It's been a while since I hopped on to the saddle adorning the camel and took a road trip through the Blog-hara desert. In truth, I've spent much of my time the past few days playing Fallout: New Vegas, or rather, trying to play Fallout: New Vegas. But I'd rather not discuss the unreasonable amount of times that game has broken and frozen on me. Instead, I want to delve into this special little game I've been in possession of for a few months now called The Shin Megami Tensei: The Persona Three: The FES.
Of course, it's not actually called that, but I've recently discovered the joy in putting "the" before game titles as a sort of weird reprieve from the boring and oftentimes stressful events we humans endure. Try it. Did you try it? You're welcome.
This blog is dedicated to...
A Fabergé eggFor its beautiful glory can be found on the cover of one of my favorite albums.
Homage to the Brat PackMuch like my scrawls on Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit in the previous Camel's Eye, I've decided to focus on a specific aspect of Persona 3: FES, that specific aspect being the delightfully simple concept of S-Links. Even more specifically, the S-Links involving Junpei Iori and Akihiko Sanada. Even more specifically, the lack thereof.
When I first heard that it was impossible to start S-Links with these two guys, I was crushed. Especially Junpei given his entertaining yet sometimes incredibly frustrating personality. (Seriously, I've mentally fired him from the Shadow-bustin' squad more times than I'd like to). Regardless, my disappointment in Atlus grew substantially during that time. How come I can S-Link with Yukari but not Junpei? Surely there is a reason for this.
And I think I found one. At certain points during the game, our intrepid Persona 3 protagonist finds himself in unusual and awkward situations with both Junpei and Akihiko. The first is the hilarious Operation Babe Hunt, for which this blog is graciously named after. The situation is this: all the girls have gone off into the forest, and our gang-banging' squad of misfits consisting of the protagonist, Junpei, and Akihiko find themselves on a beach full of honnies. Naturally, Junpei hatches up a marvelous plan to score some chicks, and the outcome is nothing short of spectacular. The three of them awkwardly stammer their way across the beach from girl to girl, trading awful pick-up lines and hitting on people in the most egregious ways possible. The best part was seeing Akihiko, who, up to that point, was portrayed as a popular ladies man, choke miserably when he finds himself face to face with a female in a bikini. Brilliant.
It would be a real shame to neglect the hot springs incident as well. During a trip, our heroes decide it's a good a time as any to go for a little dip in the hot springs, firmly believing that there's no way the girls will return. They got it all to themselves!.... right? Unfortunately for them, the exact opposite happens. Yukari, Mitsuru, Fuka (blegh), and Aigis (robot + water = ???) return. Our heroes realize the extreme danger they are in and realize that they must get out, but the odds are clearly stacked against them. The protagonist must lead Junpei, Akihiko, and Ryoji, who is totally not evil at all nuh-uh no way, out of the pool. I failed to do this, and Mitsuru executed us all. Given the fact that we were all fine afterwards, I'm not entirely sure what she meant by that. But who cares!?
I'm led to believe that Junpei and Akihiko don't have S-Links because it is through these moments that you really get to bond with them. You don't need to find them after school and eat noodles in a cafe to get to know each other better. You get to know them through these situations you have the misfortune (or fortune???) of finding yourself in. And that's awesome. Of all the events and grinding that I experienced in Persona 3, I'll probably remember the Brat Pack the most. These guys really helped to make Persona 3 one of the most interesting PS2 games I've ever played.
Until next ti--wait.
Recently I've had the displeasure of seeing a horrendous number of you say that you've never heard of The Black Keys. There's a video at the end of this. Do the right thing.