Why Persona 3: PSP is one of the best games I've ever played.

Posted by Thunderstarter (78 posts) -

Ever.
 
Well, I got my hands on a copy of P3P four days ago and can't put the game down. I guess that's not saying TOO much, because I do that with most every new game that I buy if it's good.
 
Well, P3P is special, because it's amazing.
 

It’s as if Atlus decided to reach into my brain and come up with my idea of the perfect game. They messed with it a tiny bit, but for the most part it’s everything I look for in a game.

Now, I’m only in August (I guess I shouldn’t say ONLY…can you tell that I play too much?) and I can already tell that this story is NOT what it seems to be, and that would normally be a turn-off. I would like to try and predict it, but I can’t, because the game isn’t foreshadowing anything or even giving me a hint of the events to come. The only clues that I have to the story is Pharos’ constant talking about “The End” and the beginning of the game, where it said that I only have one year to do something…

The best part about this game is the characters. Admittedly the story has done too much for me right now (I know that I still have a LOT of gameplay to go) but the characters have done SO much for me. I feel like I KNOW these people. Not just the people in my party, either, but the Slinks, as well! What Atlus has done here is create a world with believable characters that I have yet to see in any other RPG. It’s creepy, when I play through the days it’s almost like I’m living my own life…

The gameplay is great, too. The only problem I have with the game is that it’s a bit unforgiving (I went 6 floors into Tartarus to save a person one night, forgot to save, and the next day was the dark hour. I lost the battle there) and it’s frustrating to have to re-do everything again.

The whole idea of a Persona was fascinating to me, as well. Having to “let go” of yourself in order to use it was pretty intense, the characters pulling the trigger to their heads is always intense. The customization is great, too. I spend a lot of times seeing what personas I can get through fusion (and trying to abuse my SLinks in the process) and trying to get the perfect persona.

The game can be hilarious too. My favorite humor-oriented part of the game so far is when Junpei convinces Akihiko and yourself to start trying to pick up chicks. I almost died laughing when they tried to pick up the old woman by accident.

There’s so much more in the game than what I’ve said…it’s just that the game works so perfectly with itself. The opening is also great…

P3P is my favorite game of 2010 so far.

So far, so good.

 
#1 Posted by Thunderstarter (78 posts) -

Ever.
 
Well, I got my hands on a copy of P3P four days ago and can't put the game down. I guess that's not saying TOO much, because I do that with most every new game that I buy if it's good.
 
Well, P3P is special, because it's amazing.
 

It’s as if Atlus decided to reach into my brain and come up with my idea of the perfect game. They messed with it a tiny bit, but for the most part it’s everything I look for in a game.

Now, I’m only in August (I guess I shouldn’t say ONLY…can you tell that I play too much?) and I can already tell that this story is NOT what it seems to be, and that would normally be a turn-off. I would like to try and predict it, but I can’t, because the game isn’t foreshadowing anything or even giving me a hint of the events to come. The only clues that I have to the story is Pharos’ constant talking about “The End” and the beginning of the game, where it said that I only have one year to do something…

The best part about this game is the characters. Admittedly the story has done too much for me right now (I know that I still have a LOT of gameplay to go) but the characters have done SO much for me. I feel like I KNOW these people. Not just the people in my party, either, but the Slinks, as well! What Atlus has done here is create a world with believable characters that I have yet to see in any other RPG. It’s creepy, when I play through the days it’s almost like I’m living my own life…

The gameplay is great, too. The only problem I have with the game is that it’s a bit unforgiving (I went 6 floors into Tartarus to save a person one night, forgot to save, and the next day was the dark hour. I lost the battle there) and it’s frustrating to have to re-do everything again.

The whole idea of a Persona was fascinating to me, as well. Having to “let go” of yourself in order to use it was pretty intense, the characters pulling the trigger to their heads is always intense. The customization is great, too. I spend a lot of times seeing what personas I can get through fusion (and trying to abuse my SLinks in the process) and trying to get the perfect persona.

