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GAME INFO

  • Publisher: Atlus (NA/JP), Ghostlight (Europe)
  • Developer: Atlus
  • System: PSP
  • Rated: M for “this game's got teen sex, murder, cursing, and kids shooting themselves in the head with fake guns." Unless you're in Europe. Then it's PGEI 12.
  • Availability: UMD and downloadable via US/CA PlayStation Store.
  • Release date: North America: 7/6/10 | Japan: 11/1/09 | Europe: 28/4/11
  • Players: 1
  • Price: $39.99

THE STORY SO FAR
What if I told you there was a 25th hour, a time in which monsters and men with special powers run rampant that the general population experiences as nothing more than a blink of an eye? It may seem hard to believe, but you are about to discover a firsthand account of the reality—and the danger—of this mysterious hour.

Orphaned at a young age, you have spent your life gallivanting across Japan, bouncing between whatever city and school your relatives have decided to dump you for a time. On a dark evening in March, 2009, you find yourself in Tatsumi Port Island, a bustling coastal city where you will be attending the state-of-the-art boarding school Gekkokan High School. Aside from the odd boy who makes you sign a mysterious contract and the cute girl who pulls a gun on you during your first night in the dorms, it looks like you will be having an absolutely unspectacular junior year.

That is, until one night, when you find your dorm under siege by a hideous monsters. It storms the roof you and your classmate Yukari (the girl who pulled the gun on you before) have taken refuge on. Things look bleak, especially when Yukari is attacked when trying to stop this monster, knocking the gun from her hands.

You somehow know exactly what to do. You pick up the gun. You put it against your temple. You whisper the word “Persona.” You pull the trigger. Your life is changed forever.

After waking up in the hospital a week later, you discover what is really going on. This twenty-fifth hour is the Dark Hour, an extra hour that happens every midnight, unbeknownst to the general populous who becomes encased in coffins (don’t ask) during the time. During this hour, creatures known as “shadows” roam the city and prey on unsuspecting victims; these victims are drained of all will and motivation and essentially turned into mindless zombies, a condition the media has come to refer to as “Apathy Syndrome.” But all isn’t lost. A select few have the ability to perceive the Dark Hour, and are able to fight the shadows by using both conventional weaponry and Personas – a mysterious “other side” of the wielder that grants them superhuman strength and magical skills and is coaxed out by the faux-gun Evoker that all Persona-users carry. There is a student-run group called SEES, led by class President Mitsuru Kirijo, comprised of your fellow Persona-possessing classmates whose mission has become to explore the Dark Hour and stop the shadows once and for all. However, they’ve noticed something special about you: whereas most people only have one Persona, you, for some reason, are the Wild Card, able to hold up to twelve Personae within you. So not only do they want you to join SEES, they want you to lead them into battle.

Before you ask: yes, they do have a plan that involves more than roaming around aimlessly during the Dark Hour killing shadows. Every night, Gekkokan High transforms into Tartarus, a gigantic tower overflowing with shadows and answers to the mysteries of the Dark Hour, and every full moon, a major shadow—linked to one of the major arcana of the Tarot deck—appears in Tatsumi Port Island for your killing pleasure. This might not be a surprise, but there’s probably a correlation between Tartarus and these major shadows, one that can only be discovered by reaching the top of the ominous tower and destroying every major shadow that comes in your path.

The stage is set. Midnight has arrived, and Tartarus looms in the distance. How you tackle the task ahead of you is your choice alone, and the fate of Tatsumi Port Island, Japan, and maybe even the world rests in your hands. Just don’t forget: saving the world doesn’t get you off the hook for not doing your homework.

FEATURES
So what’s the deal with P3P?
Persona 3 Portable is yet another version of Persona 3, originally released in 2006 (2007 in America) for the PS2 and re-released in the form of the enhanced Persona 3 FES in 2007 (2008 in America). In the wake of Persona 4 being the most successful game they’ve ever made and the PSP becoming ridiculously popular again (in Japan, at least), Atlus decided to revisit the game that brought the franchise back into the limelight and update the admittedly kind of broken original game and its still kind of broken appended version with all new features. In the end, it’s (probably) still kind of broken, but you can’t blame them for trying!

So what do I do?
Gameplay in Persona 3 Portable is split up into two distinct phases: day and night. During the day, you go to school and have to juggle all the responsibilities of being a high schooler. Do you stay awake during class or take a nap? Do you spend your afternoon at a club meeting, studying in the library, singing some karaoke, or catching a movie? Do you hang out with your friends and to raise your Social Link with them (more on that in a bit), and if so, which one? As the school year rages on, you’ll have to worry about midterms, sports meets, friends feeling spurned if you keep ignoring them, romantic relationships that can go horribly awry if the girl who likes you catches you with another girl, and so on, so planning how you tackle your responsibilities becomes important, especially since this ties into the nighttime part.

When the sun sets, you have the choice to spend the night at Tartarus. Here, you and three of your fellow SEES members explore the randomly generated floors of the tower, battling shadows in traditional turn-based JRPG style and looking for the answers that will explain why the Dark Hour exists and what these Persona are. Speaking of Persona, the Dark Hour is where they, and the Social Links, come into play. As you beat shadows in Tartarus, you’ll occasionally get the opportunity to win new Persona. You can keep these Personas and level then up by equipping them in battle, or you can bring them to the Velvet Room and fuse them into new Personae. Each Persona is aligned with an arcana, and each arcana (22 in all, though some are only accessible at certain points in the story) is linked to one of your Social Link friends. The more you hang out with them in the daytime portion, the higher your Social Link will be; higher Social Links give you experience bonuses, allow you to create more powerful Personas, and make special instances (such as fusing a Persona imbued with an item) more likely to occur, so it behooves you to explore the different relationships you can have in the game! The catch to spending time in Tartarus is that spending too much time will wear you and your party out, which can make you tired or sick, drastically harming your stats and limiting your ability to go to Tartarus or possibly study at night, so be careful.

