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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 - PlayStation 2

by Atlus
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews) 86 / 100

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  • Each copy comes with 52-page Color Art Book, Soundtrack CD featuring 18 songs and outer Collector's Box
  • Engaging Social Link system - build intimate relationships with friends and love interests alike
  • Never the same game twice, with over 20 Social Links and a complex storyline encompassing a full school year
  • Intense, strategic battle system - Find and exploit enemy weaknesses with the help of your allies
  • Highly stylized designs with beautiful 2D character portraits, detailed 3D animations, and heart-pounding cut scenes

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000FPM4WC
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches ; 2.8 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,363 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 is a strange and wonderful trip into an anime adventure. You're an orphaned high school student, transferred to Gekkoukan High School on Port Island. After arriving, he's attacked by creatures known as Shadows. The assault awakens his Persona, Orpheus, from the depths of his subconscious, enabling him to defeat the terrifying foes. He soon discovers that he shares this special ability with other students at his new school. From them, he learns of the Dark Hour, a hidden time that exists between one day and the next, swarming with Shadows. Under the supervision of school chairman Shuji Ikutsuki, he joins his new companions in confronting this threat to humanity. With your school as the primary battlefield, you'll be forced to juggle two lives: Student by day, defender by night. And your greatest challenges await you on the eve of each full moon.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deep, mature and entertaining game August 15, 2007
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
While this game is called Persona 3, no knowledge of the previous installments is necessary. The game starts off following a group of teenagers, along with an adult supervisor, as they begin an exploration into a recurring paranormal event ... an event that's having a devastating effect on people in their city.

The unique aspect of this Japanese RPG is the use of "personas." A persona is, in a way, a physical respresentation of another you ... its buried deep within these individuals. The main protagonist has the ability to use more than one, and in an almost Pokemon fashion, you have the opportunity to collect them all.

As indelicately indicated by another reviewer, they use a gun-like device called an Evoker to free the persona from their physical form. They DO NOT kill themselves or use bullets. However, suicide is an issue in Japan, as well ... but not generally by guns. So, sensitive individuals should be aware.

However, this is part of the strength of the game's narrative. Each time they take the step to use the Evoker, they're simulating their own death -- this is an important concept in the game, because the characters are reminded that they are mortal and can die. In fact, in the opening and elsewhere the Latin phrase "Memento Mori" is presented -- remember that you are mortal. The use of the gun imagery was not a mistake ... it's made to make the player think and consider their actions, to think deeper -- not only about the game world, but about their own lives.

The strength of the Persona series has always been the incorporation of both philosophy and psychology. It's not unusal to be presented with bits from Jung ... or aspects of the great philosophers.

For mature players, this is a game I can't recommend highly enough.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb addition to the Shin Megami Tensei series... August 19, 2007
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm the first to admit that I am relatively new to the Shin Megami Tensei series. Having only recently discovered the fun of Digital Devil Saga and its sequel, I snapped up Devil Summoner and Nocturne as quickly as I could (the latter of which was extremely difficult to find, but well worth the effort). With this said, I've been consistently impressed by the depth of gameplay and sheer fun that each SMT title brings, and rest assured that Persona 3 is no exception.

For those familiar with previous SMT titles, there is a good mix of the familiar and the new in Persona 3. The story and structure of the game are new, with you assuming the role of the main character, who recently joined Gekkoukan High School as a junior. The game is structured such that you go to school, have free time, and even holidays, all of which depend on the current day/month in the calendar (you start the game in April, and it ends no later than January of the following year). Don't worry, though - there is ample time to progress at your own pace and not feel rushed.

When it becomes clear that you and your newfound friends are in for a fight with the mysterious Shadows, the game's ever-changing dungeon (Tartarus) is introduced. Instead of recruiting "demons" as in previous titles, though, Persona 3 allows you to establish Social Links (relationships) with various people, and to draw upon and strengthen that power to bring out the skills and strengths of various Personas (many of which will look familiar from previous titles).

The true fun of Persona 3 stems from all of these ideas. The game's sole dungeon, always changing and some 250+ floors high, is the place where you'll be leveling your characters and searching for goodies.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thinking man's console RPG? August 16, 2007
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Gamers who buy games developed or published by Atlus know that Atlus games tend to be somewhat different from other developers' offerings. After several hours of play, I think it's fair to say that "Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3" continues this trend.

The gameplay is fairly realistic, given that P3 is a Japanese RPG. In battle, they may stumble when attacking and leave themselves vulnerable to the enemies' attacks. If you try to push them too hard, they will get tired, which will affect their performance. Ignore their fatigue, and they will get sick, which further hampers them. This principle applies to the main character, whom the player directly controls. Try to do everything, and you won't be able to do anything particularly well.

Since part of the game involves the character's day-to-day life as a high school student, one cannot expect major plot turns every day. However, the choices the player makes in school do have an effect on the player's options as a Persona user. The more connections the player forges with other students, the more power he will bring to bear as a Persona user, so expect consequences if you decide to play as a loner.

Some players may find some of the imagery in this game disturbing, or even offensive. The characters summon their Personae by using a gun-like device called an Evoker. Unlike another reviewer, I do not think that they are mimicking suicide. Instead, given that in-game dialogue suggests that one can summon a Persona without an Evoker, I think that the Evoker is used to break down a character's inner barriers so that his Persona can manifest. While I understand why the summoning animations may be offensive to some, I do think that Atlus did it this way for a legitimate reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This product arrived in great condition and even brought a sound track...
This product arrived in great condition and even brought a sound track disk! The music and game are great I love it! My advice is you but it as well.
Published 1 month ago by Abilia Reyes
4.0 out of 5 stars Vastly-Improved Sequel
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Michael Gallen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
It was a sad day when my roommate's copy of Persona 3 crashed. My boyfriend and I were already halfway through, with over fifty hours of play logged. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brianna Bias
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Game...ever!
I wish there were more RPGs like this one. Persona 3 is a great game; the music, story, and graphics are all very good. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bredam Asee
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
an overall fantastic game (only improved by the rerelease) the original version is still worth playing, even if the changes made make them essentially two different games. Read more
Published 20 months ago by nekokoi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!!
I received this game in a used quality, but it plays just as if it were a new disc! Great buy. :) And it arrived very quickly too!
Published 20 months ago by GamerGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Game
Huge fan of the Persona series although it was a let down that my copy didn't have the soundtrack included like it was supposed to.
Published 21 months ago by Zach Staszak
1.0 out of 5 stars Ikutsuki and Mitsuru's dad dies, Shinjiro dies, Chidori dies, the...
Also,*PLOT TWIST* Ikutsuki was evil and he was using SEES to help him conquer the world! The final boss is Nyx! This game was pretty awful. Read more
Published 24 months ago by G
4.0 out of 5 stars Long but worth it
A friend clued me into this game. As I'm not one for buying games he told me this one would keep me busy for a while.

He wasn't lying. This game takes absolute FOREVER. Read more
Published on August 24, 2012 by Anna Schlice
5.0 out of 5 stars This game evoked a lot out of me.
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When persona 3 first came out it was met with great commercial and critical success. Many calling it one of the best jrpgs for the playstation 2. Read more
Published on June 28, 2012 by Cayden M
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