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.
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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