How is this different from either Persona 3 or FES?
P3P has a number of changes and additions on top of all the stuff FES added (if you want to know more about what made FES so special, check out Error’s thread on that game). These changes include:
  • An all-new campaign. In addition to containing the almost completely unchanged original Persona 3 story (there’s a new Persona 4 cameo during one scene, but that’s about it), there is a new female protagonist with her own unique set of Social Links and special stuff. It’s such a big difference that we’ve given the MShe her own section below!
  • An all-new presentation better suited for a handheld game. While you wandered around a fully rendered Gekkokan High School and various districts in the original two releases, P3P is much more akin to an adventure game; you move a cursor around the environment and click on the person or thing you want to interact with. There’s some downsides to this: this means that there’s no more anime cutscenes, and the fully-rendered cutscenes are now at a bare minimum, with most cutscenes comprised of character portraits on a static background. This only applies to the daytime part, though; Tartarus and battles are still fully 3D.
  • Tweaks and additions to Tartarus exploration and the related gameplay systems. You can start from the last floor of Tartarus you reached as opposed to one of the hard stops on floors with two-way teleporters. Convenience has its cost, though, as not only does Tartarus feature new traps and hazards, but you no longer replenish your health and stamina points simply by returning to the lobby; you instead have to pay at the teleporter in the lobby to rejuvenate your party. The fatigue system has been overhauled as well. Instead of your party gradually tiring out as you fight your way through Tartarus, your party will only become exhausted after you leave Tartarus or if you return to the lobby without reviving a fallen comrade. Finally, missing citizens will occasionally find their way into Tartarus—including your Social Link friends—and you must save them before the full moon or live with the consequences of their death on your hands.
  • A battle system much more in line with Persona 4. You can now have direct control over your party members instead of relying on assigning tactics to the AI and hoping they listen (though like Persona 4, you can still do that if you so choose). Your teammates will also develop character-specific skills as your relationship with them grows, such as special follow-up attacks. The “Wait” command has also been replaced with a far more useful “Guard” command.
  • And speaking of carry-overs from Persona 4, there’s also fast-travel, the player character can now only wield Slash-type weapons in battle as opposed to any of the weapons (the three different physical attack types, however, are still intact), and part-time jobs that let you make money and raise one of your characteristics.
  • The addition of Skill Cards. Obtained after a Persona hits a certain level, Skill Cards let you teach the skill on the card to any Persona, which should ideally give you more motivation to stick with a Persona and level them up instead of flipping them for something else the first chance you get.
  • The Hall of Doors, a brand new optional dungeon outside of Tartarus for you to explore. Well, okay, it’s actually just the content from FES’ epilogue, The Answer, without the mediocre story to motivate you into playing it.. Still, it’s kind of cool, I guess!
  • Two new difficulty modes – a beginner mode for complete wusses, and Maniacs mode, a hyper-hard mode that disables New Game+ for extra playthroughs.
  • Oh, and there’s also Data Install option, so you can install the UMD info to your Memory Stick Duo and dramatically decrease load times if that’s your thing! The install is approximately 260 MB.

PERSONA 3: GIRL’S SIDE

As previously mentioned, Persona 3 Portable’s biggest addition is the ability to play the story as a girl instead of a guy, a first for the Social Link-era Persona games. This change is more than just cosmetic, though, as the female protagonist’s campaign has been completely rewritten. Certain more well-known recurring characters from the male protagonist’s campaign are relegated to “rogue’s gallery” status in the female protagonist’s campaign, and important major players in the story are Social Linkable for the first time ever! In fact, the girl’s Social Link map is a far more introverted affair than the male’s Social Links. Her Social Links take a page from Persona 4 and lets you develop individual relationships with all your fellow SEES members (yes, that includes the dog); the male campaign, in comparison, is far more focused on developing relationships with classmates and other peers and sordid characters, with only the female members of SEES possessing Social Links (so you can get in their panties). For a more comprehensive comparison of the two protagonists’ Social Links, check out this sweet chart I whipped together in ten minutes in Excel!

And if that wasn’t enough, the female protagonist has her own silly Persona 4 cameo that's different from the male protagonist's cameo, a new Velvet Room assistant that can only be selected if you play her campaign (Theodore, the male version of Elizabeth), unique music tracks, and nifty pink menus. You know, cuz she’s a chick!

MEDIA
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Video:
Here's the badass opening cinema for the game.
And here's a trailer.
And here's a walkthrough done by Atlus in case you found this thread TL;DR.
And here's part two of that Atlus-produced walkthrough.
And here's Giant Bomb's 34-minute Quick Look.

REVIEWS

Destructoid:10/10
GamePro:5/5
Gaming Age:A
1UP:A-
IGN:8.5
RPGFan:75% | 85%​


HEY, WHICH ONE SHOULD I PLAY?
I’ve seen this question asked numerous times and on numerous forums since Giant Bomb’s Persona 4 Endurance Run and the announcement of Persona 3 Portable; people are looking for a good place to jump in on the series and don’t know where to start. With that in mind, I’ve decided to put all my biases on the table and answer the few variants of this question I’ve seen… despite no one asking. So on the off chance that one of these statements applies to you, may your question hopefully be answered!

I’ve never played a Persona game in my life and I think it’s a good time to start. Is this the one for me?

Well, that depends. I definitely think that Persona 3 is a great place to start, but which version is a whole other question entirely. P3P has numerous refinements over FES that make it easier to play, but if you have no experience with the series, it’s not like those will actually matter so I’m wouldn’t necessarily say that these refinements should impact your decision; they’re incredibly useful additions, don’t get me wrong, but the people these additions will matter to are those who have either played the game before or played Persona 4 and can’t go back to the way things were (and really, it’s not like these tweaks are going to change the fact that Persona 3 is kind of a broken game in spots). Personally, I’d grab a copy of FES for my first ever experience with this game, but that’s because I’m more of a console gamer and this is the kind of game I want to experience on my TV. In the end, I think it comes down to whether you prefer big or small-screen gaming. FES has a fully 3D presentation with cutscenes acted out by the character models and the rare super awesome anime cutscene; P3P instead takes a visual novel approach with those scripted cutscenes instead being replaced with static character portraits on a prerendered background and the rare anime cutscenes replaced with PSP-looking 3D models doing stuff and not lip-syncing. FES is more drawn out and cinematic, but it establishes an atmosphere; P3P just gets on with it so you can tackle the story and gameplay at a faster pace and keep things moving if that’s how you want to be. Again: do you want to play a console game or a handheld game?​

Persona 4 is the game that got me into the series and now I want to go back and check Persona 3 out. Which version would be more my speed?

