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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona - Sony PSP

by Atlus
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Platform: Sony PSP
Edition: Standard
  • Fully re-translated and featuring all new musical compositions from Shoji Meguro, famed composer of Persona 3 and 4, SMT: Persona is the perfect example of how a remake should be done
  • This definitive version includes content never before seen in North America
  • Reformatted to take advantage of the PSP hardware, this remake includes a new widescreen aspect ratio, redone music and sound, and all new animation, presenting the story better than ever before
  • Long known for its daring, often morally-charged stories, the SMT series has established itself as one of the premiere RPG series in terms of plot and characters, and SMT: Persona is no exception

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Platform: Sony PSP | Edition: Standard
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001V7UX1W
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,776 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: Sony PSP | Edition: Standard

EXPERIENCE CHAPTER ONE OF THE FAMED PERSONA RPG SERIES: One of the most critically-acclaimed roleplaying franchises of all time, Shin Megami Tensei has recently arose to prominence in North America with the releases of Persona 3 and 4, two of the highest-rated releases in their respective years. Now, Atlus revisits the first chapter in the Persona saga on PSP (PlayStation Portable) system. Completely rebalanced and remade, SMT: Persona allows younger fans of the series to find out what everyone's been talking about for years, and gives long-time SMT supporters a wholly different take on an all-time classic. The Key features are Rebalanced, relocalized and remade, Fully re-translated and featuring all new musical compositions from Shoji Meguro, famed composer of Persona 3 and 4, SMT: Persona is the perfect example of how a remake should be done. This definitive version includes content never before seen in North America. Its Enhanced for PSP - Reformatted to take advantage of the PSP hardware, this remake includes a new widescreen aspect ratio, redone music and sound, and all new animation, presenting the story better than ever before. An unique, mature narrative in the grand tradition of the SMT series. Long known for its daring, often morally-charged stories, the SMT series has established itself as one of the premiere RPG series in terms of plot and characters, and SMT: Persona is no exception.

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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a version of this game that I can enjoy! October 5, 2009
Platform for Display:Sony PSP| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Over a decade ago, at the tender age of 13, I purchased "Revelations: Persona" for the Playstation. The game received very good review scores, and the Playstation console was somewhat starved for Japanese RPGs in America at the time, so as a fan of the genre, I figured I couldn't go wrong.

What I didn't expect was just HOW different Persona would be from the standard JRPG, such as the Final Fantasy games. With a good localization and a user-friendly interface, the game could have helped me to overcome the initial culture shock that I experienced and enjoy a deep and unique role-playing experience.

Unfortunately, the translation/localization was beyond shoddy, and at times even offensive (one of the characters' ethnicity was changed to African-American for the US release - a change that was not handled with much tact), and the already intimidating interface was hampered by convoluted menus. Needless to say, the game didn't click with me at the time, and it wasn't long before I banished it to the back of my closet.

Fast forward over a decade, when after playing through Persona 2 and Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES (both EXCELLENT games), I decided to give the original Persona another shot. Although I was much more open-minded going in this time - and dedicated to finishing the game no matter what - the game's faults still stood out and made for a very frustrating experience. I got much further than I did when I first purchased the game, but I was still turned off by the horrible interfaces and clumsy translation. I put the game away, and turned my attention to the soon-to-be released
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shin Megami Tensei Goodness October 14, 2009
Platform for Display:Sony PSP| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a classic If-You-Like-The-Genre game. If you like Japanese-style Role-Playing Games (JRPG), then you will absolutely love this game. The Persona series is without a doubt the strongest JRPG series out right now. Sadly, Persona and Persona 2 (in it's complete form) never made it to America. So it is fantastic to see this product being released, even if I would rather play it on a console instead of the portable PSP.
If you do not like the JRPG genre...you will find this game to be very difficult, and likely extremely confusing. More a source of frustration, then enjoyment. Still, it's a fantastic game.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:Sony PSP| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This game isn't a bad game, it's actually a really good port to a newer platform. The issue is that original game is pretty old and hasn't stood the test of time very well. This game originally came out in the early days of the PS1 and it shows. Don't be fooled by the cover artwork that puts new life into the game, this is an old game with old graphics. If you are a fan of the Persona series and want to see how it all started, give it a go if you can find it on the cheap. If you are not a fan of the series and you're looking for a good RPG on the PSP, look elsewhere. There's newer games for the same price that will give you a lot more value. So, in a nutshell, fans only.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bad June 9, 2012
By Gregory
Platform for Display:Sony PSP| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
So once upon a time, this game was released in the USA with a famously bad localization. Now we're getting a much more faithful translation, with a few improvements thrown in; and I think the enthusiasm this has generated among Persona fans is causing reviewers to overlook some fairly massive flaws in the game.

