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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.9
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 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.1
Overall User Score (19 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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Destructoid (Aug 10, 2007)
The game offers so much content that it gives you the opportunity to play through it again and have a new experience, without forcing you down the path of achieving a "true ending." Between managing the relationships of your character and finding new personas to use, this RPG will start giving Final Fantasy Tactics a run for my most-played RPG.
Gamer 2.0 (Sep 10, 2007)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 is one of those rare games where every single element comes together to deliver something truly special. One could say that Atlus should have brought over the game's director's cut – Persona 3 Fes – but even this original version of Persona 3 has more than enough meat on its bones to keep even the most obsessive RPG player happy for hours upon hours, and it's impossible to see everything this game has to offer in a single play through. Even better, the game comes in a collector's-style box set, which also includes an art book and soundtrack CD. In short, Shin Megami Tensei has been one of the heaviest hitting franchises in the RPG genre for years now, but only recently started to get exposure in North America. By all rights, Persona 3 should be the breakout monster hit that propels the MegaTen series to true western prominence.
Game Chronicles (Aug 06, 2007)
Atlus certainly has a gem of an RPG series up its sleeve. Shin Megami Tensei games are consistently well made, unique and an absolute blast to play. The latest related game, Persona 3, is no exception. With an intriguing story, varied and fun gameplay, awesome graphics, a catchy soundtrack, and tons and tons of stuff to do, Persona 3 is easily one of the best RPGs to come out for the PS2 this year, if not the best, period. Get this game. You will not be disappointed, but you may find yourself glued to your PS2 for a little too long if you do.
Gamestyle (Nov 11, 2008)
Unquestionably if you did not get around to buying Persona 3 earlier this year then this is another opportunity and one not to be wasted. The game works perfectly fine on a PlayStation 3 60GB edition, and trounces any RPG’s currently available for the more powerful platform. Having played the original release earlier this year, Gamestyle believes this enhanced package is a justifiable purchase despite the new episode following a more traditional RPG formula.
90 (May 18, 2008)
Atlus has done it again. With Persona 3 they show that the Playstation 2 can still give birth to beautiful games. While it is not a game which has next-gen graphics, it has tons of addictive gameplay. With playtime that goes over a hundred hours and different endings, this game will give every RPG fan an unforgettable time!
DarkZero (Mar, 2008)
If you are a fan of RPGs then it’s no brainer that Persona 3 comes highly recommended. Even with the flood of JRPGs on the console, it manages to stand out with its individuality. It has its share of minor faults, but it’s something different, and the overall presentation easily cancels out any nuisances it has. Persona 3 is deep, with plenty to do, yet at the same time is not too challenging and is easy to get into. The game will last the player 70+ hours on the first play through. If you are a perfectionist then you are easily looking at 100+ hours worth of play. It’s great value for money. There’s even a new game + mode that allows certain things to be carried forward, plus some new quests to try out. The year might not be over just yet, but a contender for best RPG has just arrived on the market, and boy is it surreal.
90 (UK) (Feb 25, 2008)
Granted, there will always be those for whom story-led gaming and turn-based battles are a complete turn-off, and for those people, Persona 3 is unlikely to be a Road to Damascus experience. For the rest of us, though, this is one of the finest RPGs on the PS2 - and that, in itself, is a huge accolade. If your PS2 has been gathering dust, now is definitely time to bring out the old warhorse - and if this is its last gallop, then at least it's also one of its finest.
Legendra (Mar 09, 2007)
Une chose est certaine, tout le monde n'aimera pas ce concept pour un RPG, par son atmosphère déjà mais surtout par cette construction complètement en marge des habitudes. Cependant ce serait passer à côté d'un jeu riche, intéressant et long, au point de nous apporter une véritable nouvelle expérience dans le genre. Bien réalisé, avec beaucoup de soins dans les détails, c'est un univers passionnant qui s'offre à nous. Les affinités liées sur le long terme n'ont jamais atteint une telle envergure, et l'on ne peut que féliciter Atlus.
90 (Oct 29, 2007)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 is een game uit duizenden. De mix van traditionele “dungeon hacking” met het schoolelement zal niet iedereen aanspreken, maar elke gamer met een open geest en een voorliefde voor RPG’s van Japanse afkomst zou hiervan kunnen genieten. De afwisseling tussen het schoolleven en het hakken in Tartarus is welkom, enorm origineel en weet tot het einde toe te boeien. De game mag dan geen wonder der techniek zijn, het verhaal, de verslavende gameplay, het rommelen met de Persona, de occulte thema’s en de fantastische sfeer zorgen er voor dat Persona 3 een game is die door iedereen met een warm hart voor het genre gespeeld moet worden.
