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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.2
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 2.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.3
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.3
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
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Overall User Score (6 votes) 3.2

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Gaming Nexus (Jun 21, 2010)
Even with some downsizing, Persona 3 Portable manages to be an incredible port of one the PlayStation 2's best role-playing games. Best of all, it adds enough new content to warrant a second look for anybody who played through the game years ago. This is the most compelling role-playing game to come out of Japan in ten years and a must-own for PSP fans around the world.
RPGamer (2010)
With its numerous mechanical improvements, ridiculous amount of content additions, and of course the simple ability to carry the game around with you, Persona 3, RPGamer's RPG of the Decade, is at its greatest in Persona 3 Portable. If you've played the game before, there's so much new content here that it's practically like playing a brand new game. In fact, Persona 3 Portable's biggest audience really should be those who've already played and loved the original. Although new players could certainly jump into the series here, as I mentioned earlier, the originals come highly recommended for first-time players. Persona 3 Portable is, without a doubt, the best version of the game so far, and a game that any and every Persona 3 fan should own.
Gamervision (Jun 21, 2010)
Over the last few months, as I followed the development of Persona 3 Portable, I hypothesized that it could actually be the definitive version of the game. Even though P3P doesn’t include the epilogue story from FES, it’s probably the version I would most recommend to new and returning players. After playing the 100-plus-hour game twice before, I still found myself immediately sucked in once again, and the improvements push the already fantastic game over the top. If you missed out on Persona 3 when it first came out, and skipped FES in 2008, then now is your chance to rectify that. Persona 3 Portable is one of the strongest games in the PSP catalogue, and a shining example of a role-playing game done right.
Destructoid (Jul 02, 2010)
We loved it before and we still love it. This title would have sit very high on our recommendation list just as a straight PS2-to-PSP port, but the new additions make it appealing to both the new gamer and the seasoned Persona fan. Looking over our PSP game coverage since its release, Persona 3 Portable is near the top of the heap among all the offerings for the system, and definitely at the very top for role-playing games.
PlayStation Lifestyle (Jul 14, 2010)
It is not often that you can release a game three times and still manage to get people excited with each release, which is exactly what Atlus has done with Persona 3. In fact, with each game, the story keeps getting more interesting and the game continues to find new ways to hook in not just new fans, but P3 veterans. Persona 3 has made an amazing transition to the PlayStation Portable system and all of the changes made to the title have pushed this game into a realm of its own. No matter if you have played every P3 release or you are just now hearing about this phenomenon, one thing is certain; If you own a PSP, this should be in your collection. With over 100+ hours of gameplay, Persona 3 Portable is one of the deepest and best experiences to be found on the PSP and is exactly what an RPG should be.
Gaming Target (Aug 11, 2010)
To use a Persona term, Persona 3 Portable is a solid fusion of the core Persona 3 game and the improved elements that came into being with Persona 4. It maintains the same addictive qualities and unique atmosphere, and the addition of more user-friendly elements makes for a more modern game. Two takes on the main quest that take at least 50 hours each to complete, a smorgasbord of side-missions and bonus content, and a great New Game Plus feature that actually encourages you to replay the game ? especially if you want to swap genders. Needless to say this is the kind of game that could last a good long while before exhausting everything it has to offer. Sure the PSP is fading into the background and showing its age, but that doesn't mean something as great as this can't appear on it. It's arguable whether or not it's the ultimate version of the game, but if you want a great PSP RPG to last you more than a few weeks, Persona 3 Portable is your game.
Worth Playing (Jul 29, 2010)
This is the third release of Persona 3, and even for an excellent RPG, it's difficult to justify buying it again and again. However, Persona 3 Portable contains enough new features to make it a worthwhile purchase. The addition of the female plot adds enough new content to merit another playthrough, especially if you're a veteran and can catch all the changes. The real shining star is the much-improved battle system and gameplay mechanics. For those who've never played Persona 3 before, this is easily the best version to pick up, as the game has aged wonderfully and remains one of the best titles on the market. The only downside is some subpar visuals, which mar a few of the game's important scenes. If you're a PSP owner with a fondness for RPGs, you owe it to yourself to pick up Persona 3 Portable. It's the best RPG on the system and is a must-have for anyone even remotely interested in the genre.
