SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI: PERSONA 2 INNOCENT SIN
This was my first PSP game, and I was very glad it was. This game is one of my favorites, with it's awesome philosophical story. The gameplay may be a little slow with the animations, but they can be turned off, and collecting demons can be very fun. Also, I think that this game isn't for Persona fans used to 4, as this is an "old school" SMT game. Anyways, get this game because it's the best of the Persona series!
Another Solid RPG from Atlus
I don't wish to post any spoilers so I will be brief. If you like RPGs and own a PSP, you should buy this game. It's an above average game with a good story.
Nostalgic Game... (and that's a good thing!)
(*NOTE* I've been playing this game for 20 hours, but the place I'm at I could get to in about 6 if I wasn't level grinding on purpose and constantly farming for yen and items [on purpose, mind you] because that's what I always do with RPGs like this one. Also, this review was done under the knowledge of being the first one...)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 Innocent Sin (if you haven't figured it out yet) is the PSP rereleased remixed remstered version of the japanese PS1 release that wasn't released in the US for reasons known for some time now. For those of you (unlike me unfortunately) who have played P2 Enternal Punishment for the PS1, then you probably already know where this game takes place.
You play [insert name here] as you and your friends try to figure out the mystery behind this Joker character, why rumors are becoming true, and how does this all connect to you and your friends. The gameplay reminds me of P1 for the PSP while also reminding me of Radient Historia for the DS. It's turn-based, but you can change the order of you party members before, during, or after random incounters in certain areas. When you do go into battle, you can either kill, contact, or a combination of both to either defeat demons or try to form a pact with them, which could benefit in the long run. You can also find out about different rumors through people or demons and spread them to your advantage. You can change between the newly remixed soundtrack or the original soundtrack, each with their own variations between them. (I kinda wished there was an option to hear the dialogue from the original japanese version, but its not a full letdown [or even a good reason for a letdown] to not buy this game.) You can also instal the game, just like in KH:BBS, to reduce load time, which, in my opinion, is always a good thing.
So, if you're a SMT and/or P fan (past or present), then you should get this game. If you're an RPG fan, get this game. If your were wondering about the connection to this game and Enternal Punishment, then look it up and get this game (even if you already knew). If you only played P3, P3F, P3P, or P4, don't complain about this game not having any social links or even a sim in this game and get this game- that fans were wondering about (especially if you did play the F in P3F). Great game. Great soundtracks. Great story. Great way to bring back those EP nostalgia moments... I think...
Oh, and the mini-soundtrack is okay since it gives you a taste of what to expect music-wise from both sides of the soundtracks (especially if you were listening to it while reading the instruction booklet, for example). Just don't expect alot of songs and, just like any other RPG soundtrack, you can find the other tracks online...
Persona 2 was originally a duology for the original Playstation: Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment. Stateside, we never got IS due to unspecified reasons--those speculative will not be mentioned in this review to keep it spoiler free. Judging the game to be awesome in comparison to 3 and 4 is unfair, as Persona 2's graphics are slightly over par from Persona 1. The system used in the first three Personas (1 and both versions of 2) of recruiting demons is fun and at times causes hysterical giggling, a feature this reviewer sorely missed in 3 and 4. Let's hope that Eternal Punishment gets the same makeover, although the original localisation was considerably decent compared to the original localisation of Revelations: Persona. Innocent Sin is for those who've played the original Persona on PSP, or those who had played Eternal Punishment when it was released ten years ago and was left scratching one's head and wondering "how did we get here?" New players who are looking for the graphics of today's games might be disappointed, but those of us old enough to remember EP will not be upset. Enjoy!
I honestly think this game will be very good. I'm literally so excited because this is the only Persona game I haven't played yet. I liked Persona 3 and 4 so I want to play this game so badly. I didn't like Persona 1 that much ._. BUT from the screenshots new opening song and gameplays I saw it looks so epic.
Ive played P4 and that's kinda what got me hooked, i cant wait for this game to come out pre-ordered and waiting.
now anyone who is going into this from 3 or 4
i see alot of people are all like "oh i loved 3 and 4 cant wait for this one" well honestly this one is nothing like those. basically, they have no social links no life sim no social stats (academics, understanding, etc...) and its really more your basic RPG, random battles and all. dont get me wrong its still a great game and i cant wait to have it in the US but this is somthing people dont seem to know and its kinda important.
I love this series. I played 1,3, and 4 and loved them. This series has a great story and great characters. it is one of the reasons why i got a PSP minus 4. I cant w8 to till it comes out. i already pre-orderded it
I thought the day would never come...
I love the Persona series, but my favorite has to be Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment. I've played both of the original Playstation titles and The PSP version (Japanese release) They kept all the original content un-touched and included a new opening and soundtrack. If you are one of those people who have only played 3 and 4 and have no clue about the first and second game, I highly recommend buying this game.
I love collecting this series and playing all the games. I hope it stays true to the original game. I have been wanting to find the Japanese versions. Maya Amano is one of my favorite characters. I hope they include a Tshirt, that would be epic, or something else. Or tarot cards! I can not wait!!