Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
The Perfect Game
This game is a pure gem. I know, what a corny way to start a review. If anyone has read my review of Fate/Extra, they will see how much I absolutely adore this game. Thing is, this game is great; I would have to say one of the best games I have ever had the privilege of playing. The game forms a emotional bond with the player that it sunders once you have spent 100+ hours of your life playing it (I spent 101 hours, 53 minutes on my first play-through). Fret not, though. Once you have beaten the game once, you have New Game Plus to twiddle around with. And that isn't even the cool part; you can swap in your male uniform for a skirt and play as a female in what is said to be an alternate universe from the original P3 story (only difference being that the MC is a female). Woah, there. I haven't even gotten to the amazing story, have I?
Hah, I have no idea what makes this story so great. Perhaps it is a plethora of things, all executing into one great game for the “M crowd”. Side note, I have no idea really why the ESRB just decided to be weird and rate this game 'M' when CERO rated it 'B', which is for younger teens. But I can sympathize with the ESRB; the game has a dark story that some children and younger teens cannot fully understand.
The game takes place on the man-made island of Iwatodai. You play a Male (or female) transfer student, an orphan, moving to Iwatodai for unknown reasons. The night of your arrival,you notice some creepy things, as your train arrived late. There are coffins littering the street and a eerily large moon hovering above you. You seem to be the only one out at this hour, a strange thought that you soon dismiss as nothing. Upon your arrival at the Iwatodai dorm room,a strange little boy meets you and asks you to sign a contract (this is where you get to choose your name as well). Then, suddenly, a girl (Yukari Takeba) readily aims a gun at you. A few seconds later, you identify yourself and the lights come back on,the coffins disappear and the moon returns to normal. Your character wants to know what happened, but he is tired from his big move. He soon retires to his room and sleeps. Fast forward a couple of weeks. The Dark Hour is reviled as you have discovered your ultimate potential, Persona. The persona is a reflection of your inner psyche, a Mask, as it is called in the other games of the series. Your team mates only have one, but you can change your Persona all the time, making you special.
The true colors of this JRPG soon shows, as you enter the labyrinth, Tartarus every night. Battles are done beautifully. They are turn-based. You choose your move by selecting an option on the “Battle Wheel”. You can choose to attack, use a skill, change Persona, organize team members, guard or escape. You also have the option to select an enemy and have your support team-mate (Mitsuru or Fuuka) scan them so you can exploit their weakness. Once you have done so, the enemy is knocked down, allowing you to attack again or making it possible for an “All out attack”. Once the battles are over, a little mini-game of sorts ensues where you can choose a minor arcana card (HP restore, exp multiply, a new Persona, or a new weapon. Conversations between people are done in a “Visual Manga” type style, but most are fully voiced by good voice actors. The game is insanely customizable, too, with plenty of costumes! For example, the girls on your team can all be wearing maid outfits or summer bathing suits. The team is vast as well, with team mates like a Dog and a Robot (names withheld; you'll have to play to find out!).
While there really are no bad things to the game, there were small quirks I noticed. For example, a minor glitch in the game, once Theodore, the male velvet room assistant, said something completely in Japanese to me (Pictured below). I have no idea why this occurred, but I know it doesn't happen anywhere else in the game. The things I wish this game had was the features that Persona 3: FES brought to the table (The Answer) and the fusion spells that Persona 3 on PS2 had (Ex: if you have Alp and Narcissus, together they can preform a Healing spell).
In a brief, one sentence summary of this review, all I have to say is this: If you have the time, money and PSP (or PS Vita) buy this game today! You will not regret it if you love JRPGs and Atlus' SMT series.
This is my 1st Persona game; i decided 2 get it because of all the good reviews and had caught my attention for a long time...so i did,and I DO NOT regret buying this game at all! :D
It's amazing,i spent my whole days playing (it's also addicting);
it'll have you wondering what's gonna happen next.The twists are VERY unexpected they'll leave u speechless :3
overall whoever buys this game will definetly NOT regret buying it :3
Everyone should play this game.
Playing Persona 3 the first time on the PS2 was an adventure of its own, but on the PSP, it rekindled my love for this game. Playing through the female storyline was fun also, considering I had a whole new perspective to be playing as. When I got the game I played for 11 hours straight. It was hard to put down. I would however not reccomend it younger players, as it takes a lot of desicion making, and a lot of time managing through whether you would like to go with this person and spend time with them, or go to your sports activity, or study e.t.c. This game is DEFINITLEY worth playing. It takes simulation and RPG and makes something magical. Do yourself a huge favor and play this game, or at least play the original persona 3. If you played the original, this game will surprise you with its female role, but youll soon learn to like it. It will remind you of the first time you played, or, if this be your first time playing, youll feel a whole new bond.
Now you can shoot yourself in the Face ON THE GO!!
