Mind Zero Looks Like Persona 3, But Plays Like Persona 1

By Spencer . March 25, 2014 . 1:10am

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I had a chance to check out an early English build of Mind Zero, a PlayStation Vita dungeon crawler made by Class of Heroes developers Zerodiv. It’s hard not to compare Mind Zero to the Persona series since both games focus on high school students with otherworldly entities connected to them. The big difference in Mind Zero is the Minds don’t grow with Kei, the protagonist, and the other characters as they rise above their personal problems.

 

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Minds are more like parasites that are fighting for control of your body. The more you use a Mind, the more it consumes you. I found when I played a little bit of Mind Zero I was totally dependent on the Minds. Mind Zero lets you fight enemies either as your character or with your Mind. Kei… isn’t that effective on his own and he only has a fraction of his Mind’s HP. When your Mind is summoned it absorbs damage, but if it’s not out Kei takes the full hit. Minds also deal more damage and give you access to techniques.

 

So, why bother using your human form at all? Well, if a Mind runs out of MP (short for Mind Points) you cannot summon your Mind. If you want to use techniques you need to stock TP (Technique Points) and in human form you can use Charge to stock those up. The catch is in human form you’re vulnerable and if your LP (Life Points) run out your character is dead. When I fought Baroque Gate, a boss with two demonic creatures stretching out of a door, I juggled these three stats. First, I switched to human form to charge and back to my Mind when I had enough TP to dish out a heavy attack.

 

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Minds have one more ability, Burst, which lets you do two attacks in a row. When you execute an attack the camera pans backwards so you can see your character strike even if they’re human. Mind Zero has elemental attacks, but in the short time I played the game I think the basic strategy was knowing when to charge and reactivate your Mind.

 

Mind Zero is presented as a first person dungeon crawler which made it feel more like the first game in the Persona series instead of the more modern entries. Dungeons in Mind 0 have traps like panels that spin your characters around.

 

The build I played had English text and voiceovers prepared. A representative from Aksys also informed us Mind 0 has an option for Japanese voiceovers too.

 

Mind Zero is slated for release this spring on PlayStation Vita.


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  • Suriel Cruz

    Is basically a “Persona” game?… I like that.

    • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

      No. Completely different games.
      So if you dislike Persona then this might be something fresh.
      If you love Persona and go in expecting this to play just like Persona then you’re in for disappointment.

      If you go in expecting this game to play like Mind 0 without any qualifiers then it may give you a good experience.

      • http://www.tenshi.org.uk/ Angie Winterbottom

        I like Wizardry-type games (I came into them with “The Bard’s Tale” in the 1980s), but most of them take “old-school rpg” to mean “not much modern niceties”, and/or “grind like crazy”. I like easy to use menus, exploration, automapping, and the feeling of continual progress.

        I have never gotten into a Persona game but liked Shin Megami Tensei 3 and Devil Survivor Overclocked. Would you recommend this game to me?

        • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

          Absolutely. This game is a modern DRPG. You do have to still grind a bit of course but it isn’t too demanding at all. Its definitely for the “modern” DRPG gamer. Definitely recommend!

          But the story is not going to be as long as the recent Persona games nor is there any choices to be made in convos. You do not get to name the MC, in fact there isn’t really a “MC” to begin with.

  • lorelai4cuties

    thanx .. pretty excited..this year vita has a lot of good games..im happy ^-^

  • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

    I wouldn’t be so sure about the Persona references littered here and there by Siliconera staff. Its nothing like Persona and comparing it doesn’t even do the game justice.

    Characters are no where close to being developed and experience the same growth as that of Persona’s. There are “skits” for dialogue. Tales? Maybe. But not Persona. No social linking. No conversational choices. None.

    The MIND and battle system are also different – different enough to disassociate with Persona or conversely enough to be associated with other 1st person DCs.

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      You do know there isn’t any social linking in persona 1 right?
      And the first person dungeon crawling and well having supernatural beings that are technically apart of you fight alongside you is the part that’s persona 1? and the 3ds battles is what makes it similar to the last entries?

      • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

        What about EO? What about Class of Heroes? What about Wizardry? Why must this game be always associated with Persona? 7th Dragon also comes to mind in terms of the 1st person 3D battle system hybrid. If you have ever played this game you will see that the convos are more like Tales. They are not the same as that of Persona 1. Social linking? Never said social linking was in Persona 1. But due to the fact that some players new to the Atlus flagship series associate social-linking with Persona its only natural to point out that this does not exist in Mind.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          Because of the again supernatural beings technically apart of you fighting alongside you, the first person dungeoning, the 3d turned based battle style.
          Not sure about wizardry but class of heroes only shares the first person dungeoning and tales is a completely different ball game

          • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

            Well I was referring to Tales in terms of dialogue and skits. Mind 0 is very similar to Tales in that regard.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            From what I can see it’s standard novel style.

          • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

            Well I don’t wanna drag this on too much. Hope you enjoy the game if you decide to get it.

          • DyLaN

            In the sense that you can go meet up the character and get additional cutscene that give you more insight to the character in between the main plot.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Isn’t that something you can do in most rpgs? Without the weird cut away scenes

        • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

          Name a modern-day first person dungeon crawler set in Japan that’s not SMT. I can think of this game, and Maten Densetsu, which was a blatant SMT rip-off.

          Not that I’m knocking this game, it looks pretty neat to me. But credit where credit’s due.

          • raymk

            i agree here cause i can’t think of one.

          • MrTyrant

            Generation Xth Code Hazzard saga. One of them has an english patch for pc (first one) you play creating your party who are highschoolers and then you pick an heroic spirit for each character.

    • PotatoPower

      so wait, you’re saying that this game doesnt get as much character development as growth as persona, but then you say it’s like the tales series, where character development and growth is huge? (except for maybe the first 2 titles)

  • Nick

    If we are talking about Shin Megami Tensei games, it feels more like a Digital Devil Saga game. Parasitic organisms that feed off of you, but can be used to defeat enemies, not to mention the ability to switch between the two forms mid-combat? Sure, I grant you it is a modern RPG with high school characters, but there seems to be more relation to other games in the SMT series than Persona.

    But seriously, Digital Devil Saga was awesome, and I don’t mind having more of that.

    • RedSuisei

      Glad you mentioned it, with all these people talking how this is similar to Persona, I thought I was the only one who think this is much closer to DDS than Persona. And that’s the main reason I’m interested in this in the first place.

    • ShindoW

      Now I actually want to play this. Thanks!

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      I don’t see how this compares to DDS in the slightest. DDS took place in an alternate futuristic world, blending sci-fi elements with religion, and put you in control of a bunch of mercenaries/rebels.

      I mean, I guess if you squint really hard, you could maybe draw comparisons, but I think you’re reaching, to be honest.

      • Nick

        In so far as plot is concerned, obviously there are not many similarities. With the premise of having the protagonists infected with something that allows them to fight other supernatural beings, as well as the combat system focusing on the strength and weaknesses of both forms in order to succeed, there are similarities.

        When it comes to Persona, it looks like Persona 3 designs and the fact there is first-person navigation in dungeons like Revelations/1 (and 2, if you count NG+). I personally felt that DDS had more to do with this game than Persona did.

        But I don’t want to get lost in minutia and lose track of the point. This game does look cool.

      • RedSuisei

        Setting-wise, you’re right. Gameplay-wise, from what I can gather from gameplay vids and this article itself, it is a lot more similar to DDS. In both games, characters have two forms, human form and devil/mind form, and each form has its own strength and weakness, and even its own set of battle commands.

  • http://hanzoadam.tumblr.com/ Hanzoadam

    I had the Japanese version and didnt rate it much. I may give it another go in English if it drops in price a bit

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    If only it weren’t first person….

  • Kornelious

    I haven’t played Demon Gaze yet, but I’ve played Persona and love it :) Though I know this game is trying to do it’s own thing so I wonder what the main goal in the story is?

    • DyLaN

      IIRC at the beginning the main trio are attacked by MINDs and then given one out of nowhere. They then try to make sense of what happened and meet with other MIND user along the way.

  • Six

    “Looks like Persona 3″

    Go ooon…

    “Plays like Persona 1″

    I’m out.

    • Pyrofrost

      People are just attaching labels of something they are familiar with. Though I will admit, it’s probably not your kind of game.

      However, all the direct comparisons to Persona, just because it’s the only thing people are familiar with, is not only wrong, but highly misguided.

      It’s as bad as the comparisons between Yakuza and GTA that were going on when Yakuza first came West, just completely misguided and false.

