Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES

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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.
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Product Title Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES
Manufacturer Atlus
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Power Score 4.6 | 19 Reviews
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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

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Persona 3 Redux
5 Star Review   By member botticus - Sep 10, 2008   

Strengths: Nearly two games in one

Weakness: Content not for everyone

Persona 3 was an excellent 3D dungeon crawler in the famed Shin Megami Tensei series of role-playing games from Atlus. Just released last year, it was a great purchase on its own. But this year, Atlus has taken it one step further by releasing the game yet again, along with its expansion (very nearly a completely new game) for an even lower price. Any fans of the genre should pick this up ASAP.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES
4 Star Review   By member 0wen - Sep 4, 2008   

Strengths: Great Game & Price for those that missed out on the original Persona 3 release

Weakness: There is a lot to do in the game so you may have many sleepless nights

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES is a continuation of the great Playstation series this time on the PS2. With Persona 3 FES, Altus added extra content and tweaks to the original which was already a great game. If you are not a fan of the traditional RPG grinding, this game may not be for you since it is a long game and will require so level grinding to beat some bosses. The high school setting works well for the story and the variety of characters you meet along the way are helpful in your battles. If you had a mild interest in the Persona series, this is a great title to pick up as it is jam packed with RPG goodness.

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Persona 3 FES
5 Star Review   By member mojave - Sep 3, 2008   

Strengths: A re-release of the classic RPG Persona 3 but with improvements and tons of new content

Persona 3 FES is a re-release of the Playstation 2 classic role playing game Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3. But it is much more than a simple reprinting, though that in itself would be much appreciated as the first game cost more originally ($50 vs $30 for FES) and is now nearly impossible to find at retail and commands a premium on the secondary market. Sure, Persona 3 FES doesn't come with the art book that the original came with, but it does come with an astounding amount of new content. There are two portions to the game: The Journey and The Answer. The Journey is the revamped main game from the original release. However, there have been several changes including more Personas (which are kind of like spirit representations of people you meet during the normal daytime), different tests taken during the daytime school work, and tons of new equipment to take into the dungeons (at night when the Shadows come out to do battle). You can bring over portions of your save file from the original game when restarting in FES and this will give you an advantage. Also, if you just want to play the entirely new content, you can simply move on to the second part, The Answer. This is a completely new follow-up to the original story and can be played right away if you desire. All in all, Persona 3 FES has got to be one of the greatest values out there for the RPG enthusiast. It not only makes a previously hard to find title more accessible and cheaper, but adds a vast array of improvements and new content to the original title.

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FES = Fundamentally Extraordinary and Satisfactory :P
5 Star Review   By member Admiral_Ackbar - Aug 27, 2008   

Strengths: Great gameplay. Story. Content. Graphics.

FEs is a rerelease of Persona 3, possibly the best game of 2007. Fes is a fantastic RPG. It does have adult themes so I would not recommend it for children. But otherwise it's a great game for teens onward. The story and gameplay are fantastic, there's ton of extra content, and the price is good. Buy it!

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You Got Some Dating Sim in my RPG
5 Star Review   By member jwong71 - Aug 26, 2008   

Strengths: Good blend of sim and RPG. Good character development and story. Great art style. Catchy tunes. Large variety of personaes. Value priced with bonus content.

Weakness: FES should have been released from the beginning.

Persona 3 FES is the director's cut to the original that includes some slight tweaks, additional personaes and an expansion adventure/dungeon after the original ending. The game is part JRPG, part dating sim where social interactions are key to developing your persona. As the hero and eventual defacto leader of a special group of kids who can summon personaes (in a disturbing yet oddly uncontroversial way), your goal is to unravel the mystery that surrounds your town at midnight by fighting the "Shadows" in the Tartarus tower but still attend school and make friends like any other teen. Similar to Persona 2, the game relies on personaes that are sealed in Tarot cards which Igor helps to fuse into much stronger ones in the Velvet Room. The key gameplay like many of the Shin Megami Tensei games is to summon the correct persona, exploit an enemy's weakness and take advantage of the battle. With its engrossing story, character development, mature content, social interactions, addicting gameplay and additional content, every RPG fan should have this game in their collection. My only minor gripe was that Atlus should have released FES in the first place but I cannot really complain since FES made it to North America. Remember to support this underappreciated franchise when Persona 4 comes to America.

