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


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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