P3:FES Coming to PSN

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#1 Edited by ckeats (489 posts) -

It was announced yesterday that Persona 3: FES is coming to PS2 classics next week.

No shit, I was looking at copies on eBay for $30

Linky link

#2 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5834 posts) -

Now more people can enjoy the best game ever made. 
 
Hopefully this means they'll be putting up the rest of the PS2 SMT games soon

#3 Posted by Demoskinos (14875 posts) -

Nice. I might actually snag this then.

#4 Edited by ckeats (489 posts) -

@FancySoapsMan: I don't see P4 coming anytime soon with the Vita version right around the corner. Maybe a while after depending on how it sells.

Edit: Now give me the Devil Summoner games and I'll be on board day one.

#5 Posted by Hailinel (24966 posts) -

To all that buy this game and play it for the first time through PSN:

Avoid The Answer like the plague. It is a miserable experience that ignores a large portion of what makes Persona 3 so great. The Journey is all you really need to play.

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#6 Posted by Bobstar (312 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

To all that buy this game and play it for the first time through PSN:

Avoid The Answer like the plague. It is a miserable experience that ignores a large portion of what makes Persona 3 so great. The Journey is all you really need to play.

What, I don't get this. What exactly is The Answer and The Journey?

#7 Posted by AndrewB (7633 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

To all that buy this game and play it for the first time through PSN:

Avoid The Answer like the plague. It is a miserable experience that ignores a large portion of what makes Persona 3 so great. The Journey is all you really need to play.

Yeah, this is my response. I've only ever watched a The Answer playthrough on Youtube because I realized right off the bat that it was... lacking...

I wish they'd combine P3P with FES to make the ultimate Persona 3 experience. Neither is perfect, but together they're better than Persona 4.

#8 Posted by TheWyotee93 (187 posts) -

I just bought P3P on PSN because it was half off. I dont know how i feel about this then......

#9 Edited by X19 (2306 posts) -

For PSP or PS3? 
 
I will buy it if it's for PS3. 
 
Edit: Oh PS2 classics so it will work for PS3.

#10 Posted by Animasta (14698 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

To all that buy this game and play it for the first time through PSN:

Avoid The Answer like the plague. It is a miserable experience that ignores a large portion of what makes Persona 3 so great. The Journey is all you really need to play.

I thought the answer was fine, story wasn't great but whatever

#11 Posted by Chop (1999 posts) -

@AndrewB said:

@Hailinel said:

To all that buy this game and play it for the first time through PSN:

Avoid The Answer like the plague. It is a miserable experience that ignores a large portion of what makes Persona 3 so great. The Journey is all you really need to play.

Yeah, this is my response. I've only ever watched a The Answer playthrough on Youtube because I realized right off the bat that it was... lacking...

I wish they'd combine P3P with FES to make the ultimate Persona 3 experience. Neither is perfect, but together they're better than Persona 4.

pfffffffffffft...You're insane. Persona 4 shits on every version of Persona 3 in every single way.

Anyways, I agree about avoiding the answer. It's just a miserable, stripped down dungeon crawl.

#12 Posted by AndrewB (7633 posts) -

@Chop: I feel like the only people who could feel that Persona 4 is better than Persona 3 are people who watched the Persona 4 Endurance Run first and don't have an open mind. The Endurance Run is what made me take the plunge on the Persona series (I was already extremely interested), and I still feel like Persona 3 is better in many ways, minus the crucial ability to control your party members, added in P3P.

#13 Posted by Hailinel (24966 posts) -
@Bobstar

@Hailinel said:

To all that buy this game and play it for the first time through PSN:

Avoid The Answer like the plague. It is a miserable experience that ignores a large portion of what makes Persona 3 so great. The Journey is all you really need to play.

What, I don't get this. What exactly is The Answer and The Journey?

