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  • Summary: Lead a group of high school students with a dangerous extracurricular activity: exploring the mysterious tower Tartarus and fighting the sinister Shadows during the Dark Hour, a frozen span of time imperceptible to all but a select few. However, the end of their quest is no longer the end ofLead a group of high school students with a dangerous extracurricular activity: exploring the mysterious tower Tartarus and fighting the sinister Shadows during the Dark Hour, a frozen span of time imperceptible to all but a select few. However, the end of their quest is no longer the end of the story--witness for the first time the aftermath of the final battle and the students' struggle to find meaning in their new lives. Persona 3 FES contains an enhanced version of the original game, loaded with new Personas and cutscenes, a weapon synthesis system, additional quests and events, a hard difficulty mode, and the ability to change your characters' clothes. 30 additional hours of gameplay - Take the role of Aigis in a brand new Persona 3 episode that plays as a full game with an original story, extra cutscenes and objectives, and seventeen new music tracks. [Atlus USA] Expand
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
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  1. 100
    FES' other addition -- a remarkably expansive epilogue called "The Answer" that's instantly accessible from the title screen -- simply cannot be missed.
  2. 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.
  3. Almost every addition to The Journey makes it a superior experience to the original Persona 3 , and the addition of The Answer increases that value.
  4. PSM3 Magazine UK
    90
    Improved, with enough here to keep you busy till "Persona 4." [Feb 2009, p.84]
  5. With a mere $30 price tag, it's the perfect way for fans and newcomers to experience this exceptional RPG. [May 2008, p.94]
  6. 80
    The three interwoven role-play threads in Persona 3 FES are so deftly sewn that it's easy to tune out the rest of the noise.
  7. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3: FES is a hardcore title with hardcore appeal, and it's not intended to a blockbuster.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. VidM
    Apr 30, 2008
    10
    This game is BAD@$$ and blew away all of my expectations. If you're a FF fanboy or fangirl, it's high time you played a real RPG. This game is BAD@$$ and blew away all of my expectations. If you're a FF fanboy or fangirl, it's high time you played a real RPG. Stop reading this and go buy it. Now. If it's even still available. Grrr, Atlas and your limited presses. Expand
  2. JonT
    Oct 6, 2009
    10
    Epic Adventure! For those who have not played persona 3 this is a must get! For those of you who have, FES has a bunch of new features and a Epic Adventure! For those who have not played persona 3 this is a must get! For those of you who have, FES has a bunch of new features and a Loonnggg epiloge! Its a must play! Expand
  3. Nov 13, 2012
    10
    I played Persona 3 FES, so I will submit this review for both the original and FES. Persona 3 is right up there on my list of "greatest gamesI played Persona 3 FES, so I will submit this review for both the original and FES. Persona 3 is right up there on my list of "greatest games of all-time" alongside Shenmue. The story in this game is simply the best ever, it's emotionally engaging, great voice actors and really puts you in some tough positions when you have choices to make. This is RPG at it's finest. I fell inlove with all the characters here and I never stopped. The gameplay is top-notch, dungeon crawling has never been more fun, the combat is the best I've seen for a JRPG, the use of Personas gives it a nice, unique twist to it. When you're not in combat, you're either in the dorm, at the mall, in school or exploring the other areas of the city. There is so much to do, and the game is extremely long, took me ~110 hours to complete this. Oh and lets not forget the soundtrack, simply one of the best, if not the best, of all time. If you love JRPGS, great stories, and great combat, make sure you purchase this game, you WILL NOT regret it. Expand
  4. Jun 11, 2018
    10
    One of the best games i ever played,The story is lengthy and rewarding,the main highlight of the game to me is the Social Links,withOne of the best games i ever played,The story is lengthy and rewarding,the main highlight of the game to me is the Social Links,with interesting and complex characters,The game is Jam-packed with content,The music is upbeat,catchy and matches the atmosphere of the game really well
    The only criticism i can say about this game is the animations and graphics look really outdated compared to today's standards,And the combat can get repetitive and a bit frustrating at times but nonetheless,this game is truly a masterpiece and i can't recommend it enough,Play it you will have the time of your life
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  5. Apr 19, 2011
    10
    This definitely comes in as one of my favorite RPGs of all time. Any fan of JRPGs or anime in general needs to pick up this game as well asThis definitely comes in as one of my favorite RPGs of all time. Any fan of JRPGs or anime in general needs to pick up this game as well as Persona 4. The Social Link system is an amazing way to mix up the action, and the end result is a perfect blend of dungeon crawling, monster collecting, and visual novel. The grind might be repetitive, but the boss battles are great and the story/characters are amazing. Definitely not an RPG to be missed! Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2013
    9
    Persona 3 FES is a fantastic RPG. My entry point in the series but also my favorite (Persona 4 is also really good). A unique, engaging story,Persona 3 FES is a fantastic RPG. My entry point in the series but also my favorite (Persona 4 is also really good). A unique, engaging story, memorable characters and dungeon-crawling mixed with attending school and social bonding await. Expand
  7. May 28, 2018
    0
    Clearly the inferior game out of the recent three. You might've heard somewhere before that people hyped this game as the best one in theClearly the inferior game out of the recent three. You might've heard somewhere before that people hyped this game as the best one in the franchise, which isn't true since those people are likely speaking from nostalgia perspective.

    The gameplay are unbalanced and you can't control your party members in battle, plus the AI aren't helping either. I lost count as how many times i've encountered groups of enemies which all shares the same weaknesses and i set one of my party member to knock them down, but guess what? they decide to hit them one by one instead of doing it with multi-target skill attack. I don't mind if the enemies are weak to certain physical attacks since regular attack command will do. But when the enemies are weak to certain elements, prepare to waste more of your precious time & in-game resource.

    Next is the dungeon, in this game there's only one big dungeon called Tartarus, you have to climb this one and only lazy-designed dungeon to reached the top before the last day in the game, there's no real time limit here but you should still keep up with it every month if you don't want to get into trouble near the end. The worst part? not only does the process are tedious, but your allies could also got tired from exploring and thus severely limited your exploration.

    Lastly, the story use the same formula as in Persona 4 & Persona 5 but didn't executed as good and the characters are mostly okay except for this one robot girl (yes, a robot girl) that's just came out of nowhere and become the center of the narrative, not to mention that in some scene they make her looks like her sole purpose is to please the male playerbase by holding the main character's hand immediately after she saw him for the first time or going into the main character's room when he sleeps at night. Though there are some other annoying characters like the french guy at school or the fat dude in mall, the robot girl stand out the most since she's part of your team.

    The final boss battle are a drag because usually final boss in JRPG have 3 forms, but this one got 13 forms! and the optional boss aren't as hard as people makes it sound to be, just need lots of preparation not worth getting stressed over, complete with an epilogue called "The Answer" which is also tedious. If i have to say a good thing about this game, it's the music, "Burn My Dread" and "Battle Hymn of the Soul" are one of the best video games soundtrack i've ever heard.

    Overall, this game isn't as good as what the fans are saying. If you played this game expecting another Persona 4 or Persona 5, chance are you'll be disappointed. If you haven't played Persona 4 or Persona 5, play those instead since they're better in almost every way.
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