Persona 3 Portable, without a doubt. FES is a far more unrefined game than Persona 4, and based on my experience having been in this position, going to back to it will lead to hours of culture shock before you actually start to embrace the game for what it is. FES is certainly still a playable game… but when you can save yourself the headache by playing the game with all of Persona 4’s refinements (fast travel, better equipment management, full control of party members in battle) and added cameos from some of your old friends from Inaba, why go back?​

For some stupid, arbitrary reason, I have decided that I am only going to ever play one Persona game in my entire life (or at least in the foreseeable future). Which one should I play?

Perhaps you’ve heard of this game called “Persona 4”? Some would argue that it’s one of the best games of all time. I might be one of those people...​

The Persona series was so much better before Atlus wussified it. To hell with this Social Links crap – I wanna negotiate with demons and fire real-ass guns and deal with all sorts of stats and look at some gothic-looking Kaneko art and stuff! Is there anything for me here?

Go back to Strange Journey, you jerk.​


HEY, DO YOU LIKE OWNING STUPID GAME-RELATED CRAP?

Then boy-howdy, dudebrother, you should go pre-order this game because you'll get Junpei's baseball cap. Atlus sure does know how to spoil us! So if you want this sucker, go put in a pre-order at: Amazon | Amazon.ca | Gamestop | Gamestop/EB Games Canada

HEY, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE SOUNDTRACK

This is the soundtrack for the game. It only contains the new songs composed for the game (i.e., the new theme song and all the stuff composed for Girl's Side). The track list is as follows:
Go check your favorite import site if you want it. Atlus and Sony did a drawing to win one of ten copies signed by Shoji Meguro shortly before the game's release, and our very own krae_man won one! Yay for him!

A WORD TO THE WISE: THERE'S A CHANCE THAT A BUNCH OF PEOPLE POSTING IN THIS THREAD ARE PLAYING THIS GAME FOR THE FIRST TIME, SO DON'T BE SAFE MOIST AS DUDES AND POST UNTAGGED SPOILERS PLZKTHNX.

Special thanks goes out to Error for the original two P3 threads that gave me a lot to live up to, and Yawee, Tamanon, Johnnyram, and the other heroes of the P3P import thread that I'm forgetting about for their news and impressions.
  1. Soul Phrase
  2. A Way of Life
  3. After School
  4. Time
  5. Wiping All Out
  6. Sun
  7. Gentle Feelings
  8. Danger Zone
  9. Soul Phrase -long ver.-
  10. A Way of Life -Deep inside my mind Remix-

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Put two guys together to play along, unique and Troperiffic game like this, and you're bound to have several moments- either from witty commentary or wild reactions.

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    General 

  • Pretty much any time their love for Chie kicks in, especially the anticipation of getting her Social Link up to Rank 10.

    Jeff: Chie's the kind of girl you go out drinking with and SHE gets in a fight.
    Jeff: Alright, if we're going to be hanging out with Chie we need a sedative and some royal jelly.

    • Also how whenever Charlie hugs one of this girlfriends, they pretend that he can only speak in Hulk Speak during it.
  • Anytime anyone says anything that could be even remotely construed as something sexual, one of the guys, usually Vinny, will say "ziiip", indicating that Charlie is in the process of removing his pants.
  • Jeff's love/hate relationship with the localization team. "Look away from the cards!"
  • Various comments from Ryan Davis off mic.

    "You're talking about sex, right?!"
    "That is NOT appropriate."
    "Because the Dutch are cheap."
    "It's called a Prince Albert."
    "Yeah take him from behind!"
    "Nothing stops the money train!"
    "Do you guys need some dog poison?"

  • Anytime the guys impersonate Igor, Morooka, Dojima, Nanako, Kanji or Adachi. Hell, even Rise's!
    • Kanji and Dojima are the best of all of them. Virtually any scene with one of those two talking is sure to have some memorable quip.
    • Impersonations of Igor usually involve slang and profanity.

      "Pull over, we're gonna bury these dead bitches right here outside of town."

  • Vinny's name for the various Personas on the Shuffle Time screen, like "Guy on Fire." This leads to some great out of context quotes:

    "I like Bad Alucard Cosplay."
    "A monkey reading a book? PERFECT!"

  • Any mention of Funky Student and/or the Fox.
  • Every time something awkward happens, they decide it's the end of the game or video. For instance, upon seeing the in-universe preview for Kanji's bathhouse in Part 34, they decide to stop the episode right there.
  • Despite the phrase only being said once or twice by Kanji, they turn "Get bent!" into his catchphrase, sneaking it into a good chunk of his dialogue.
  • A running gag is when Charlie comes home, Vinny has him run over to Nanako and brag about his day and what he did while Nanako was at home. Later replaced with Charlie acting depressed, once Nanako's hospitalized.

    "I just had the biggest steak, too bad your dad isn't around to hear about it."
    "I made out."

  • Repeatedly telling Dave they're going to fight the King every time he passes by, having previously said they were going to do so during the episode he sat in but never actually getting around to it.
  • Whenever they have Adachi call someone a bitch.
  • The Endurance Run even got a mention or two on the Bombcast. One listener wrote in to ask whose party Vinny and Jeff would rather go to: Funky Student's or Mysterious Fox's. They theorize that Fox's party would probably be too good, some "dark shit" would go down there.

    Parts 1- 20 

  • Part 1:
    • Igor has a name, people! And according to Vinny, he's going to "do things to you". And his assistant will "help him do those things to you."
    • Meeting Dojima.
  • Part 2:
    • The game railroads Vinny into going to bed on the first night home:

      Jeff: YOU ARE TIRED FROM THE LONG TRIP! IT WOULD BE BEST IF YOU WENT TO BED EARLY TODAY!

  • Part 3:
    • Jeff and Vinny's first reaction to Morooka is to ask Charlie to kill him. Then there's their impression of him.

