Let me be the first to say that I’m not a gamer. I didn’t get my first console until I was 13, and I’ve never really mastered the skills needed for truly difficult games. But I love RPG’s. For me, I play video games as another way of “reading” a story. And my favorite character to “read” about is the main character from Persona 3 by Atlus. With every play-through I find some new little piece to the mystery of his story. Why is he so fascinating?
The kid is fearless
The story opens with our MC orphaned and friendless, casually strolling down the street at midnight, surrounded by people who have spontaneously turned into coffins. Horrible shadow monsters attack his new dormmates, and what does he do? Puts a gun to his head and pulls the trigger. A mad crazy voice in his head tells him to face the monsters head on with a gun to his own head, and he does. No hesitation. Nothing in the unfolding story phases him. Just calmly accepts the mighty power that rages forth from his psyche and runs off to save the world.
His potential is phenomenal
All of allies in this game can call on the power of Persona, even evolve that power as the game goes on. MC has hundreds of Personas, able to access every time of power in the world. The things this says about his psyche fascinate me: is he insane, with personality disorder; is he just crazy powerful, able to tap his subconscious more fully than the others; is it even him, or some outside force using him? Some force like Death itself.
Death is his BFF
MC hangs out with Death like it’s no big deal. Death itself comes to MC’s bedside, and they just chat it up. He summons dozens of incarnations of Death with the casual pull of a trigger and lays waste to the darkness in man’s soul without flinching. All while balancing the demanding life of a grade student.
He is smooth with the ladies
As if unfathomable power weren’t enough, kid has some serious game. Each play through of the game allows you to build relationships with various NPCs that give you windows into his character. Four play-throughs and I still don’t have this kid completely figured out. MC from Persona 3, you have me completely hooked.