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5 minutes ago, roun90 said:

 

AFAIK Shin Megami Tensei and Persona are both spin-offs of the base series - which is Megami Tensei. There are I think around 7-8 series which are spin-offs, including stuff like Digital Devil Saga, Devil Survivor, Demikids etc. Persona by itself, I don't think is a spin-off of SMT, but both are parallel spin-offs.

 

That said, it's best to ignore everything if you're playing Persona. Don't want anyone getting the idea that to play Persona 5, you need to play an obscure 1980s set of games. Persona is it's own series. Especially since Persona 3. Persona 3 did not even have the "Shin Megami Tensei" title in Japan, they just added it to the US since Nocturne was big at the time. Ever since P4G when Persona stood on it's own - the SMT title was discarded.

 

Now, Persona is too big a franchise for SMT. It's far bigger than SMT ever was. In fact, I won't be surprised if they market SMT5 as a spin-off or "From the Makers of" of Persona.

 

Quality wise though - I think current Persona is far above SMT. SMT these days is a glorified dungeon crawler with a healthy dose of depression. Persona is in the real world and the characters feel real, the relationships and friendships you make, the interactions - all feel realistic and amazing. You feel like you're forming friendships, the city feels alive and when it's time for the game to end - you feel sad that your time with the quirky cast is coming to an end. SMT discards all that and without Confidants/Social Links - it's like 50% of the game is stripped off in favor of only dungeon crawling aspect - which is not where the most fun lies. This is just my opinion ofc.

That makes sense, Persona feels livelier because of the setting alone, not to mention the story and interactions are more welcoming to new gamers.

 

I didn't mean to imply that Persona is in any way weaker than SMT. My intention was just to ask if anyone has played it, not to make comparisons. The last SMT game I played was more than 15years ago, and I remember having a blast. My disc broke just before I could finish the game, and getting a game like that in India was freaking difficult back then. I'd suggest people to check it out and consider it, with or without comparing it with the Persona series.

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19 hours ago, GameAnalyzer said:

This game is a disease.  it’s so addictive literally. P5 was my first persona game as well and I was just blown away. P5R is just on another whole new level with new semester.  Once you complete this game you can’t play any other single player games for some time it’s that addictive and I never thought it to be. Best game ever 2020. 


I got this on a whim over the weekend. Never played any JRPG or turn-based whatever this thing is. Do you need prior experience of such games before jumping into this? If yes I’m SOL :fear1:

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4 minutes ago, gecko89 said:

That makes sense, Persona feels livelier because of the setting alone, not to mention the story and interactions are more welcoming to new gamers.

 

I didn't mean to imply that Persona is in any way weaker than SMT. My intention was just to ask if anyone has played it, not to make comparisons. The last SMT game I played was more than 15years ago, and I remember having a blast. My disc broke just before I could finish the game, and getting a game like that in India was freaking difficult back then. I'd suggest people to check it out and consider it, with or without comparing it with the Persona series.

 

No need to go back to 15 year old games or even the 6 year old 3DS ones. SMT5 will be coming to Switch (and maybe even PS4?) in 2021 or 2022 I think.

 

2 minutes ago, Jigsaw said:


I got this on a whim over the weekend. Never played any JRPG or turn-based whatever this thing is. Do you need prior experience of such games before jumping into this? If yes I’m SOL :fear1:

 

You don't need to know anything. Just go in blind, play and enjoy the experience. Old stories are not necessaries (Some small easter eggs for fans, that's about it) and the game does a good job of explaining the basics to you. You can play with that itself, but there is a ton of depth that you can unlock if you experiment. Just remember - try to complete the Palaces (Dungeons) as as less tries as possible (in 1 try if at all possible, though it might be hard in the beginning) so you can have more time for the Social Aspect of the game.

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Just now, radicaldude said:

No. You just need a lot of time 


Time I can find. Just don’t have any experience of the turn based combat mechanics. What I see on YT looks funky and flashy but equally scary :fear1:

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1 minute ago, Jigsaw said:


I got this on a whim over the weekend. Never played any JRPG or turn-based whatever this thing is. Do you need prior experience of such games before jumping into this? If yes I’m SOL :fear1:

Nope. It was my first ever rpg and I had zero issues getting into the groove. There are some hot tips which will make your life easier but the game explains things well enough. 