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One of the best!
5 Star Review   By member mirado182 - Aug 21, 2008   

Strengths: High replay value

Weakness: The music is not for all

Here we have one of the best JRPG's released this year. This is a updated version of the original Persona 3. It's also cheaper as well! It's also worth it just for the additional content added after you beat the original Persona 3. The graphics are also nice. Overall, highly recommended.

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Contrary to Mitsuru's victory cry, Persona 3 FES is "worthy of [your] time."
5 Star Review   By member anvilfactory - Aug 5, 2008   

Strengths: 90+ hours of gameplay, strong character development, unique music

Weakness: Plain graphics, repetitive

Synopsis: In “The Journey,” you play as a male high school student who has recently transferred into Gekkoukan High for reasons unknown. Like an ordinary teenager, you go to school in the morning, hang out with your friends in the afternoon, and kick butt during the Dark Hour as leader of SEES–the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad–with your special ability: Persona. As the name suggests, Personas reflect their user’s personality. Yet somehow, the silent protagonist is able to use several and can even switch between them during battle. It is for this reason that you’ve been chosen to be leader. As SEES climbs the demonic tower Tartarus in an attempt to simultaneously end the Dark Hour and save the world, what will they learn? In “The Answer,” the player takes control of returning character Aigis, an android with the ability to wield a Persona. “The Answer” is the direct sequel to Persona 3, taking place shortly after “The Journey.” The characters return to an ordinary life and are preparing to move out of the dorms. Unfortunately, things don’t go the way they want. The chime that signals midnight reveals that it’s STILL March 31st. (Cruel April Fools joke? …if it still counts as one.) Along with new character Metis, Aigis and the crew discover a desert underneath the dorms: The Desert of Doors. What’s in store for our heroes after “Happily Ever After”? >>>>> Story: Teenagers saving the world? Not exactly original, but it’s still fun to watch the story unfold. Though some characters are akin to stereotypes or archetypes in the beginning, they gradually become more than what they seem. I find it easy to relate to some of them on some level, and they are varied enough to be interesting. It’s pretty impressive in a game with such a large cast. Then again, how can they not have the time to do that? It’s a pretty long game. ;) >>>>> Graphics, Music, and Voice Acting: Compared to other games, Persona 3 isn’t that impressive in the graphics department. And some people don’t like anime style all that much. I rather like P3F’s graphics; they get the job done. I’m not too impressed by the FMV’s though. Luckily “The Answer” is a little better in that department. Music-wise…P3 is unlike anything I’ve ever heard of before. You don’t often hear “baby baby baby” echoing during a battle. Among those “hip” songs are also some slower pieces that are maybe even moving. As the game neared its finale, I found myself immersed in the background music, which emanated hope and despair. For the most part, voice acting was excellent.My favorite has to be Vic Mignogna’s rendition of Junpei. The way he delivers his lines is very natural. Michelle Ruff’s Yukari, Tara Platt’s Mitsuru (her Elizabeth’s good too), and Liam O’Brien’s Akihiko are also very impressive. >>>>> Gameplay/Mechanics: The game mixes turn-based RPG combat and simulation elements. In the morning, you either answer a question when a teacher chooses to pick on you, which increases your charm/popularity rating, or sleep during/pay attention to the lecture, improving your mood and intelligence respectively. Afterward, you can roam around the city or participate in club activities. In terms of difficulty, I’d have to say it depends on whether you get the first hit. It’s a good idea to surprise enemies because they can annihilate you if you aren’t careful. It’s frustrating to climb up 9 levels and then be killed by shadows. Save points are only around on ground level in “The Journey,” which are made available when you reach a teleporter or access point. Access points are convenient when you’re only grinding, but teleporters are where it’s at, unless you’d rather climb all those stairs again… If you were irritated by save points in “The Journey,” “The Answer”’s a little nicer in that department. Unfortunately, they do away with teleporters and have fewer items. So if you picked the wrong party member or are running low on items, tough luck. Use an access point and climb down the stairs again! Its difficulty is supposedly on par with “The Journey”’s hard mode. I wouldn’t know since I’ve never played “The Journey” on hard mode, but I feel it’s about the same, though the lack of SP recovery items forces you to rely more on physical attacks. >>>>> Overall: If you don’t trust me, look at other reputable review sites. High scores aside, it all comes down to taste in the end. It’s repetitive and isn’t high in the action department (despite the many hours I spent in Tartarus dying), but it’s well worth the price. Persona 3 FES has earned a 4.5 (rounded to 5 here) in my book. A more in-depth version of this review is available at Undeniably Uncool.

