Group DescriptionPersona is a series of role-playing games, which is a part of Megaten universe. These games distinguish themselves from other Megaten products by having common themes, setting, story-related and gameplay elements of their own.
Setting and ThemesPersona games are set in modern-day Japan, and usually feature high-school students as protagonists. The title refers to powerful mythological beings that can be summoned by the characters in the games to gain unique abilities. Usually, antagonists of demonic origin threaten the peace in a community (a town or a high school), which is overrun by characteristic Megaten demons whom the heroes must stop. The stories of Persona games tend to feature more human characters, and concentrate on aspects of human psychology rather than ideological and religious problems.
GameplayThe ability to recruit demons into the player-controlled party is absent in Persona games. The party usually consists entirely of human characters, but those can be customized, and their abilities modified, by calling forth a Persona and attaching it to a character. Personae can be obtained by negotiating with encountered enemies, receiving tarot cards, and going to a special facility called the Velvet Room, where Personae can be summoned.
Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
Front cover for Persona 4: Arena
Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES
Front cover for Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
Screenshot from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
Screenshot from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES
Screenshot from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
Screenshot from Persona 2: Eternal Punishment