If Sigmund Frued made an rpg
To begin, the story of Persona 3 is unique in conception. Persona 3 achieves a distinct method of stroy telling by introducing a blank slate main character. No name, no apparent past, and a pen to forge the character how you seem fit. The game manages to delve into the realm of the psyche, allowing you to create the main character. The story seems to focus on the duality of the world, portrayed by a "Hidden" twilight hour that only appears to a certain few. Within this twilight hour are dangerous creatures that drive forward the story.
In addition to the main character, the supporting cast is a strong departure from the norm. In most JRPGs, you have a stereotypical cast. However, in Persona 3, each supporting character has their own unique quips that add to how the story plays out. The cast ranges from a brainy, overcontrolling female, a hyperactive, sometimes eccentric punk, a brooding anti-hero, and many more. Aside from the story, the soundtrack also plays a large part in painting the tapestry in the game. The music in the game is an amalgamation of punk, j-pop, rap, and classical. The music changes depending on the mood of the situation, and it all seems to have a neon feel to it. The sound drafters did a good job of combining a large variety of music in a way that they all have something in common.
Being one of the strongest assets, the gameplay in Persona 3 combines the combat stylings of the previous Shin Megami games with a spin of its own. You find the basic elements represented in this game from Ice, Fire, Wind, Electricity, Dark, and many more. The combat is fairly simple. You run around the labyrinth that is Tartarus avoiding or engaging enemies you see roaming the halls. Enemies you actually see, and not just random encounters that seem to bog down so many other games.
In addition, your character can become stronger in many different ways. The governing feature in the game is the Personas. Personas are like the embodiement of your different character's feelings and emotions. There are multiple persona types that you run into throughout the game. How you interact with your classmates and people around the city ultimately judicates how and what personas you use. This is one of the most interesting elements of the game. Whether you spend your time watching foreign films, playing games, drinking coffee, studying, or going to sports practice ultimately affect which personas you can use throughout the game. In conclusion, the game is able to combine a unique art style, soundtrack, and gameplay to create a great experience. The gameplay is indepth, the soundtrack is eccentric, and the story is a window into the human psyche that is shaped by how you play the game. All together, this is an amazing game. In can be enjoyed by a large variety of people; Those looking for an indepth satirical storyline with psychological elements, those looking for a great JRPG, or those just simply looking for a good time. Whichever one of those you are, I would recommend Persona 3 to anyone with a PS2.