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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable - Sony PSP

by Atlus
Sony PSP
Mature
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews) 89 / 100

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  • Improved playability: one button menu shortcuts, streamlined team equipment changes, incredibly short load times, and other tweaks and enhancements create an ideal pace for portable gaming
  • Classic, Persona RPG gameplay in which players construct wieldable physical manifestations of their thoughts through their social interactions, later taking these into team-based battles against Shadow enemies in Tartarus
  • Contains almost all the content from the original PS2 Persona 3 game, and elements from Persona 3: FES
  • Significant improvements over earlier games including Skill Cards, part-time jobs, and ability to directly control your teammates in battle
  • The important new ability to play as a female character, giving the player a whole new perspective on the events of the game and providing a dramatic impact on the game's intricate social dynamics

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  • ASIN: B00356GVRW
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 6, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,877 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable is a single player, AI team-based RPG that brings the thought-provokingly addictive fun that made Persona 3 a runaway hit on PlayStation 2 to PlayStation Portable (PSP). The game contains most of the content from the original Persona 3 as well as some elements of Persona 3: FES, and features the new and crucial abilities to play as a female character and to directly control your teammates in combat. Additional functionality includes Skill Cards, part-time jobs, one-button menu shortcuts, streamlined team equipment changes and shortened load screens optimized for PSP.

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Story
A teenager who was orphaned as a young child returns to the city of his/her childhood. Shortly after transferring to Gekkoukan High School, he/she is attacked is attacked by Shadows/creatures that feed on the minds of their victims. The assault awakens his/her Persona, Orpheus, his/her only chance at defeating these creatures of the night. He/she soon discovers that he/she shares this special ability with other students at his new school. From them he/she learns of the Dark Hour, a hidden time that exists between one day and the next, swarming with Shadows. He/she joins the Special Extracurricular Squad (SEES), and with his/her new friends, confronts this evil threat.

Character options screen from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
Classic Persona 3 RPG gameplay comes to PSP.
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Gameplay
Hailed by critics and fans for breathing new life into the RPG genre, Persona 3 Portable takes everything that made Persona 3 on PlayStation 2 such a tremendous, award-winning hit and translates it into the perfect handheld RPG experience. Built upon an enhanced version of the game, players will find significant improvements, including direct control of teammates in battle, five difficulty settings, incredibly short load times, and most importantly, the option of playing through the story from a new female perspective, gaining new social links, special events, and unique romantic opportunities.

Key Game Features

  • Classic, thought-provoking Persona RPG gameplay in which players construct wieldable physical manifestations of their thoughts through their social interactions with characters in-game, later taking these into team-based battles against Shadow enemies in Tartarus.
  • Contains almost all the content from the original PS2 Persona 3 game, and elements from Persona 3: FES.
  • Significant improvements over earlier games including Skill Cards, part-time jobs, and ability to directly control your teammates in battle.
  • The important new ability to play as a female character, giving the player a whole new perspective on the events of the game and providing a dramatic impact on the game's intricate social dynamics.
  • Improved playability permeates every aspect of the gameplay experience. One button menu shortcuts, streamlined team equipment changes, incredibly short load times, and other tweaks and enhancements create an ideal pace for portable gaming.
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Social Link dialog screen from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
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Manifestation of a character Persona prior to battle in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
Strengthen Persona power.
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Party combat screen from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
Classic turn-based combat.
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Assigning a new persona to a party member during combat in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
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One of the greatest RPGs of all time in the palm of your hands! Featuring the unprecedented addition of a new female player-controlled protagonist who offers players a fresh new perspective for one of gaming’s most inventive narratives, in addition to numerous additional improvements and enhancements, SMT: Persona 3 Portable promises to bring one of the highest‐rated RPGs of all time to PSP(PlayStation Portable) system in its grandest iteration yet!

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Persona 3 Portable (P3P) July 9, 2010
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Something about myself:
I wouldn't claim myself a long time Persona fan, but ever since I played Persona 4 I fall in love with this series and ATLUS. They made some nice quality games, especially the SMT series.
It is not exaggerating to say that P4 is probably one of the best RPG games made for PS2. Throughout the 25 some years gaming experiences, I could hardly remember any game can easily sink me 100+ hours, and P4 and P3 FES are some of them.

Enough of the history, let's get to the point:
Most people looking at this item would probably heard or have played Persona 3/P3 FES/P4 before, so they have a general understanding of the game already, I think ATLUS made a wise decision to port the P3 onto the PSP.
When I was playing P4 I had the thought, "what if I could play this game on my PSP, that would be awesome!", now it is like my dream come true :)

After playing through P4 three times, I bought P3 FES, and man you gotta say that P4 is much more polished compare to P3/P3FES. It took me a while to get used to the combat system, and if you already get used to P4, you wouldn't really like some of the ways they made P3. Granted, the story of P3 is great.

