Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
this game rules
At first i didnt know what to think of this game it looked just like an average JRPG but i was wrong BIG TIME. This is one of the best PSP games ive ever played, it has amazing visuals and a great storyline. The way the personas are played in the game is good, for me it feels a bit like Pokemon, you get more creatures and level them up as you fight with them. One thing I really liked about tjis game is you can explore the city and level up your character whenever you want. I have never played the original Persona that wasnt the one on PSP but from what ive heard they added the snow queen side quest so it makes it a great buy even if youve played the original. Also in the box a CD is included with 67 songs, so that just adds to it, plus it comes in this really cool box that you can display on your shelf or just keep it wherever you want. The combat is very Final Fantasy in wich you have party members and you fight in turn based battles. So over all this is a great buy and i really reccomend it.
New and Old
As you ma or may not know, Revelations: Persona was a cult classic in Japan, where it was known as Megami Ibunroku: Persona. It is/was the first in the Persona meta-series, which was spawned by a desire to stray away from a horror-esque experience and create a more story-based one. Every game in the Persona series is connected, although there isn't much that would lead you to that conclusion in-game.Unlike every Persona after, Revelations: Persona used a first-person perspective in dungeons -although it doesn't control like an FPS, but rather with a step-by-step tile-based system- and a third person perspective during events and when not in a dungeon, a la Mazes of Fate. The dungeon portions are in full 3-D, while the third person exploration is done in mostly 2D, save for the environment and certain items with a lot of animations. Battles in dungeons are also done in third-person, and they are turn-based affairs with a unique, but possibly tedious, tile system that gives a lot of freedom in your choice of order and such but restricts the unexpected, making it only possible to hit enemies that are not in your tile range. Some say it is much too tedious for than it needs to be, others praise it for it's strategic uses.Shin Megami Tensei: Persona is a. "enhanced port" of this game. It uses the same first-person dungeons and third-person environments as the first, although everything is formatted for the PSP's screen ratio and filtered for a much cleaner look. It adds, however, new cutscenes using much more advanced CG than what Atlus could do when Megami Ibunroku came out in the PS1 era. In Japan, these were mostly voiceless, save for the ones simply remade from the PS1 version, which simply re-use the sound from original version. The North American release, however, adds newly recorded voices for these scenes. Some may say that this defeats the "stylistic" choice of the Japanese release; however, given that the Japanese release included voices for the cutscenes that already had voice work done for the PS1 version, this is doubtful. This enhanced port also includes a new opening video with a new song with vocals done by Yumi Kawamura, the same artist who provided vocals for the critically acclaimed Persona 3 and Persona 3: FES; there is also new in-game music with vocals provided by Kawamura, as well.Staying true to the Japanese release, the North American version of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona comes with the full, two-disc (!!) soundtrack for free. However, the Japanese release had this only for pre-orders; Atlus USA has produced every first-print run copy of the game to be in a premium box including the game and the two-disc soundtrack. So, even if you miss the pre-order, you will still receive the amazing soundtrack, featuring the opening song, the BGM, and more! So there's no reason to miss this release if you're a fan of RPGs, Persona, Shin Megami Tensei, or games!
Hrm, what to think...?
Like many other reviews below this entry, I am going to say that I love the game. I liked the classic PSONE feel the game had. The graphics were good (for the PS1) and the music was awesome. But there were issues... The game puts the Hero, that brown haired, emo lookin' guy, as the silent protagonist of persona. By the phrase, "Silent protagonist" Atlus wasn't kidding. He never speaks unless spoken to. And when he does speak, he is making game altering decisions. Because of the way I made the MC talk, I got the bad ending... *epic frowning commence*. But the thing is, I have no desire to replay the game. There is no New Game+ like in all the other Atlus games. All you do is unlock different floors in dungeons you have to access through the Snow Queen Quest. Of course, no one says how hard it is to get the Snow Queen Quest... Anyways, In closing, I thought this game was good, but I must give it tough love when I say it could be better. I am a huge fan of all the SMT games, but I think for the remake, Sony and Atlus could have done a little better.
