Reviews and Problems with Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
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A Complete Work of Art 10/10
TWEWYplayer , GameStop
17 June 2011
Summary: Persona 3 was the first Shin Megami Tensei game that I played and boy was I surprised. Playing this game got me into the Shin Megami Tensei series and today it is one of my most favorite series’. But I can still safely say that my favorite of them is Persona 3. Actually Persona 3 is my favorite game of all time. It is a work of art in my eyes and I’ll tell you why.
Summary: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 is one of the greatest games to own on a PS2. You live the life of a Highschool boy who has the power of the Persona. After loosing his parents, he is shipped off to go to school at Gekkoukan High, where he meets peculiar characters that say he has the "Potential." Battling Shadows and living with the Dark Hour is not what a normal teenage boy wants. The graphics are what you say, more than expected.
Excerpt: Shortly after a teenager who was orphaned as a young boy transfers to Gekkoukan High School, he is attacked by Shadows, though this assault awakens his Persona, Orpheus, his only chance at defeating them. He soon afterward learns of a few fellow students who share this special ability, as well as of a time period between one day and the next, the Dark Hour, and joins the Special Extracurricular Execution Squad (SEES) to deal with the threat of the Shadows.
Summary: Persona 3 is about a high school student that starts at a new school with a bit of a bad history. The main character starts at a new dorm but when he get off the train to go to the dorm late at night everything seems to stop people turn in to coffins. He later finds out that this period of time between midnight and next day is called the Dark Hour. He finds out that why he is awake during this time is because of a power he has within himself.
Conclusion: Yeah. I was tempted for a while to replay the first game, actually, so I think I’ll be going through FES. I don’t know if I’ll use the loading feature since it might kill any difficulty, but I’m sure I’ll be playing it shortly after it comes out.
Conclusion: I think I almost bought this game half a dozen times over the last few months, but something always held me back. With Persona 3: FES coming out, now I know it was destined to be. If only I could have held on for 3 years between Twisted Metal: Head On and its extravagant PS2 remake- now all those times the game froze just before I beat the last boss are even more aggravating to think about.
Conclusion: How is the actual school day part of your life handled, Chris? Are there classes/mini-games ala Bully or is the game more concerned with those gaps in the day between lessons? This may seem like a peculiar question, but I was also wondering if there’s any opportunity to recruit someone older than a punky high school kid.
Conclusion: The actual school day part isn’t very fleshed out. Occasionally (about once every third day), you’ll get a question from the teacher or have the opportunity to nap during a lecture. The questions are either “were you paying attention to the last few sentences I said” or general knowledge (some very obscure, some ridiculously easy).
Conclusion: Persona 3 is easily the closest I’ve found to my “perfect RPG” after many failed attempts. I really wish I had the time to sink into it that I need to complete it. My reasoning is simple – Persona 3 understands what jRPGs have become, understands what the name implies, and ties it all together. Its got story and character interactions and an anime setting, but it keeps things at a snappy pace so there’s never any downtime.