Should I use a guide?
So I just started Persona 3 for the first time and was wondering if people with experience with the game would recommend that I play the game on my own or use a guide to help with S.links/Requests. I don't plan on playing through the game more than once and I want it to be the best experience possible.
The first time I played P4 I used a guide but I had already experienced the story through the endurance run so I can't use that for referance.
Unlike Persona 4, all of the requests are done through the Velvet room, so there really isn't much to do to figure them out -- there are a few you might need to look up, but I'd try playing blind.
Also, unlike P4, it's possible to do a very quick New Game + (about 40 hours) in Persona 3 if you meet some conditions towards the end of your first play-through, so if you think you might play it more than once, I'd definitely just play however you want to play the first time through and then try to max everything on a second play-through.
It is a lot more difficult to max everything in Persona 3 than it is in 4, so following the Max S.link FAQ is generally not a lot of fun -- it's arduous and you can't deviate from it at all.
as said by cathryn all side quest come from the velvet room so there is nood need for a guide as its pretty explisite.
for s.links i did pretty good maxing most of them out but i liked being able to decided which ones to take on rather than follow a guide
Are you playing through it right now cause it just came out PSN? Cause I'm starting it right now on my PS3 and I love it. So much fun. First got introduced to the world of Persona through the Endurance Run, so it can be a little weird playing P3 after watching Jeff and Vinny play P4. Lot of things that I'm used to seeing aren't there, so I have to realize P3 came before P4. Still having a lot of fun though.
Aw man. I've been wondering this, too, myself. It feels so overwhelming compared to Persona 4 somehow. Must be because I prefaced my personal playthrough of Persona 4 with the Endurance Run. I still want to play it though despite being spoiled about some things about certain characters.
I'd say don't bother following a guide to max out S Ranks and all that. Just hang out with the people you want to hang out with and those who will be a direct benefit to you and your party. No sense in being forced to do something because a guide says so. The only time I used a guide for Persona 3 (and 4) was for specific boss fights and I had a great time.
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