Rated 10 out of 10
by musicfreak AMZING!!><
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
Rated 10 out of 10
by Jamon 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.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Xero 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!)
Rated 10 out of 10 by NekoNeet 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.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Grimmjow707 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.
Rated 10 out of 10 by RPGlover4ever not what i expected but still amazing
so i bought this game the other day and i have to say the graphics were not nearly as good as its PS2 counterpart although having a new perspective through a female lead character is great for fans of the original. I would not recommend playing as the female lead first. the game did tweak some things such as the way some of the persona look,the ability to use skill cards, new soacial links, new soundtrack for female lead, and some other little things. what i would have liked was a full out customization of outfits for each character but i have yet to see this happen. The main story with the male protagonist is still the same with some of the same tweaks as the female protagonists story. But overall i think this game makes for a good and fresh twist on the persona 3 story which in my opinion is a good thing and for any lover of the persona or even the shin megami tensei franchise will love this somewhat new installment.
Rated 8 out of 10 by Falmen PS2 - PSP port.
Having spent some time with the game, I'm gonna have to be honest. I am a bit disappointed that the cutscenes were replaced with photos and text narration; the original cutscenes from the previous incarnations presented the story in a way that could not be conveyed in any other way. Also, replacing locations with a map and cursor interface, although reasonably well done, gives the game a kind of "Dumbed down for handheld" feel. As far as the dungeon exploration and combat gameplay goes, there's actual improvement in graphics, though a very slight lag exists during combat. The addition of a female protagonist storyline does give it a fresh perspective, and the addition of spell cards, new items, etc. help make to gameplay more interesting. Overall, though the cons don't do much to keep me from playing this game, I still can't help thinking it would've been better to upgrade it for the PS3 instead, because porting games from console to handheld is usually only a good idea if it can be presented without sacrificing the overall quality of the original.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Nikolus FLIPPIN' COOL
Dude!! First game I got on the PSP, and I got totally addicted! I borrowed the PS2 version WAY before I heard about P3P coming out, and it was just AMAZING then. I played all day, all night, and all day again until I finally beat the game by the night of the 2nd day I got the game. And mind you, I rush alot of things while I played so I missed out on alot of the storyline. After getting my PSP and hearing about P3P, I got the game and decided to take it slow. I listened in on the story, and TA DA! It reached the last level of awesome-ness. Amazing game! Makes me savor everytime I return to the dorm and save before I go into battle, I'm telling you now, don't underestimate those "shadows" they are flippin' EVIL.I promise you that if you get the game, you WON'T regret it. And for girls, this game offers a girl mode! I haven't played it yet, but I'm pretty darn sure SMT will blow me away with her too. AWESOME GAME.
Rated 10 out of 10 by IchigoMasked 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.
Rated 0 out of 10 by RatedRKO No words.. Describe how excited i am.
I've been one of the millions who've been tapping our feet, waiting for Persona 5 to be announced (STILL WAITING DX) but today, finding out that P3 is being released on PSP made me superbly excited. The original P3 was my introduction into the Persona Series, and it hooked me onto it. I can't tell you how many times i played through that game. Then FES and 4 came out,, spent hundreds of hours constantly playing those as well. Being able to play Persona 3 on the go will be great, as many people have moved onto the PS3 or 360 and just don't have time to pull out their PS2 anymore. (Me being one of them). The graphics looks great for the PSP, the option of a female protagonist doesn't matter much to me but still, with improvements being added and the story being kept close to the original, this game is a must have for all Persona fans. Reserve it now. That's all i can say.