While the original Persona 3 received worldwide appreciation, for the most part, it isn’t without systems that just don’t click well with the franchise’s fans. No better example of this is the fatigue system in Persona 3. Although we can see what Atlus aims to achieve with it, the fatigue system just doesn’t work most of the time. And to be honest, it is just annoying as it can easily make or break your run on the Tartarus. Worst of all, it is mostly out of your control! Thankfully, Persona 3 Reload, the Persona remake everyone is wishing for, seems eager to remove this divisive system. Here is everything we know so far regarding this development.
The Annoying Persona 3 Fatigue System
The fatigue system in Persona 3 was a game mechanic that caused characters to become “Tired” or “Sick” when spending excessive time in the Tartarus dungeon or due to various random circumstances outside of it. This could result in various negative consequences, including decreased stats, increased vulnerability to critical attacks, and more.
Conversely, it’s important to note that the fatigue system could also provide benefits. Characters could enter Tartarus feeling “Great,” which enhanced their stats and increased their chance of landing critical hits.
Undeniably, the fatigue system was implemented to introduce an additional level of challenge to the game, necessitating players to carefully manage their time. However, it received criticism for being perceived as unfair and frustrating. For instance, characters could fall ill even when adequately rested, and there was no way to prevent this occurrence. Atlus believes there is no place for it anymore in Persona 3 Reload, and we agree with them.
Here are a few factors why fans specifically hate the Persona 3 fatigue system:
- It is unfair. The fatigue system is completely random, so there is no way to prevent your characters from having the negative effects of the system. This can lead to frustrating situations where you are forced to stop playing the game even if you are in the middle of a dungeon or a boss fight.
- It limits exploration. The fatigue system limits how much of the Tartarus dungeon you can explore in a single day. This can make it difficult to find all of the Personas, items, and other rewards that the dungeon has to offer.
- It is unnecessary. The fatigue system was in Persona 3 as a way to add challenge to the game. However, many players feel that the game is already challenging enough without the fatigue system.
Persona 3 Reload’s Removal of the System
Persona 3 Reload will eliminate the fatigue system to enhance the game’s accessibility and enjoyment for players. The developers decided that the system had become unnecessary, considering the existing challenges players must already overcome.
By removing the fatigue system, players will have an easier time exploring the Tartarus dungeon. In the original Persona 3, players had to exercise caution to prevent their characters from experiencing fatigue or illness due to prolonged dungeon exploration. This restriction often limited the extent to which players could delve into the dungeon in a single day.
Without the fatigue system, players will have the freedom to explore the Tartarus dungeon at their own pace. This will enable them to discover more Personas, acquire additional items, and obtain various rewards. Moreover, it will facilitate the completion of numerous side quests throughout the game.
The removal of the fatigue system in Persona 3 Reload proved to be a positive development for many fans of Persona 3. Again, many see the divisive system as being unfair and frustrating. Indeed, its absence will create a more accessible and enjoyable experience for players of different skill levels.