    • Herok♞

      Funny I had the exact opposite reaction

  • Michael Richardson

    This is starting to be one of my more anticipated Vita titles of 2014.

    • Strain42

      I think currently this is my ONLY anticipated Vita title of 2014…but admittedly I haven’t been paying super close attention to Vita news. There could be others…

      • Michael Richardson

        Others that come to mind…

        Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
        Conception II
        Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
        Deception IV: Blood Ties (actually just came out)
        Demon Gaze
        Borderlands 2
        Project Diva f 2nd
        Akiba’s Trip

        • Strain42

          Ah, fair enough. None of those personally appeal to me, but to each their own, right? :)

  • Strain42

    Eh, I can’t ignore the Persona comparisons, because they’re pretty obvious, but that’s good because those are literally the ONLY reason I’m going to be getting this game. However, I’m still going to judge it on it’s own merits. I’m not just gonna be making lists of all the ways it’s like or isn’t like Persona.

    I have to say though, my biggest complaint is still just how stupid Kei’s face sprite looks when he’s talking normal…those drooped eyes and slightly dropped jaw. God, he looks like an idiot. That’s probably his most seen sprite (from what screenshots have shown me, I could be wrong) and they just messed it up…

  • qazimod

    “plays like Persona 1″; random battles every two seconds then? ;)

    • DyLaN

      Shouldn’t be that bad frm what I’ve seen XD

  • Rake

    I wonder why people get turned off by the first-person dungeon crawler..

    • DyLaN

      A lot of ppl cited reason like they want to see their own character walking/attacking or something like that.

    • GodLikesSnacks

      It’s annoying but u can get used to it if the game itself is good, for example like Sol Trigger. It’s a first-person jrpg but one of the best on psp.

      Still, there aren’t much gameplay videos about Mind 0 and the ratings weren’t too promising.>.>

      • DyLaN

        Sol Trigger is a bit different though. Only the battle segments are half first person. Dungeon exploration is still 3rd person. This one has 1st person for exploration as well as half first person for battle..

        You simply need to have access to the right channel :P

    • Shiki

      I get motion sickness, no joke. First person shooters, dungeon crawlers, even 3rd person games with fast camera movements.
      It’s a curse…

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Probably because movement tends to be slow and plodding, and progress feels slow, as opposed to a game where you have free control of your character.

  • KuroNathan

    Hmm, the way the minds absorb attacks sounds more like stands then personas

  • http://resettears.wordpress.com/ Reset Tears

    I am interested in giving this game a try at least if there will be a demo… There’s several Vita RPGs coming up, and a few that I haven’t gotten around to yet.

  • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

    Hmmm so no S.Links? Maybe Im game.

    • Herok♞

      Same if there are social links, I will lose some interest in the game

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  • TheAnswerisback

    I already imported the game I enjoyed but I’m telling people now when traveling the city the map is like p3p so you never see your character everything is like a map format I guess you would say but its good its defiantly not an easy game especially when played on expert battles can be fast-forwarded as well

  • Firion Hope

    That sounds awesome! The style looks very interesting

  • Izzeltrioum

    All of your reactions’ feedback is what the publishers/devs are looking for:

    -Comparing it to SMT/Persona games. Thus causing havok/major interest
    -Some guys think it’s a rip-off
    -VG News websites comparing it to Persona

    Yep, it’s pretty much confirmed this will not flop. Thanks, everyone.

    Seriously I’m eager to see how this resolutes. I’m very interested in this game indeed.

  • Aristides

    Been wanting this for a while, can’t wait till it comes out :P

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

    Plays like Persona 1? Eh, I don’t know if this is for me then. Then again I think I am just bad at First Person dungeon crawlers, never been good at them.

    I am trying my hardest to finish Soul Hackers though.

  • mike dickson

    looks nothing like p3

  • ThatGuy3190_7

    I’m not on board with Mind Zero, but something I have noticed and kinda bothered me with Siliconera is that it often compare a new game with another game. It takes away a fresh, new experience IMO, and for some games, it turns me away from playing the game.

  • Ric Vazquez

    I’m in for more exclusive JRPG vita games anytime.

  • Asukai Kari

    Kei reminds me of someone from the Bleach world not Persona sad to say once this game is free or below $9 then someone might play it or not

  • Richard N

    I would like to stand on it’s own feet instead of constantly being compared to P3. But yeah….

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