, though P3:FES is more relevant to this post because I'm in the second-to-last dungeon in
In some sense, it's not surprising though, because like most RPG fans, my RPG backlog increases at a rate faster than my completion of them, which is not difficult since my pace could at best be considered "glacial." Heck, P4 came out three years ago.
I tried playing other RPGs after P3 in order to get Persona out of my system after being worn out by the repetitive combat. P4 has been slightly better in that regards, because the characters don't experience fatigue. However, in terms of enjoyability I have to say that I liked P3 better.
- Characters - P4 has more "realistic" characters, but for a video game, I don't care for realism, but rather entertainment. P3's characters had more style, and the social links were much more bizarre. Just a personal preference.
- Story - again, it could be argued that P4 is better in the sense that there's a central murder mystery plot, while P3's plot was basically "go up the stairs of this tower." However, the events in P4 in my playthrough have been way too predictable.
- Style - P4 takes place in the boonies, so like I mentioned above, the characters are plain. But that plainness extends to the atmosphere too. The one style point P4 does better are the level designs, which put interesting visual features into randomly generated dungeons that are otherwise not too different from P3's Tartarus.
- Costumes - What can I say, I like variety. P4 apparently has none in the clothing department. The characters wear their autumn/winter school uniforms throughout the game in the TV world. P3:FES had armor and beachwear.
If it sounds like I don't like P4, that's not the case. It just doesn't measure up to P3 for me, and is vastly better than the other RPGs I started but dropped in favor of P4 (disappointingly, two games that I had hoped would be good,
Shadow Hearts: From the New World and
Valkyria Chronics 2).