Reviews and Problems with Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
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A deep and amazing RPG with some mature themes.
Common Sense Media
2 December 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable is a role-playing game with a deep and engrossing storyline that is very mature in its content. The dark, spooky monsters are only the start of it. The heroes can evoke "persona" creatures from their brains to help them fight; these creatures are based on elements of the characters' subconscious minds, meaning they may be violent, sexual, or both.
Summary: Of all the times I've played through Persona 3 , this latest time was the fastest. Well, there was one time that had a lower total playtime, but I skipped all the dialogue. I couldn't do that this last time as some of the dialogue had changed, as the main character was a female for the first time. While the total playtime was about the same as my other Persona 3 play-throughs, I managed to get through the game in record time this last time. What was my trick?
Summary: Any RPG fan with a PSP should pick up this title, no questions asked. For those gamers who already own the console version the addition of the new playable female character (as great of an addition as it is), does not constitute another purchase. I love the constantly developing story, many relationships open for exploration, deep Persona customization/creation options and localization efforts of Persona 3 Portable .
Pros: Constantly evolving story, even dozens of hours into the game, Great art style, Fun, upbeat music, Good implementation of control options, Great gameplay integration of NPC interaction, Tons of content (around 100 hrs)
Cons: Overall story concept not very original, Rough polygon models, Repetitive and generic level design, Repetitive exploration/combat music, Sluggish attack responsiveness, Dungeon crawling is too repetitive, The game definitely loses some of its fun towards the end
Excerpt: The love Persona 3 has garnered since its release in 2007 has been no secret, especially here at RPGamer. However, since the game has seen two prior versions on the PlayStation 2, many might wonder why they should pick up another version on the PSP. There is little different about the foundation of Persona 3 Portable , as the dungeon crawling is still there and the social links are back in full swing.
Conclusion: P3P instantly becomes the quintessential version of Persona 3. With its unique blend of traditional JRPG combat with a social simulator that makes you juggle life between friends and school and work, Persona 3 is a game that will stand the test of time!
Excerpt: I really don't like reviewing ports. I really don't like reviewing ports of games I've already played and reviewed. There's only so much that can be said about a game, and while discussing the changes and issues the new version has is important, there's only so much space that it can fill up, and this results in a lot of retreaded ground. At least, this is normally the case, but Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable is one of the rare exceptions to the rule.
PSP Review - 'Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable'
29 July 2010
Summary: In Persona 3 you lead a group of high school students with a dangerous extra curricular activity: exploring the mysterious tower Tartarus and fighting the sinister Shadows during the Dark Hour, a frozen span of time imperceptible to all but a select few.
Summary: Persona 3 Portable would have been a great game even if it was nothing more than a straight port of the PlayStation 2 game, but instead Atlus added enough new content to make this the first must-own PSP RPG of the year! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.