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Persona 3: FES (PS2)
5 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - Jul 29, 2008   

Strengths: 100+ hours of gameplay over two segments, reduced price for more gameplay and content, in-depth gameplay

Weakness: Might be a double-dip for some, can be repetitive at time, passable graphics

Persona 3: FES is a "re-release" of the original Persona 3 for the PS2. It has the original 70+ hour adventure from the first Persona 3, though adds in additional content to that, as well as a completely new adventure. The game takes place between a school and a tower, which comes to life at nighttime. During the day, it'll be schoolwork, classes, interaction with friends, though at night, it'll be fighting monsters in the tower with Personas, alter-egos used to fight in battles. The gameplay is very in-depth and immersive, though occasionally gets repetitive with the needed grinding and leveling up. With all this content at slightly more than half the price of the original, it's a steal.

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One of the last great PS2 games
5 Star Review   By member rpnguyen - Jul 22, 2008   

Strengths: Great Value, incredible replay value, lots of extras

Weakness: Game can get to be a grind, character AI can be weak

The original Persona 3 was a must-have PS2 RPG, if only for its unique story and crazy gameplay. It's a combo of dating sim and dungeon crawler, yeah that's right. Kinda quirky, but it works extremely well. Basically you are a student in a school and every night, time freezes for most people (except you of course) and Shadows come out to attack the minds of the frozen. Your job is to battle these Shadows. You can summon your "Persona" to help in your fights, and each Persona has multiple abilities. When you aren't battling Shadows, you will be simulating life, going through the school day, studying, etc, which is where the date sim part comes in. P3: FES is the director's cut of Persona 3 and includes extras such as more Personas, an epilogue dungeon crawl, and weapon synthesis. If you played the original, you can also transfer your saves to P3 so you don't have to build up your Personas again. It's a great value and I recommend it to anyone, even someone who has never played an RPG. It's pretty tough, especially in hard mode, so don't be discouraged if you don't breeze your way through.

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Persona 3 FES Review
5 Star Review   By member edhoo - Jul 19, 2008   

Strengths: Terrific price, great value

Weakness: Graphics are weak

Persona 3 FES is not just an expansion of the original Persona 3, it contains the original game as well as the expansion content. So for the price, it is very hard to beat a value like this. FES adds some stuff to the original game as well so it will be worth playing through again for those that have beaten it before. It's a much more refined package, which makes this the version to get. It plays very well, the sound and story are nice, the only problem is the graphics don't look that good. But overall, it is a very good game.

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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.
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Product Title Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES
Manufacturer Atlus
Lowest Price $15.80 from Amazon.com
Power Score 4.6 | 19 Reviews
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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

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Persona 3 Redux
5 Star Review   By member botticus - Sep 10, 2008   

Strengths: Nearly two games in one

Weakness: Content not for everyone

Persona 3 was an excellent 3D dungeon crawler in the famed Shin Megami Tensei series of role-playing games from Atlus. Just released last year, it was a great purchase on its own. But this year, Atlus has taken it one step further by releasing the game yet again, along with its expansion (very nearly a completely new game) for an even lower price. Any fans of the genre should pick this up ASAP.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES
4 Star Review   By member 0wen - Sep 4, 2008   

Strengths: Great Game & Price for those that missed out on the original Persona 3 release

Weakness: There is a lot to do in the game so you may have many sleepless nights

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES is a continuation of the great Playstation series this time on the PS2. With Persona 3 FES, Altus added extra content and tweaks to the original which was already a great game. If you are not a fan of the traditional RPG grinding, this game may not be for you since it is a long game and will require so level grinding to beat some bosses. The high school setting works well for the story and the variety of characters you meet along the way are helpful in your battles. If you had a mild interest in the Persona series, this is a great title to pick up as it is jam packed with RPG goodness.