      "You just wanna get laid! Take those pins off your jacket, they signify your desirability to become impregnated by da transfer student."

  • Part 4:
    • Jeff and Vinny characterize Dojima as wanting Charlie to score with Chie and Yukiko at once, and he'll watch it on camera.

    Chie: Is [the dead body] the incident they were talking about?
    Jeff:No, there was another incident.

  • Part 5:
    • Making fun of Yukiko near the start.
    • The scene at Junes, particularly meeting Saki and hearing Yosuke laugh.
  • Part 6:
    • "There's empty space inside!"
  • Part 8:
    • The principal reveals to the school that Saki Konishi has passed away. He tells the students that the police are currently investigating:

      Principal: If they ask for your cooperation—
      Jeff: Don't tell 'em a damn thing! Stop snitching!
      Vinny: Bitches don't snitch!
      Jeff: Snitches get stitches!

      • And joking that Morooka was responsible.
    • The jazzy background music is what the school plays in the halls to try to cheer up the students.
  • Part 11:
    • Their reactions to Yukiko's Midnight Channel video, and then Yosuke's jacket.
  • Part 12:
    • The Investigation Team is officially formed, Chie talks back to Teddie, so Vinny immediately declares she's off the team.
    • At the Dojima house, when Dojima's questioning Charlie:

      Vinny as Nanako: Can we go to Junes?
      Jeff as Dojima: SHUT UP!
      Nanako: This isn't the police station.
      Jeff: Yeah, pig! You don't have your cop friends here with you, cop!

  • Part 13:
    • Jeff and Vinny meet Funky Student for the first time.
  • Part 15:
    • The main character occasionally has randomly generated dreams with one of his active Social Links if he goes directly to bed at night. Cue Jeff and Vinny getting this gem the very first time it happened to them:

      P4:>You had a dream that you and Chie were wearing luchador masks and wrestling...
      Jeff & Vinny:...
      Jeff:YES, HELL YES!
      Vinny:[laughing] What.
      Jeff: Man, this game knows me a little too well.
      Vinny:[still laughing] What?
      Jeff: Yeeeah.
      P4:>Your relationship with Chie has intensified.
      Vinny:[more laugh]
      Jeff: Effin' a it has, dude.
      Vinny: Ohh, why this isn't a cutscene.
      Jeff: God, I'm gonna sup... I'm gonna suplex that Chie.
      Vinny: Hopefully she had the same dream.

    • Their reaction to Kou declaring that he "looooves them balls".

      Jeff: And, uh, there you go, the end of our Persona 4 Endurance Run. We've reached the end of the game, because it can't get any better than this.
      Vinny: I just want Funky Student to stick his head in and be like...
      Jeff & Vinny: DAAAAAAAAAAMN!

  • Part 16:

    Vinny: That baby is pretty creepy.
    Secret Bambino gets up close to Chie and attacks
    Jeff: AHHHHHSECRETBAMBINO!

  • Part 17:
    • Fed up with the game reminding him of the fog deadline, Vinny has Charlie announce to a nearly empty classroom - including Chie - that the fog will come after a few days of rain.
    • The entire Rank 2 scene for Kou's Social Link, even checking their rank beforehand.
  • Part 19:
  • Part 20:
    • When a capsule machine becomes a greater issue than saving your friend's life.

      P4: 'Turning the dial took some time.'
      P4: 'It's time to go home...'
      Vinny: What.
      Jeff: What.
      Vinny: What.
      Jeff: What.

      • It becomes a running gag, with Vinny fearing that any possible activity could take up valuable time, and is especially wary of the capsule machine from then on.
    • Later, Vinny considers spending the second-to-last day before the deadline is up to hang out with Yumi.

      Vinny: We're so close to making out! Yukiko's not gonna give it up!
      Jeff: Dude, she'll die!

    Parts 21- 40 

  • Part 21:
    • "DUDE! She's just beyond the door!" (Teddie's look of determination in Yukiko's dungeon.)
  • Part 23:
    • Trying to fuse a Senri with Red Wall... and not realizing that the skills a Persona inherits change every time you select it.
  • Part 24:
    • The parody dialogue when Adachi is properly introduced, where they impersonate Dojima introducing him to Nanako as her "Uncle".

      "How come Young Detective comes over for dinner and then sleeps in Mommy's bed?"

    • Wanting a "Don't hit me" option when talking to Dojima after he punches Adachi.
      • Which is itself a callback to a running joke started in Giant Bomb's video review of Fallout 3.
    • Charlie tells Yukiko that her Shadow is only one part of her.

      Jeff:Now let me tell you about one part of me.

  • Part 25:
  • Part 27:
    • Funky Student as a party member.
    • Omoikane's special attack: grossing out the Shadows.
    • "Supple Metal..."
    • This:

      Yukiko: Oh, did I level-up?
      Jeff: Shut up.

  • Part 28:
  • Part 29:
    • "Popularity leads to intimacy, Vinny."
    • Studying with Chie.
    • Dojima calls to tell Nanako and Charlie that vacation is cancelled:

      Jeff: Charlie, listen to me. Kill the kid, torch the house, we gotta get outta here. Alright, alright, I'm gonna tell you some stuff that's gonna seem really heavy, you need to not react 'cause the kid's there, alright?

    • "I'M THE HAPPY JUNES MAN!"
    • "Tactless Student strikes again!" when Yosuke accidentally implies the existence of Mrs. Dojima (who is dead) in front of Nanako.
    • "That's my Daisuke!"
  • Part 30:
    • The notion of Nanako using Charlie to usurp all his friendships.
    • Meeting the mysterious fox:

      Jeff: Hey mysterious fox.
      P4: 'Does it live at the shrine?'
      Jeff: You know, these are not the questions I'm asking about mysterious fox.

    • Vinny decides that Charlie's understanding is not high enough.

      Dojima: I can't tell if you're playing dumb, or if you really are that dense.
      Vinny: Aw man. I don't like living here anymore.

  • Part 32:
    • Ryan joins the guys for this episode, having not paid any attention to the events of the first 31 episodes, leading to much confusion.

      Ryan: This game is teaching you all sorts of F-ed up stuff.

    • The guys introduce Ryan to Chie.

