Shin Megami Tensei: Persona PSP

  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Sep 22, 2009
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 52
  2. Negative: 5 out of 52

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  1. Sep 5, 2017
    7
    REVIEW BASED ON
    > True ending achieved
    COMMENT The start of the spectacular JRPG series Persona, just remade entirely. A good start indeed, but nothing extraordinary. GAME SHAKER - The 2D graphics are outdated PROS + The "origin" story + The music + The ending (which I won't spoil :P) CONS - The sometimes excessive grind - Some dialogue choices might be tricky - The
    REVIEW BASED ON
    > True ending achieved

    COMMENT
    The start of the spectacular JRPG series Persona, just remade entirely. A good start indeed, but nothing extraordinary.

    GAME SHAKER
    - The 2D graphics are outdated

    PROS
    + The "origin" story
    + The music
    + The ending (which I won't spoil :P)

    CONS
    - The sometimes excessive grind
    - Some dialogue choices might be tricky
    - The hard dungeons (not every of them tough)
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  2. Oct 19, 2014
    7
    Story:
    The Persona series is well known for its creative storylines, and Persona PSP is no exception. The main character(you), and his friends play the "Persona" game at school, until a strange occurrence disturbs them. Their world is subsequently attacked by creatures from another world.
    Gameplay: Persona is a turn-based jrpg, with elements of a dungeon crawler. I want to begin by
    Story:
    The Persona series is well known for its creative storylines, and Persona PSP is no exception. The main character(you), and his friends play the "Persona" game at school, until a strange occurrence disturbs them. Their world is subsequently attacked by creatures from another world.

    Gameplay:
    Persona is a turn-based jrpg, with elements of a dungeon crawler. I want to begin by stating this: You WILL eventually become annoyed of the random encounters. The encounters interrupt the flow of the storyline and could potentially ruin your overall enjoyment of the game, depending on how patient you are. As an example, imagine playing Pokemon with an unlimited amount of tall grass in every inch of the game. That is how Persona's random encounters work. Thankfully, the gameplay is very solid. You and 4 other characters battle against the creatures using your Personas. The battles take place on a grid, where you can arrange the formation to your liking. A fun aspect of the game is creating your own Personas. You can get spell cards from enemies and create Personas with new abilities by combining them together.

    Graphics:
    The entire appearance of the game is its weakest aspect. The animations are stiff, repetitive, and aesthetically unpleasant. The enemy designs are typically creative, however, some are just plain odd. The walls on each dungeon are as repetitive as the floor above and below it. It shows extreme laziness from the developer, who did not want to draw more walls to help differentiate floors from each other.

    Verdict:
    Persona is a good game, with some
    annoyances. Impatient gamers should NOT play this game, as the random encounters will destroy the experience. Persona and RPG fans should enjoy this game because of the game's many positives: The storyline, gameplay mechanics, and the length (50+ hours).
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  3. May 24, 2013
    5
    This is just a standard JRPG dungeon crawler. It's nice to see the roots of the Persona series but unless you love grinding and dungeon crawling, stay away from this one. Also, keep in mind that you can reject new party members. If you choose to keep them, you won't be able to get other party members in the future.
  4. JoeS
    Nov 18, 2009
    6
    Mildly fun but overall lacking a lot. Perhaps the other reviewers were right in saying that I should have started with another Persona game first because this game just isn't grabbing my attention. Annoyingly frequent monster battles mixed with poor graphics and, what feels in this day and age to be a rather uninspired combat system make this something that I could have just as Mildly fun but overall lacking a lot. Perhaps the other reviewers were right in saying that I should have started with another Persona game first because this game just isn't grabbing my attention. Annoyingly frequent monster battles mixed with poor graphics and, what feels in this day and age to be a rather uninspired combat system make this something that I could have just as easily skipped. Expand

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#11 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2009
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#7 Most Shared PSP Game of 2009
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. It may be unfair to compare the first game in a series to titles that came much later, but in a post-Persona 4 world such comparisons are inevitable. That being said, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona is a great game in its own right, and worthy of being in the collection of any RPG fan.
  2. For both new and old series fans, it's really fun to see how one of the most popular role-playing game series started out.
  3. 91
    Persona for the PSP was a killer trip down memory lane with a pair of high-definition rose-colored glasses. The new upgrades made the experience smoother without sacrificing the game's integrity.