Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Review

The Shin Megami Tensei spinoffs have been a series of games that has a small but growing following.  The most well known spinoffs of the series are Digital Devil Saga, Devil Summoner, and Persona.  These games have been typically considered games for hardcore RPG players because of their high encounter rate, mature themes, and time to complete.  The Persona games haven’t been very well known RPGs on the original PlayStation.  Issues with translation and how the game was produced cause the game to get harsh reviews.  Now, despite all the failings in the U.S. of the previous Persona games, Atlus brings us the next Persona game with the Shin Megami Tensei moniker on it, Persona 3.

In Persona 3 (P3), you play as a new student at the Gekkoukan High School in the town of Port Island where you lived about ten years ago until your parents were killed.  Now at high school you meet new people, make friends, take classes, charm the ladies, and fight demons.  Typical stuff of a high school student, right?

The games in the Shin Megami Tensei series are known for their dark emo-like settings and the odd cast of characters.  The characters in the game are similar to what you’d see from an anime setting.  This is pretty typical for the series, but there are a few subtle differences.  While most of the characters in P3 are dark, a few of the characters are actually light and whimsical.  In fact, the intro of the game is an incredibly well-done anime and it is probably one of the most intense pieces you’ll ever see.  It mixes the dark aspects of the game with the lighter aspects of the town you are in.

In P3 you are restricted to specific areas.  There is the school, the local mall, and the dorm.  You can see details in the tiles at the school, the carpeting in the dorm, and the signs at the stores of the mall.  Unfortunately these areas that should be brimming with life and excitement often feel dead.  While it

Bad voice acting of characters can make the best game in the world lack something.  While not every line is spoken, a large number of The voice actors in P3 all match the characters well.  You

Moving around in P3 isn

If you are a fan of Japanese RPG titles with a mature theme, then all you need to do is run out to your local game store and pick up a copy of P3, as it P3 is a single player game with a single storyline.  The game is long, but it is easy to spend five hours in a single play session and feel like you have done something different the entire time you are playing.  If you want to mess around with the Personas and try to find the best way to fuse them together, you can spend a lot of time doing that, especially because there is a large number of Personas that you can acquire, and several that you

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