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Persona 3 FES
5 Star Review   By member mojave - Sep 3, 2008   

Strengths: A re-release of the classic RPG Persona 3 but with improvements and tons of new content

Persona 3 FES is a re-release of the Playstation 2 classic role playing game Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3. But it is much more than a simple reprinting, though that in itself would be much appreciated as the first game cost more originally ($50 vs $30 for FES) and is now nearly impossible to find at retail and commands a premium on the secondary market. Sure, Persona 3 FES doesn't come with the art book that the original came with, but it does come with an astounding amount of new content. There are two portions to the game: The Journey and The Answer. The Journey is the revamped main game from the original release. However, there have been several changes including more Personas (which are kind of like spirit representations of people you meet during the normal daytime), different tests taken during the daytime school work, and tons of new equipment to take into the dungeons (at night when the Shadows come out to do battle). You can bring over portions of your save file from the original game when restarting in FES and this will give you an advantage. Also, if you just want to play the entirely new content, you can simply move on to the second part, The Answer. This is a completely new follow-up to the original story and can be played right away if you desire. All in all, Persona 3 FES has got to be one of the greatest values out there for the RPG enthusiast. It not only makes a previously hard to find title more accessible and cheaper, but adds a vast array of improvements and new content to the original title.

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FES = Fundamentally Extraordinary and Satisfactory :P
5 Star Review   By member Admiral_Ackbar - Aug 27, 2008   

Strengths: Great gameplay. Story. Content. Graphics.

FEs is a rerelease of Persona 3, possibly the best game of 2007. Fes is a fantastic RPG. It does have adult themes so I would not recommend it for children. But otherwise it's a great game for teens onward. The story and gameplay are fantastic, there's ton of extra content, and the price is good. Buy it!

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You Got Some Dating Sim in my RPG
5 Star Review   By member jwong71 - Aug 26, 2008   

Strengths: Good blend of sim and RPG. Good character development and story. Great art style. Catchy tunes. Large variety of personaes. Value priced with bonus content.

Weakness: FES should have been released from the beginning.

Persona 3 FES is the director's cut to the original that includes some slight tweaks, additional personaes and an expansion adventure/dungeon after the original ending. The game is part JRPG, part dating sim where social interactions are key to developing your persona. As the hero and eventual defacto leader of a special group of kids who can summon personaes (in a disturbing yet oddly uncontroversial way), your goal is to unravel the mystery that surrounds your town at midnight by fighting the "Shadows" in the Tartarus tower but still attend school and make friends like any other teen. Similar to Persona 2, the game relies on personaes that are sealed in Tarot cards which Igor helps to fuse into much stronger ones in the Velvet Room. The key gameplay like many of the Shin Megami Tensei games is to summon the correct persona, exploit an enemy's weakness and take advantage of the battle. With its engrossing story, character development, mature content, social interactions, addicting gameplay and additional content, every RPG fan should have this game in their collection. My only minor gripe was that Atlus should have released FES in the first place but I cannot really complain since FES made it to North America. Remember to support this underappreciated franchise when Persona 4 comes to America.

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One of the best!
5 Star Review   By member mirado182 - Aug 21, 2008   

Strengths: High replay value

Weakness: The music is not for all

Here we have one of the best JRPG's released this year. This is a updated version of the original Persona 3. It's also cheaper as well! It's also worth it just for the additional content added after you beat the original Persona 3. The graphics are also nice. Overall, highly recommended.

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Contrary to Mitsuru's victory cry, Persona 3 FES is "worthy of [your] time."
5 Star Review   By member anvilfactory - Aug 5, 2008   