The Journey is Persona 3 proper. The Answer is a FES-specific story set after the main game that's pure dungeon crawled with no social elements and a story that takes a heaping shit on the characters. It's just a slow grind with unnecessary frustrations.
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#14 Posted by DarkShaper (1338 posts) -

@Bobstar said:

@Hailinel said:

To all that buy this game and play it for the first time through PSN:

Avoid The Answer like the plague. It is a miserable experience that ignores a large portion of what makes Persona 3 so great. The Journey is all you really need to play.

What, I don't get this. What exactly is The Answer and The Journey?

When you start up Person 3 Fes you can chose to play either The Answer or The Journey. The Journey is the entirety of what Person 3 was and The Answer is an epilogue. I have not played The Answer and I never finished The Journey but I hear The Answer is bad.

#15 Edited by Chop (1999 posts) -

@AndrewB said:

@Chop: I feel like the only people who could feel that Persona 4 is better than Persona 3 are people who watched the Persona 4 Endurance Run first and don't have an open mind. The Endurance Run is what made me take the plunge on the Persona series (I was already extremely interested), and I still feel like Persona 3 is better in many ways, minus the crucial ability to control your party members, added in P3P.

Well, you're wrong then. I've been an SMT fan since Nocturne first came around and have gotten in on every SMT game since. Persona 3 had pacing problems out the ass, boring social links, and less interesting writing overall. Seeing as how the Persona series lives and dies by the story, yeah I consider Persona 4 to be a much better game.

#16 Posted by AndrewB (7633 posts) -

@Chop: The only pacing problem Persona 3 had was in that next-to-last month, which I'd absolutely agree is a killer problem (the reason I stopped playing P3P for a long while and haven't come back to it), but if you think there was more to it than that, I'd argue Persona 4 probably had the same problems. There are more likable characters and a less typical anime-esque plot to Persona 4, sure, but the good characters and overarching plot point to Persona 3 barely outmatch that of Persona 4 to me. They're both great games, but I just like the whole experience, and specifically the ending, to Persona 3 a little more.

#17 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -
If you can't accept that people could prefer P4 to P3, perhaps you yourself do not have an open mind.
#18 Edited by AndrewB (7633 posts) -

@LordAndrew said:

If you can't accept that people could prefer P4 to P3, perhaps you yourself do not have an open mind.

That's not it at all. I accept that other people have different opinions, I just like to express why I have the opinion I do. Especially since it feels like the less popular opinion and I feel like I have something to prove.

I would never have even given Persona 3 a shot if I didn't think Persona 4 was a great game.

#19 Posted by MikkaQ (10294 posts) -

I just bought this for 30$ on PS2. Ah well, it mostly for the collection so I don't mind.

#20 Posted by Animasta (14698 posts) -

Well Nocturne is better than either of them so

#21 Edited by Chop (1999 posts) -

@AndrewB said:

@Chop: The only pacing problem Persona 3 had was in that next-to-last month, which I'd absolutely agree is a killer problem (the reason I stopped playing P3P for a long while and haven't come back to it), but if you think there was more to it than that, I'd argue Persona 4 probably had the same problems. There are more likable characters and a less typical anime-esque plot to Persona 4, sure, but the good characters and overarching plot point to Persona 3 barely outmatch that of Persona 4 to me. They're both great games, but I just like the whole experience, and specifically the ending, to Persona 3 a little more.

The summer months are what actually killed Persona 3 for me. "Hey, want to just hang out with two old people who bitch about a tree for a month? No? Fuck you, you're doing it anyways!"

Either way, we're basically arguing over our own personal tastes at this point. We're not gonna get anywhere, so I'll just agree that they're both fine games and shut my mouth.

#22 Posted by DallasTheGamer (154 posts) -

Sweet. FES is great imo. I guess i'm one of few who had fun with the Answer part. I thought it was pretty cool.

#23 Posted by AjayRaz (12429 posts) -

huh. and to think i bought this + P4 a couple of months ago for 50$ together. ah well. i like owning physical copies of stuff.

