Persona 3: FES or P3P?

#1 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19307 posts) -


#2 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19307 posts) -

I haven't played P3P, but from what I gather, here are the advantages P3P has over FES:

- Female protagonist (new music, different Social Links)

- Faster navigation

- Controllable teammates in battle

FES' advantages:

- 3D models during scenes/events instead of visual novel treatment

- Generally better presentation

- The Answer (which most aren't too fond of)

If one was to play Persona 3 for the first time, which of the two would you recommend?

#3 Posted by Kyle (2323 posts) -

I hate playing things on a tiny screen and I think the menu-based navigation takes something away from the game. And it also (obviously) doesn't look as good. I would take FES over P3P any day, female protagonist or no.

#4 Edited by WilltheMagicAsian (1544 posts) -

Don't forget P3P lets you manually control your teammates like Person 4. So if you're used to Persona 4 you may want to play P3P.

#5 Posted by MrKlorox (11206 posts) -

The lack of 3d cutscenes ruins the prospect of P3P for me. It seems like a game for P3 hardcores who want more social linking events, no matter the cost.

#6 Posted by Ben_H (3307 posts) -

It depends if you want it to be portable and want a female protagonist. If not, just get FES.

I gotta replay this game. It's so good. That shall be what I do during February break.

#7 Posted by Captain_Felafel (1552 posts) -

You've got it exactly right; P3P is technically a better game to play because of the addition of direct control over party members in battle as well as improvements to the way you navigate around town, but suffers greatly in the presentation and story department because of the PSP's hardware limitations.

As the Persona games are more about the story and the characters than the combat, the lack of actual animating character models in the majority of story interactions, and the absence of the animated cutscenes for more important story moments make the experience feel really hollow in comparison to FES.

If this is the first time playing the game, play it experiencing those cutscenes as actual cutscenes and not two character portraits talking to each other against a static background.

#8 Posted by endaround (2138 posts) -

The biggest issue is the change in combat, with full party control in P3P versus AI controlled party in P3:FES. P3P also has many more costumes, more jobs and things to do during the day and mini quests that tend to fit better in the flow of the game. There are also separate combat puzzle type challenges. And Yukiko. And Kashiwagi.

P3:FES does allow you to choose which weapon the MC uses. And the animated 3D models do add a bit to the scenes.

#9 Posted by Nux (2303 posts) -

I like reguler P3 more then FES. I don't know why, I just do.

#10 Posted by Calavero (86 posts) -

P3P for sure, the improved battle system is a HUGE plus for me, and I didn't mind at all not having the 3D models. I also liked the female protagonist better. But I guess it depends too on whether or not have you played Persona 4, since I can't imagine going back to FES after playing it.

#11 Posted by ImaTreee (209 posts) -

Persona 3 fes has more content that p3p and it has cutscenes

#12 Posted by FLStyle (4567 posts) -

I played P3P and watched a play-through of The Answer on YouTube, I don't regret it one bit.

#13 Posted by wemibelec90 (1547 posts) -

If you've played through FES, I think P3P is the superior game. You've already seen all the animation (which wasn't too great anyway) and done all the walking around. First timers should probably play through FES first.

P3P has player-controlled party members (so much less of a headache), arguably superior music, and cuts off several hours of playtime wasted running from your dorm to other locations.

#14 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11471 posts) -

If you enjoy watching Mitsuru use Marin Karin against enemies for the 50th time, then by all means get FES. Really, the one thing that has kept me from replaying Persona 3 is the party AI.

#15 Posted by AndrewB (7489 posts) -

You play P3P if you own a PSP, you play FES if not.

Yeah, the ability to control your entire party cannot be overlooked as a major plus.

The FES content is something I feel like you're better off never experiencing, but the world traversal and animations are better. I also like the male route music better, but that's still in P3P if you're going that route.

#16 Posted by TopSteer (636 posts) -

I stopped playing P3 after only a couple hours cause I couldn't stand not being able to control my party members. I've put well over a hundred hours into P3P and having direct control is worth more than anything they took out.

#17 Posted by MEATBALL (3059 posts) -

I prefer P3P because of its changes to combat and Tartarus's "tired" system, along with the fact that it's a lot easier to get where you need to go when looking for people about town and such. I personally found Persona 3 Portable to be a lot more enjoyable to play, and that was a lot more important to me than what it sacrificed in terms of presentation. I found the story to be just as impactful overall, as well, there are occasions where you miss out on some of the more comedic moments when you don't have animations on screen, but again, I felt it was a worthy sacrifice.

#18 Posted by TheRealJpoe (133 posts) -

I never cared too much about controlling my fellow team mates while in battle. The a.i. seemed pretty smart & it made grinding easier. Also I love Persona 3 because of the social interactions I have with those characters. They seemed real & controlling them in any way takes away from that illusion for me.

But then again that's just my preference.

#19 Posted by Stealthmaster86 (630 posts) -

I'm playing FES right now. It's my first Persona game and I'm about 30 hours in. I don't regret it. I know that is not saying much, but when I saw some of the P3P footage, something felt off.

#20 Posted by siln (81 posts) -

There is no wrong answer to this question. The awesome treatment of the FeMC route with new music and entirely new S-Links cannot be overstated, so I went with P3P on the poll, but seriously, you can't go wrong either way.

#21 Posted by punisherkaos (271 posts) -

Direct party control is the only reason I pick p3p over fes

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