      Ryan: Is this, like, a girl that you have feelings for?
      Vinny: I don't - no.
      Jeff: Well - What do you - What are you trying?
      Ryan: Jeff, I'm talking to you personally, Jeff, not the character.
      Jeff: ...yes.

    • The background students in Charlie's classroom after the exams are over.
    • The guys have a laugh even as Yumi's Social Link heads deep into drama territory at the hospital.

      Jeff as Yumi: Will you be my new daddy?

    • Meeting Eri:

      Eri: You seem so mature.
      Ryan: Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. ...Yes I am!
      Jeff: I saw a movie like this once.

    • And Kanji's first appearance (via the TV interview):

      Dojima: Still up to the same old tricks...?
      Jeff as Dojima:My arch-nemesis...

  • Part 33:
    • Jeff's disdain for Yukiko.
    • Everything being a bad influence on Nanako.
    • This exchange, where Jeff acts like Kanji:

      Jeff: Hey Vinny?
      Vinny: Yeah?
      Jeff: Get bent!
      Vinny: WHOA! You're one scary dude! Are you in a biker gang?
      Jeff: Well you know, they're two words that sound funny together, so I might join one.

    • Their reactions to Yosuke awkwardly asking Charlie which of the two girls in the party (at the time) he preferred.

      Jeff: Give me the controller!

      • They pick Chie, and then feel like the game has locked them into that choice. Then they notice Yosuke's character model focused on Chie the next day. One of them impersonates Yosuke thinking to himself.

      "What does he see in her?"

    • Noting that "Kanji" is both the name of a character in the game and a written form of Japanese: "That's the Japanese equivalent of Alphabet Jones."
  • Part 34:
    • Their reaction to Yosuke and Chie hiding from Kanji.
    • Kanji's had enough of being followed, and is friends with the fox.

      Kanji: I'm taking you all down! I LOOK LIKE I'M JOKING?!
      Jeff as Kanji: FOX, GET THE HELL OUT HERE!

    • The ending.
  • Part 35:
    • Jeff/Charlie tells Nanako about how he has to rescue Kanji, but doesn't want to due to Kanji being a jerk, meaning Kanji might die, making Nanako regret this subject of conversation.
  • Part 36:
    • Having Charlie try to look inconspicuous before asking Naoto about Kanji.
    • The mysterious fox appears at Junes:

      Jeff: Oh DUDE!
      Jeff as the fox: You guys seen Kanji around? We're bros. Me, him, and Funky Student are starting a jazz trio.

    • The key to defeating Monopolizing Cupid - Baltic Avenue.
    • The Death card appears:

      Vinny:I bet ifthisgoes poorly, we'll do really well!
      Jeff: Death, you say? Roll the dice my man!

  • Part 37:
    • Vinny sums up the ending to the previous video, getting the Death Arcana Chance and being removed from the dungeon:

      "We got kicked out of the Bad, Bad Bathhouse for bad, bad behavior."

    • Giving voices to the Shadows that the Wealth Hand summoned before it fled.
    • "It's an optical illusion, [the police Shadows] are both the same size."
    • Their Alternate Character Interpretation of Ghoul.
  • Jeff becoming frequently annoyed at Kanji's bathhouse, becoming a Red Oni.
  • Part 38:
    • Their first encounter with the Gigas Shadows, "the Brothers Hogan". Then later when two more appear in another fight, Jeff and Vinny pretend they're the exact same ones as before.
      • They also decide that Hogan's weaknesses would be "Urine Test" and "Nullify Contract".
    • Preparing to fight the mid-boss in Kanji's dungeon.

      Jeff: If you were a bathhouse mid-boss, what would you use to attack?
      Vinny: Charm. Money.

    • Mr. Morooka watching Shadow Kanji's show.
  • Part 39:
    • Jeff and Vinny's confusion with the fictional book's title, Off Today, of the Naughty (actually Timid) Teacher series of books.

      Vinny: You found out all about Mr. Morooka.
      Vinny as Dojima: Charlie! You readin' off up there?!
      Jeff as Charlie:[voice breaking] N-no!

    • Yukiko's Rank 2 scene.
    • Charlie fails to translate correctly, so Yosuke (Jeff) makes fun of him for it the next day. Charlie's hand also kept translating even after the narration said he stopped, implying Charlie's lost all control. But his Expression did increase from 'Rough' to 'Eloquent'.

      Vinny: Eloquent. Hellooo Yukiko. Hellooo Chie.

  • Part 40:
    • The beginning:

      Morooka: Should we halt the class and take a nap, huh? Shape up, losers! Where's your dignity?
      Vinny: Hey, wake up [Jeff]! You fell asleep yesterday, apparently!
      Jeff: Ah! Where's my dignity?

    • Charlie forces Nanako to spend time with him.

      "Archangel demands it!"

    • Yosuke's Rank 3:

      Jeff: I feel like I understand you a bit more. I'm just not sure that I want to.

    Parts 41- 60 

  • Part 41:
    • Raising Nanako's Social Link:

      Vinny: We're spending a lot of time with this kid.
      Jeff: Well, she needs it!
      Vinny: Yeah, but now she's mouthing off to her dad.
      Jeff: Good! He needs it!

    • The noise Jeff makes when Charlie fails to meet his envelope folding goal.
  • Part 42:
    • "Popularity leads to intimacy, Vinny."
      • "POPULARITY LEADS TO HEPATITIS, VINNY!"
    • The episode ends with Vinny losing a fight (and a lot of progress) to a group of tough Shadows. But one highlight is using a Revival Bead to bring Yosuke back... only for Zionga to instantly kill him again.
  • Part 43:
    • Summoning Ippon-Datara.

      Jeff: He's either the world's worst dentist or the world's best blacksmith. There's really no difference.

  • Part 44:
    • Vinny draws the Reversed Lovers Arcana, causing more tough Shadows to spawn in the dungeon. Jeff wants him to be more careful, but Vinny insists that he should fight as often as he can. Vinny attacks the next Shadow he sees, and they're the Magi from Part 42. Vinny changes his mind.
  • Part 45:
    • Vinny's reaction to Vetala.
      • Related, both of their reactions to Andra, aka Naked Owl Man:

      Vinny: Dad, put your pants on!
      Jeff: I'M WEARING MY OWL HEAD!