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1 minute ago, roun90 said:

 

No need to go back to 15 year old games or even the 6 year old 3DS ones. SMT5 will be coming to Switch (and maybe even PS4?) in 2021 or 2022 I think.

 

 

You don't need to know anything. Just go in blind, play and enjoy the experience. Old stories are not necessaries (Some small easter eggs for fans, that's about it) and the game does a good job of explaining the basics to you. You can play with that itself, but there is a ton of depth that you can unlock if you experiment. Just remember - try to complete the Palaces (Dungeons) as as less tries as possible (in 1 try if at all possible, though it might be hard in the beginning) so you can have more time for the Social Aspect of the game.


thanks bro I’ll definitely keep that in mind. :good:

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2 minutes ago, roun90 said:

 

No need to go back to 15 year old games or even the 6 year old 3DS ones. SMT5 will be coming to Switch (and maybe even PS4?) in 2021 or 2022 I think.

Exactly what I said earlier, I wasn't suggesting to go play it on PS2 -_-

HD Remaster is coming early 2021 for Switch and PS4. Already released in Japan if I'm not mistaken.

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1 minute ago, adity said:

Nope. It was my first ever rpg and I had zero issues getting into the groove. There are some hot tips which will make your life easier but the game explains things well enough. 


Yeah I have read it’s the Baap of time-sink games. No idea what I’m about to get myself into. 😂

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Just now, radicaldude said:

 

You won't have sufficient time once cyberpunk launches. :naughty:

Also got Fenyx yesterday. So yeah absolutely no idea how I’m going to juggle both or even get a chance to play either considering the wife will be full on in Cyberpunk :loco:

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Just now, Jigsaw said:


Yeah I have read it’s the Baap of time-sink games. No idea what I’m about to get myself into. 😂

The game is seriously addicting. Like I hadn't played video games properly since many months and I picked it up during lockdown. Literally played 35-40 hours on weekends and even till late night on weekdays and finished it within 2 weeks. Couldn't wait to get back to it when I was doing something else. It's crazy awesome. 

Because of how it's structured, everything is basically divided in 5-20 minute segments (days / palace safe rooms) so you always feel like playing another 5-20 minutes and getting to another segment. 

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4 minutes ago, adity said:

The game is seriously addicting. Like I hadn't played video games properly since many months and I picked it up during lockdown. Literally played 35-40 hours on weekends and even till late night on weekdays and finished it within 2 weeks. Couldn't wait to get back to it when I was doing something else. It's crazy awesome. 

Because of how it's structured, everything is basically divided in 5-20 minute segments (days / palace safe rooms) so you always feel like playing another 5-20 minutes and getting to another segment. 


Whoa 

 

At my pace I’ll probably finish it by the time the PS6 delayed stocks reach India. But great to know it’s accessible for new comers 

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1 hour ago, Jigsaw said:


I got this on a whim over the weekend. Never played any JRPG or turn-based whatever this thing is. Do you need prior experience of such games before jumping into this? If yes I’m SOL :fear1:


wow. Its been a long time I see you online.  No you don’t need to know anything. Make sure you are not distracted while playing this game. And never rush this game. This game main message is “Take your time” and Enjoy this masterpiece for over 100hours.  When the game is about to end you will not feel like beating it. 🥺☹️
 

 

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1 hour ago, HarishProGamer said:

here am I, With all of your Blessings/Family & Friends and Near and Dear Ones....  My FIRST upgrade to a Litre Class.

 

Congrats ,mate. I like how you went to a Kawasaki showroom wearing Ducati Tees :lol:

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7 hours ago, GameAnalyzer said:


wow. Its been a long time I see you online.  No you don’t need to know anything. Make sure you are not distracted while playing this game. And never rush this game. This game main message is “Take your time” and Enjoy this masterpiece for over 100hours.  When the game is about to end you will not feel like beating it. 🥺☹️
 

 


thanks bro :hug:

 

Yeah I bought P5 digitally back when it was released played til the 1st mini boss tutorial, got overwhelmed with some cards stuff and never played again. 
 

This time I will be more determined 😃

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4 hours ago, HarishProGamer said:

So here am I, With all of your Blessings/Family & Friends and Near and Dear Ones....  My FIRST upgrade to a Litre Class...

 


Congrats bro, only video games compare to the simple pleasure of riding bikes. The sheer delight of riding one on a highway, staring your machine while having a tea. Its so simple yet so satisfying.

2 wheels forever.

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