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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES (PlayStation 2)

88
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.8
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.2
Overall MobyScore (6 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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100
Legendra
Persona 3 FES en tant que tel constitue la version ultime de Persona 3, un jeu essentiel à découvrir si ce n’est pas déjà fait. Mais en tant que version remix d’un soft déjà très ambitieux (le Persona 3 normal, sorti chez nous grâce à KOEI), FES peut s’avérer plus anecdotique. Si vous n’êtes pas un fan acharné du jeu original, vous pouvez passez à côté de cette version améliorée et attendre sagement Persona 4. Pour les autres et pour ceux qui n’ont pas encore goûté à ce psyché délice, Atlus USA a fait un sacré effort afin de proposer le jeu à bas prix (pour 30 dollars, soit moins de 20 euros, c’est donné !). Quoiqu’il en soit, Persona 3 reste un indispensable, tant dans sa version normale que dans cette version ultime.
100
Gaming Age
Hell, at $30 the game is a steal anyways, and definitely gives you the most bang for your buck outside of Valve's Orange Box package. Pick this one up while you can still find it, even if you've already played the hell out of Persona 3. Absolutely worth the time, and it'll hold your attention for the entire ride.
100
1UP
But does this new story content warrant another playthrough for vets of the original version? Probably not on its own, but FES' other addition -- a remarkably expansive epilogue called "The Answer" that's instantly accessible from the title screen -- simply cannot be missed. This pseudosequel adds a huge new dungeon, over 20 Persona, and an original weapon-synthesis system...not to mention some much-needed narrative closure. One warning, though: Atlus has seriously pumped up the difficulty for this quest, so expect to endure some grueling grinding in order to witness the ultimate ending.
90
GameSpy
Persona 3: FES is a fantastic version of an astonishing game. Although you miss out on the sumptuous bonuses of the original release, you will get substantially more content at a great price. Newcomers should pick it up to experience the entirety of Persona 3 in one fell swoop, and veterans should pick it up to revisit a favorite and earn a truly compelling ending.
88
RPGFan
Overall, the release of Persona 3: FES was a delightful surprise for fans of the original game, and I applaud Atlus for releasing an excellent append disc. In terms of both enhancing Episode Yourself, as well as providing Episode Aegis (which adds another 25-30 hours of solid gameplay to the experience), Persona 3 has turned out to be one of the most high-quality titles on the PlayStation 2 and definitely a shining star in the Shin Megami Tensei series as a whole.
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Pelit
Mikäli alkuperäinen Persona 3 jäi kokeilematta, nyt kipin kapin pelikauppaan! Myös vanhoille Persona 3-konkareille FES on varteen otettava syy sukeltaa uudestaan viime vuosien parhaimpiin kuuluvan PS2-rooliseikkailun entistä ehompiin pyörteisiin.
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IGN
Persona 3 featured a lot of replayability and tons of depth. Persona 3 FES blows that out of the water, with hours upon hours of additional content, redesigned gameplay and an epilogue that fully concludes the story. While it still suffers from some of the same battle issues that plagued the original and the epilogue tosses many of the social links and date sim elements aside in favor of hardcore dungeon crawling, the large amount of additional content far outweighs these negatives. The fact that you're getting both the original and its virtual sequel for thirty dollars is a steal that no PS2 RPG fan should be without, and you're not likely to see such an excellent collection on the system again.
85
GameSpot
The disappointing new chapter notwithstanding, Persona 3: FES is a wonderfully enhanced version of an already-great RPG. The gameplay has been deepened, broadened, and lengthened, yet the game sells for a discounted price, which makes FES a bona fide steal--even if you already played last year's release.
85
VicioJuegos.com
Resulta fácil de manejar y sus tres dificultades nos permitirán disfrutar de él sea cual sea nuestro nivel de habilidad o lo poco que nos guste subir de nivel, con lo que la jugabilidad no será problema. Pero si en algo es una obra maestra este juego es en la capacidad de mantenernos interesados de principio a fin. Una historia que engancha, peleas originales, todo un sistema de Persona que podemos entrenar y fusionar, cientos de armas y armaduras distintas...
85
Jeuxvideo.com
En plus d'être une version améliorée et enrichie de Persona 3, Persona 3 : FES en est surtout le prolongement indispensable grâce à la présence du mode The Answer qui nous livre les réponses attendues tout en proposant un challenge à la hauteur des habitués. Dans son ensemble, le soft jouit d'une durée de vie vraiment optimale et se laisse apprécier facilement grâce à son atmosphère singulière et l'originalité de son système de jeu.
85
Game Informer Magazine
With its focus divided between school and Tartarus, Persona strikes an intriguing balance between the feelings of “I’m a student” and “I’ve got important world-saving to do.” It actually reminds me of Harry Potter in some ways, except instead of yelling “stupefy” the students put Persona-summoning handguns (called Evokers) to their heads and pull the triggers. Basically, every time you use your Persona, it looks like suicide. This kind of pervasive disturbing imagery could be too much for some, but fits perfectly with the Persona 3’s dark tone. I should note that the game seems to assume you have some familiarity with the conventions of the Shin Megami Tensei series; if you don’t know anything about fusing Personas, or simply that “bufu” means “ice attack,” you have some catching up to do. It’s worth it, though. Persona 3 holds its themes together with solid gameplay and cool characters, and thoroughly rewards you for the time you invest.
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4Players.de
Wer auf bizarre, fordernde Rollenspielkost steht und Persona 3 noch nicht sein Eigen nennt, bekommt mit der FES-Edition ein genauso günstiges wie umfangreiches Komplettpaket serviert, das euch wochenlang beschäftigen wird. Selbst Kenner des Originals finden so viel Neues, dass ein Kauf fast unumgänglich erscheint. Euch erwarten zahlreiche neue und überarbeitete Aufgaben und Aktionsmöglichkeiten, zusätzliche Personas und Gegenstände sowie eine nach den Ereignissen von Teil 3 angesiedelte Bonusepisode, die viele noch offene Fragen beantwortet und euch locker 30 Stunden zusätzliche Spielzeit beschert. Persona 3 ist ein sicher nicht perfektes, aber ungemein delikates Kleinod, das im FES-Gewand nochmals attraktiver wurde und sich kein Rollenspielfeinschmecker mit ausreichenden Englischkenntnissen entgehen lassen sollte!
82
Cheat Code Central
So, here's the big question: if you haven't played Persona 3, should you pick up FES? The original game carries a higher price tag, but comes with an art book and soundtrack. However, Atlus tends to release games in very limited numbers, so chances are you'd have to pick up a used copy. Persona 3 FES lacks the memorabilia, but packs more in-game content at a cheaper price. The newer version offers a chance for Atlus to recruit new MegaTen fans and should be enticing enough even for those that picked up Persona 3 last year.
80
Thunderbolt Games
Persona 3 FES is a very good JRPG which stands out from the crowd by having a unique setting and lots of sass and style. It's not really revolutionary, but it is an extremely likeable and solid effort with really good plotting and characterisation which fans of the genre would be advised to check out, and one which frankly runs rings around pretty much all JRPGs that the PS3 or 360 have received. The Persona series could very well prove to be the PS2's swansong, which would be an excellent way to see the console off.
80
GameZone
Persona 3: FES will increase your appreciation of its storyline. The characters are great, the dialogue is believable (how’s THAT for an RPG!?), and if you enjoyed the gameplay last year, there are several new reasons to play through the original quest all over again.