- POSITIVE: Final Fantasy X-2 is one of the best JRPGs ever made in the history of the world. NEGATIVE: Its plot exposition is ridiculous.
Is as ridiculous as VII, VIII and X allowed X-2 to be ridiculous. Which incidentally, is all thanks to the chaotic writing of Kazushige Nojima in all four games with a few other staff members. Him and Masato Kato are not my favorites writers but lots of fans love their work.
That being said, is cool that XV only uses the script Nojima wrote for Versus only as reference.
- NEGATIVE: The Shin Megami Tensei series is the most pretentious pile of festering self-obsession in the JRPG market. Guess what guys? You're pretty much playing Pokemon. Don't pretend it's cool just because it's occult. Leave that attitude behind when you turn 20, please. POSITIVE: The Persona series has some seriously great character building and design.
Get out of here with that noise man. :p
The "no fucking around" nature of SMT is not pretentious at all. Is just an RPG that has confidence in what it does, and that's something JRPGs in general could use more instead of throwing moe and fanservice at our faces.
Also, SMT and Persona haven't had anything to do with each other after the first Persona. There's no "better" than the other in this case.
It's pretty much as you said; it's Megaman. You learn everything on the spot and if you fail to adapt, you die.
Although Dark Soul fans would probably say that Megaman is the Dark Souls of Side-scrolling action platformers ;)
The "Is the Dark Souls of..." kind of descriptions have always
been are the worst. What's worse than that though is putting all Souls fans in the same bag with the loud, elitist mofos that are an annoyance in the same fanbase they are a part of.