TotalPlayStation (Aug 04, 2010)
If you haven't played Persona 3 before, this is absolutely where you should start if you have a PSP. The additions refine the already great gameplay so much, that they easily overcome the lack of cutscenes. If you have played before, playing as a female combined with all the other changes is enough to warrant playing it through a second (or third) time, especially since it should be shorter this time around (although in these terms that means you will finish in 50-60 hors rather than 80-100). Returning players should definitely play as a female, while new players would probably be better off going with the male side, since the female story has a lot of nods to the male side that you won't quite grasp if you haven't beaten the game already. Persona 3 was one of the last great RPG's on the PlayStation, and now it is taking it's place as one of the best on the PSP.
Digital Chumps (Jul 11, 2010)
All Atlus had to do was faithfully reproduce Persona 3 on PSP and call it a day. Instead, Persona 3 Portable boasts plenty finesse tweaks, realizes fan wishes, and fundamentally doubles the content of the original. There's a ton of game here, more than enough to make up for the few awkward side effects it suffered in transition. Persona 3 Portable isn't undeserving of the sort of hyperbolic adjectives used to hype big budget titles, but I'll exercise a moderate amount of restraint by simply stating its content rich presence on the PSP somehow improves upon a game many already considered to be nearly perfect. Always for better and never for worse, it’s unlike anything else on the platform.
Game Revolution (Aug 06, 2010)
Persona 3 Portable is a great RPG to pick up if you have a PSP and are into JRPGs, or even if you're not. The story is wonderful and has plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting and isn't so happy-go-lucky like you might expect. The fusion system, along with social links and the new main character options help keep the game fresh, even for Persona 3 veterans who have eaten the original and FES up. The wait for Persona 5 is a lot less agonizing now... or is it?
1UP (Jun 25, 2010)
But I'd also highly recommend P3P for longtime fans of the franchise -- yes, even male ones. The perspective of the female character makes it feel like a side story instead of just a rehash, and after a series of disappointing RPGs this year (from my perspective, at least) in games like Final Fantasy XIII and Resonance of Fate, I found it strangely soothing to go back to a familiar, classic roleplaying experience. It may be a while before Persona fans get that next big release in the series -- this year's E3 was frustratingly absent of any info on a potential Persona 5 -- so we need to latch on to any morsels Atlus throws our way in the meantime.
Games TM (Jun 09, 2011)
(...) Everything about it has been designed to make this latest iteration as suitable as possible for its portable format. You'll still be attending school lessons, chasing relationships, balancing part-time jobs, enhancing your many Personas and exploring the vast maze-like dungeons of Tartarus but, somehow, despite the smaller screen, practically everything about Atlus' magnificent game just feels that little bit grander.
GamingBolt (Aug 15, 2010)
The lifespan question is very easy to answer in the case of P3P. This game will last you for a long time indeed. There is so much to see and do and so much that you would miss on a first play-through that multiple run-throughs are a likely eventuality. Even if you’ve finished the original P3, the new tweaks and key differences when playing through as a female character will warrant you returning to the world of Persona 3 once again. With all the Velvet room side-quests, vast array of skills, items and equipment and the wide variety of social links Persona 3 is well worth the asking price. The original game was one of the best of last generation, and now it returns in its definitive form on the PSP. Even if you’ve finished it once already and even if you’re not a fan of JRPGs, Persona 3 is edgy and different enough to the point where I’d recommend everyone with a PSP pick up a copy.
Ultimately, the only way that you can go wrong with Persona 3 Portable is if you’ve already played through the FES release of the game for PlayStation 2. Even then, the new character mixes things up enough to keep them interesting for a second go. Potential newcomers definitely shouldn't let Persona 3 slip under their radar this time around. It may not be “definitive,” but this portable take on the title is still amazing.
Game Critics (Jul 10, 2010)
Persona 3 was one of the best RPGs of 2007—and arguably one of the best RPGs of the entire last generation of console games. P3P tweaks everything a bit, but brings enough new elements to the final product that it warrants a playthrough from people who've already been through both previous releases. This release does a fantastic job of appealing to the core fans of the series while also making the experience accessible to a new group of players. If you've never played a Persona title and are curious but nervous about the difficulty and time commitment, this is your gateway drug. Pick it up and get hooked.
GamesRadar (Jul 07, 2010)
Smaller things like new soundtrack options when you're girling it up (none of which seemed to match the original tunes and at times even clashed a little) and the ability to choose a new male envoy, Theodore, when combining your summoned monsters in the Velvet Room add some longer-term differences, but they aren't nearly as impactful as the new presentation style or dialogue bits. That's a good thing, though, as Persona is still one of the benchmarks for amazing localization and voice acting. Despite it having been released twice already, this is still an adventure worth playing through again.
Thunderbolt Games (Jul 07, 2010)
While releasing Persona 3 for a third time might seem like a little much, P3P is more than different enough to be a fresh and interesting PSP title. Regardless of how many times it’s come around, Persona 3 features a gripping story populated with memorable characters. The additional dialogue and new female protagonist makes P3P worth a look for players who have completed it before, and the improvements to the interface make it clear that the game is more than just a hasty port. At the end of the day, P3P is an interesting retrospective for series fans, and a must-have portable RPG for the uninitiated.
90 (UK) (Jul 26, 2010)
It all adds up to what's just about the definitive version of one of the finest role-players of the last five years. If Persona 3's central story doesn't quite live up to the intriguing murder-mystery of its successor - and the loss of the animated story sequences exacerbates this issue - then its side-stories are easily a match. Until Persona 4 Portable arrives, then, this may well be the finest RPG you can get on PSP, and a game that'll keep completists going until well into the winter months.
GameTrailers (Dec 09, 2010)
When compared to the typical Japanese RPG, Persona 3 feels like a breath of fresh air. Those who have already undertaken the adventure on the PS2 can look forward to the inclusion of a new protagonist and a few other revisions, such as overhauled visuals and a new soundtrack. The frequent save points make it a perfect traveling companion and it's filled to the brim with content that provides potentially hundreds of hours of fun.
Pocket Gamer UK (May 30, 2011)
Persona 3 Portable comes highly recommended. Taken at face value, it's a novel amalgam of life-management and dungeon raider, with an eye catching aesthetic. Dig a little deeper and it's a complex message on the state of Japan's high schoolers. A few technical issues and those cultural barriers to entry keep it from attaining true excellence, but if any of what I've described interests you in the slightest, please don't let that put you off.
RPGFan (Jul 04, 2010)
Needless to say, there are three types of people that should play Persona 3 Portable: people who have never experienced Persona 3 before, Die-hard Persona 3 fanatics, and those who want to take Persona 3 on the go. Atlus did the best that was possible to make something that was so familiar to many gamers feel new again. Those who aren't familiar with the game have the incentive to play through the game twice to experience both male and female viewpoints. It might be said that the small amount of time that has passed handicaps this game, as it may still be fresh in many minds. However, I think that it's the perfect amount of time, as I was able to revisit all of my favorite characters, and experience such a powerful story again with nothing but complete admiration. The only way you'll be disappointed is if you go into the game expecting a brand new game. For all those looking to play an enhanced version of an old favorite, there's no better way to do it than Persona 3 Portable.
Gamer Limit (Jul 15, 2010)
In the end, Persona 3 Portable is a massive game. Don’t expect it to be something to play through in a few days, much less a few weeks. Multi-faceted, heavily nuanced events tie directly into your actions and decisions, yielding completely different results depending upon how one plays. The general mix of dungeon-crawling and social sim help to balance one another’s pitfalls, but either is a complete game in and of itself. New players will find a wealth of opportunity for different ways to play, and may see the need for a second playthrough almost immediately. Old players will be satisfied with a streamlined interface and new option for the main character, which yields a significantly different experience than before.
