Shin Megami Tensei.|"With Your School as the Primary Battlefield, You'll Be Forced to Juggle Between Two Lives: Student by Day, Defender Against Evil by Night. And Your Greatest Challenges Await You on the Eve of Each Full Moon."
"...manages to take one of last year's best RPGs and make it even better, trumping the original with loads of gameplay and fantastic value. Destructoid
Lead a group of high school students with a dangerous extracurricular activity: exploring the mysterious tower Tartarus and fighting the sinister Shadows during the Dark Hour, a frozen span of time imperceptible to all but a select few. However, the end of their quest is no longer the end of the story-witness for the first time the aftermath of the final battle and the students struggle to find meaning in their new lives.
"Get "FES" no matter how familiar you are with "Persona 3". Electronic Gaming Monthly
"...a challenging and engaging game...an all around quality title that it'd be a shame to miss. Games Radar
"A fantastic version of an astonishing game. GameSpy
"...one of the best RPGs the PS2 has ever received, and one of the console's proudest moments period. Play Magazine
Gaming Age 10 of 10
With the growing popularity of Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei branded titles it shouldn't have been a big surprise that Persona 3 ended up being the hit that it was, but even though I had sampled the quality of their previous titles before, I was surprised with how much I enjoyed the original P3...Persona 3: FES doesn't do much in the way of introducing new mechanics to the original title, but it throws enough new things into the mix that makes a second play thru of the original completely worth the time. Along with the new additions to the reworked Persona 3 you also get the Episode Aigis epilogue, labeled as "The Answer", which you can opt to play from the beginning if you're not feeling the need to run thru the original again (which is labeled as "The Journey".)...If you've completed Persona 3 already, you can start the equivalent of a "New Game +" in the Journey, which will carry over your Persona compendium (a list of the Persona you found in the original title), your current stat levels, and any of your maxed Social link items you've received but haven't used yet. Outside of that you'll start over again at level 1, and play thru the entire scenario again that more or less plays out just like the original title...My number 1 complaint from the original Persona 3 is still present in FES, which is the slightly annoying design when it comes to the character menus. You still have to approach each character individually to change out equipment or check their current level, and I was definitely hoping that they would take this opportunity to streamline the process a bit more...The whole package is still a lot of fun, and really addictive once you get all the mechanics down...Pick this one up while you can still find it, even if you've already played the hell out of Persona 3. Absolutely worth the time, and it'll hold your attention for the entire ride.
- Dustin Chadwell