Games where the Sun Don’t Shine – #4: Persona 3

“Games where the Sun Don’t Shine” is a completely random, arbitrary, and pointless list of games that give off a dark and/or depressing vibe. What better way, after all, to celebrate the season of Spring?

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3

Ah, Persona 3. I’ve actually written about it before, during our JRPG Relapse Week. In that article, I touch on how dark the game can be. Sure, it’s set in a high school, and there are plenty of instances in the game during which the sun is, indeed, shining.  But it’s actually the realistic setting that makes Persona 3 such a gritty, atmospheric experience. No castles or queens  here; only teenagers with guns, a dark hour, and big, creepy tower.

(Hey! That rhymes!)

Ahem. Anyway. The premise of Persona 3 involves a phenomenon called “The Dark Hour,” which occurs when the clock strikes midnight. Only certain individuals (aka Persona users) can experience the Dark Hour, during which time everyone ELSE in the world turns into a coffin of some kind. Weird, yes, but that’s kinda the point. The Dark Hour itself is a pretty trippy place to be; obviously, it’s dark, but it’s accentuated with psychedelic neon-greens, bright blood-reds, and, and a lot of nasties known as Shadows.

It would be a bit of a misnomer to label Persona 3 as “oppressive,” per se, but it’s definitely dark. And not just because of the Dark Hour either – you’ll find that the game touches on some oddly mature themes that most JRPGs steer clear of. So, while it’s certainly going to be one of the more unorthodox choices on my list, I think it earns the #4 spot.

Not that that’s any sort of accomplishment, at all, whatsoever. Anyway. Time to write up #3!

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4 Responses to “Games where the Sun Don’t Shine – #4: Persona 3”

  1. Breaka666 says:

    still haven’t beaten this. so damn long…

  2. DarthGibblet says:

    But it’s such an addictive game! I don’t know about anybody else, but by the end I was completely hooked on the whole “one more day” mentality the game nurtures (except for the Tartarus sections). Where are you in the game? I think I beat The Journey section in about 80ish hours with a little bit of grinding thrown in for good measure.

  3. Breaka666 says:

    it’s BECAUSE of tartarus that I couldn’t finish it. I don’t even know where I am, man. I think I put in like 50 hours. if my people just didn’t get tired I’d by fine with it.

  4. DarthGibblet says:

    Yeah, the exhaustion system in that game was a pretty big hindrance. I’m really glad they took it out for P4. I can understand why they added it, it keeps you from being able to grind entire sections of Tartarus in one go, but such a pain when you’re stuck with your scrub party trying to defeat that last boss floor.

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