It's been a while since I posted a "why do hate me?" rant, in which I complain about something that frustrates me about a good game. Alas, nothing lasts forever, and frustrations inevitably occur. Here we go.
OK Persona 4, I get it, you're incredibly stylish, you're one of the best JRPGs to show up in recent years. I should love you. I do love you, I want to love you. But after 7 hours you punched me in the face with a boss I can't defeat. This is the first true boss (after you have a three person party). Let that sink in, I had to go through 7 hours of gameplay before the game told me 'you're doing it wrong.'
The 'you're doing it wrong' moment is something that I've come to accept from my RPGs. There is almost always a distinct moment at which I am informed that I have done something noobish and stupid while leveling that has handicapped my character to the point of frequent and inevitable 'game over' screens. My problem with Persona 4, is that it took so long to get to this point, that the possibility having to return to the beginning makes me kind of want to vomit.
My second problem is that I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I'm not sure if I need to spend more time in the dungeons, or fuse more Persona's, or build more social links? I simply don't know, and I don't want to sink another 4-5 hours into finding out.
Finally in a tangentially related topic. In a game that focuses on 'spells' so heavily, it seems like the skill points are unnecessarily limited. I think the amount that your characters get to use are fine, but (up till this point) there are very few items that replenish those points. I can't seem to buy any in the stores, and I'm not finding enough to effectively maintain my crew in battle.