Persona 3 Goes Portable

By Chad Awkerman

August 18, 2009

As if we didn’t have enough gorgeous Atlus goodness coming at us with Shin Megami Tensei: Persona for the PSP and Demon’s Souls for the PS3, now news arrives via Famitsu that they are remaking Persona 3 for Sony’s portable powerhouse.  The original title first hit shelves in August 2007, then was revisited several months later with the souped-up FES version, which included an expansion-like story, as well as some changes to the original game.  I had heard good things about Persona 3 shortly after it arrived, but didn’t get time to play it until I picked up the FES version the following year – and boy was I glad I tried it.  It’s one of the absolute best JRPGs on any system in recent memory (yes, yes, including current-gen consoles).  It was only topped by its follow-up, Persona 4.

This is another in the recently created long line of awesome titles that will be available to play portably before long.  The remake appears to have a new main character – a female.  I’m not entirely sure how she will fit into the story, but new additions for this PSP version are definitely welcomed.  Some new social links will be added to the original title, as well and the battle system being updated to allow manual control of all party members, like in Persona 4.  Perhaps there’s more changes in store.  One thing is for certain, this screams “pre-order” to me, even though I already have Persona 3: FES.  Yes, the game is that good!

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Chad Awkerman

Chad joined the DualShockers staff in mid 2009 and since then has put much of his time into covering RPGs, with a focus on the Japanese side of the genre, from the obscure to the mainstream. He's a huge fan of iconic games like Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy VI and Persona 4 yet enjoys the smaller niche titles, as well. In his spare time he enjoys experiencing new beer, new foods and keeping up with just about every sci-fi show on television. He's married to an intelligent, beautiful Southern Belle who keeps his life interesting with witty banter and spicy Cajun cooking.

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