    • The gravity of their decision to play through all of Persona 4 finally dawns on Jeff.

      Jeff: Dude, this game is long, we're still only using the light spells.
      Vinny: Shhhhhh
      Jeff: What...WHAT ARE WE DOING?!

    • Not doing an All-Out Attack:

      Yosuke: We're not gonna? What a waste...
      Jeff:YOU'RE A WASTE!

    • Trying to figure out how to fight the King.

      Jeff: If you were an Egotistical King, what would you be weak against?
      Vinny: Uh, gold dust. Do we have any more of that?

    • Vinny ignores the stairs once again to level grind with Shadows. He runs into the Magis again, Chie gets enraged and knocked over, Charlie gets reduced to barely any HP, and avoids two strong spells in a row. Vinny asks Jeff if he should use the Vanish Ball to escape.

      "Use the fucking ball, go up the fucking stairs!"

    • Charlie comes home from a long day of dungeon crawling, which entails Yosuke getting knocked out by all kinds of spells:

      Nanako: Why do people die?
      Vinny: Well when people are hit by fire spells, and lightning spells, and they throw everything at you...

  • Part 46:
  • Part 47:
    • Seeing Kanji and Shadow Kanji together, Jeff and Vinny put words into Kanji's mouth.

      "... I'm looking at a nude me here, guys. I'm really into it. I don't... really have time to talk right now."

    • Tough Guy runs away after Shadow Kanji is defeated.

      "I just came to party! I'm not so tough, I know they call me Tough Guy, but you know, it's like calling a bald guy 'Curly'! It's Nice Guy you gotta watch out for, he's a dick."

    • Yosuke will bring Kanji home and, if anyone asks, he'll say that he found Kanji "like this". Since Kanji isn't any different, Jeff and Vinny suggest they cover Kanji in crack and alcohol, and remove his pants.
    • The scene with Dojima.
  • Part 48
    • Dave sits in for this episode. Special mention to the scenes where Kanji formally joins the Investigation Team.

      Kanji: So someone's killing people with a TV? What, is he beating them to death?
      Jeff: You've figured it out.
      Dave: You are a detective!
      Jeff: We're done. Game over. Roll the credits.

    • The entire "Charlie is signed up for health club" scene, but one highlight is when Dave meets Morooka.

      "There are many things that scare me about this man."

    • Or when they walk into the office and see two girls inside

      Jeff: Yeah I'm the doctor, everybody get naked.

  • Part 49:
    • The bonding session with Dojima. Especially this gem.

      Jeff: Dojima will take a hit for you during battle! Wait...

    • Young people developing a love for their hometown:

      Chie: The way we supposedly develop that love is by picking up trash off the mountain.
      Vinny:You mean like hookers?
      Jeff:Let's go out and pick up some 'mountain trash' this weekend, OWW!

    • The proposal of a DVD version of the Endurance Run with commentary over their own commentary.
  • Part 50:

    Dave: Did you think it would last this long?
    Ryan: Fuck no! I'm surprised it lasted a week, man.

    • Chie's Rank 6 scene.

      Jeff: We'll stop the bullies together, it's you and me against this crazy world, RUN AWAY WITH ME!

    • Jeff and Vinny's reaction to Nanako's summer clothes.
    • Charlie eats a frozen banana.

      Vinny as Dojima: Did you just eat that frozen banana? That was a severed penis from the crime lab."

    • Charlie's magic trick, including random black comedy from Vinny.

      "Nanako shot the rubberband into her mouth, choked, and died. Push X to cut up the body before Dojima gets home."

    • The scene in the guys' tent is a gray area for humor in the game. But Jeff and Vinny's commentary make it funny all-around. Especially when Yosuke starts eating Animal Crackers.
    • And this moment:

      Jeff: Yosuke sucks all the way. He messes up everything.
      Yosuke: Ta-da! [whips out swimsuits for the girls]
      Jeff: OH YOSUKE, YOU'RE AWESOME!

    • After Charlie and Yosuke are pushed into the river.

      Chie: Aren't they the worst, Kanji-kun?
      Jeff as Kanji: The cold water makes their nipples hard- Uh, what were you saying?

    • The ending:

      Vinny: I thought fighting monsters was hard, but try talking to high school girls.
      Ryan:[in the background] TELL ME ABOUT IT!

  • Part 52:
    • Charlie considers whether to lick a bag of wasabi he found in the fridge.

      Jeff: Uh, ever asked the question, "lick it"? Answer's always yes.

  • Part 53:
    • The guys' plan to "protect" Rise from the killer...

      Jeff: We're gonna kill her before she can get kidnapped.
      Vinny: We'll see if that works. Can't kidnap a dead person, right?
      Jeff: Let's out-kill the killer!

    • "I'll try to sound tough, describing tofu. I'm gonna go sewing."
    • Their reaction to Yosuke suggesting that the team buys adult diapers for the stakeout at Rise's place.

      "...You're off the team."

    • Seconds later, Kanji tries to get the team to move along.

      "You guys keep the lady busy, I'm gonna shoplift some Value Medicines."

  • Part 54:
    • Jeff and Vinny are deciding whether Charlie and Yosuke should sneak up behind the suspect to capture him, and Ryan chimes in, "YEAH, TAKE 'IM FROM BEHIND!", to no reaction.
  • Part 55:
    • Charlie spending time with Nanako.
  • Part 57:
    • They keep running into Jack Frost during Shuffle Time, and Jeff makes him out to be like Ghoul, complete with a silly voice.
  • Part 58:
    • The part near the beginning where they're on the shopping network.
    • All of Yosuke's Rank 6 scenes, both working part time and at the food court.

      Vinny: I just got paid 69,000 to hang out with Yosuke. What a bust, YOSUKE'S OFF THE TEAM!

    • Ressentiment
    • Chie's Meat Gum at the end.
  • Part 59:
    • Charlie at drama practice without Yumi.
    • Sayoko's Rank 1, including finding out that it's the Devil Arcana.