RPGamer (2006)
In the end, Persona 3 is a study in decisions and consequences. Almost every action in the game, from which Persona the player takes into battle to who they spend time with after school, has a definite consequence, and an effect on the player character's performance in battle. Coupled with a story that explores human nature in the decisions we make - choosing to ignore things that we don't understand, choosing to run away from the things that we can't face, and choosing to stand and fight when we can't win - Persona 3 represents an intriguing work of art. Though the game has a few flaws, such as an often slow-moving story and excessively chatty allies, the manner in which it ties all of the aspects of its unique game design together to present a definite message is worth a great deal. In the end, Persona 3 is a very well thought-out piece of game design that should appeal not only to series fans, but to anyone looking for a unique experience.
GameSpy (Jul 25, 2007)
The newest game in a venerable RPG series, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3, is one of the best RPGs available today. An incredibly satisfying difficulty curve, a story that's interesting but not disruptive, combat and character leveling systems that are deep and approachable, and aesthetics that please the eye and ear equally make this the best of the Megaten games so far, hands-down. If you're on the fence because of the mix of school-sim and "real" RPG, don't let genre prejudice get in your way of enjoying this amazing title.
HonestGamers (Jul 23, 2007)
Persona 3 is an amazing experience and a must-have for serious RPG fans who still expect great games from the PlayStation 2 during its twilight years. Don't even think about missing it!
86 (Mar 20, 2008)
On reading this, you might well think that Persona 3 is a mishmash of very "Japanese" ideas, and you'd be right. But it's all down to the execution of these ideas and this game has managed to combine some very peculiar elements into a very delicious package. It won't suit everyone's taste. It does start out very slowly and Tartarus isn't overly exciting to look at, but it has innovation by the bucketload and anyone who's been a bit disappointed by the same old RPG formula over and over again, would do well to take a look at this. That goes for any Anime fans too, who will appreciate this for its themes and visuals. Now step away from your Final Fantasy 37s and your Mass Effects, dust off your PS2, and give this a whirl. You might well be very pleased you did.
Gameswelt (Apr 07, 2008)
Die Idee ist originell, erst recht für jene Spieler, die bislang nur in Europa veröffentlichte Rollenspiele zu Gesicht bekommen haben. Der Schulalltag-Part ist recht simpel und genau deshalb auch schön motivierend gestaltet. Trotz schlichter Frage/Antwort-Situationen entwickelt die Story einen angenehmen, nichtlinearen Effekt, bei dem ihr wirklich das Gefühl habt, mit euren Entscheidungen etwas Eigenes bewirkt zu haben. Der Rollenspiel-Part spricht mehr den Hack’n’Slay-Freund an und ist in Sachen Kampf- sowie Persona-System sehr clever umgesetzt. Allerdings hapert es ausgerechnet am Dungeon-Design, welches sowohl spielerisch wie auch grafisch sehr abwechslungsarm wirkt. Von diesem Manko abgesehen wird ’Persona 3’ seinem Ruf als Geheimtipp mehr als gerecht. Es dürfte definitiv zu den letzten großen Playstation-2-Highlights gehören.
GamesCollection (Feb 19, 2009)
P3 è un gioco difficile, perchè non si capisce subito. Dietro la sua dura scorza, però, nasconde un gran bel gioco longevo ed appagante, ma solo se siete disposti a dedicargli molto tempo e pazienza. Esso, infatti, è come una Persona: ci vuole del tempo per capirla appieno.
You may want to hold off on buying this game since Shin Migami Tensei: Persona 3 FES is coming out at the end of April. It's pretty much the same game with 30 additional hours of gameplay. Now Persona 3 will take you almost 120 hours to complete!
Game Captain (Mar 26, 2008)
Für mich ist Persona 3 ein spaßiges Reality-Abenteuer, ein zweiseitiges, aber durchweg scharfes Schwert und wer sich in japanischen Manga- und Animeserien zu Hause fühlt, für den ist dieser Titel erste Wahl. Ein gelungener Nachfolger, der dank frischem Wind und unverbrauchtem Genre fast vollständig überzeugen kann.
GameSpot (Jul 24, 2007)
Persona 3 is a game you will remember, if not for the complex characters or intriguing story, then most certainly for the endlessly shocking pseudo suicides you're subjected to time and time again. Some of the initial intricacy gives way to tedium over time, but this is an undoubtedly great game that is both darkly envisioned and slickly executed. The fact that it manages to stand out in an overflowing crowd of RPGs on the PS2 is no mean feat, and if you appreciate a smart story, it will be an excellent addition to your library.
PSX Extreme (Oct 04, 2007)
There's plenty to do and plenty to like about Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3. But the story really does take too long to unfold, the battle environment is far too repetitive and often boring, you don't have as much control as you would like (only controlling one character isn't much fun), the soundtrack gets ridiculously repetitive at times, and there's no actual world map you can physically explore. Again, some of this contributes positively to the style and atmosphere, but they also detract from the overall quality. For RPG fans, we would certainly recommend Atlus' latest, but if you're more of a role-playing novice or you prefer a more traditional format, we would advise you look elsewhere. Wild ARMs 5, while not being quite as deep or accomplished, might be a good option.
