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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable - PlayStation Portable Standard Edition

by Atlus Software
Sony PSP
 Mature
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Platform:   Sony PSP
  • ESRB Rating: Mature Mature
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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One of the greatest RPGs of all time in the palm of your hands! Featuring the unprecedented addition of a new female player-controlled protagonist who offers players a fresh new perspective for one of gaming’s most inventive narratives, in addition to numerous additional improvements and enhancements, SMT: Persona 3 Portable promises to bring one of the highest‐rated RPGs of all time to PSP(PlayStation Portable) system in its grandest iteration yet!

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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable is a single player, AI team-based RPG that brings the thought-provokingly addictive fun that made Persona 3 a runaway hit on PlayStation 2 to PlayStation Portable (PSP). The game contains most of the content from the original Persona 3 as well as some elements of Persona 3: FES, and features the new and crucial abilities to play as a female character and to directly control your teammates in combat. Additional functionality includes Skill Cards, part-time jobs, one-button menu shortcuts, streamlined team equipment changes and shortened load screens optimized for PSP.

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Story
A teenager who was orphaned as a young child returns to the city of his/her childhood. Shortly after transferring to Gekkoukan High School, he/she is attacked is attacked by Shadows/creatures that feed on the minds of their victims. The assault awakens his/her Persona, Orpheus, his/her only chance at defeating these creatures of the night. He/she soon discovers that he/she shares this special ability with other students at his new school. From them he/she learns of the Dark Hour, a hidden time that exists between one day and the next, swarming with Shadows. He/she joins the Special Extracurricular Squad (SEES), and with his/her new friends, confronts this evil threat.

Character options screen from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
Classic Persona 3 RPG gameplay comes to PSP.
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Gameplay
Hailed by critics and fans for breathing new life into the RPG genre, Persona 3 Portable takes everything that made Persona 3 on PlayStation 2 such a tremendous, award-winning hit and translates it into the perfect handheld RPG experience. Built upon an enhanced version of the game, players will find significant improvements, including direct control of teammates in battle, five difficulty settings, incredibly short load times, and most importantly, the option of playing through the story from a new female perspective, gaining new social links, special events, and unique romantic opportunities.

Key Game Features

  • Classic, thought-provoking Persona RPG gameplay in which players construct wieldable physical manifestations of their thoughts through their social interactions with characters in-game, later taking these into team-based battles against Shadow enemies in Tartarus.
  • Contains almost all the content from the original PS2 Persona 3 game, and elements from Persona 3: FES.
  • Significant improvements over earlier games including Skill Cards, part-time jobs, and ability to directly control your teammates in battle.
  • The important new ability to play as a female character, giving the player a whole new perspective on the events of the game and providing a dramatic impact on the game's intricate social dynamics.
  • Improved playability permeates every aspect of the gameplay experience. One button menu shortcuts, streamlined team equipment changes, incredibly short load times, and other tweaks and enhancements create an ideal pace for portable gaming.
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Social Link dialog screen from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
Social Link in-game dialog.
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Manifestation of a character Persona prior to battle in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
Strengthen Persona power.
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Party combat screen from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
Classic turn-based combat.
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Assigning a new persona to a party member during combat in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
Improved AI party controls.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Quite honestly, this is one of the best games I have ever played on PSP, and one of the top games out of any system. This game is good for both newbies to the genre and people who have already played one of the first two editions of this game. First off, this enhancement offers a brand new perspective to play from, making this game replayable for even people who have bought the first two editions of this game. You can choose between either the male or female perspectives, which (slightly) changes major plot events, but each perspectives offers totally new social links, one of the things that make this game so unique. Basically, the social link is similar to a dating sim game; you increase your affinity with different people untill your able to reap the rewards, however in this game the major reward is a stat boost to the creatures you summon in battle. Oh yeah, and each social link comes complete with its own cutscenes, which are a blast to experience. This enhanced port of the original game doubles the amount of social links available, offering enhanced replay value. The battle system in this game has also been enhanced over the original. You choose which actions you wish to take and fight the enemy, a strategy-rpg. However, this version also allows you to control your teammates actions, something which without proved hazardous in major battles in the original. Overall, this is a great remake of the game, which newcomers and veterans can both enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Persona 3 got even better March 23 2012
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I own three versions of this game and if I could only have one it would be P3P. There were so many positive changes made to the game which help streamline and enrich the experience.

PROS:
All new female character with new social links and situations. Great for a second playthrough.
Streamlined overworld map. Just move the cursor over the objects/people you want to interact with. No more (extremely slow) running around.
New personas to fuse and collect.
It's portable Persona 3! You can take it anywhere!
Alternate velvet room assistant with new dialogue and voice acting.
New Void Quest challenge with optional boss
Ever-amazing soundtrack
Level grinding seems less tedious on a portable console; it's easy to put in fifteen minutes here and there.
Controllable AI (no more uncontrollable strings of debuffs)
Missing Person quests

CONS:
The anime cut-scenes were removed due to space constraints. The lack of cut-scenes is definitely the biggest con. The voice acting is still in tact (complete with character portraits) but the game is definitely weaker without them.
Fusion Spells are now one time use cards and Armageddon (the most powerful fusion spell) is extremely difficult to obtain.

P3P is definitely the best version of the game though I would recommend FES for a first playthrough as it has the cut-scenes. If you've already played Persona 3 and are thinking of going through again, try the all new female perspective with new social links.
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This was my first game within the Persona series and by playing this, it introduced me to other Persona games. It's too bad that there are no animations and character movement like Persona FES. The only time the characters move are when you're in battle and exploring Tartarus. Nevertheless, it was an amazing game!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing game Aug. 27 2013
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
P3P was my first Persona game and I have to say, coming in as a newbie, it was more than enough to capture my interest! The male and female routes offer replayability and are tons of fun to do, and don't feel like the same game for the most part in terms of character interactions. The lack of cut scenes is a bit of a disappointment, but the great voice acting, game play, and storyline (by far my favorite storyline in all the RPGs I have played) more than make up for it. The battle system is fun, and so are the Social Links, the Persona fusing, and the pace of the game is pretty great. The characters are great. I highly recommend this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Persona is LIFE! Sept. 21 2014
By Keegan
Loved it spend countless hours with he social links and battles lots of fun for those who like the series! ( Also go Minako~)
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