The conclusion to my Persona 3 Retrospective is finally up at defaultprime! It covers social links, music, art, and the rest. Check it out here!
A brief blurb:
Friendships are hard. They take years to develop, and sometimes, they’ll shatter in a day over some stupid misunderstanding or a petty grievance that can fester over trivialities. Pride has to be swallowed, empathy has to abound, and above all, respect has to be at the forefront. Easier said than done, I know. It’s no different in Persona 3. You have to commit to a friendship for it to develop. Be too frank in answering certain questions, and the friendship stalls. Say the right thing, and the girl you’re pining for starts developing feelings. I loved social links because it flushed out the world and made NPC’s (non-playable characters) more than just vessels for conveying game information (e.g. go here, or, this villain is blah, or, tutorial in the form of, etc. etc.). These characters had a life and story of their own. Some of their arcs were tragic, others, hilarious. Social links were an exploration, a journey of human nature. It’s easy now to look back on my awkward high school years and know how I should have responded to certain interactions. Regret has a way of reweaving history in a person’s mind.