Persona Three Reload is on no account a definitive remake of the 2006 unique. It’s lacking the Transportable launch’s feminine protagonist in addition to FES’s epilogue The Reply (though possibly not for lengthy). That stated, Reload has quite a bit going for it. A graphical replace, new social hyperlink content material that fleshes out characters, and quality-of-life enhancements make it an effective way to expertise Persona 3. One of many undeniably gorgeous options of Reload is its UI, or consumer interface, which is among the most stylistically spectacular items of design in any sport. Although there may be one minor piece of UI design from the unique Persona Three that’s absent in Reload—and I can’t assist however suppose it’s a serious loss for the sport.
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All through Persona 3, the theme of demise is continually hammered into the participant. This begins with the sport’s opening cinematic and by no means stops. It’s in all places within the writing, artwork path, and even within the fight programs. This takes the type of an omnipresent use of pistols to characterize this motif. Hell, P3 requires gamers to summon personas by placing a gun to every character’s head and pulling the set off. No one ever accused this sport of being delicate.
A lot of the participant’s time in Persona Three is spent exploring the seemingly unending dungeon Tartarus. So as to maintain the participant consistently eager about demise even within the midst of repetitive fight, the unique Persona Three included a superb piece of UI design. In battle the participant may select the anticipated choices of Assault, Ability, Gadgets, and many others. However these have been laid out to the participant in a revolving circle the participant would rotate in an motion meant to call to mind the revolving barrel of a pistol, with every motion its personal bullet. With a lot of fight together with the usage of the evoker (the persona-summoning pistol) the barrel-like design of the fight UI retains the participant consistently conscious of how imminent demise is for any and the entire protagonist’s social gathering. In distinction, Reload does away with this visible reference in favor of a way more simplistic interface that maps the controller’s face buttons to distinctive actions. It has just a little extra utility nevertheless it loses the unique’s thematic relevance. It’s one of many solely locations Reload’s UI appears like a step again.
However what’s even stranger is that the thought of a revolver barrel biking by its bullets is current in Reload’s UI, simply not throughout fight. The interface for getting and promoting gadgets on the Paulownia Mall Police Station in Reload makes use of a revolver barrel with cylinders representing armor and weapons that cycles by when switching between menus. It’s precisely what the fight UI of Persona Three was, simply within the fallacious place. Divorcing the revolver motif from fight takes away from the sport’s fixed dread that demise is at all times close to. It’s a small tweak, however like most of the seemingly inconsequential modifications that Persona Three Reload makes—be it the elimination of the fatigue mechanic or introduction of a extra saturated colour palette—it too typically shies away from the overtly darkish tone that’s so very important to Persona Three within the first place.