      Vinny: I don't like where this is going, but I like where this is going.
      Vinny: I want...to do that...job...again...

  • Part 60:
    • Charlie may have gotten intimate with Sayoko, so the next day Vinny has him trying to find people he can brag to.
    • "If Nurse is putting out by Rank 2, by Rank 7 we'll be divorced."

    Parts 61- 80 

  • Part 61:
    • Their reaction to the power going out and their battery backup holding, especially "Nothing stops the endurance run, motherfucker!" and Ryan's excited yells in the background.
    • The black-and-white effects when the power goes out.
    • The proposal for an Endurance Run sweepstakes.
  • Part 62:
    • "Don't have sex with your Persona. You'll get hair on your palms."
  • Part 63:
    • Jeff and Vinny take on the Intolerant Officer, the extra boss at the end of the Steamy Bathhouse. They took it down...but since they had the reverse Moon arcana in effect, they only got 1 experience point.
  • Part 64:
    • Charlie's dream about the fox.

      Jeff: Why would an animal wear a luchador mask?
      Vinny: That's just ridiculous.

    • Talking to Shady Student.
    • Fusing shenanigans, including High Pixie being "David Bowie with weird chest implants" and Queen Mab being "Bowie, the later years."

      Vinny:[after noticing Queen Mab would have Enervation and Balzac] Do you wanna enervate your Balzac?
      Jeff: Well, I mean - I - yeah...I usually take care of that on the weekends.

    • Titania's Diarama changes into Dekaja, prompting a very angry noise.
  • Part 66:
    • Meeting Nozuchi inspires quite a bit of commentary from the two:

      Jeff: It's like Mr. Snuffleupagus, but gone horribly wrong.
      Vinny: Through the fly-teleportation-thing.
      Jeff: An elephant got in the teleporter?
      Jeff: It's a coconut... with hair, it's... I don't like this one bit.
      Vinny: It looks like my uncle. I wanna summon that thing.
      Jeff: How did that thing emerge from the sea of my soul? That's what I wanna know.
      Vinny: You've been eating too many Cheetos.
      Jeff: Or not enough Cheetos.

    • Jeff and Vinny hop into the dungeon, grind a little bit, work it, and pull out, as observed by Ryan.
      • The best part is, it's the strip club dungeon.
    • Finding an ice cube and pretending it's Ice Cube.

      "Thanks for getting me out! Yay-ay! I heard there'd be strippers! Have you seen my cousin Funky Student?"

  • Part 67:
    • The "quick look" at the fusing mechanic. "Fun for the whole family."
    • Summoning Gdon, the flaming tiger Persona:

      Jeff: Why is he humping?
      Vinny: He's in heat. Get it? ZING!
      Jeff:This endurance run is over.

    • Encountering the Arcana Turret (miniature tank) Shadow.
  • Part 68:
    • Making fun of Shadow Rise's dancing animation, as well as Vinny's response to Shadow Rise's rant:

      Vinny: This is what happened the last time I went to a strip club, this is why I don't go.

    • It takes the Investigation Team the entirety of Shadow Rise's monologue and the first part of Rise denying it before they try to stop the boss fight from happening.

      Rise: You're...
      Chie: No! Don't say it!
      Jeff:This is the part where they thought to intervene? Idiots!"
      Rise: You're... not me!
      Jeff:AUGH!
      Vinny: *sigh*

    • Comparing Shadow Rise's satellite dish face to the Big Shell.

      Vinny: If you look closely, you can see little dudes running across it.

    • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Kanji appearing in the cutscenes, despite not being in the active party, thereby not helping.

      "Hey Kanji, nice of you to join us!"

    • Shadow Rise's weakness - giving her enough money to get through college.
    • Everything related to Teddie's last stand.
    • Vinny casts ice on a boss that drains ice. Yep. It's every bit the hilariously bad mistake it sounds. He will never live down casting Bufu.
      • Compound this with the fact that he already knew that it drained ice and you know this is going to haunt him forever.

      Jeff: No! What'd you- oh my God, dude! Come on!

      • Even better is as Vinny is selecting Bufu, he actually says "we're not chumps . . ."
  • Part 69:
    • Their impressions in of drunken Dojima, AKA "Fun Time Daddy".

      Vinny as Dojima: Let'sh all go to Junesh. I'll get my shpecial brick key.
      Vinny as Dojima: Get your friend Kanji; we're gonna go beat up shome punksh. Nanako, you drive.

    • Jeff's annoyance with the Japan-centric multiple choice question in the game, followed by trying to ask the teacher's hand puppet for the answer.
      • Related, Jeff's fury at Yosuke's obnoxious coworkers during his Social Link scene.
  • Part 70:
    • Jeff's Mothman impersonation.
    • Vinny and Jeff argue over whether or not Charlie should eat Nanako's pudding in the refrigerator.
    • The ending.
  • Part 71:
    • A lot of stuff happens in this episode alone, such as Morooka being revealed as the latest victim, Teddie escaping the TV world and revealing he's grown a human form inside him, and Kashiwagi becoming the new homeroom teacher, and their reactions to each are priceless.

      Vinny: Aw, he wasn't all bad!
      Jeff: ...No, he was all bad.
      Vinny:He had a dog at home, like his one friend, and cats...

    • Jeff and Vinny getting indignant on Chie calling the shots on having another team meeting at the very start.
    • Their reactions to the scene where Teddie's new clothes are introduced, followed by guessing that Rise will appear and take off her human skin to reveal a bear underneath.
    • Their Igor impressions, followed by their reaction to unlocking new fusion patterns, adding another layer of depth to the fusion mechanic that they didn't want.

      Igor: Now your jouney will son reach its climax.
      Jeff: Oh, is it one of these dreams?

    • Meeting Kashiwagi

      Vinny: Hey, I heard there's a new teacher in class today!
      Drew: Whhoooaahh!

    • The Van Halen references.
    • The students in the background in Charlie's class talking about watching the Endurance Run themselves.
  • Part 72:
    • All of Dojima's Rank 5 scene.

      Vinny: You dreamed about wrestling Dojima in a luchador mask.
      Jeff: And you woke up, and it was actually happening.

