You know, it seems like every time someone brings up Atlus on the internet, it’s shortly followed by praise, adoration, or gushing. Or alternatively -- or simultaneously -- declaring Atlus as the greatest gaming company around…whether that’s in regards to JRPGs, or just games in general. It’s a little worrying to know that there’s so much fervor for one company; an outsider looking in might think of Atlus fans as some sort of cult-gathered, near-murderous zealots. Or worse -- fanboys.
If nothing else -- if you learn nothing, or take away nothing else from these posts -- then you have to learn that Atlus’ love is unquestionably deserved. What The House of Jack Frost lacks in resources or raw graphical power, they make up for with overwhelming style, enthralling stories, and gameplay that’ll make you want to take a sledgehammer to whatever system has the misfortune of loading up one of Atlus’ bosses. (I still can’t believe I managed to clear Catherine.) Just think about the amount of playtime you can get out of one of their titles. How is it that a triple-A game might not last you through the weekend, but a game with a fraction of the budget can give you anywhere from fifteen to eighty hours of gameplay? Similarly, how is it that a game designed to be a non-stop thrill ride from start to finish can barely be remembered a month after release, but a game infinitely more sedate has sequences, worlds, and even conversations I’ll remember for years to come? I doubt any Persona 4 fans will forget the King’s Game anytime soon…among other things.
So yes, Atlus is more than deserving of praise. From a technical perspective they’re not the most impressive, but the limits imposed in one area drove the developers to excel in others. There’s a definitive creative vision in virtually every product they put out, one that has been and will continue to be appreciated by fans. My biggest gripe? No news on Persona 5…but then again, I’m more than willing to wait.
So consider that a PSA on why Atlus is amazing. Now then, let’s get back on topic, yeah?
To move is to SPOILERS; and to be valiant is to MORE SPOILERS:
Therefore, if thou art SPOILED, thou runn’st away.
So yeah, there’ll be spoilers.