Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3: FES is a unique game and contains unique trolling of epic proportions. I’d have been laughing histerically if I weren’t so surprised to find it. So what am I talking about?
Persona 3 is riddled with Christian imagery and references from the New Testament. From a key enemy who is a charicature of Jesus, right up to the crown of thorns and seemingly returning from the dead and calling himself chosen. A sacrifice on the cross and bringing forth through an evil tower “The Fall.” All in a negative light.
Throughout the game, you also go to classes, one of which talks about magic in the game. Throughout these lectures, the idea of Christianity falsely labelling magic as from the devil comes up.
But what I take particular amusement from is the point at which the writers just go ahead and be as blatant as possible. Nearing the end of the game, a group shows up that everyone calls a cult, who litters the city with propaganda posters and graffitti–I’d take that as allegorical of the actions of churches if it weren’t for the lack of subtlety that you’ll soon see. I’ll let the quotes from the game speak for themselves,
“The cult’s mantra is ‘Believe and you’ll be saved.’ Ridiculous, isn’t it?”
“‘Believe and you’ll be saved.’ Tch, who buys that?”
“‘Believe and you’ll be saved’… I wonder if anyone actually believes that. It kind of reminds me of those ads in the back of magazines. ‘Buy this product and you’ll be happier!'”
What’s most amazing is that nobody seemed to notice. I tip my hat to you, Atlus; it’s not often you get to see a videogame call Christianity a brainwashing cult focused on the end of the world. Bonus points for doing it while letting the player have a team of Thor and Vishnu (I think I just gave Bill Donahue a heart-attack).