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Persona 2: Eternal Punishment - PlayStation

by Atlus
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews) 83 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation
  • Includes a special Bonus Disc with an anime trailer for Persona 2 and a special video interview with the makers of the game

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Platform: PlayStation
  • ASIN: B00004WLZ7
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: December 22, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,588 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: PlayStation

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The rumor going around Sumaru City is that if you call your own cell phone number, you will speak to the Joker, who will assassinate the person of your choice... and rumors in Sumaru City have a funny way of coming true. On assignment with hip youth magazine Coolest, daring young reporter Maya Amano stumbles onto the Joker's trail at Seven Sisters High School. A convergence of fate brings Maya, her roommate, and a police detective together in pursuit of the maniacal assassin. Will they awaken the power within before it's too late to stop the evil forces behind him? NOTE: Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is compatible with PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 systems. Key Features: Multi-Character Contacts - Negotiate contracts with demons using one, two, or even three party members at a time. Experiment with a wide variety of approaches and reactions for each demon! Fusion Spells - Use certain skills in a particular order to unleash especially punishing attacks on your foes! Bonus Disc Included - Each and every copy of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment includes a special Bonus Disc with an anime trailer for Persona 2 and a special video interview with the makers of the game!

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The Seven Sisters high school is the setting for a series of gruesome murders, and it's up Maya Amano, a cub reporter for popular teen magazine Coolest, to get to the bottom of the murders. Yes, in the spirit of Scooby-Doo and many afterschool specials, when the police fail, it's time to call in the high schoolers!

Seriously, though, Persona 2 is an interesting title. It is the sequel to a popular import with a story that is, for the most part, involving. Even in their small sprite form, the anime characters in the game are very well done and blend nicely with the gaming environments. The character movements are a bit jerky, but it's still better than most role-playing games.

Unfortunately, the game's slow-moving story line and somewhat tedious character interaction ruin the game's early momentum. Things get back on track later in the game--but obviously only for those gamers who have stayed on through the dry spots. Patient players are rewarded with 80 different persona summons, or spells, that can be unlocked throughout the game. You can also chat with the monsters, which is fun at first but grows tiresome. Also, the game's straightforward battle system lacks the strategic elements found in other games of this genre.

Perhaps Persona 2's most interesting gameplay element is the rumor system, which allows you to gossip about other characters in the game. A properly spread rumor can trigger in-game events and create whole new story arcs. This adds considerable replay value and most RPGers should appreciate this to no end. --Todd Mowatt

Pros:

  • Great dialogue
  • Eerie music sets appropriate tone for the game
  • Rumor system lets you affect the game's story
Cons:
  • Talking to enemies gets very repetitive
  • Too-simple combat scheme
  • Poor pacing in the game's middle

