I don't recommend this game to just a casual gamer. I don't even recommend it to hardcore Atlus fans like myself. Chances are, you stubled upon the Persona series due to Persona 3, and have now become an Atlus groupie, or at least thats how it happened to me. I have come to purchase most Atlus games, but this game isn't worth the price. Quite simply, the game is annoying, and after the first 2 or so hours, really tries your patience. There are some improvements over the original Persona, such as an easy to use map, entirely new music score, and the much sought after Snow Queen quest. However, this new version also boasts an absurd battle spawn rate. Since every ten steps you are engaged in another fight, simply trying to reach a save point before you go to bed is a grueling chore. I find myself often playing for about 2 battles, then not touching the game for about a week, only returning because I want to put a new game in my PSP, but never quite making it to the save point. You also don't want to turn off your game because of the massive distance between most save points; you've just done too much before you can reach the next save to change games without saving. Overall, this game is a big pain in the neck, recommended to only the most hardcore of the hardcore Atlus fans, or people who live for the dungeon crawling genre.