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Description

A group of high-school students decide to play a ritual-like game called "Persona". Unexpectedly, they are knocked unconscious and have a vision of a mysterious being called Philemon, who bestows upon them the ability to call powerful creatures known as Personae. Afterwards, the students go to visit their sick friend, Mary. Once they exit the girl's room in the hospital, they see their home town has changed. They can't leave it, and it is infested by demons. At first, it seems that the giant Sebec corporation and its manager are the ones responsible for the terrible accident. But this corporation is not the only enemy the young heroes have to confront - they must look deep into their hearts, and perhaps find the truth there...

Persona is the beginning of a sub-series within the Megami Tensei universe, and one of the first Megaten titles to be released in the West. While overworld locations and battle screens in the game are isometric, the maze-like 3D dungeons are explored from a first-person perspective. Player-controlled characters fight randomly encountered demons in round-based combat, using melee weapons, firearms, or spells. As opposed to most other Megaten games, player-controlled party (up to five active combatants) consists entirely of human characters. Verbal communication with demons, however, still plays an important role in the game.

Each character possesses a unique set of four communication styles, e.g. insult, flattery, etc. The player may select combinations of various characters and their approaches during conversation with the demon. Depending on the player's choices, as well as the current Moon Phase, the demon may end up responding in one of the four emotional ways: anger, fear, joy, and interest. The last two types responses are beneficial to the player: the demon may give the party a useful item or a spell card.

If the player combines various types of spell cards, more powerful creatures (Personae) can be fused in a special location called Velvet Room. Personae act like equipment sets and can be attached to player characters, modifying their parameters, strengths and weaknesses, and teaching them new spells.

Screenshots

Persona PlayStation This hospital room looks a bit... disturbing, don't you think?..
Persona PlayStation This cute dog-like demon is "stupid" - with his merciless sarcasm Nate has made a new naive friend!
Persona PlayStation Casting a powerful wind spell on the enemy party
Persona PlayStation Mysterious ruins dungeon

Promo Images

Persona Magazine Advertisement p. 103

Alternate Titles

  • "女神異聞録ペルソナ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "女神异闻录" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Persona: Revelations " -- Common title
  • "Megami Ibunroku Persona: Be Your True Mind" -- Japanese title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Zhuangzi dreams of butchered localizations PlayStation Unicorn Lynx (181495)

Critic Reviews

RPGFan PlayStation Mar 18, 1999 91 out of 100 91
GamePro (US) PlayStation Feb, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
Power Unlimited PlayStation Jun, 1996 83 out of 100 83
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Mar, 1997 32 out of 40 80
Mega Fun PlayStation Feb, 1997 77 out of 100 77
IGN PlayStation Oct 20, 1997 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot PlayStation Feb 27, 1997 7.3 out of 10 73
Legendra PlayStation Nov 03, 2004 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Snow Queen quest 6 Donatello (463)
Jun 19, 2009

Trivia

The butterfly-human speculations in the beginning of the game are a quote of the famous Chinese philosopher Zhuang Zi.

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