Well well here it is my first video game review. I have to say that i have NEVER played a SMT game or even a Persona game in fact :). I have just got into the series and since i don't have a PS2 anymore i could not play the other Persona games. P3P was a Great way to welcome me into the Series. Well P3P is an JRPG its freaking awesome. You actually take part as a highschool student over the course of the year. Over that time you get to make a lot of Friends and enemies. You can attend a School team,and many many clubs. Anyway down to the Game elements. The Gameplay is very cool. You can summon these things called "Persona's" which is like an embodiment of ones True Self according to Igor. In battle its set up like normal rpg's. Attack,Defend,items,set commands,and skills. This is where the Persona's come in. Each Persona has a different set of skills and skills they will soon learn. You can also Fuse Persona's in the Velvet Room. The Games music my god the games music....I LOVE IT. Especially the battle theme's. Like the End fight against Nyx. Plus for those who played the original they added a new Female lead. Now the Social Links and the way Members in the game treat are different . A whole new twist. Plus they added new Songs to fit the Female role. All in all this game is awesome its welcome to Noobs and Pros alike. AND YOU CAN SHOOT YOURSELF IN DA FACE ON THE GO!!!!! How awesome is that.
A big surprise.
I have to say, I was really surprised when I bought this game. I'm a fan of SMT and so I chose the female role in this game. (That's the point right? ^^) Anyway, I was even more surprised with how much the battle and interface changes. It is somewhat similar to Persona 4 and you can't do some things like you can in the original P3 + Fes. Not that I'm complaining because this just makes the whole game more challenging! (Especially when I chose hard mode lol) I also found the music much better so it doesn't bore you with the same music from the previous game. Again, I'm not complaining because the music was never bad in the first place. I would totally recommend this game, but if you are a first time shin megami tensei player, you might want to choose the male role as it is suited for beginners to get a hang of the game, but it's entirely up to you since they have the difficulty option for you. I can't put this game down right now because I'm addicted... (haven't gone on Megaten at all because of this!)
Definitely A Must Have For Anyone With A PSP
Let me start off by saying this game is Superb in every way!!! This game and Kingdom Hearts BBS are my favorite PSP games. This game starts off with hooking you in to the story instantly it is just an amazing story with many deep and other lighthearted moments. The soundtrack is one of the best I have ever heard in any game, I just loved the music it was very catchy. The graphics in this game are also amazing and overall very pretty to be watching.The gameplay here is really fun and very very addictive, I mean turn based RPGs are just not my favorite but this game managed to pull me in and play a lot, like I mean non-stop for hours! The monsters or "Personas" you get in this game are really cool and fusing personas just makes it even better to play. The lasting appeal in this game is also really great because you can go back and get better personas or even do the other story in the game. This game is fantastic in every way and you cannot overlook it.
This is my first Persona game and it is AMAZING! (Actually just bought Persona 4 but gotta play it still) If I had to compare this game to anything, I guess I would compare it as kind of a cross between your typical RPG + Pokemon + a little bit of Phoenix Wright...It has your typical RPG elements of battle...but throughout the story you collect Personas (this is where the comparison of Pokemon comes from) but you equip one persona at a time and obtain the skills of that persona in battle. The elements of Phoenix Wright (somewhat..) come from the anime style of talking to people and exploring around town. The only thing I wish I could do in this game is control all characters (but I hear that Persona 4 corrects that). The music can sometimes good repetitive but its not too bad. Overall, this game well deserves a solid 10 rating.
The best yet
This game is the best yet on PSP. It has nice scenes, graphics, and VAs(voice actors). The descions are infinet and affect things in the games. Theres the genders to consider too. I picked boy first then i will do the girl. You can join teams too for new social links. Tartarus is huge and seemingly endless. You can do all out attacks orspeed the battle along with the rush button. You can gain Personas after battles sometimes. Then you can fuse two or three together and make a new one. The outcome of its strenght and level depends on your social links. Then more links and the higher is the better. You can even work part time at the mall for money or buy weapons from the police officer at the police station. So basicly this game is a must have. And the hat i got with the preorder if cool to. Battle is great and can earn you Personas, coins, heal you etc. Buy this game if you like RPGs.
Stop reading about it and go buy it!
This is the very first persona game that I have played in my life. The reason I bought it is because of all the wonder things people had to say about it and becasue It was a top buy on the PSN store. I must say that I am overy impressed by persona 3. The game is just crazy addicting because it offers a variety of things to do to keep the pace racing throught the game. The battles are fun when controlling the charecters and their persona. The abilllity to "fuse" your persona is just plain awsome and keeps me wandering the halls of Tartarus to collect the many persona's. Besides battles you can obtain the right to create ultra persona's by leveling up your charecters bonds with his/her friends in the game. It offers a challenge because to even become aquaintences with these individuals you must be good at certain things like intelligence, sports, popularity ext. When your charecter is in school I found myself paying attention to what the teachers were saying because you are quized. If you get the question right then your acedemics are increased. Its really a rewarding experience. The graphics were good, but i wish there were more full motion cut scences rather then facial expression changes. I loved how everything was voice acted though. And the voice acting was superb! Its a phenominal game that I love and hope to see more of in the near future!
My favorite RPG of all time
This game was one of my first RPGs and will always be near and dear to me. You can choose to play as either the female or male protagonist. Both are amazing and throughout the game you build special bonds with the other characters to also help make yourself stronger. Lots of amazing twists and many emotions are evoked when playing. This game is great for anyone if you're a beginner on the gaming scene to a person who has been plaiyng games since they could pick up a controller. If you haven't played P3P already I highly suggest it. I could play this game again and again.