Excerpt: No spikey haired hero? No androgynous main character? No crystals to retrieve?
Pros: + ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Shin Megami Tensei, and doesnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t disappoint, + The Social Links System, + Original Story, + Original Presentation, and for an RPG thatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s saying something, + Musical Score
Cons: CouldnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t find any here folks. I could say the Tartarus is a bit Blah, but thatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s just being Nit Picky.
Excerpt: Whereas the original Shin Megami Tensei series is largely all darkness and misery, the spin-off series Persona, is Shin Megami on anti depressants that aren’t functioning correctly, so to speak. With its light-hearted sense of humour and enthusiastic J-pop soundtrack it’s certainly more jolly and upbeat, but still has its demons (in the true sense of the word) and darkness, and this time plenty of shooting in the head.
Excerpt: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 was a brilliant and compulsive mixture of demon slaying, treasure seeking and light socializing elements. Persona 3: FES is a nicely refined version of that game, but there’s more here too. Whereas the original Shin Megami Tensei series is largely all darkness and misery, the spin-off series Persona, is Shin Megami on anti depressants that aren’t functioning correctly, so to speak.
Excerpt: When Persona 3 was originally announced in Japan, the game was looking very interesting and seemed to have a terrific style to it. When the game was announced for North America, it was expected that Atlus would add the Shin Megami Tensei supertitle, though the sound of the game's difficulty left a bad feeling. It didn't take long to warm up to the game's atmosphere and before long the game was spinning in the PlayStation 2.
Excerpt: One of the most unique and difficult to describe RPGs of the last few years is Atlus's Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 . The idea of a high school life simulation mixed with dungeon crawling combat may be more than some people can fathom, but the end result is an addictive, solid PlayStation 2 RPG.
Excerpt: What was going through the minds of the designers as they imagined Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 can only be speculated upon, but the results cannot be argued with. The combination of a traditional dungeon-crawler RPG with a dating simulator is probably the most bizarre genre cross-over in existence, and yet it works exceedingly well on almost every level.
Conclusion: Not all is perfect, however. Like in most RPGs with a silent protagonist, the player cha-racter is largely devoid of any personality. Interacting with friends never feels organic, and at times comes off more like you’re manipulating your friends than really having a relationship with them.
Excerpt: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 is one of the best RPGs to hit the PS2 this year. There, I've said it and now I suppose I have to back it up... I have always enjoyed the Shin Megami Tensei series' visuals, and though Persona 3 doesn't quite meet the look of Digital Devil Saga (my favorite in the series), it still looks great. Story sequences are a combination of hand-drawn animated sequences and in-game visuals.