GameZone (Jun 22, 2010)
Aside from some graphical downgrades, this is still a solid version of a great RPG. If you’ve missed out on the game before, here’s another chance.
GameSpot (Jul 20, 2010)
Persona 3 holds up remarkably well in this rendition, tweaking everything from basic combat mechanics to menus in order to create a more player-friendly experience. It provides a wealth of personas and great replayability, and the somewhat repetitive dungeon-crawling is easily overshadowed by the vast array of persona abilities. New dialogue and entertaining dating opportunities also entice, as unraveling the extensive new social links freshens the story. Despite minor shortcomings, Persona 3 Portable remains an enthralling and rewarding journey.
IGN (Jul 06, 2010)
Hopefully you don’t need me to tell you that Persona 3 is a well-done story filled with interesting people, cool battles and a ton of stuff to do. Persona 3 PSP keeps all of that and adds in some battle improvements and boosts the replay value. Sadly, Persona 3 PSP loses some of its polish, as the game ditches the anime cutscenes and free roaming. However, the heart of the game is still here and still awesome.
80 (Jun 28, 2011)
Toujours aussi fascinant, l'univers de Persona 3 Portable ne manquera pas d'interpeller les nombreux fans de la série sur PSP. Malgré le retard avec lequel cet épisode non traduit sort aujourd'hui chez nous, on saura l'apprécier à sa juste valeur pour peu que l'on n'ait pas déjà passé une centaine d'heures sur Persona 3 : FES ces dernières années.
GamingExcellence (Jul 12, 2010)
P3P is a great game especially on the PSP and it has devoured almost all of the time I devote to either of my handhelds since I got my copy. The fact that there are more save points and you can put the system itself in standby makes this 80+ hour adventure much easier to break up into bite sized pieces. If you own a PSP and love RPG's then you're only doing yourself a disservice if you don't pick up this game.
Malgré les concessions qui ont dû être réalisées pour que l'accouchement se fasse sans douleur, Persona 3 Portable reste un bijou, bien qu'un peu moins étincelant que le diamant que représente le même volet sur PS2. Permettant entre autres aux hommes de se travestir et aux femmes de pouvoir enfin se sentir valorisées (le télé-shopping leur sera même permis), cet opus PSP offre en plus de son personnage féminin jouable supplémentaire quelques plaisants rajouts en même temps que de désolants retraits. Mais cela ne change en fin de compte rien au fait que Persona 3, en version nomade ou non, est un RPG hautement addictif qui mérite de se retrouver entre vos mains.
J’achète ou pas ? Au final, la question de l’achat de ce Persona 3 Portable se pose malgré tout. Le jeu, original, fait partie des productions majeures sur PS2. Il reste meilleur sur ce support, nous l’avons vu, avec de belles cinématiques et une difficulté plus relevée. La version PSP a pour elle sa portabilité et les possibilités de parties plus rapides. De plus, elle dispose aussi d’une héroïne supplémentaire à choisir, ce qui influe de différentes manières sur l'aventure.
Legendra (Jan 30, 2011)
Autant l'avouer, j'ai pris du plaisir à me relancer dans cette aventure une nouvelle fois, avec cependant un petit gout amer dans la bouche tout le long. P3P reste un bon jeu, pas indispensable si on a touché aux opus PS2, mais certainement pas une version "ultime", bien que Atlus avait toutes les armes pour le faire. Un portage décevant, facile et limite paresseux qui fait moyennement honneur au nom duquel il hérite. Le jeu gagne considérablement en confort et en accessibilité (voir trop ?), mais perd en expérience de jeu et en charisme. Pour ceux n'ayant pas encore touché à l'univers de Persona 3, Persona 3 FES reste la version de référence. Pour les autres, ceux ne disposant pas de PS2 et les irréductibles fans, cela reste quand même une expérience intéressante et une nouvelle occasion de revivre une nouvelle fois les péripéties de la S.E.E.S., pour peu d'être un tantinet tolérant.

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