Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3

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

Specifications

Manufacturer Atlus U.S.A., Inc.
Mfg Part# 53021
SKU 202713705
UPC 730865530212
UPC 14 00730865530212
Format PlayStation 2
Reviews
ReviewSource RPG Fan
Review Persona 3 follows the setting convention established by its 3 predecessors (Persona 2 was two games). The place is a Japanese metropolis, and the time is March, 2009. The main character is an orphaned transfer student of the town's island-situated school, Gekkoukan High. As part of the package, he is assigned to a Dorm in Iwatodai. Every night at midnight most people transmogrify into coffins and a period called the Dark Hour takes place. In the Dark Hour, creatures named Shadows come out to attack those who haven't transmogrified. Some of those people possess a power called Persona, which allows them to summon a spiritual aid to fight the shadows...What makes this system work is the excellent characterization of all the NPCs, as well as the PCs. I actually felt myself connecting to all of them in a way that I can't in most RPGs. Some of the relationships are humorous, some are heartbreaking, and some are downright goofy. Each of the characters made an impact, and since you follow them through the course of the school year, you see them grow and develop as you interact. I applaud Atlus for not just for changing the formula, but for doing it well and making it work...I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of relationship games, but the relationship aspect in Persona 3 was immeasurably enjoyable, and I had so much fun with it, I'm playing it through again to try and cultivate some of the social links I neglected in my first playthrough...As you probably noticed from my Editor's Choice award, I loved Persona 3. It delivered an experience that was both novel and familiar, and with the exception of the anime cutscenes and some of the voice acting, did so with excellent quality. MegaTen fan or not, I whole-heartedly recommend this game to all RPG fans out there.
Reviewer Damian Thomas
ReviewRating 9
Features
Engaging Social Link System lets you build intimate relationships with friends and love interests alike!
Intense, Strategic Battle System; find and exploit enemy weaknesses with the help of your allies!
Unforgettable Characters, including familiar faces from previous Persona games, and professionally-acted dialogue bring the story to life!
Features
Product Type Software
Manufacturer Part Number 53021
Manufacturer Atlus U.S.A., Inc
Product Name Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
Brand Name Atlus
Package Contents Stylish collector's box Art of Persona 3, a 52-page hardbound full-color artbook Soundtrack CD featuring songs and music by Shoji Meguro
Compatibility Analog Control Memory Card
Platform Supported PlayStation 2
Features The Dark Hour:Most people are unaware of the hour between midnight and 12:01. While the populace at large is immobile, SEES can move freely during the dark hourShadow:These bizzare Foes appear during the dark hour. Their appearence and abilities are very distinctive. Even if people are able to experience the Dark Hour, their minds would be devoured if they don't have the ability to battle the shadows.Transmogrify:Those who do not experience the dark hour spend it "Transmogrified" into coffin-like objects. All their senses are suspended, and they have no memory of what happens during the unearthly hour.Tatarus:A ominous Tower that appears during the Dark Hour. What is hidden in the mysterious labyrinth reaching to the sky? Gekkoukan High School:The main character attends to this school. Would Persona-users be able to spend a peaceful school life in the future?Port Island:Gekkoukan High School is located on port island. The main character and his friends commute to this artificial island from the student dorm every day by monorail. There seems to be a mystery surrounding the artificial island's construction.SEES:This Group was formed to fight the shadows. What do they mean by "potential" ? And who is the person under surveillance?Victims:Sometimes, those without the potential are able to experience the Dark Hour. Without the power to fightback, they become feasts for the shadows. Their minds are slowly devoured. Persona:A Persona is another you. Their power grows not just through battle with shadows, but also through your interaction with others.Velvet Room:Igor, the master of the Velvet Room, can fuse Personas together to create a new Persona.Fuse:There are countless ways to strengthen Personas in the Velvet Room. However, this place is not the only way to strengthen them. Every choice the main character makes, day and night, will affect the result of his battles.Persona Attributes:Persona user must be familiar with their Persona's attribute to survive. Each Persona has specific strengths and weaknesses. You must chose your allies and Personas wisely.
Software Name Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
Software Sub Type Action/Adventure Game
Software Main Type Game
ESRB Rating M (Mature 17+)
Tech Specs
Product Type Software
Manufacturer Part Number 53021
Manufacturer Website Address www.atlus.com
Manufacturer Atlus U.S.A., Inc
Product Name Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
Brand Name Atlus
Additional Information Single Player
Package Contents Stylish collector's box Art of Persona 3, a 52-page hardbound full-color artbook Soundtrack CD featuring songs and music by Shoji Meguro
Compatibility Analog Control Memory Card
Platform Support PlayStation 2
Features The Dark Hour:Most people are unaware of the hour between midnight and 12:01. While the populace at large is immobile, SEES can move freely during the dark hourShadow:These bizzare Foes appear during the dark hour. Their appearence and abilities are very distinctive. Even if people are able to experience the Dark Hour, their minds would be devoured if they don't have the ability to battle the shadows.Transmogrify:Those who do not experience the dark hour spend it "Transmogrified" into coffin-like objects. All their senses are suspended, and they have no memory of what happens during the unearthly hour.Tatarus:A ominous Tower that appears during the Dark Hour. What is hidden in the mysterious labyrinth reaching to the sky? Gekkoukan High School:The main character attends to this school. Would Persona-users be able to spend a peaceful school life in the future?Port Island:Gekkoukan High School is located on port island. The main character and his friends commute to this artificial island from the student dorm every day by monorail. There seems to be a mystery surrounding the artificial island's construction.SEES:This Group was formed to fight the shadows. What do they mean by "potential" ? And who is the person under surveillance?Victims:Sometimes, those without the potential are able to experience the Dark Hour. Without the power to fightback, they become feasts for the shadows. Their minds are slowly devoured. Persona:A Persona is another you. Their power grows not just through battle with shadows, but also through your interaction with others.Velvet Room:Igor, the master of the Velvet Room, can fuse Personas together to create a new Persona.Fuse:There are countless ways to strengthen Personas in the Velvet Room. However, this place is not the only way to strengthen them. Every choice the main character makes, day and night, will affect the result of his battles.Persona Attributes:Persona user must be familiar with their Persona's attribute to survive. Each Persona has specific strengths and weaknesses. You must chose your allies and Personas wisely.
Software Name Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
Software Sub Type Action/Adventure Game
Software Main Type Game
ESRB Rating M (Mature 17+)
Product Attributes
ESRB Rating M (Mature)
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GamePro ...an engaging title that truly pushes genre conventions in an exciting way.
Gamer 2.0 ...one of those rare games where every single element comes together to deliver something truly special.
GameShark If you're tired of the same old RPG shtick, but still want a compelling story and addictive gameplay, look no further.
GameTrailers Blending some unlikely, arcane ingredients into a flavorful and original epic, Persona 3 is a rare supernatural delicacy.
Gaming Nexus ...one of the most polished and enjoyable PS2 titles I have ever had the joy of playing and reviewing.
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