Feb 082015

In before Persona 4: The Platinum

P5 poster

After waiting more than a year with nothing but a few chairs in a stylish red/black color scheme to go off of, we finally have our first trailer for Persona 5. What could be waiting for us in this long anticipated RPG? The Inverseman speculates.

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Sep 292013

Step it up, senpai!

atlus logo

In recent news, Index Corporation has gone bankrupt and Sega has acquired its subsidiary ATLUS for 14 billion yen. What will this mean for the developers of the hit Megami Tensei series and other cult classic series? What’s going to happen to all the A+ games?

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Nov 242012

All of you are such casuals…

Wii Sports Resort Island

Oh boy do we have a bit here. Today the Inverseman will dissect the “recent” phenomenon of casual gaming that has emerged over the past five or so years, and  does he have a bone to pick.

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Oct 172012

Ohhhh boy. Do I have some words to throw out on this topic. I really love the concept behind Persona 3 and 4. The blending of relationship social link simulation and JRPG combat is incredibly compelling to me, and stellar writing plus deep character exploration only go to heighten the experience. If you haven’t been exposed to the games, ignore this post and play them now. For those who have played the two later PS2 games (the two I will be discussing today as P1 and P2 are much different and perhaps worthy of later discussion, but not today), you probably already now which you prefer. And that’s fine. I know hordes of people on both sides of the fence. Some adore the dark themes of P3 and ridicule the somewhat silly adventurism engulfed in P4. Others share the opposite view, viewing the P3 themes as needlessly angsty and emo, all the while appreciative of the more fun, stylish attitude of P4. I’m not going to lie to you, I much prefer the latter to the former. But I think it’s important to get the reasons out in the open to facilitate healthy debate. Or inspire unholy mudslinging. Whichever works for you. So without further ado, here are a couple reasons why I prefer Persona 4 to Persona 3. Feel free to disagree to your heart’s content.

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Aug 252012

Uh… Guys… Her Shadow is about to go berserk. Dontcha wanna uh… Do something? Guys?

In the unlikeliest of developer crossovers, Atlus and Arc System Works teamed up to bring us Persona 4: Arena. Laevatein offered his own initial impressions, but I’m here to talk about the game in-depth. How did this joint project into a totally new genre fare for our MegaTen spin-off?

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Aug 132012

The Persona series, and Shin Megami Tensei in general, is pretty popular, no doubt about that one.  Many of our writers here are familiar with the entire series in one way or another.  Many of our readers are pretty familiar with Persona, as well.  Unfortunately, I’m probably the least familiar with the entire series of the staff, as all the Persona I have under my belt are a few hours of Persona 3.  Pretty neat hours, but still just a few.  I hate backlogs.

So it might seem a bit weird that the least Persona-versed writer is talking about a Persona title.  However, Persona 4 Arena is special, in that it tries to court two different audiences.  The first one, and probably the most apparent one, is the RPG crowd.  Specifically, fans of the Persona and other Shin Megami Tensei games.  The other crowd is the fighting game crowd. Continue reading »