Strengths: 90+ hours of gameplay, strong character development, unique music

Weakness: Plain graphics, repetitive

Synopsis: In “The Journey,” you play as a male high school student who has recently transferred into Gekkoukan High for reasons unknown. Like an ordinary teenager, you go to school in the morning, hang out with your friends in the afternoon, and kick butt during the Dark Hour as leader of SEES–the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad–with your special ability: Persona. As the name suggests, Personas reflect their user’s personality. Yet somehow, the silent protagonist is able to use several and can even switch between them during battle. It is for this reason that you’ve been chosen to be leader. As SEES climbs the demonic tower Tartarus in an attempt to simultaneously end the Dark Hour and save the world, what will they learn? In “The Answer,” the player takes control of returning character Aigis, an android with the ability to wield a Persona. “The Answer” is the direct sequel to Persona 3, taking place shortly after “The Journey.” The characters return to an ordinary life and are preparing to move out of the dorms. Unfortunately, things don’t go the way they want. The chime that signals midnight reveals that it’s STILL March 31st. (Cruel April Fools joke? …if it still counts as one.) Along with new character Metis, Aigis and the crew discover a desert underneath the dorms: The Desert of Doors. What’s in store for our heroes after “Happily Ever After”? >>>>> Story: Teenagers saving the world? Not exactly original, but it’s still fun to watch the story unfold. Though some characters are akin to stereotypes or archetypes in the beginning, they gradually become more than what they seem. I find it easy to relate to some of them on some level, and they are varied enough to be interesting. It’s pretty impressive in a game with such a large cast. Then again, how can they not have the time to do that? It’s a pretty long game. ;) >>>>> Graphics, Music, and Voice Acting: Compared to other games, Persona 3 isn’t that impressive in the graphics department. And some people don’t like anime style all that much. I rather like P3F’s graphics; they get the job done. I’m not too impressed by the FMV’s though. Luckily “The Answer” is a little better in that department. Music-wise…P3 is unlike anything I’ve ever heard of before. You don’t often hear “baby baby baby” echoing during a battle. Among those “hip” songs are also some slower pieces that are maybe even moving. As the game neared its finale, I found myself immersed in the background music, which emanated hope and despair. For the most part, voice acting was excellent.My favorite has to be Vic Mignogna’s rendition of Junpei. The way he delivers his lines is very natural. Michelle Ruff’s Yukari, Tara Platt’s Mitsuru (her Elizabeth’s good too), and Liam O’Brien’s Akihiko are also very impressive. >>>>> Gameplay/Mechanics: The game mixes turn-based RPG combat and simulation elements. In the morning, you either answer a question when a teacher chooses to pick on you, which increases your charm/popularity rating, or sleep during/pay attention to the lecture, improving your mood and intelligence respectively. Afterward, you can roam around the city or participate in club activities. In terms of difficulty, I’d have to say it depends on whether you get the first hit. It’s a good idea to surprise enemies because they can annihilate you if you aren’t careful. It’s frustrating to climb up 9 levels and then be killed by shadows. Save points are only around on ground level in “The Journey,” which are made available when you reach a teleporter or access point. Access points are convenient when you’re only grinding, but teleporters are where it’s at, unless you’d rather climb all those stairs again… If you were irritated by save points in “The Journey,” “The Answer”’s a little nicer in that department. Unfortunately, they do away with teleporters and have fewer items. So if you picked the wrong party member or are running low on items, tough luck. Use an access point and climb down the stairs again! Its difficulty is supposedly on par with “The Journey”’s hard mode. I wouldn’t know since I’ve never played “The Journey” on hard mode, but I feel it’s about the same, though the lack of SP recovery items forces you to rely more on physical attacks. >>>>> Overall: If you don’t trust me, look at other reputable review sites. High scores aside, it all comes down to taste in the end. It’s repetitive and isn’t high in the action department (despite the many hours I spent in Tartarus dying), but it’s well worth the price. Persona 3 FES has earned a 4.5 (rounded to 5 here) in my book. A more in-depth version of this review is available at Undeniably Uncool.

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Persona 3: FES (PS2)
5 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - Jul 29, 2008   

Strengths: 100+ hours of gameplay over two segments, reduced price for more gameplay and content, in-depth gameplay

Weakness: Might be a double-dip for some, can be repetitive at time, passable graphics

Persona 3: FES is a "re-release" of the original Persona 3 for the PS2. It has the original 70+ hour adventure from the first Persona 3, though adds in additional content to that, as well as a completely new adventure. The game takes place between a school and a tower, which comes to life at nighttime. During the day, it'll be schoolwork, classes, interaction with friends, though at night, it'll be fighting monsters in the tower with Personas, alter-egos used to fight in battles. The gameplay is very in-depth and immersive, though occasionally gets repetitive with the needed grinding and leveling up. With all this content at slightly more than half the price of the original, it's a steal.

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One of the last great PS2 games
5 Star Review   By member rpnguyen - Jul 22, 2008   

Strengths: Great Value, incredible replay value, lots of extras

Weakness: Game can get to be a grind, character AI can be weak

The original Persona 3 was a must-have PS2 RPG, if only for its unique story and crazy gameplay. It's a combo of dating sim and dungeon crawler, yeah that's right. Kinda quirky, but it works extremely well. Basically you are a student in a school and every night, time freezes for most people (except you of course) and Shadows come out to attack the minds of the frozen. Your job is to battle these Shadows. You can summon your "Persona" to help in your fights, and each Persona has multiple abilities. When you aren't battling Shadows, you will be simulating life, going through the school day, studying, etc, which is where the date sim part comes in. P3: FES is the director's cut of Persona 3 and includes extras such as more Personas, an epilogue dungeon crawl, and weapon synthesis. If you played the original, you can also transfer your saves to P3 so you don't have to build up your Personas again. It's a great value and I recommend it to anyone, even someone who has never played an RPG. It's pretty tough, especially in hard mode, so don't be discouraged if you don't breeze your way through.

