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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: 35 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. 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
  2. