Persona 3 mobile is messy, weird, and likable on modern platforms

Persona 3 mobile is messy, weird, and likable on modern platforms

success Persona 5 Creating millions of new Persona fans, fascinated by the stories of teens who harness their inner strength to fight injustice and save life as they know it. Persona 3 PortableIts re-release on Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox and Nintendo Switch platforms means that many of these newcomers can get a history lesson — warts and all — on the roots of the franchise, and enjoy strengthening their bond with a different group of teens who have been compromised.

And it really would be a blast from the past, because Persona 3The port greatly improves on the 2009 PlayStation Portable version, itself an improvement over the original PlayStation 2, released in 2007 in America. There are no big leaps forward from the PSP version here; It is simply the same game available to a wider (and active) audience. It’s also especially important given the store’s aging on older Sony platforms.

Persona 3 PortableThe option to cast a female lead is a welcome change after Two Silent Men. Its dialogue is more fun, and the option to date the men is refreshing, though same-sex couples are still sadly off the table in this outlet. Even though the game initially warns me that the heroine is meant to be played the second time around, I dive in anyway.

Persona 3 Portable It tells the darkest story in the modern Persona franchise. yes, Persona 4 A murder mystery follows, but there is plenty of humor and humor. Persona 3However, Death attacks me at every turn. Every student has a terrible, tragic past – many are orphans, or have rocky relationships with their parents, if they’re alive. Most of my social connections, afternoons and evenings, involve tragic figures struggling through depression.

The game’s supernatural event, The Dark Hour that follows midnight, turns all non-participating humans into glowing coffins as the Persona-users escape. To make matters even more terrifying, the party members summon their personal powers: by holding a fake gun to their heads and pulling the trigger. While these guns, Evokers, are not real or loaded, they do symbolize the sacrifice required to use a character in this universe. For many, it may come across as bad taste.

Image: Atlus

Speaking of, here’s a content warning for people considering playing it for the first time: I saw a party member pretend to shoot him in the head every time I activated his character’s character in battle.

Persona 3The turn-based combat portion largely takes place in an infinite dungeon called Tartarus, which only appears during the Dark Hour. Scaling Tartarus’ countless decks is crucial to gaining experience before the larger boss battles, which happen once a month on a full moon. This means spending hours searching for randomly generated floors that rarely differ in their color schemes, sneaking up on shadow enemies, targeting their weak spots, over and over again.

The combat and its menus are very similar Persona 4 Goldenbut without the variety of different dungeons. Persona 5 It enhanced the dungeon experience by awarding unique gameplay palaces, so the regression for players, like me, who play the series in reverse chronological order would be pretty stark. While it’s possible that I over-prepared for each boss fight by going through each new section of decks more than once, it felt necessary, at the time, to make sure my characters were strong enough. The grind sometimes feels comfortable in its beats, but sometimes it also requires a podcast to mitigate the monotony.

Aigis and the hero attack the enemy demon in Persona 3 Portable

Image: Atlus

Tartaros and boss battles are the only instances where I’m allowed the freedom to move my character. In the daytime outside world map section, I limit myself to a static overhead view and a cursor. This feels a bit out of the body, and while I don’t waste time navigating around Gekkoukan High’s labyrinth, it also means the social elements are fleeting – a little palate-cleanser before I plunge back into Tartarus. Later Persona games have added a lot more activities and diversions besides the calendar-based stuff. In comparison with, Persona 3 Portable has been scaled back. I didn’t have much to do at night for the first few months besides studying, working in a coffee shop, or chatting with one social link that I quickly reached. I was worried I might miss something important.

I appreciate some simplicity. There are three social stats, not five, to manage: Academics, Guts, and Charm. This simplifies some of my activity choices, and I don’t have to stress about raising my cuteness. However, some social ties are confined behind the highest statistical level. I haven’t finished the game yet, but I don’t think I’ll ever get genius enough to hang out with the icy, creepy Mitsuru, the founder of our team who’s also the student council president and rides a motorcycle, no less. (Mitsuru is great, but maybe not 100 hours New game plus cool.)

A nightmarish greenish landscape signals the arrival of the Dark Hour in Persona 3 Portable

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It also takes much longer to get to the meat Persona 3the story, compared to later entries, and there are long periods of time between significant story beats. The game begins at the beginning of the school year in April. In July, I finally faced my two main enemies. They take advantage of the dark hour and will do anything to thwart my attempts to end it. The plot kicks off in September, though after I’ve met the full cast and have a bevy of characters I can drag along the dungeon crawl. By October and November, more than 60 hours later, I finally understood the stakes. I think this story is one every new mutant should experience, but it’s quite a task without the diversity of the new games (whether in slice-of-life or dungeon activities). While this port is a great remake of the old classic, I’m surprised it didn’t add much other than the ability to quickly save to Tartarus or other places and return to the title screen.

Still, after being fully immersed in it Persona 5 In 2017, I fully intended to play Persona 3 After many people have told me this is their favorite entree. While the systems don’t hold up when stacked against newer titles, I did find their somber tone more gritty and likable. It takes effort to get to the end, but the complex, weird, and chaotic story is worth it.

Persona 3 Portable It will be re-released January 19th on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and via Game Pass. The game was reviewed on Steam using a pre-release download code provided by Atlus. Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, although Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. You can find Additional information about Polygon’s ethics policy here.]

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