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    Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3

    Game » consists of 4 releases. Released Jul 13, 2006

    Persona 3 is the fourth main entry in the Persona series. Introducing the "Social Link" system and removing several Shin Megami Tensei staples including the post-apocalyptic setting, Persona 3 greatly expanded the popularity of the series, particularly in the west. It also established the balance of traditional role-playing combat and social simulation that would define the series going forward.

    theogvandalvideo's Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (PlayStation 2) review

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    If Sigmund Frued made an rpg

    Video games as an art form is one of the most widely debated issues of the industry. The most accepted view point is that games haven't been able to capture the level of high art. However, Persona 3 is one of the strongest attempts yet to combine subtle satirical nuances with a unique flavor and style all of its own.This game has managed to set itself above the rest through the use of beautifully crafted characters and story, a unique soundtrack, and gameplay that we've all come to know and love.

    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.

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      Persona 3 is a unique game that stands apart from its JRPG contemporaries. 0

      Admittedly Japanese RPGs aren't really my thing. The combat tends to be too slow and the story and characters too often fall into cliché traps that have never really appealed to me. This makes it all the more shocking that I’d consider Persona 3 to be up on my list of favorite games. Persona 3 stands out with its unique structure, quick combat, and most importantly characters that feel realistic even if the situations they are in at times are anything but.The Dark Hour leads itself ...

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      It's time to be suicidal. My Dark-Zero review of Persona 3. 0

      Sony's Playstation 2 has become known as the console to have if you want to play RPGs, especially Japanese RPGs. The console is crammed full of great titles, and still doesn’t seem to be letting the genre die yet. The Shin Megami Tensei series is a popular franchise that has had a few spin offs, Persona being one of them, and is usually aimed at a mature audience. The games have contained questionable things like cults, demons, and the supernatural, even at one point it had Hitler himself. Perso...

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