#24 Posted by stubbleman (306 posts) -

@Hailinel: I mean, let's be generous here. It had some really cool story hooks. I still think Metis is a cool character, Aigis made a great protagonist and the early parts where everyone is dealing with the elephant in the room feels really cool. It could have been genuinely awesome if they hadn't done some of the things they done. I still can't believe how badly they ruined Yukari's character and all that Evangelion shit at the end really wasn't helping things much either. On second though, you're right. Fuck the answer.

: the PSP version is way way way better; so don't beat yourself up. The massive amount of extra content they added for that version more than makes up for whatever misgivings you may have for not being able to run around town in 3d.

#25 Posted by Animasta (14698 posts) -

@somnambulist said:

I still can't believe how badly they ruined Yukari's character

what? explain! Yukari had every reason to be hateful towards Aigis.

#26 Posted by Djratchet (669 posts) -

SO here's my question... As someone that has never played P3, should I get FES or P3P?

#27 Posted by SpunkyHePanda (1677 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@somnambulist said:

I still can't believe how badly they ruined Yukari's character

what? explain! Yukari had every reason to be hateful towards Aigis.

I thought Yukari's character development was one of the few good things about The Answer.

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#28 Posted by hwy_61 (923 posts) -

My only exposure to the Persona Series is from watching the ER. Would this game be a good start off point for a newbie?

#29 Posted by stubbleman (306 posts) -

@Djratchet: Portable took out all the running around town in 3d and replaced it with 2d backdrops which serve the same function but makes it feel more like an oldschool adventure game. I would gladly sacrifice that for being able to control you're AI partners in the dungeons though, which Portable added. Also, being able to play as a girl changes up a lot of the story a lot more than you might think. It's got some wholly original social links even. So I say P3P is totally the way to go.

#30 Posted by ShadowSkill11 (1783 posts) -

Meh. I have Persona 3: Portable for my Vita and I could play Persona 3: FES on my BC PS3 but it like the rest of my PS2 games I rip to my main computer and emulate the game so I can run it in 1080p and save at literally anytime.

#31 Posted by Djratchet (669 posts) -

@somnambulist said:

@Djratchet: Portable took out all the running around town in 3d and replaced it with 2d backdrops which serve the same function but makes it feel more like an oldschool adventure game. I would gladly sacrifice that for being able to control you're AI partners in the dungeons though, which Portable added. Also, being able to play as a girl changes up a lot of the story a lot more than you might think. It's got some wholly original social links even. So I say P3P is totally the way to go.

oh ok. P3P is definitely for me then, because Persona 4 is my only real bit of exposure to the Persona series (Well, I did dump a few hours into Persona 1 PSP) But I like having full control of my party. Thanks!

#32 Edited by Sanj (2404 posts) -

@AndrewB said:

@Chop: I feel like the only people who could feel that Persona 4 is better than Persona 3 are people who watched the Persona 4 Endurance Run first and don't have an open mind.

And who aren't completely insane.

#33 Posted by RetroVirus (1475 posts) -

Nice. Always wanted to play a Persona game since seeing the Endurance Run, and this gives me the perfect opportunity.

#34 Posted by Jeust (10679 posts) -

Nice addition. A great title, and one of my favourite games for the PS2.

#35 Posted by bighat_logan (182 posts) -
@AndrewB said:

@Chop: I feel like the only people who could feel that Persona 4 is better than Persona 3 are people who watched the Persona 4 Endurance Run first and don't have an open mind. The Endurance Run is what made me take the plunge on the Persona series (I was already extremely interested), and I still feel like Persona 3 is better in many ways, minus the crucial ability to control your party members, added in P3P.

Persona 4 is just a much more well put together game. In P3 you didn't even get the S-links for your party members till the near end of the game. Also most of the P3 S-links are no where near as good as the P4 ones.
#36 Posted by bighat_logan (182 posts) -
@Djratchet said:

SO here's my question... As someone that has never played P3, should I get FES or P3P?

I'd say P3P because it has even more stuff in it
#37 Posted by Bobstar (312 posts) -

@Hailinel: @DarkShaper: Oh, gotcha. Thanks for clearing that up.

