Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 News for PS2

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The acclaimed Persona 3, a standalone entry in the Shin Megami Tensei series, is to be released for PlayStation 2 across Europe on February 29.

Although the Shin Megami Tensei series has a strong following amongst hardcore gamers, Persona 3 hopes to attract a wider audience by requiring no previous knowledge of the series. The game is set in an entirely new fictitious city and has no connection to previous characters or scenarios.

Set in a Japanese school players get to experience high school life, enhancing their player's ability through the choices made in the school day: studying in the library builds Academics, drinking coffee builds Charm and singing karaoke builds Courage.

While the day is spent building your character's stats and abilities, at night the school is transformed into a monster-infested labyrinth. Players will need to summon their personas to fight and protect the player from demons. Over time players will grow to master their personas, even able to combine them to form more powerful creations.

Having been released to great acclaim in Japan and the US, European RPG fans should certainly have one eye on Persona 3 come the end of February.

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Atlus (the developer) + RPG = you can't really go wrong if you like your RPGs.

I think it just scraped a 12+ rating in Europe which is surprising - you blow your brains out anime style with an Evoker pistol to summon Personas to fight for you which is ... slightly different to waving a staff around.

Like most Atlus games it has plenty of longevity, e.g. there's a husbandry system for combining Personas to produce new ones with inherited stats, there are over 120 Personas, and then you've got the social side of things where you build links with groups in school during the day to access more powerful Personas and discover the storylines behind your friends.

For £24.99 in most stores it's a bargain considering you're getting the 6th highest ranked PS2 RPG of all time (based on average review scores), so right up there with the Final Fantasies, Dark Chronicles and DragonQuests and Kingdom Hearts.

Grab it and see what all the fuss is about - the mixture of High School Sim and Dungeon Crawling should keep you captivated, although the fact that you're constantly keeping an eye on the ingame clock (the day/night cycle is perpetual) and the anime presentation may take some getting used to.
Posted 01:44 on 30 January 2008

Game Stats

Release Date: 29/02/2008
Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Koei
Genre: RPG
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 12+
Site Rank: 4,078 47
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