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RPGs handle friendships and relationships. Bioware’s games each have a
deep dialogue system which influences
the way party members view the protagonist. Plenty of other developers
have done a tremendous job over the years, such as CD Projekt Red,
and Intelligent Systems. My personal favorite though
is Atlus, specifically their Shin Megami Tensei series — even more specifically the two most
recent SMT: Persona titles. The
series has always excelled in the character department, with its complex
group of Japanese high school students. In 3 and 4 there’s something
really special about the cast.
So now, I ask you to take a trip down memory lane, back to your high school
days, as I speak of the brilliance that is Persona 4's "SMILE."
4 is heavily entrenched in the monotony of the high school
fact, you can spend more than half of the game focusing on non-critical
quests. What that entails is a whole lot of hanging out with
friends, just like any typical teenager does. The cast of Persona 4 encounters
plenty of trouble when not fighting demons / serial killers and simply
dealing with everyday life. The awkward transition from child to adult
can be filled with turmoil, and Atlus nails down the concept perfectly.
the protagonist, you’re often the one doing most of the heavy
lifting when it comes to helping friends and family overcome their
troubles. Day by day, you become closer and attempt to help them confront
their problems. Family
issues, school troubles, and general “where is my life going” questions
will be slung your way. Upon coming to a turning point in each
character’s story, there’s always a revelation or a sense of despair. At that point, "SMILE' begins to play.
"SMILE" is the perfect bittersweet anthem. Not every story ends with cheerful
success, but some do. "SMILE" finds that happy medium between celebratory
and despondent. It captures the moments in which you get to celebrate
successes with your friends, or attempt to console them in their
moment of self-doubt.
As always, dear readers: sit back, relax, and enjoy.
P.S. Be sure there are no children around when looking up Persona pictures.
This article was originally posted on Plus10Damamge.com.
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