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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (PlayStation 2)

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Having lost your parents as a child, you lived in the suburbs with your relatives, until they decided to send you to a high school located on an island near the port city Iwatodai. But as you attempt to enter your new dormitory, you are attacked by a mysterious creature. As a result, you discover within yourself the gift to call upon a higher being, Persona, that grants you immense power. Your new ability makes you decide to investigate the strange world of shadows that has been plaguing the city every midnight, and to find out who or what is behind it.

This sequel in the Persona series, which is part of the Megami Tensei franchise, is not directly connected to its predecessors story-wise. The gameplay has also underwent significant changes, throwing an element of "school simulation" into the Megaten RPG formula. You get to live the life of a normal high-school student: you attend classes, talk to your friends, get homework, wait for the summer vacation, and so on. The game is divided into school days with their own schedule.

However, at midnight the real world freezes, and only you and your friends with the unique Persona abilities can feel the time flowing as they battle the shadows. The battles follow the classic Megaten model of demon-summoning. You can either attack with your weapons, or call a mighty Persona from within yourself. After the battle is won, you receive Persona cards, which can be fused to get more powerful Personae. Inspired by the system used in Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, you are able to hit enemies' weakpoints with your magic spells. Taking advantage of these weakpoints means that you can perform devastating combo attacks while the enemy is weakened.


Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 PlayStation 2 Chihiro is often shy
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 PlayStation 2 At the entrance to Tartarus
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 PlayStation 2 Watch out for shadows when exploring
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 PlayStation 2 Running towards trouble...

Alternate Titles

  • "女神异闻录3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Shin Megami Tensei: P3" -- Official abbreviation
  • "Persona 3" -- Japanese title
  • "ペルソナ3" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Repeat... repeat... repeat... Oleg Roschin (164813) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
What does a Megaten newbie think? Kyle Levesque (329) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

The Press Says May 18, 2008 90 out of 100 90
RPGamer 2006 4.5 out of 5 90
Legendra Mar 09, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
HonestGamers Jul 23, 2007 9 out of 10 90 Oct 29, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Gameswelt Apr 07, 2008 86 out of 100 86
PSX Extreme Oct 04, 2007 8.4 out of 10 84
IGN Jul 24, 2007 8.3 out of 10 83
Digital Entertainment News (den) Sep 21, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Entertainment Depot, The Aug 22, 2007 6 out of 10 60


Topic # Posts Last Post
Shouldn't be in the game to TV series group 1 Donatello (384)
Jan 08, 2013
Ratings 4 Xoleras (66269)
Jul 15, 2008
Gamespot's choice for "Best RPG" 19 DJP Mom (11121)
Dec 31, 2007



  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #2 PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2007 – PS2 RPG of the Year

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Oleg Roschin (164813) added Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (PlayStation 2) on Jul 17, 2006