The game can be hilarious too. My favorite humor-oriented part of the game so far is when Junpei convinces Akihiko and yourself to start trying to pick up chicks. I almost died laughing when they tried to pick up the old woman by accident.

There’s so much more in the game than what I’ve said…it’s just that the game works so perfectly with itself. The opening is also great…

P3P is my favorite game of 2010 so far.

So far, so good.

 
#2 Posted by supermike6 (3645 posts) -

I completely agree. These qualities are all the reasons I loved Persona 4, and they're also the reasons I have ordered Persona 3 FES (I don't have a PSP) on Amazon.

#3 Posted by eroticfishcake (7792 posts) -

Have you played P3 FES on the PS2 before? Although I really, really like P3P, after having played Persona 4 it feels like Atlus were trying to wedge in a few things into P3P. Stuff like the enhanced combat works but because of story constraints, I feel like the social links just didn't implement well into the combat the way P4 did.

#4 Posted by PenguinDust (12642 posts) -

I played the PS2 version, Persona 3 FES and it's in my top 5 games ever, so I agree with a lot of what you're saying.  I don't have a PSP yet, so I'm going to have to wait on P3P, but I know I'll get around to it someday and I look forward to the experience.

#5 Posted by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -

Anime. 
Ugh.

#6 Posted by c1337us (5751 posts) -

I have P3P too and its not even as good as the PS2 version let alone one of the best game ever in my opinion. Don't get me wrong I am still enjoying it a lot but I still think its a pretty inferior version though the option to change to the female main character was very interesting.

#7 Posted by Kowbrainz (923 posts) -
@Thunderstarter said:
"My favorite humor-oriented part of the game so far is when Junpei convinces Akihiko and yourself to start trying to pick up chicks. I almost died laughing when they tried to pick up the old woman by accident.  "
Huh...
#8 Posted by luce (4045 posts) -

Eh...Its not better than Persona 4 imo

#9 Posted by SpiralStairs (1007 posts) -
@Kowbrainz said:
" @Thunderstarter said:
"My favorite humor-oriented part of the game so far is when Junpei convinces Akihiko and yourself to start trying to pick up chicks. I almost died laughing when they tried to pick up the old woman by accident.  "
Huh... "
lol I noticed that too :P 
 
I agree, it is a good game, probably my favorite ever. I've seen a lot of people criticizing the combat and the repetitive soundtrack, etc. but that never really bothered me at all. It's just a ton of fun to play, it sucks that replaying it will never be as good as playing it for the first time though.
#10 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Apparently, you haven't played this:
 
 

#11 Posted by Catolf (2653 posts) -
@MysteriousBob said:
" Anime. Ugh. "
You again? Do you hang around JRPG threads waiting for the moment to state your hate or something? That's sad.
 
I agree with everything said, It feels like my P3 obsession of years back has resurfaced with p3P ATLUS has not disappointed.
#12 Posted by mosdl (3259 posts) -

Enjoying P3P a lot as well (never played a Persona game before) - time for a ps3 Persona Atlus!

#13 Posted by lead_farmer (1041 posts) -
@mosdl said:
" time for a ps3 Persona Atlus! "
Yes please.
#14 Posted by captjim (127 posts) -

only game that ever made me cry. i'm friggin' in love with it now.
 
now i just have to finish persona 4...
 
wonder when they'll start showing off persona 5? it's essentially been announced but there hasn't been anything in the way of previews...or, really, anything.
 
ALSO SOMEONE ANSWER THIS AND YOU'LL BE MY BEST PAL EVER: if the only version of persona 3 i have is the psp one, is FES worth it?