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Persona 3 FES Review
5 Star Review   By member edhoo - Jul 19, 2008   

Strengths: Terrific price, great value

Weakness: Graphics are weak

Persona 3 FES is not just an expansion of the original Persona 3, it contains the original game as well as the expansion content. So for the price, it is very hard to beat a value like this. FES adds some stuff to the original game as well so it will be worth playing through again for those that have beaten it before. It's a much more refined package, which makes this the version to get. It plays very well, the sound and story are nice, the only problem is the graphics don't look that good. But overall, it is a very good game.

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SMT: Persona 3 FES
5 Star Review   By member eau697 - Jul 10, 2008   

Strengths: Very long game, battle system, affordable

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES is an enhanced and expanded version of the original Persona 3 game with an add-on chapter called "The Answer". The original Persona 3 has an artbook and soundtrack CD, which are not included in the Persona 3 FES version. The game is very long, clocking at 70 to 100+ hours. Gameplay is excellent, following a group of students going about their normal school life in the day time and battle Shadows at night during the dark hour. Graphics is excellent and detailed, given the capability available on a PS2. Battle system is a turn based RPG, which is very effective in this game. Persona 3 FES is an excellent re-release with new enhancement and expansion, and at a cheaper $30 mark. It is one of the best RPG's in 2007. Highly recommended!

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Fes
5 Star Review   By member psincubus - Jun 30, 2008   

Strengths: 70+ hours, great art style, characters

Weakness: 70+ hours

Persona 3 is an RPG for the Playstation 2 game system. It is very long, and I list this as both a strength and a weakness. The game is great and I loved it throughout, however, 70+ hours is on the border of just too long. There are many changes between this game and the original Persona 3, included different test questions, an added Social Link, and the inclusion of another 30+ hour game called "The Answer." Overall, a must own.

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New Improved Version of Persona 3
4 Star Review   By member bunty7 - Jun 29, 2008   

Strengths: More quests & cut scenes added

Weakness: No music disc or artbook included

I was finally able to grab a copy of "Persona 3" - the older one that comes with a music CD & artbook. But then I learnt that we are getting FES version of it which will have added & improved gameplay. So I returned my purchase & waited eagerly for FES version. I must say that it was a good decision overall. The FES version includes the original game as well as lot of extra hours worth of excitement. For those who are not aquainted with the original - this is a turn based RPG where you fight monsters at night & attend school during day. Your interactions in daytime affects your overall development too. There are some twisted actions exclusive to this game but that is what makes this unique & a RPG game for adults. The music is great & the extra quests & cut scenes added in this package are a bonus. Go get it

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Buyers get a second shot at 2007's best RPG. . .
4 Star Review   By member MadWolfie01 - Jun 16, 2008   

Strengths: 2007's best RPG gets a re-release, $30 price tag, captivating plot, lots of new extras, 100+ hours of game play

Weakness: Weak voice acting, uninspired graphics, new Answer segment loses core game play elements (academic sim, social links, personae)

Developer Atlus has had a long and varied list of releases in recent years, but all of their games feature short print runs and soon become difficult to find. Thus, it becomes all the more important when Atlus takes the time to re-release one of their top-rated role-playing games with additional content at a bargain price. RPG genre fans are familiar with the way Japanese role-playing games frequently see stateside releases at high prices with limited print numbers. This means that if you don't buy that new RPG at launch (or shortly thereafter), you may be forced to pay online auction prices for a copy later on. Persona 3 FES sees the award-winning 2007 RPG of the Year re-released in 2008 enhanced with a lengthy new episode, dozens of new quests and other assorted new content. Fans of the Persona series probably own the original Persona 3 already, but players new to the series will find the definitive version in Persona 3 FES. For half the price of a new next-gen title, anyone can own this enhanced classic from the masters at Atlus. You might be able to find it later for less, but you won't any reason to feel bad about about paying full price for this release.