P.S. for those of you thinking of buying this game, when you play it, DON'T RECRUIT BROWN! Just sayin'...
thank you atlus.
Can't wait for this game to come out I'm glad they are going to take out all the changes they made to the american game and restore all the japanese content. This and the upcoming Persona 3 Portable make me glad i have a psp.
Persona for PSP
I decided to buy this game to introduce myself to the Persona series for the first time. I knew it was a remake of an old game and I was exited to see what it was able to offer. Now since I started playing it, it's hard to put down. The game's plot and gameplay is addicting. You can go around fightingdemons with your Persona and level up and such like classic JRPGS. You can modify and manipulate your party, which admits up to 5 members! You can even create different , awesome-looking personas by collecting spell cards and such. But overall the game isn't' easy at all, which is what I lie the most. The plot is refreshing and immersing, and well balanced with large amounts of fun. I recommend it to anyone.
From the moment I placed Persona 3 into my Playstation 2, turned it on, and watched the opening movie play through my outlook on console RPG's was forever changed. The masterful combination of real world aspects, and fantasy roleplaying simply blew my mind. It was a video game in which the audience could identify with the game's cast of characters. These aren't mercenaries, space travelers, or anything of the like, these are highschool kids trying to live the lives like anyone else, albeit they fight monsters as well. After Playing P3 I'm a Persona fan for life, and Persona 4 was even better. They're both in my opinion better than . Though I'm not saying that this re-make will surpass P3 and P4, but It's sure to be one of the best games of the year.
Persona fans get this
I bought this game the other day, and while I haven't finished I'm hooked on it already. I have played Persona 3 and 4 (I'm half way through, havent finished cuz I play alot of other ps3 ps2 and psp games lol) and loved those games. If you haven't played Persona 3 or 4 pick them up now!!! Buy any SMT games if you havent played them while your at it they are all good games. Ok back to this game I didn't play this game when it came out on ps1, so I'm happy they ported it to psp. The story is good as in all Persona games. Graphics are nice for psp, but the cut scenes are what really shine when they pop up. Beautiful anime of the characters in cut scenes. Ok music I like the music for the most part, sounds like the same girl who sang on persona 3 and 4 which is a good thing. BUT some stages when you fight the music can get real repetitive unless you like the song being played. There was one stage where I grew real tired of the song being played, but the game is so fun I tuned it out. I couldn't find a option to turn the music down which sucks but the music is nice. Fusion of personas is important as in persona 3 and 4 this one is the same but you can only equip 3 for your character. This game is great and addicting I hope they release Persona 2 that I didnt get to play either. Get this game Persona fans!
A Very Good Classic
This is my first Persona game to ever play and I really am enjoying it. The storyline is pretty unique and well written. The game play is similar to Final Fantasy in which you run into random enemy encounters and the battle system is also similar. It is turned base in which you choose your commands for your characters and watch them battle and then input more commands and then watch them battle again. It may seem boring to some people but to those who are fans of the final fantasy series might want to consider this game. The cutscenes are very cool graphic wise, also the voice acting is not bad either. In fact, it's actually pretty good (for those who care about voice acting). The game's soundtrack is also pretty awesome. There is actual music (not BGMs) whenever you encounter an enemy, but otherwise it's mainly just BGMs, but they still have a very nice beat to them. If you like them, the game comes with a soundtrack as well. Overall, the game has a interesting and nice feel to it. If you are looking for superb 3D graphics, this is probably not the game for you. Most of the game you are roaming around the city as a beacon until you enter a building of some sort. While in buildings, you roam around in first person through hallways, but when you are in rooms, you have a view of the whole room and everyone inside it (including yourself of course). If that doesn't bother you, then i highly recommend this game. This is definitely a good game to start of the Persona series.
Waiting For The Past To Return
I'm excited for this. I've played the version that came out on the PSX, and I fell in love with it instantly. Ever since then, I've played every Persona game that came out for the PSX and PS2, and I can't wait until I can get my hands on this one.