Yes, but if I was a beginner in this game and first wanted to recruit Ashton (because he's the first recruitable character apart from Celine in this game), I would check up the requirements and unlock him. Maybe I'd heard good things about Ernest, though, so I go to get him, too, only to find he's blocked.
Anyway, don't take offense to it. That's just how the SO2: PSX FAQ was set up.
This is the most I could do since I don't have the game yet, but it will suffice into I or someone else can come up with a better one. It's only here to stop the repetitive questions that are already surfacing. Now if only the mods would hurry up and sticky it.
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