Let's look at some of the major improvements they made for P3P:

1. Ability to select a Female MC. After playing another two times through P3FES, one would love to be able to experience some alternative plots.
2. There are four Persona from P4.
3. Battle system from P4. Easy to do "1 more" but no more turn loss if not in "Dizzy" status.
4. Party members will not get tired in Tartaros (but you will get tired in next day), fortunately we can buy some item to cure tired.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Persona 3 for PSP July 8, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
As a die hard Persona fan, I probably would have wound up getting this even if they hadn't made any changes. That said, they took an already awesome game and made it even better. The best known new feature is, of course, the gender selection option at the beginning of the game. I'm currently partway through my first run as the female protagonist and really enjoying the new social link options--a couple are still the same, but many of them so far are with characters that either didn't exist, or you didn't have any links with. Also, and this might just be because I'm a girl and projecting onto our heroine, the female protagonist is easier to relate to and seems to have a bit more personality. Along with selecting your character's gender, you can also select the gender of Igor's assistant in the Velvet Room--I must say, Theodore is much less creepy than Elizabeth.
The combat system has also been tweaked. If you've played Persona 4, you'll find that the system is almost identical--you have more tactical options (including direct commands) and you can recover and attack in the same round. Unfortunately, it also means that you can no longer get freebie healing by going back to the base of Tartarus. This is more than made up for the fact that you can now return directly to whatever floor you left, instead of being limited the the teleporter levels. You no longer have to grind through 12 or 13 floors before you can save all your hard work.
Daytime activities have are more dating sim-like and a few new things have been added. You can now instantly move to another place on the map (like in Persona 4) with the press of a button, and instead of running around everywhere, you have a cursor. I'm assuming the latter is because it's a handheld and doesn't have as much processing power.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Persona 3 Portable is third version and second update of Persona 3 to hit the stores. If you've bought either one or both of the previous versions and want to know if it's worth buying again, I'd say sure. Make no mistakes; the addition of a female protagonist doesn't drastically change the main storyline (any changes to it are akin to the ones made to the Journey of P3: FES), but that- along with the changes to the core game play- does make it a blast to play or replay. The downgrades made to the game to fit it on the PSP are balanced out by some nice improvements to make P3P more streamlined and polished than ever.

If you haven't played any of the previous versions of P3, you might wonder if it's really worth re-releasing it twice in less than three years. From the description, it sounds like pretty much any other RPG you might find out there. You play as a teenage orphan who moves back to the place where he or she was born only to find it in danger from a group of mysterious enemies called Shadows. Only you, along with a group of dormmates, can save the city with your special power, the power of Persona. Even with its modern setting, the plot sounds a bit cliché, and it is to a certain extent, but its overall charm and presentation make it shine.

Before you get into P3, you should know that it's definitely not a game for everyone. The evokers and personas based on all world religions make the game controversial enough to deserve its M rating even if it is on the lighter side as far as SMT games go (P3 is part of an SMT spin-off series).

It's also a dungeon crawler. The game does a nice job of breaking the game's main dungeon, Tartarus, down into several manageable parts, but it can still be a bit of a slog, even if it is much better than it was before.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I have played FES on the ps2 and really love it that they made a psp version! How cool! And you can now go through it as a female character! That should be interesting.
Published 24 days ago by Octoberman
5.0 out of 5 stars Teen daughter loved it...
This was for my teen daughter so I've never played it myself. I'm giving it five stars though as she has played it twice (I think you're able to play as different characters) and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Liz H.
5.0 out of 5 stars I've never been so addicted to a game in my entire life
This game has basically taken over my life...I can't put it down, and I play it for hours on end ( I mean 5 hours a day at the least). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kako
5.0 out of 5 stars Great portable remake
I gave it a 5 star rating because i loved all the Persona games staring with persona 1 till now, and this is a portable remake of my favorite Persona game. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe Grapeseed
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome
i whould recommend this to my friends it is awsome gameplay and story and controls really well so yeah that
Published 3 months ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaking Fun!!
I wuv this game, and the one for ps2 dunno why they stop making these games, but i want it on at least the new ps4 and xbox1 if we could. Amazing game ever!
Published 3 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiendishly Addictive
This game is horribly addictive. I found myself engrossed playing it night after night, even after finishing the original on the PSN. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Arch Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Game
Love the game both on the ps3 and on the psp. I also love the pre-order bonus cap I got with it (Really late review). Read more
Published 4 months ago by FV
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for any RPG fan
One of the best games of all time. When i first played Persona 3 i was astounded with how good the game was, playing it 5 years later, I am once again amazed with it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorite Games
One of my favorite games on the ps2. If you want more information on the game there are a lot of game reviews online but I will say that if you haven't played and like RPGs you... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Umbra
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