IGN (Jul 24, 2007)
Amazingly deep, with tons of replayability in both the dungeon crawling and social link directions, Persona 3 is an incredibly engaging title. The RPG stumbles in a few ways that might make some fans of the genre stay away, because of the lack of full party control and the confusion that can surround the Personas. However, if you can put up with these issues, you'll find an enjoyable title that will show itself as one of the better games released on the PS2 this year.
80 (Mar 18, 2008)
Die Kulissen sind auf Dauer einfach viel zu steril und monoton, das Leveldesign völlig altbacken. Nichtsdestotrotz schafft es Persona 3 den Spieler mit mythologischen, religiösen und philosophischen Elementen in seinen Bann zu ziehen. Auch das Eingehen sozialer Verknüpfungen sowie Kreieren individueller Begleiter, so genannter Personas, übt trotz vertrauter Gesichter und Mechanismen eine motivierende Faszination aus. Das Kampfsystem fußt ebenfalls auf bewährten Serientugenden und präsentiert sich gewohnt fordernd und facettenreich - vor lästigen Zufallskämpfen bleibt ihr dieses Mal jedoch verschont. Mir persönlich haben die weniger linearen und automatisierten Episoden der Digital Devil Saga zwar einen Tick besser gefallen, aber auch Persona 3 ist eine Delikatesse für Fans bizarrer Welten und ungewöhnlicher Geschichten fernab des Mainstreams; solide Englischkenntnisse sind mangels Lokalisierung allerdings Pflicht.
UOL Jogos (Aug 29, 2007)
A série "Shin Megami Tensei" é daquelas franquias meio bizarras que, como tal, não agradam a todos, mas tem potencial para fazer fãs ardorosos. "Persona 3" não foge à regra. Tem um estilo que mistura simulador de vida social e RPG, uma combinação inusitada que, mais uma vez, não é para qualquer gosto. Mas aqueles que forem tocados por esse estranho universo, encontrarão uma das experiências mais singulares entre os RPGs japoneses. Por certo, há problemas de ritmo, mas o que não falta é coisa para fazer: a história é longa e o personagem (e seus Personas) tem muito que desenvolver.
80 (Mar 03, 2008)
Bien qu'il soit le premier de la série à sortir dans notre pays, Persona 3 se laisse apprécier facilement grâce à son atmosphère singulière et l'originalité de son système de jeu. Long et difficile, le soft étonne par sa construction audacieuse qui repose sur la gestion du quotidien d'un lycéen et qui met en avant l'importance des relations sociales de manière très pertinente. Le concept ne plaira certainement pas à tout le monde, mais le titre mérite largement l'attention des amateurs de RPG.
GameZone (Jul 23, 2007)
This is not an RPG for the younger crowd, though it’s unlikely that kids will want to play it. If you like games that step outside the bounds of normality – games that defy reality and present the strangest imagery imaginable – Persona 3 is your RPG. But if you prefer the lighter Dragon Quest or Final Fantasy style of games, stick with those. Persona 3 was not made for that audience.
FOK!games (Apr 15, 2008)
Persona 3 is een verrassend diepe RPG met sim-elementen. Door relaties op te bouwen met medeleerlingen en dorpsgenoten en door na gevechten kaarten te verzamelen worden je innerlijke krachten sterker en krijg je de beschikking over meer soorten aanvallen. Hiermee kun je de schaduwmonsters verslaan door hun zwakke punten te benutten. Door de lange cut-scenes en de sim-elementen is het spel vooral geschikt voor mensen die RPG's spelen voor het verhaal en niet vanwege de actie, want daarvan is er vooral in het begin erg weinig. Er kan makkelijk een uur voorbij gaan zonder dat je hoeft te vechten. De gevechten zijn turnbased en maken gebruik van zowel normale aanvallen en opgeroepen persona's. Het is jammer dat de eerste twee delen nooit in het westen zijn uitgekomen en dat ik nu pas kennis maak met de serie, want Persona 3 is me prima bevallen.
While the concept is fun, it is sure to have only a limited appeal and won’t be one of those blockbuster RPGs that appeals to everyone. The game play experiments can result in some unique challenges, but Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 is definitely a hit or miss title – you’ll either love it or hate it.
Persona 3 is not a bad game, and the first 30 to 35 hours are absolutely delightful. If they had only made it shorter, this would easily be one of the best RPGs on the PS2. But all of its glaring problems and annoyances grate over time. It's certainly worth playing, but it's not worth completing. I'd recommend it if you're the type of gamer who can put something down once you've had your fill and it starts to annoy you, or if you're someone who has a lot of patience. Otherwise, just watch the intro movie on YouTube.