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3.0 out of 5 stars Portable doesn't feel as good as PS2, January 2, 2011
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This review is from: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable - Sony PSP (Video Game)
Ok so I'm not going to rehash all the improvements like other reviews have done. I think I'm in the minority here on my review. First I have played the Persona 1 PSP version, P3FES, P4, and P3 Portable. Now I like all the improvements on this game except one. The button shortcuts. I know it saves time for people, and also saves space for other things to be put in the game. That being said the main issue I have with it is the fact that I'm just not pulled into the story like I am in the PS2 version. Not seeing the characters move around and interact with the env. and other characters really detracts from the immersion factor. I know this may not be a real detractor for some. But I just really prefer to pop in the PS2 version and play that than play the portable. Even with the improvements. Still a great game, and even better for the PSP to have such a strong title. Also hope they port Persona 2 as I haven't had the chance to play that yet.
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Initial post: Jan 16, 2012, 1:16:00 PM PST
C.K.A says:
Completely agree. A lot of what made the original Persona 3 so memorable was the mood, and the PSP version is lacking in that. Without the cutscenes and moving around, it just didn't draw me in. I felt like I was at a distance. It really is too bad, though; I was so excited to play it on my PSP.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012, 12:30:48 PM PST
Melo says:
Seriously? You realise there were limits that the psp could handle? The game was an excellent port regardless of the minor changes.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012, 6:30:04 AM PST
R. Pickman says:
I understand what you're saying Melo, but if you're not going to do it right, don't do it at all. This should've been released as a digital download only so they didn't have to worry about fitting everything on a UMD.

I'm with C. Rose, I would've rather waited and had this released on the Vita right, than trimmed up to work on the PSP. The static images take too much away from the overall experience, the removal of the amazing cutscenes and voice acting of the original just detracts too much. I feel like I'm playing a watered down port of an amazing game, which, I guess I am.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2013, 4:46:33 AM PST
Yu Narukami says:
They did do it right, that is a very harsh statement considering it's mostly like the original, with updates. You get to play as a female protagonist with new social links and a new perspective of events. You still have the regular control in tartarus, it still follows the game, and it plays smoothly, with good graphics. Personally despite the way you control the character outside of tartarus, and the lack of cutscenes, I think the graphics are actually sharper and more crisp. I don't know what you mean by removal of voice acting. What did you expect on the psp system? This was still an excellent port.
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