Best Awakening Scene?

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#1 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -


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I've always enjoyed scenes where a character unlocks their "true power" so I have a fondness for these particular modern Persona game scenes.

My vote goes to the original Persona 3's awakening as, to me, that situation seemed much more grim than the others and it was as though the protagonist was being "controlled", in a sense. Breathing heavily and sweating but then suddenly reaffirming himself and muttering "persona" before shooting himself in the head. The music was a nice compliment to it, too.

Why am I posting this now? Because Persona 4 Golden has had me watching videos of Persona 4, because I like polls and just 'cause.

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#3 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

I don't know what's yours?

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#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

Persona 4, because it's the only one I've seen.

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#5 Posted by EquitasInvictus (2079 posts) -

I especially loved the tense buildup in Persona 3 to the protagonist pressing the evoker against his head and uttering "persona" for the first time. Thanks for the thread, brought back some good memories of that game. I spent so much time with Persona 3!

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#6 Posted by JeanLuc (3882 posts) -

Persona 3. The build up too it is just so good.

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#7 Posted by Eirikr (1083 posts) -

When you hit and kick Jimenez multiple times to wake him up from a sleep panel in Strange Journey.

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#8 Posted by Marokai (3577 posts) -

I always thought the Persona 3 one felt more dire. It was pretty good. Aigis' was alright too, but, something just felt weird about that one. I'll go with vanilla P3. 

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#9 Posted by AngelN7 (3001 posts) -

Oh P3 MC's by far is the coolest , he also has that twisted almost "Kira" kinda look on his face it's just awesome.

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#10 Edited by Justin258 (14373 posts) -

The one where the dude blows his noggin off with a hand cannon.

Seriously, that's fucking nuts and I can't think of any reason to put that in there other than it's fucking nuts!

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#11 Posted by NegativeCero (3140 posts) -

Persona 3 is the best one for reasons already listed. Tense and a freaking gun to the head to summon it.

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#12 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -

@AngelN7 said:

he also has that twisted almost "Kira" kinda look on his face it's just awesome.

I really like the somewhat "evil" quality that is shown when they awaken their Personae (which was missing in Aigis', but I suppose it was a different kind).

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#13 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -

I'm noticing a distinct lack of Persona and Persona 2 in this poll.

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#14 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

I'm noticing a distinct lack of Persona and Persona 2 in this poll.

As far as I know, they don't have an anime scene that accompanies those moments, but I could be wrong.

Also, I tried searching for a Persona 2 one but couldn't find anything.

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#15 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

I'm noticing a distinct lack of Persona and Persona 2 in this poll.

Wasn't Persona 1 just "somebody got crushed by a vending machine; have a Persona!"?

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#16 Posted by EquitasInvictus (2079 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: Wasn't their Persona just straight up given to them because they did this weird occult ritual that summoned whoever the equivalent of Igor was back then? Man, it was soooo long ago!

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#17 Posted by Bocam (4099 posts) -

@FluxWaveZ: While Persona 2 did not have a anime scene, it does have some great awakening scenes

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#18 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@EquitasInvictus:

It's been a while for me, too. I remember that ritual, but I thought the Persona stuff came a bit later, when they got into battle and just straight-up summoned Personae. Also, I think you're referring to Philemon. Either that, or Igor served a greater role than I remember, since he's totally in that game.

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@EquitasInvictus said:

@Video_Game_King: Wasn't their Persona just straight up given to them because they did this weird occult ritual that summoned whoever the equivalent of Igor was back then? Man, it was soooo long ago!

Yeah, there was no actual awakening scene in P2.  Philemon just literally whisps them away to his room and bam, personas.  Anyways, it's really a tie between P3 and FES.  I'm an Aigis fanboy so I'll go with the latter, though the fact that in P3, the evoker is a fucking gun and your protag is shooting himself in the head with it for the first time cannot be understated.  It's a very powerful scene, no doubt, especially when Yukari's complete inability to man up and pull the trigger was part of the opening scene.
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#20 Edited by ricetopher (1077 posts) -

The lack of Persona 2 is frustrating. Eikichi first summons his persona when he gets angry at being called "Undie Boss". 
 
I mean how can you top that?
 
Also when Tatsuya first summons his persona he burns out someone's eye. And he was like 8 years old at the time.

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#21 Posted by EquitasInvictus (2079 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: Yeah you're right. I always have trouble remembering or spelling his name properly so I referred to him as "whoever was the equivalent of Igor" since they sort of share the same function between the games. But yeah in those earlier games Igor is one of Philemon's subordinates, I believe.

@ricetopher: Were those ever animated? I think the OP only wanted to compare the animated ones and I can't remember if the earlier ones had any of that kind of stuff. It would've been crazy if those were animated though.

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#22 Posted by CaptainTightPants (2831 posts) -

Persona 3, no contest.

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#23 Posted by ricetopher (1077 posts) -
@EquitasInvictus: The Eikichi "awakening" happened in an in-engine cutscene (but it was the dialogue that made that scene enjoyable), and Tatsuya's awakening was never actually shown, but it was mentioned. Would love to see an animated cutscene of 8 year old Tatsuya burning someone's eye off.
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#24 Posted by Irvandus (3170 posts) -

Persona 3's was bad ass.

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@ricetopher said:

@EquitasInvictus: The Eikichi "awakening" happened in an in-engine cutscene (but it was the dialogue that made that scene enjoyable), and Tatsuya's awakening was never actually shown, but it was mentioned. Would love to see an animated cutscene of 8 year old Tatsuya burning someone's eye off.

Maybe they should just hire a studio to animate for future remakes of the games. I'm sure they'll eventually make more remakes of the first two games. I know they're remaking EDIT: remade Persona 2 and they actually had an anime OP made by Satelight but I'm not sure if they're planning to make animated cutscenes for the remake, unfortunately.

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EDIT: Oh yeah I don't follow the PSP much at all and totally forgot that this was for that. It was already released and I'm pretty sure it didn't animate the cutscenes but just had the above.

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#26 Posted by joshth (656 posts) -

I never thought someone would get me to like something in P3 better than in P4, but there you go. P3's was all around tighter

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#27 Posted by Commisar123 (1949 posts) -

I always thought that the one in Persona 3 was super intense

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#28 Edited by JamesJeux007 (586 posts) -

Persona 3. It's not even close. And I played (and finished) all those games.

I also agree with you guys, I love the fact that when they awaken, they look just evil and badass.

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#29 Posted by ckeats (496 posts) -

Persona 2's was cool, but Persona 3 tops it all.

I still wonder what led him to think "She was trying to shoot herself, maybe I should try that?". Then the way death just rips Orpheus apart was insaneeeee.

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#30 Posted by Doctorchimp (4186 posts) -

@joshth said:

I never thought someone would get me to like something in P3 better than in P4, but there you go. P3's was all around tighter

The fact that it had the girl too scared and apprehensive to go through with it before the MC does it makes it even more intense.

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#31 Posted by Phatmac (5930 posts) -

Minato grabs a gun and shoots himself in the head! Of course that one is going to win!

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