The MegaTen franchise can be filled with a lot of WTF moments that just make you stare at the screen for a couple of minutes and go “Did that just happen?” I’m sure we’ve all had that with our favorite franchises at some point or another. I’ve had a few myself, so I decided to share them with you. So here’s my top five WTF moments from my MegaTen Playing Experience. And no, Catherine doesn’t count as a MegaTen game… That game already has enough WTF moments as it stands.
Anyone who has played Persona 4 will immediately know what I’m talking about. All the homoerotic overtones the dungeon gives off, the Camp Gay that is Shadow Kanji, not to mention the boss battle with him. Not to mention the brilliant performance that Troy Baker gives. Let’s just say that I felt as unclean as Yosuke when it was all over.
This one isn’t as creepy WTF as it is funny WTF. So, what I had to do was unseal Kama to reenact the Hindu legend regarding him and Shiva. However, I required… sex appeal to summon him. So, who does the game ‘force’ me to pick? Is it Hinako, the sexy dancer? No, her dance skills are needed for Shiva. How about Makoto, Otome, or Fumi, the well-busted women of JPs? Nope, can’t do that, according to the game. How about Io, the presumed love interest for the MC and equally well-busted? Nope, can’t do her either. Guess who that leaves? Airi, the pettanko Tsundere. Oh god, we’re all doomed, and Airi’s only doing it because Hinako goaded her into doing it. (Airi screaming ‘That slut!’ makes me laugh every time)
So we go to Kama’s seal and have Airi act all cute to try and unseal him. That doesn’t work, so Airi’s hair-trigger temper flares up and demands that he come out. Fumi, with a deadpan expression, decides she should contribute as well, but then Airi loses it and begins to tear off her top, to Daichi’s shock and the MC’s possible sh-grin. Then, all of a sudden, Kama finally appears. Wanna know what it was that finally got him to show up? ….Airi’s bellybutton. The moment her bellybutton was exposed, Kama shows up and FAWNS over it. Now, I’ve head of just about every fetish there is, such as feet, legs, hands, arms, armpits, boobs, ass, scat, urine, vore, oral, transformation, BDSM, giant/giantess, shrinking, balloon popping, and so on. But a bellybutton? Seriously?
Anyways, Kama tries to flee and Battle of the Brave flares up??? Seriously? The badass moment battle theme is used for this? Oh, the disappointment… Anyway, we secure Kama, but then Airi beats him up again for the stereotypical Tsundere reasons. Did I mention before how I LOATHE Tsunderes? Anyway, that was the most surreal moment of DeSu2.
The Love Hotel
This is probably the best know WTF moment in modern MegaTen gaming. It all starts with SEES tracking down the next Full Moon Shadow to a… love hotel… Okay, we already know this is going to be… unique.
So we beat Hierophant, but we can’t leave the room. Suddenly, everyone passes out. Next thing you know, you wake up in one of the rooms, a gentle voice prodding you to try and release your inhibitions. Somehow, you are able to resist. But then, the next thing you know, Yukari (if you’re male), or Akihiko or Junpei (if you’re female), come wandering out in nothing but a towel, ready for lovemaking. All of a sudden, he/she snaps out of it and either slaps you (Yukari) or just becomes a pool of embarrassment (the boys). After your partner redresses, you leave the room and look for the others. You eventually find them on the next floor. Of course, they’re the other members of your party. Now, if they had been the same gender (Akihiko/Junpei for the male and Yukari/Mitsuru for the female), hilarity ensures. Of course, more hilarity ensures if it was Akihiko/Mitsuru who had been trapped together.
Still, it was one of the most random and crazy moments of all of MegaTen. No one ever talks of the mission after that. NO ONE; that’s how bad it was.
And then there’s the fan fics of the Love Hotel event. Some bring Shinjiro into it. In addition, I’ve seen Chidori, Jin, both protagonists, yaoi, yuri, and hetero in some form; no threesomes or group orgies… YET. A pattern I’ve noticed is that Fuuka is NEVER involved. Does Lucia protect her or something? Or is it because she’s just outside with the lone party member you didn’t take?
Sector Carina, the sector of Gluttony, I like to call it. Here is home to one of the most WTF-worth bosses I’ve ever seen.
Horkos, better know in the rest of MegaTen as Orcus, had fused with/eaten the Elve, one of four ships sent into the Schwartzvelt to try and stop it. It… looks like Godzilla on a blimp, to be honest. It’s just so… disturbing. And how often he screams ‘BUONO’, which reminds me of Bueno/Bonus, which means good in Spanish and Latin, respectively. That’s… honestly all I can say about it, other than it haunts my nightmares to this day.
The Prison Chase
Oh god, the prison chase… Probably the one time in 10 years I was genuinely scared and found myself screaming. Good god, the adrenaline was pumping, eyes squinting, so much yelling, and panic…
You see the person chasing you is the boss of the prison, Kumbhanda. And when he’s standing still… HE DOES PELVIC THRUSTS. Oh god, that’s already creepy enough as is, but then you add in the chase music of Prisoner’s Nightmare and the fact that he stomps while he runs, causing the sound effects to get louder and the controller to vibrate more vigorously as you desperately try to find the correct room or get to the gate…
Lady Starwing happened to be with me when I did this. She is rarely, if ever startled. She was freaking out just as much as me! That’s saying something!
Anyways, those are my tales of my most WTF moments in MegaTen. Please leave behind some of your stories in the comments!