Something the Persona games continue to insist on is that if your main character falls in a fight, that’s game over. This doesn’t apply to easier difficulty levels, but if you’re playing the average Persona 3 Reload experience, you will need to keep the blue-haired wonder in the fight at all times. Because of this, it’s a smart idea to prioritize his survival over the rest of your party. I defaulted to giving him the best armor I had in my inventory and even gave him accessories that increased his HP. If I had only single-target healing spells or items and my whole team was hurting, sorry to Akihiko, I healed my MC. Persona 3 Reload also has one-hit-kill moves that don’t discriminate just because they’re targeting the main character. If you find yourself fighting against an enemy that knows any variation of Mudo or Hama spells, switch to a Persona with immunity to dark or light spells to ensure he doesn’t succumb to instant death.
That’s a lot of tips for Persona 3 Reload, and even that only covers a fraction of all there is to see and do in this game. These games can seem overwhelming, but once you get used to their routine, they’re actually pretty breezy experiences. Just take each day as it comes, and keep these lessons in mind. You’ll end the Dark Hour in no time.
For more on Persona 3 Reload, check out Kotaku’s review.