Is the difficulty of this game overrated? Other than the Matador fight, nothing has come close. And …

Is the difficulty of this game overrated? Other than the Matador fight, nothing has come close. And even then all you need for the fight is Sakukaja. Still a great game, but it feels like Persona 3 is harder right now.

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  1. It’s absolutely overrated, but that’s only because it’s often the first SMT entry people play when getting into the series. Which, if you have never played an SMT game, the idea of loading up on buffs and properly managing weaknesses/strengths is often only something you worry about in JRPGs during final bosses/optional fights. Add to it that Nocturne can be pretty cryptic in what you should be doing or how fights work (see Ongyo-ki) where most JRPGs at the time, and these days, are pretty linear.

    I’d say Persona 3 is only trickier at times due to the inability to directly command your party members or change their overall resistances/weaknesses/abilities. That and there’s often a pretty solid cap on how strong you can get before fights. Nocturne has way harder areas to navigate, general fight mechanics, and party management. But since it gives you plenty of freedom to build the ultimate team/grind as much as you want, it can be mitigated much more than P3’s difficulty.

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  2. >you miss once, you die
    >enemy crits once, you die
    >difficult bosses
    >no real options to grind
    It’s hardest jrpg out there, but if you read guides and get a good comp it’s not hard, although you will still die to rng.

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  3. It’s not the hardest JRPG ever, but it’s still pretty decently challenging throughout. There are several battles that will fuck you up if you’re not understanding the mechanics, and you always have to take care to cover your weaknesses or randos can totally wipe you out.

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  4. the real "difficulty" is your MC getting bingo’d by some stupid bullshit in random encounters and losing a bunch of progress. this was fixed in later SMTs with field saves

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  5. Idk man, i got filtered by naraka in SMT IV compared to matador. It wasnt until much later that I wanted to go back to IV. Maybe it was because IV was my first SMT but ill never know.

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  6. Yea as you said, if you have hit/evade buffs its pretty easy. So much so it’s been nerfed in every mainline game afterward.

    Did Nocturne have the Level affecting hit/avoid thing like SMT4 and 4A?

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  7. It’s less that it’s punishingly difficult and more that it actively tries to casual filter you every few moments so you know the games mechanics. A lot of games you can get through without actually knowing how to play because the hard stuff is saved for post game.

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  8. I hate Persona hard difficulty
    >you are always out of SP (not a real problem in 3)
    >random enemies can easily defeat if you screwed up encounter and their turn is first

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  9. Told you

    The game is broken, sluggish and not nealy as fun. It’s the gateway to SMT so a lot of absolute homosexuals that only played 3 think it’s the best thing ever when it’s almost as bad as 1-2, hell i’d say it’s worse cause at least 1-2 have good music

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  10. Gotta understand that during its time it was played by children with no access to guides

    I got stuck on Pokemon Mystery Dungeon as a kid and used magazines to walkthrough it. Kids are shit at games.
    If you’re an adult with access to the internet, yeah, it’s gonna be easy.

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    • >Gotta understand that during its time it was played by children with no access to guides

      I beat Morrowind without guides or internet and did fine. P1 as well. I think most people are just bitches in general.

      Bitch

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    • >Gotta understand that during its time it was played by children with no access to guides
      Motherfucker GAMEFAQs was a thing for nearly a decade before SMT3 game out.
      Fuck off.

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  11. It’s overrated, yes. It’s plain kiddy shit compared to EO, SaGa, Uncharted Waters, Lunatic Dawn, GoS, Labyrinth of Touhou, Elminage, etc.

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    • This is really the basic gist.
      I’m a huge fan but SMT ain’t hard, people just wanna go full attack like most other JRPGs and don’t realize buffs and debuffs are super useful in the series.

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