Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin Final Stats and Thoughts

Originally, I loved this game, despite the gameplay becoming a little exasperating/tiring. I liked the sheer number of battle options better than Persona 3‘s, although I also felt like trimming the fat was a good thing, too. I liked P3‘s characters and story better. The story in P3 feels deeper, and succeeds in reaching for its epic scope. I also wished there was voice acting throughout P2: IS, like P3. You don’t just leave Troy Baker (Eikichi), Patrick Seitz (Nyarlathotep), and Wendee Lee (Maya) lying around!

So, in summary: P2 gameplay > P3, but P3 and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment storylines > P2: IS.

I was very surprised to learn that some fans dislike the gameplay of P2 because I generally enjoyed it. Perhaps that’s another reason why P3 is so different from P2.

The storyline of P2 taps into the frightening concept of rumors and thoughts affecting reality. This gives Sumaru City a bad case of the Silent Hills, but when Ms. Ideal helps fulfill the Oracle of Maia, it spreads out to the entire world, something that none of the villains in Silent Hill were able to accomplish.

Nyarlathotep is a scary villain because he’s the manifestation of humanity’s negative thoughts, feelings, and actions. All of that negativity empowers him.

His plan is kind of silly if you think about it, though; if the world is destroyed and all of the humans die, won’t he cease to exist as well? Is his plan a convoluted and overcomplicated suicide bid?

An interesting side effect of playing through EP first is that you really experience it from Maya’s perspective as someone who has no idea that reality was reset to prevent her death, because you don’t learn the truth about how reality was split in two until much later on in the game.

There are some shippy scenes between Tatsuya and Jun (like when they team up during negotiations), and Tatsuya loves Maya dearly (not just in a platonic way like the rest of the party does). Tatsuya is basically a magnet for all of the girls at school… and Jun, who is gay. Interestingly, character designer Kazuma Kaneko considers Tatsuya/Jun to be the canonical pairing in the game, as does the game’s scenario designer, Satomi Tadashi. But he also ships Tatsuya with Maya.

Jun is a rather effeminate character, but the game doesn’t emasculate or mock him for it. Jun is associated with flowers; he attacks with them, and he wears a yellow iris in the buttonhole of his coat, signifying vengeance and his motivation early on in IS. Symbolism is one of my favorite things about Shin Megami Tensei.

Some people complain about a lack of queer representation in later Persona games, but here’s Jun and Tatsuya in P2, years before the female protagonist’s potential romance with Aigis in Persona 3 Portable and Kanji’s issues in Persona 4. It’s a bit disappointing that Atlus seems rather gun-shy about representing queer characters, but not surprising considering the complicated history of LGBT+ rights in Japan.

Some of the characters’ alternate color schemes in Persona 4 Arena are references to the designs of the characters in P2. In P3, there are also references to some of the party members in P2, such as Ulala and Maya.

Final Stats

Please note that the Personas equipped onto characters will affect their stats. The Personas also give their hosts different stat bonuses once their affinity is leveled up enough.

At my final save point, my total time was 54:54 and our money total was… 85 yen. ;-;

Everyone was level fifty-seven.

Tatsuya + Armaiti

Eikichi + Huracan

Lisa + Throne

Maya + Vivian

Jun + Adramalech

I calculate stats by assigning points to each character depending on how high their stats are compared to the other characters.

HP

Tatsuya

Eikichi

Lisa

Maya

Jun

573

585

522

447

598

SP

Tatsuya

Eikichi

Lisa

Maya

Jun

644

424

492

632

473

Strength

Tatsuya

Eikichi

Lisa

Maya

Jun

33

60

48

34

50

Vitality

Tatsuya

Eikichi

Lisa

Maya

Jun

41

50

51

47

54

Dexterity

Tatsuya

Eikichi

Lisa

Maya

Jun

58

44

50

50

68

Agility

Tatsuya

Eikichi

Lisa

Maya

Jun

44

40

60

52

61

Luck

Tatsuya

Eikichi

Lisa

Maya

Jun

45

49

39

40

53

Attack

Tatsuya

Eikichi

Lisa

Maya

Jun

155

262

214

156

180

Defense

Tatsuya

Eikichi

Lisa

Maya

Jun

193

201

212

209

212

Magic Attack

Tatsuya

Eikichi

Lisa

Maya

Jun

157

128

144

139

181

Magic Defense

Tatsuya

Eikichi

Lisa

Maya

Jun

190

135

150

148

197

Overall

    1. Jun: 47. He places first in HP, Vitality, Agility, Luck, Magic Defense, and Magic Attack.

    2. Lisa: 33

    3. Eikichi/Tatsuya: 28. Tatsuya has the most SP, but the least St, Vi, Atk, and Def. Eikichi has the most St and Atk, but the least SP, Dx, Ag, M. Attack, and M. Defense.

    4. Maya: 25. Maya has the least HP.

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