#38 Posted by stubbleman (306 posts) -

@bighat_logan: And that's just, like, you're opinion man. I don't see why we have to resort to hyperbole with these games. They're both great. I prefer 3 just a little bit, but that doesn't mean I have to act like 4 was written by stupid babies either. That said, Bebe could still beat Funky Student's ass; any time; any day.

#39 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2011 posts) -

Oh shit. My disc is getting a little wonky (very occasionally getting the battle bug) and having a safety net now is fucking great. 
 
Now the only thing they need on there is SMT3. I officially don't have a working copy :( 

#40 Edited by Animasta (14698 posts) -

@somnambulist said:

@bighat_logan: And that's just, like, you're opinion man. I don't see why we have to resort to hyperbole with these games. They're both great. I prefer 3 just a little bit, but that doesn't mean I have to act like 4 was written by stupid babies either. That said, Bebe could still beat Funky Student's ass; any time; any day.

at what? making clothes? the only NPC that rivals funky student (doesn't beat him obviously) is Mitsuru fan or whatever she's called

#41 Posted by Hailinel (24966 posts) -
@Animasta

@somnambulist said:

@bighat_logan: And that's just, like, you're opinion man. I don't see why we have to resort to hyperbole with these games. They're both great. I prefer 3 just a little bit, but that doesn't mean I have to act like 4 was written by stupid babies either. That said, Bebe could still beat Funky Student's ass; any time; any day.

at what? making clothes? the only NPC that rivals funky student is Mitsuru fan or whatever she's called

That Mitsuru fangirl is amazing.
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#42 Edited by Sanaj (170 posts) -

@Animasta: What about male student that says he's on his cell phone every time that you try to talk to him?

#43 Posted by Zleunamme (668 posts) -

Folks like Persona 4 because it's a lot more forgiving then previous SMT games. Fewer random encounters, the party leader dies in battle, the game ends sort of things. I wished Atlus would release other SMT games like Nocturne, Digital Devil Saga (1&2). Since Square Enix hasn't made a decent JRPG is last six years. People should buy Persona 3: FES.

#44 Posted by RE_Player1 (7560 posts) -

For $10 I'll be it in a heartbeat even though I already played through the PSP version twice and the new stuff added isn't great from what I've read.

#45 Posted by ExplodeMode (852 posts) -

Don't you get tired in the dungeon in Persona 3?  I think I remember hating that.

#46 Edited by RE_Player1 (7560 posts) -

@ExplodeMode said:

Don't you get tired in the dungeon in Persona 3? I think I remember hating that.

Playing it on my PSP was fine because every so often I pop off a couple floors on the bus or waiting for class. If I was playing on a console though I could see it getting tedious with long stretches of play time.

#47 Posted by ShadowSkill11 (1783 posts) -

@bighat_logan said:

@Djratchet said:

SO here's my question... As someone that has never played P3, should I get FES or P3P?

I'd say P3P because it has even more stuff in it

That's not completely accurate. P3P adds a female main character version of the story but simplifies the roaming graphics. P3: FES only lets you play as a male but adds another 10-20 hour epilogue of sorts that starts several months after P3 ends.

#48 Posted by Commisar123 (1793 posts) -

I hope Devil Summoner and Digital Devil Saga come on over, because I really don't want to pay for actual PS2 copies right now

#49 Posted by Sanaj (170 posts) -

@ExplodeMode said:

Don't you get tired in the dungeon in Persona 3? I think I remember hating that.

It's much more an issue at the start of the game and becomes less of a problem further in the game.

I liked having an out. Great, someone's sick or tired so I can put off going to Tartarus for another night.

#50 Posted by bighat_logan (182 posts) -
@ShadowSkill11 said:

@bighat_logan said:

@Djratchet said:

SO here's my question... As someone that has never played P3, should I get FES or P3P?

I'd say P3P because it has even more stuff in it

That's not completely accurate. P3P adds a female main character version of the story but simplifies the roaming graphics. P3: FES only lets you play as a male but adds another 10-20 hour epilogue of sorts that starts several months after P3 ends.

But the answer is complete shit

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