The growing reputation of the Persona sequence within the West has been a beautiful if slow-burning factor to behold, ramping up during the last decade to the purpose the place Persona 5 was a Very Big Video Game Release, and re-releases of older video games are now headline information.
So it’s straightforward discovering individuals to speak to about Persona 5 , and to observe movies about it, and learn articles about it. Same goes for Persona 4, which has now been ported sufficient occasions (I first performed it on Vita!) that it’s in a lot the identical house. Basically, when individuals speak about trendy Persona video games, they’re normally speaking about these two video games.
Persona 3, rather less so, so in honour of our Backlog Month [Update: and it’s impending re-release] I need to speak about it tonight, and see if I can get it added to your listing of video games you Really Should Play.
Sure, it got here out in 2006 on the PS2, however it is a Persona recreation. We’re not right here for the cutting-edge visuals (although we’re positively right here for the artwork fashion). We’re right here for the friendships, the conversations, the haunted college island, the wandering round like a bum teenager on the finish of sophistication. It’s a recreation, identical to Personas 4 & 5, about time.
Being the primary “trendy” Persona recreation, although—it broke from its predecessors and laid down the fundamental template the sequence has adopted ever since—does imply Persona 3 has its tough edges. Its single huge dungeon, for instance, is hell, and for individuals who have solely skilled Persona 5’s exquisitely dovetailed social hyperlinks and subplots, you may discover Persona 3 a bit creakier and extra sparse in relation to after-school actions. It’s additionally missing among the vibrancy and enthusiasm of the newer video games in relation to its forged.
Not that this final level is a foul factor! There’s lots to like about this extra earnest story, which has a pleasant tight focus to it, and it additionally has a canine, which is superior.
Now that we’ve established how a lot I like Persona 3, I’ll now inform you that in relation to deciding which model of the sport to play, I like Persona 3’s handheld port much more. Persona 3 Portable was first launched in 2009 on the PSP, and I believe it’s a contemporary marvel of recreation (re)design, as a result of it takes the center of the Persona expertise and recrafts it for a transportable platform in a manner that Persona 4 Golden couldn’t come near matching.
Because the PSP couldn’t deal with the totally 3D overworld of Persona 3, or match its lavish animated cutscenes into its restricted cupboard space, each of these pillars of the Persona 3 expertise on PS2 are gone. While the lack of the anime-style sequences was a bummer, and 3D gameplay was preserved for the dungeon and fight, what Atlus did to exchange the 3D exploration areas was a stroke of genius. Instead of stripping again the 3D sections with low-res textures and easier fashions, they threw it out and changed it fully with a static, isometric model of Persona 3’s world.
This was, and stays, the superior method to play Persona. The sequence’ overworlds might have began to look busier in latest entries, however they’re nonetheless extremely sparse by way of what you may truly work together with, and trudging round them searching for a dialog or story sequence could be a drag. Persona 3 Portable’s system is a sooner, cleaner method to spend your downtime, and has the additional benefit of trying wonderful. I held out hope for years that Persona 4 received a cellular port that regarded like this, and a small a part of me is wishing for a similar factor from Persona 5.
And we haven’t even received to the very best half about it! No, the very best a part of Persona 3 Portable was that along with the attitude change and another bits of administrative tidying (like new problem choices), the hand held port added a complete second protagonist, which means that should you’d performed by means of the principle recreation already, effectively shock, you would play it once more and get a very completely different expertise.
WHAT I DISCOVERED GAMING AS A GIRL
“When I had the chance to play a favourite recreation once more with Persona 3 Portable, I used to be comfortable to take action. I didn’t notice a digital intercourse change would make the expertise something however the identical as earlier than.”
READ MORE HERE
With the unique protagonist a boy, Portable’s addition of a woman meant your romance choices had been fully inverted, and it added new social hyperlinks and dialogue choices as effectively. Imagine with the ability to play by means of Personas 4 & 5 like this! Romancing Yusuke can be definitely worth the worth of admission alone.
If Persona 3 is in your backlog, and even simply on a listing of “video games I actually need to check out sometime” and also you haven’t received round to it, please attempt to repair that ASAP. Even in 2021, it’s greater than definitely worth the hoops it’s essential soar by means of to play it, as a result of whereas official copies at the moment are very costly, I’m positive you’re a wise one that can discover different methods to play it. [Update: it’s on its way to modern consoles and the PC!]
This put up was initially printed in 2021 as a part of our particular Backlog Month sequence of options. It has been up to date and republished in June 2022 forward of Persona 3 Portable’s impending re-release.