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Persona 3 FES review
4 Star Review   By member b534202 - Jun 13, 2008   

Strengths: Very long game

Weakness: Bad music

This game includes the original Shin Megami Tensei Persona 3, which is now called The Journey (with some changes and more items from the original) and a new story called The Answer. It has two segments, one where you walk around school and make various choices during the day, and at night, you go to a tower and fight monsters. It is a turn based RPG in that mode. The game has a good plot, but it would be better if you don't go the the same tower all the time and have to go from floor to floor while fighting monsters. It gets tiresome.

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More Persona goodness
5 Star Review   By member vherub - Jun 10, 2008   

Strengths: Fantastic value

Weakness: If you were expecting Nocturne or DDS, it's not exactly those games

I picked up first edition of Persona 3 when it came out, because I like artbooks and enjoy the art direction of the Shin Megami Tensei series, having gone through Nocturne and the 2 Digital Devil games. I hadn't tried the Persona games on the 1st Playstation though. But my large backlist prevented me from firing up a meaty rpg. Then I heard that Persona was being re-released with the additional "festival" content. So I waited for this version. And I am glad I did. Fes takes everything and adds more content. More personas, more social connections and an additional endgame. But the game itself plays, in my opinion, better than its previous ps2 games for a number of reasons. The primary being, no random battles! This is huge as the other SMT games can be plagued by way, way too many random battles. And while the turn-based combat is fun, travelling feels like a slog and battles can literally be back-to-back with every step. As for the social aspect, it sounded odd, but it fits the overall theme and didn't detract from the enjoyment. I found the combat to be as satisfying as I expect from these games, simple, and yet very deep as you progress. As for difficulty, I thought Fes was more forgiving than other games, again, the lack of random battles helps, and most boss battles have save points beforehand. But even if you haven't played any previous Persona or Shin Megami games, this is highly recommended, nor do you have to have played any of those games to "get" what is going on in Persona 3.

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PESRONA
5 Star Review   By member Ninshadow - May 3, 2008   

Strengths: Story, its 30 bucks, 100 plus hours of greatest

Weakness: Choosing the right thing to say in social links

You'll probably have a hard time if this is your first Shin Megami Tensei game. Imagine going through 10 floors of Tartarus and encountering an enemy which has an instant death spell. He gets the first turn because he back-attacked you and casts it on the hero. It connects, and the hero dies. Game over, hope you saved. The game won't baby you unless you play on Easy, in which you get 10 continues

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A Great RPG for the PS2
5 Star Review   By member darkslime - May 1, 2008   

Strengths: Good battle system, creative story, cool personas, 100+ hours long, only $30. Too many to list.

Weakness: Going to school gets boring occasionally. bad english voice acting, may be hard to find soon because its in the shin megami tensei series.

Persona 3 fes seems to be one of my favorite role-playing games on the PS2. I have never played one of the Shin Megami Tensei games, and this is a great introduction to the series. Story: Persona 3 tells the tale of an emo kid who goes to a new high school and stays in a dorm full of people who can stay awake through the dark hour, an hour that starts at exactly midnight, where shadow monsters come out, and normal people go into coffins though they don't know it. The shadow things feed off of people who aren't in the coffins. It is all the people in the game's job to defeat all the shadow monsters in a huge dungeon that spans tons of floors, by shooting themselves in the head to summon Personas that do the dirty work. Yes, it doesn't make any sense, but just trust me. You will be captivated by the story, itching to see what happens next by the first 20 minutes of play. Gameplay: The game starts out with an hour-long, somewhat uninteresting introduction sequence where you get to play a little, but mostly its just watching cutscenes. Then you cut into the meat of the game, going to school. You lead the life of a normal kid during the day, going to school, joining clubs, going to the mall, making friends etc. But for each thing you do, you establish social links which make your personas stronger for fighting in the dungeon. For example, at the start of the game you will be given the option to make friends with a kid named Kenji. If you do, your power to make better magic personas will go up. Graphics: The graphics are average for a last-gen PS2 game, but the unique anime art style and character design is amazing. Sound: The voice acting in Persona 3 is for the most part, horrible. The background music tracks are J-Rock, or classical melodies. Both are good but can get annoying after a while. In conclusion, despite its few, minor flaws, Persona 3 fes is a must buy game with an amazing $30 price. Even for people who have played the original Persona 3, because of the new 20+ hour long The Answer.

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