Persona 3: Portable Coming To North America

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As far as Japanese role playing games goes,  Atlus’ Persona series sits among the top three franchises for me at the moment — especially Persona 4. I absolutely adored Persona 4 and would recommend it to fans of the genre in a heartbeat. But what about Persona 3? It’s not a slouch and it may seem obsolete from a gameplay and design standpoint, but it’s still worth trying. If only there was a way to play Persona 3 with some of Persona 4‘s enhancements.

Enter Persona 3: Portable for the PlayStation Portable.

Persona 3: Portable Box Shot

This may be the third release of Persona 3, but it seems to be the definitive version. You may not get the extra content found in Persona 3: FES (The Answer epilogue), but having played it, I think you can safely skip over it. The most notable additions and alterations in P3P include:

  • direct control of the party
  • faster pacing and (vanilla P3 was a bit slow)
  • additional characters to mingle with

They’re significant improvements and with them, I’d easily recommend it. The $39.99 USD price tag seems a bit much, but for a new comer, I’d say it’s fair.

Persona 3: Portable debuts July 6, 2010 for the PlayStation Portable. For more information, visit the official website.

Persona 4 Postmortem With Atlus

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atlus_logoPostmortems for games are always interesting to me. “What went wrong?” “What went right?” Having the developer look back at the development of a game can bring a whole new level of understanding.

Persona 4 is one of my favorite games in recent memory. It was amazing. So to have an opportunity to read a postmortem for it was awesome. One point they mentioned has me wondering though:

Also, one of the villain characters changed in the middle of development; since the character design was done before the story change, the design did not reflect the fact that he was a villain.

Who are they talking about? Is it who I think it was? The mystery murderer? If so, I loved that I wasn’t able to point out who it was beforehand. There’s no need to highlight a character as a villain with “evil” characteristics. That’s just too blatant.

Devil Summoner 2 Review

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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon was a tiring experience. Even saying the game’s full name is a life draining ordeal. Unlike with many of my other purchases, I walked into Devil Summoner 2 without any prior research; I placed my faith into Atlus after my wonderful romps through Persona 3 and 4. I though to myself “What was the worst that could happen?” Well, allow me to regale you with a tale of how my blind faith lead me astray.

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Checkpoint: Ramping Up For Summer 2009 Edition

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We’re into the third week of June which means the Summer Solstice is just around the corner. Summer gaming usually consists of one epic game which spans over a matter of weeks. Last summer was spent with Atlus’ Persona 3: FES. This summer’s possibilities will most likely include another Atlus RPG and a few more.

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