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the high points of PlayStation RPGs June 12, 2001
Platform for Display:PlayStation
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is the sequel to the currently Japan-only Persona 2: Innocent Sin (and the earlier Revelations: Persona). My biggest gripe with the game is that constant references are made to the world of Innocent Sin -- however, by watching the included trailer and through the events of Eternal Punishment, you'll get a good idea of what happened in the earlier game.
With a somewhat contemporary setting, Eternal Punishment is an oddball in the world of RPGs. That doesn't mean, however, that it's bad! On the contrary, it's a superb game with deep gameplay. In battles, you can kill the demons, like in ordinary RPGs, or you can negotiate with them for money/items/information/tarot cards (the last of which is used to summon more Personae, facets of the user's personality which can be summoned to fight for them).
The characters are interesting and more adult than your typical spiky-haired teen heroes. They range from reporter Maya and policeman Katsuya to computer hacker/wiretapper Baofu and fashion model Ellen (from the first Persona). The innovative rumor system allows you to change the face of Sumaru City by spreading rumors. Want to buy weapons at your local bar? Spread the rumor that they are, and you can get a gun along with your martini.
My only other gripe, and it's small, is with the localization. Some of the text is a little stilted (Ulala's "The goodness of a woman isn't in her bra!" is a prime example). But considering the vast amount of text in this game -- and I mean VAST -- it's a very good localization overall, and in no way hinders your enjoyment of the game.
Atlus has hinted that they may release Innocent Sin if Eternal Punishment does well enough. If it's even half as good as its sequel, RPG fans around the world should rejoice.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Final Fantasy May 17, 2001
By A Customer
Platform for Display:PlayStation
This is the most edgy, original, addictive, and worthwhile RPG to come along in a long time. Everything in this game sets it apart from and above the other RPGs on Playstation, including the Final Fantasies and Chrono Cross; I'd say only Xenogears is better. The familiar, real-world elements of Persona 2, such as sushi bars, chiropractic clinics, therapists, and aromatherapy really give it a modern flavor, and the game does a good job of combining them with the mystical elements. There are so many things to do in this game that even with the relatively small number of dungeons you have to do to advance the story, I've only gotten halfway through at 35 hours...Manipulating the rumors, playing the man-searching minigame, slots at the casino, doing the map-making quest, and exploring the optional dungeons sucks away so much time. The battle system, however, can be pretty hard to understand at first: though it's easy to blast through enemies, boss battles can be extremely tough unless you know exactly which Persona and fusion spells to use. There is a lot of depth to it. Each Persona (something like 80 or a 100, maybe more?) has its own stats, immunities, and weaknesses which affect the character equipping the Persona, and different combinations of Persona yield different fusion spells to use during battle. There's a lot to keep track of, which can be confusing. All this is redeemed, however, by the unique and twisted story line, the ultracool character designs, the great character development, and the incredible variety. You can do about a million things to alter your battle experience. Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beauty of the Persona series April 10, 2005
By Bokan
Platform for Display:PlayStation
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I played the original Persona and loved it. When I heard about a second one, I had to get it. Of course, many know there are three Persona games in the Shin Megami Tensei series:

Revelations: Persona
Persona 2 Innocent Sin (Batsu in Japan)
Persona 2 Eternal Punishment

Innocent Sin was never released here due to its very questionable content, but only those who played that one will know fully what's going on in Eternal Punishment. On the other hand, it's not difficult to comprehend what's going on in this story (but it can be if you don't pay attention to every single detail). The plus side is that if you played Revelations, then you'll get a real treat in this game. I know I did.

In any case, this Persona outclasses Revelations in quite a few things. The mighty Persona return to supply your characters with magical attacks against demons. However, they have improved on a few things. First, you don't have to have the Persona's exact level to equip it like in Revelations. You just have to be in range of the Persona's level. Second, the fusion spell system, the game's biggest battle highlight, makes combat a little less painful. By combining certain spells and elements to form powerful big magic, you can clear the screen of enemies in nothing flat. An even nicer bonus is that when you defeat monsters using fusion spells, there's a chance your Persona may mutate, giving it some kind of bonus such as two learning levels gained, a parameter boost, its hidden spell gets unlocked or the chance of turning into a completely new Persona. You can further customize Persona in the infamous Velvet Room, a place familiar to all Persona fans. You can add specific spells and even increase the parameters of a Persona upon its creation using magic cards before the process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing game.
Published 3 months ago by Edgar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great game classic rpg 60 + hrs of gameplay fun exciting gameplay
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unplayable Without a Guide
In Japan, Maya, the editor of a teen magazine, becomes involved in a series of murders committed by a killer known as the Joker. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Michael Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good one.
Good game..solid one of the best RPG's for the PS1...Don't know if people will like it now, but give it a try if you are an avid RPG person. Can't go wrong with this one.
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My daughter wanted this and was extremely happy with it as she wants all from this series and some verision have be released with differences between them. Read more
Published 22 months ago by FRANK T HIATT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game!
Seriously nothing needs to be said, that you do not already know if you are reading this! If you a fan of the developer than buy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars good looks and insane difficulty
I only just got the game from the playstation store and holy crap do i regret wasting $10 bucks on it... Read more
Published on March 17, 2013 by Adam Anime
5.0 out of 5 stars Persona 2 Eternal Punishment on PSN/PS3, Save $$$$ and download, don't...
Huge fan, game is now available on PSN/PS3 for $9.99 get it now and save A LOT of money no reason to spend more than that much on the game, enjoy everyone.
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This was an old game from the Shin Megami Tensei series. I got this because I figured this was my only chance to get it. Read more
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