I just beat this today too! Yay!
Nyx was a cool fight, but I swear to God, I thought I was going to throw my PS3 off my balcony every fucking time Aigis and Yukari decided to attack every time he did Moonlight's Veil. Fuck that AI, I'm so glad P3P is putting in direct control.
And on the subject of the ending, I couldn't agree less about it only being good and confusing. I absolutely loved it and the fact that they don't spell it out for you. The fact that it suggests that you die but you never really know for sure because the scene mostly presents itself as everything becoming perfect just as it should be (everyone remembers what happened; you get the girl (Aigis) in a way that feels like you were always destined to be with her; and really, it's not like you have any good reason to die in the first place) is what makes it such a sweet and yet incredibly haunting ending. I'd go so far as to say that it's one of my favorite endings to a game of all time. And I will fully admit that yes, I was in tears all through it.
The ending is so beautiful because of the subtlety and mystique of it all; there's a defined, absolutely perfect tone to it, something that I think this game has a ton of problems with and is part of why I feel that taken solely from a "setting and story" standpoint, Persona 4 is a stronger game (since there's no debate that Persona 4's just a better game mechanically :P). I've played about a half-hour or so of The Answer today and that's my biggest problem with it. They give you the answer within the first three minutes, and seemingly establish that the entirety of the epilogue is going to be spent beating that answer into your skull over and over again. It's fucking ridiculous and a complete disservice to everything they did with The Journey.
Awesome blog, duder!
" @iAmJohn: You died. You gave up all of your health, everyone waved goodbye to you, and you died. Although this is a recurring problem with the Persona series, namely on December 3rd in Persona 4. I know that having you hold on until Graduation Day is cool and everything, but having your character being just fine for a month is just a little bit ridiculous. Also, having you play the Epilogue to actually know what happened is a little bit cheap, too. "That's why I think the ending is open-ended. The fact that there is that month where you're completely fine and then things seemingly go amiss instead of you just staying dead after you sacrifice yourself to stop Nyx (not to mention that Ryoji says that you will keep living too) makes it seem strange that you would just up and die all of a sudden. Again, it's part of what makes the ending so powerful to me - it's not a yes or no question. It presents you with a bunch of conflicting information and tells you to make of it what you will, and yet both choices seem to make sense and are, in my mind, completely defensible.
I just don't see how whether or not the MC lives or dies really matters, as it does not change my understanding of the ending whatsoever. In the three scenes that comprise the ending, the ambiguous fate of MC/Charlie Tunoku/whatever you want to call him, like most every other story element involving him, is placed on the backburner compared to the other two major plot points: Aigis' metamorphosis from humanlike to essentially human (and her romantic yet in some ways maternal love of the MC) and the other members of SEES remembering their deep friendships with one another. Even if we pretend The Answer doesn't exist and provides the answer to said question, how does emphatically stating "the main character just goes to sleep" or "the main character actually dies" affect your understanding or interpretation of the other, more focused-upon events of that ending? It strikes me as complaining about the ending of Children of Men because they don't say *SPOILERS, I GUESS* what happens to Kee and the baby after they wind up in the hands of the Human Project. *OKAY THEY'RE DONE* Which is something my friend Danny does to this day and I hate him for.
" @iAmJohn: So you would rather not knowing how this story you invested 80+ hours in ends? Whatever floats your boat. "
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