[Game Review] Shin Megami Tensei Persona 3 Portable

P3P cover

Persona 3 Portable is an enhanced port of Persona 3, released for the PSP. Developed by Atlus, the game allows the player to choose the gender of the protagonist a boy avatar or a girl avatar, which possibly opens up new routes and scenarios in the story.

Persona 3 begins with the Protagonist transferring to Gekkoukan High School. You will meet characters in the game that will eventually open up the game for. There will be an incident in which you will know what power the protagonist has. The story will go along as you spend days in the school and nights at Tartarus.

Blow your head up! scatter that little piece of brain you have! (oops sorry :p)
Blow your head up! scatter that little piece of brain you have! (oops sorry :p)

Persona 3 is a game that combines traditional role-playing games and turn-base games. The game has two portion, Your life as a highschooler and at night defeating Shadows in the dark hour. Each day is divided up between various time zones, the most common of which are “After School/Daytime” and “Evening”. There are scripted events, such as plot progression or special events. 

kill that bastard!
kill that bastard!

You can do do whatever you want during the day with most activities causing time to pass on. The types of activities and characters that can be interacted will vary depending on the day of the week and time of day. Also, some activities are limited by the protagonist’s three attributes; Academics, Charm, and Courage. 

This can be built by performing various activities or making certain correct choices during the day. During the evening, players can choose to visit Tartarus, the game’s main dungeon. In Tartarus you can gain experience and items when you defeated and enemy. On the day of the full moon, players will participate in a boss battle in order to progress on the story.

give her the D Junpei.
give her the D Junpei.

There are characters that will help you as you progress in the game. You can equip these characters with weapons and armors in order to make them stronger and help you in the game. There are certain items that can only be used by that character. The characters also levels up when you add them to your party. You must know their weaknesses and stregnths in order to utilize their skills.

Your argument is invalid. I'm a friggin' Ninja Dog!
Your argument is invalid. I’m a friggin’ Ninja Dog!

There are lots of Personas that you can use and utilize in the game. Personas are based to the stories in Greek Mythology, Holy Bible, Chinese beasts, Indian gods and popular names that we have in our literature today. You will have the opportunity to acquire them in a card form and fuse them to make a really mean and powerful persona you can use. 

Yes I am Saved!
Yes I am Saved! 

The Personas you equip levels up too as you defeat enemies in Tartarus. This personas can be summoned by an Evoker. Envoker is already and always available ingame so you don’t have to worry about it. Personas have attacks that can be used in battles. this attack can change as you Persona levels up. At first you will have your default Persona Orpheus.

Navigation in P3P overworld is menu-based. Players cannot walk around. There are now two overworld save points; There’s the log book in the Iwatodai Dormitory, there is also one on the main character’s desk at school.
yes. I played the girl too.
yes. I played the girl too.
There are facilities in town where the player can increase the protagonist’s social stats still function the same way, but some of them now offer part-time jobs on certain days, rewarding the player with money, which can increase if the player repeatedly works part-time at a specific store or restaurant. It also bestows higher boosts to the player’s conditional stats, than if the player simply attended the store as a customer.
In Paulownia Mall, the Police Station is the only place where the player can buy equipment and sell items. Aohige Pharmacy is a buy-only store, and Be Blue V is just a part-time work site and hangout to improve the main character’s condition.

Always choose the dog and the babes :D
Always choose the dog and the babes 😀 

There is also a map in Tartarus. The maps in Tartarus is randomly generated so you will have to find your way up. As you go up the stairs, harder enemies are waiting for you. You will have to be sure that you are leveled enough to fight these shadows. 


You will have the choose what difficulty you will have to play the gamein Beginner mode, Enemies are so weak you can finish the game in no time. Easy is well easy. a little tougher than the Beginner mode. Normal mode is the standard difficultyHard mode is no joke, Deals 1.5 damage to you and a chance that you will taken by surprise attacks. Maniac is the sh*t. times 2 damage that the Normal mode. This will eat you whole. Expert with the game can handle this but if you are a beginner, yeah try this mode. 

Verdict: “Must have for PSP. Thumbs up!”

This is first Persona game I have played. I must say, the game is Great no doubt! The story line, the graphics, game play, sound(really fits the high school theme), and I really loved the concept of fusing Personas. You will spend lots of hours with this game I assure you. Yeah i did cheat on the end though ahah! Who cares(i only used the guide for fusing personas)! The game will bring excitement and thrill whenever you enter the dark hour. My only frustration is that the story line is the same whether you the boy or the girl character but yeah the gameplay is still quite changed even if you play either of the two. The characters are really great with different personality and affection towards the player. Well, Atlus did a great job witht his game and I am quite curious with other game for 3DS. Should I try it or not? What are your thoughts? 
Again thanks for reading this and I hope you liked my review on this. Till next time. Happy gaming buddy!


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