  • Part 73:
    • Takeshi interrupts Chie and Charlie training:

      Takeshi: Were you this anal before?
      Jeff: No, that's just a recent thing.

    • Melons!
    • "Teddie, heeey! What's up girlfriend?"
  • Part 74:
    • Charlie talking to the fox and trying to get it to open up a business with him and get a cut of the shrine's profits.

      Fox: Yo [Funky Student], Charlie's getting a little too big for his britches. Thinks he can go into business by himself!

    • Charlie wanting to immediately put his improved Expression to use by talking to Dojima after reading a book.

      Vinny as Charlie: DOJIMA! WAKE UP! I just learned what you're talking about with your dead wife!

    • Funky Student riding on Fox as they secretly give Charlie dating advice during Chie's Rank 9 scene.
  • Part 76:
    • Meeting Hisano.

      Vinny as Hisano: You look like my grandson. Let's get it on! Have you met Igor? He gave me this pearl necklace.
      Jeff: Eugh.

    • Charlie gets Mitsuo's photo.

      Vinny: EWW!

    • Joking about Chie adding more and more incriminating information to Mitsuo's backstory as they try to find him.
  • Part 77:
    • After a battle:

      Yosuke: That's my true strength!
      Vinny: Thanks for holding out on us!

  • Part 78:
    • "YU-KI-KO'S PERSONA IS SEALED, VINNY-SENPAI."
    • Legion:

      Vinny: I think we've gotten Legion before.
      Jeff: No, you're thinking of a lesion, and you should really get that looked at.

  • Part 79:
    • Vinny decides to tag out Yosuke and Chie for Kanji and Teddie, which gives him and Jeff some good material.
    • Finding Curse Paper, and thinking that it's just a piece of paper that Teddie wrote a bunch of curse words on.
    • Vinny decides which direction to go:

      Vinny: [This path] looks long and dark. [The other path] looks turny.
      He goes down the first path.
      Jeff:[deadpan] What logic did you use to decide your path, here?

  • Part 80:
    • Kanji's request on the ema stone - To be on Vinny's team of regularly used party members.
      • Later in the video, Jeff and Vinny see that Kanji's the only person in the shopping district who wants to hang out, so they look for someone else instead.

      [Charlie walks up to Kanji and then leaves the district]
      Kanji: Wha- hey! Hey! Aww...

    • They do eventually decide to hang out with Kanji, and each line the two give him is hilarious.
    • Getting the sixth ema from the fox, and theorizing what Yosuke does when you're not spending time with him.
    • The two get annoyed with Charlie's inability to competently craft the despondent NPC's model and later pass by that NPC.

      Jeff: Hey, your model sucks! You're right to be despondent! All right, later.

    • Yukiko's Rank 6:

      Jeff narrating: You ravaged Yukiko in the vegetable section.
      Vinny: Yosuke's gonna be pissed.
      Jeff as Yosuke: DUDE!

    • The major premise of the episode is that Vinny wants Charlie to hang out with Chie for her Rank 10 scene, but she's not there or she wants to go into the TV. He and Jeff keep deciding that they're going to save the game and end the video after hanging out with Chie, extending the video's length.
      • Complaining to the fox about how Chie won't social link with Charlie.

    Parts 81- 100 

  • Part 81:
    • The first episode since returning from E3 has Jeff and Vinny try to remember everything they learned about Persona 4 at the start: Nanako is a Metal Gear guard, and the Fox was a dream Vinny had. Also, the game takes place in Texas.
    • Not hanging out with Kanji:

      Jeff: You made Kanji sad. Kanji's got it hard enough.
      Vinny: Kanji needs to learn about disappointment.

    • Hisano's Rank 1 scene.
    • Charlie tries to look at Take-Mikazuchi's skills without the other characters knowing.
    • "Ole."
    • Charlie getting killed by the Insta-Death Hama spell while the guys put the game on Auto-Fight. Cue absolute shock. The best part is, just one turn prior to that, Vinny made fun of the shadow for failing to pull it off.
      • Vinny will later go on to repeat this same mistake during the True Final Boss.
    • More Ghoul:

      "Guys I don't really like the strip club, they're just too pushy."

  • Part 82:
    • Fusing Ghoul. He gets the last laugh over Vinny and Jeff.

      Vinny: I can't believe we're giving up [Gdon], and keeping Ghoul.

    • Jeff's increasing frustration with Rise.
    • Vinny's increasing displeasure at not having any Chest Keys.

      "Funky Student! Hook a brother up!"

  • Part 83:
    • Something inside of Jeff has changed.
    • Jeff tries to convince Vinny to go see the Mysterious Fox, but makes it sound like he's offering drugs.
    • Jeff and Yukiko again:

      Yukiko: Did I level up?
      Jeff:No. You didn't.

    • Finding Fox on Level 4 of the dungeon.
  • Part 84:
    • Parvati is a depressed bridesmaid who met Fox at one of her friends' weddings.
    • In a moment of boredom, Jeff sings along to the Velvet Room song.
  • Part 86:
    • Trying to determine what Yatagarasu's name would translate to, and deciding that Garu is Japanese for "Wind Spell".
    • After spending the first seven or eight minutes fusing Personas, Vinny goes back into the dungeon and gets a game over in his very first battle.
      • And then on take two, Vinny survives his first fight, only to get another game over to the same type of Shadow.

      Vinny: What happened to the part where someone would take a mortal blow for you?

  • Part 87:
    • Finding a cold beer in Dojima's fridge:

      Jeff: Yes! Yes! Yeeeees!
      Vinny narrating: Do you want to get punched in the kidney by Dojima?

    • Later, when the beer is no longer in the fridge, they assume Nanako drank it

      "Hey Big Bro! Is your understanding high enough to understand that I'm tore up?"

    • When the guys get to the Level 10 Social Link scene for Chie.
      • Chie mentions that she doesn't know what her good qualities are and wants Charlie to help her find them. The game gives Vinny the option of telling Chie she's on her own.

      Vinny:[laughs]
      Jeff:Whoa, bitch. This got a little intense, a little fast. I was just trying to have good times, hanging out in the TV, do whatever, and then you brought this whole heavy trip on it that's not really what I'm looking for, so...