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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona - Sony PSP

by Atlus
Platform : Sony PSP
Rated: Teen
34 customer reviews

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  • 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

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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Platform: Sony PSP | Edition: Standard
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  • 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 (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,002 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Mr Alarm on October 5, 2009
Platform for Display: Sony PSPEdition: Standard Verified Purchase
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.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Scott P. on January 11, 2010
Platform for Display: Sony PSPEdition: Standard Verified Purchase
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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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Gregory on June 9, 2012
Platform for Display: Sony PSPEdition: Standard Verified Purchase
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Wright on October 14, 2009
Platform for Display: Sony PSPEdition: Standard Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Terry on March 29, 2011
Platform for Display: Sony PSPEdition: Standard Verified Purchase
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. It is a lot different than the other ones. You don't get to make social links, it's all dungeon crawling. But if like persona it's nice to see how the series started and if you like RPGs this game is fun and is very different from the rest. It takes place in one town and students are the ones investigating. No end of the world, evil empire, or anything like that. Out of all the main characters in the game, you get four permanent ones, and there are other four possible characters to take your fifth slot in your party. Once you accept the last party member then the others can't be part of your party. Whoever is in your party won't change the way the story unfolds but it adds replay value because it slightly changes the dialogue. The gameplay is turned based and you get a choice of either picking to attack with a weapon (sword, spear, etc.), gun, or skills you get from your persona. You have the choice of talking to the shadows and have a choice of how to communicate. If they get scared they might run and leave money, they are eager they can give you their spell card to create personas in the velvet room, if they are angry they might attack. It adds more strategy to the game. My main complaint is that there are a higher number of random encounters. It's not really a big deal because you can skip battle animations and there is an auto attack option. But it does get a little annoying. You get a number of different ending and Snow Queen quest that is an alternate version of the game. It's a good game and if you can get the soundtrack it's a good deal. You get 2 discs included of great music. There is barely any voice acting and the game isn't really a remake, the graphics are not much different. So if you don't like older games this might not be the game for you. But if you enjoy going back to play classics you should check this game out.
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