Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jan 17, 2023
    90
    If you have somehow overlooked the franchise, Persona 3 Portable makes an ideal entry point. Not only does this remaster showcase many of the features that will carry over and evolve into subsequent entries but flaunts a reasonable price and proficient porting. Unless longtime fans still have a working PSP or PS Vita, this is an impeccable way to revisit one of role-playing’s most relevant efforts.
  2. Jan 17, 2023
    90
    My issues with Persona 3 Portable itself aside, the new PC port is excellent. It scales across different hardware well, runs well and looks good on Steam Deck, and arrives without the issues P4G had at launch on PC. It is disappointing that after all these years Persona 3's arrival on modern platforms isn't a complete remake, but it is hard to argue with the value P3P provides at its low asking price right now.
  3. Jan 17, 2023
    85
    This remaster may be closer to a simple upscale, but Persona 3 Portable is still an incredible game that set the standard for modern Persona. The game looks and runs great no matter what you play it on, with a few caveats. While this probably won’t settle the debate about P3’s definitive version, it’s great to have it easily available.
  4. Jan 17, 2023
    80
    It might sound like I'm being negative about Persona 3, but I'm not. It's a lot of fun, and it has a lot of interesting strengths. It has the misfortune of being the first game in a franchise where the sequels improved on a ton of features and were released before it on the PC. If you've never played it, it's well worth a shot. It's still a great game, but it has aged more than its sequels. Despite that, it still does some things superbly well. The addition of an entire second playable story path and a bunch of new social links also makes it a worthwhile experience for those who played the original release but not the portable version.
  5. Jan 17, 2023
    80
    This isn't the definitive version of Persona 3 that it could have been, but it's hard to deny that the game is still highly enjoyable all the same.
  6. Jan 17, 2023
    80
    A PSP classic with systems that show age, but P3P's retelling remains a series best for its stylishly eerie world and intimate look at mortality.
  7. Jan 24, 2023
    79
    In all Persona 3 Portable is an excellent chance for gamers to add to their JRPG collection, and despite its flaws it has a compelling story, fantastic music (Techno and J-Rock compared to P4’s J-Pop and P5’s Jazz), and characters that feel fleshed out and real. For $20 USD on Steam and many hours of content, the game is a bargain worthy of Tanaka, a series spanning salesman that has always got a deal for you.
  8. Jan 18, 2023
    60
    Persona 3 Portable is an unconvincing conversion of a game that could have expressed more in 2009, constrained then by limitations that current platforms do not have. It remains an important chapter for the saga with a unique aesthetic that serves as a bridge to its origins, but it is a shame that the adaptation was made without the will to dare.
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  1. Jan 17, 2023
    While the systems don’t hold up when stacked against the newer titles, I found its bleaker tone more endearing and lovable. It takes work to get to the end, but the complicated, messy, weird story is worth it
User Score
4.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 13 out of 21
  1. Jan 21, 2023
    2
    A literal hour-effort spent emulating this game’s 2007 release on any desktop PC will provide a drastically superior experience to the bizarreA literal hour-effort spent emulating this game’s 2007 release on any desktop PC will provide a drastically superior experience to the bizarre style of this PSP port. Persona 3 is a game that relies incredibly on its narrative, and the way it’s presented. I am genuinely blown away at the poor quality of this release, esp in the wake of Persona 4’s port which got several quality of life updates such as HD character portraits & high quality music—all of which are missing, here. Audio quality is in very poor shape, and makes immersion very difficult. Cutscenes that contextualize 70-80% of the game’s scenarios are completely missing, making many jumps and options in dialogue seem random or out of place. It’s very saddening how much better it is to emulate this game, rather than to play it this way. I don’t understand why this game—frequently heralded as a cult classic//PS2 era masterpiece, was given such an indifferent release. Regret purchasing. Full Review »
  2. Jan 22, 2023
    3
    After the great port of Persona 4 golden on PC, i had a lot of hope. Unfortunately this game is a huge dissapointment. The AI upscaling ofAfter the great port of Persona 4 golden on PC, i had a lot of hope. Unfortunately this game is a huge dissapointment. The AI upscaling of backgrounds and characters look awful.
    The first awakening scene with the main character has such a bad audio quality, that i thought to myself, if that is some sort of joke. Who made the quality control for this? Who said, that this looks fine? This is a ripoff, just a cash grab. To make a few bucks.

    The gameplay loop itself is fine. You see where it all started. There are a few annoying things, which are better in the other Persona games. But overall, the original game is fine.

    If you want to play Persona 3 get any other version. Not this port.
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  3. Jan 22, 2023
    0
    Persona 3 portable on steam, ps4, ps5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and switch is not a good port of the videogame some cutscenes have stinkyPersona 3 portable on steam, ps4, ps5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and switch is not a good port of the videogame some cutscenes have stinky quality audio as if it is from a game from the Nintendo DS, the upscale of the textures does not look good sometimes the characters in the overworld look like characters from mysims and why can i not look at Minako or Mitsuru or even Yukari's smelly feet 0/10 dont buy this port, Atlus have acknowledged the issues and have said they will fix these issues in a patch however this doesn't excuse this behaviour of releasing a videogame in an incomplete poopy state i am tremendously disappointed and I hope someone got fired for that blunder Full Review »