#15 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -
@captjim: FES is not worth it if you have P3P unless you care about the presentation of the game (cutscenes, character 3D animation, walking around instead of navigating menus...), the "epilogue" that is The Answer (you can just watch Youtube clips for the story) and a small part of the ending of the main game (wraps up social links, not very important).
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#16 Posted by captjim (127 posts) -
@FluxWaveZ: oh, the only thing i really know about the answer is that it's supposed to be hard as fuck so i'll just find the youtubes of it and spare myself the trouble and the cash. thanks NEW BEST PAL.
#17 Posted by QuistisTrepe (628 posts) -
@c1337us said:
" I have P3P too and its not even as good as the PS2 version let alone one of the best game ever in my opinion. Don't get me wrong I am still enjoying it a lot but I still think its a pretty inferior version though the option to change to the female main character was very interesting. "
That's strange. P3P is generally heralded as the definitive version of P3.
#18 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -
@QuistisTrepe said:
" That's strange. P3P is generally heralded as the definitive version of P3. "
I don't think that's true. From what I've seen, most people recommend P3FES over P3P if you haven't played the game at all.
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#19 Posted by MikkaQ (10344 posts) -
@FluxWaveZ said:
" @QuistisTrepe said:
" That's strange. P3P is generally heralded as the definitive version of P3. "
I don't think that's true. From what I've seen, most people recommend P3FES over P3P if you haven't played the game at all. "
I would recommend P3P over FES due to the battle system updates. The PS2 game is nearly unplayable if you haven't played it since it was new... controlling your party is something one can get really used to, and it makes the old game feel really outdated. Also I think it's a more fun game to play if you're not wasting time running from one place to another, I think having the real world being controlled by a cursor and models being replaced by drawings was an improvement. Someone without the patience for a Persona game might find some fun here.  Also I think the persona games translate really damn well into a portable format, better than a lot of PS2 "Down" ports.  

The game to recommend to a first timer honestly comes down to whatever console you have. But I'd tell them to get the PSP version if they could, I can safely call it the definitive version. 
#20 Posted by Mcfart (1730 posts) -

Yeah but in P3P you can't run around the city, and you dont get the sick intro either. FInally, you don't get The Answer, which gets really awesome near the end.

#21 Posted by QuistisTrepe (628 posts) -
@Mcfart said:
" Yeah but in P3P you can't run around the city, and you dont get the sick intro either. FInally, you don't get The Answer, which gets really awesome near the end. "
I can deal with saving time by needlessly running around and a different version of an ending isn't going to entice me to play FES when I can catch The Answer on You Tube.
#22 Posted by slackrabbit (10 posts) -

I have both Ps2Fes and P3P

I love both for different reasons.
PS2 Persona 3 Fes is (for me) a weekend lay on the  couch, booze cigarettes and chill affair....nice easy tactical while the wife is out shopping or with her friends, or when I was at College a semester/ term / summer break / post exams affair.

P3P  is faster and a typical psp type game - on the bus, tube, a long plane trip, at lunchtime and maybe a few hardcore hours at home. The mechanics and story are there; but Atlus know you don't have a time to run around the school / town and so the menu systems is very cool.
Either way both a great, for their respective 'situational / entrainment environments'.
As for comparing to Persona 4, because it is a newer version I think its a bit unfair to compare it to P3p even though some of the code has been chucked in. 
Its a newer game and the upgrades and speed improvements  made to it compared to Persona 3 means that if your want to enjoy it, play it last.
As for Persona 5,  I would say release it on everything. Imagine P5 on a quad-core tablet, PS3 , 360 etc - any way you cut it, it can only bring more people in to the fold and give the firm more money to make future versions better. 


#23 Posted by ArminJrpg (4 posts) -

Guys believe me,Persona 3 Portable is COMPLETELY different game from P3.really,the mood and feel is 100 Percent Different.P3P is a Different game for me,surely best I have Ever,played,becuz what Thunderstarter said,its REAL. characters,that real life system,Everything is real.ah and you dont see ugly 3d models talking with eachoter like P3/Fes/P4,but anime sprites talking with YOU

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