First of all, the up-side. The modern-day Japan setting is a nice change from the normal high-fantasy worlds that most JRPGs inhabit, the story is more interesting than most, and the music is weirdly catchy (although some people just find it annoying; your millage may vary). Furthermore, the localization was great this time around, the Snow Queen quest was a neat gesture to fans (I mean, I'm certainly not going to play it; I'm thorougly sick of this game after only playing the main quest; but it's nice that it's there), and they added an automap feature, which makes the whole thing a lot less miserable than it would be otherwise.

Basically, this game is a first-person dungeon crawl. There is a third-person town map screen, but nothing happens there (except for lots and lots of tedious random encounters; more on that later)--it's just a way to get from one location to another. And there's nothing inherently wrong with "first-person dungeon crawl," but this is done very badly. The great problem is that the "dungeons" are incredibly long, incredibly complex, and incredibly *empty*.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Classics October 19, 2009
Platform for Display:Sony PSP| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a very good game under certain conditions. You have to like JRPGs first of all because if you already don't, this game wont convert you. Secondly, you have to appreciate old-school games in general, this is a first-person dungeon crawler with parts being in an isometric view, ISOMETRIC(does it get any more oldschool?). The last point was you have to appreciate old video game music, but they update the soundtrack, and it rocks. If you can get past the first two points, this is a gem of a game. The game play is simple, but not overly so. There are aspects of the game that are very addictive you may forget what you were doing in the first place and find yourself power leveling just to get better abilities. I wont really go into the technical aspects of the game since there are dozens of gameplay videos out there they you can view instead. The story is a little weak, even for the year it was created, but the tone and ambiance do compensate, and you wont get bored with it, it's just that they could have vastly improved the story and didn't. That is laterally the only complaint I have though, and this game is a must have in my book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Front Me Disney
The music is great but the game sucks more than Mulan II. Seriously Disney what's with the sequels straight to DVD. They are garbage and we all know you know that too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shaun Hinklein
5.0 out of 5 stars I would buy it again if I needed a new copy.
an amazing game this came in good condition in good packaging with a umd disc protector.
Published 2 months ago by Lynx
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Case was broken when I received the game.
Published 3 months ago by Jayme
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived in good time!
Very glad that they released the original version of this to the West. Haven't played it yet, but looking forward to it.
Published 7 months ago by Octoberman
3.0 out of 5 stars No option to play the original soundtrack
I played the first Persona on Playstation and prefer the original soundtrack to this one. This soundtrack is just trying to mimic the Persona 3 soundtrack to capitalize on its... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael Halverson
4.0 out of 5 stars 16 year old daughter's review.....
Here is the review in my daughter's words "Um, well it's fun, I mean, the only reason it's 4 is cuz, I don't know, just, it's um a fun game, I don't, it's just a 4" WOW!! Read more
Published 21 months ago by A. Krachinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Super!!
Bought this game as a gift for a family member. They absolutely love it!!! I will use this vendor again.
Published on November 28, 2011 by duchess704
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome game
This really is a great game. At first, i was kinda upset about the graphics but after playing for 6 hrs i started to really get into the story because some interesting things start... Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by J. Graves
4.0 out of 5 stars Good game for fans
I haven't finished this game yet but I am having a lot of fun with it. I played Persona 3 and 4 and loved them both so I decided to get this one. Read more
Published on March 29, 2011 by J. Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars good jrpg for any fan of such games
This game apparently came out on ps1 years ago. never heard of it. P3P is re- released for psp and i fell for it hard. Read more
Published on February 12, 2011 by ZombieAddict
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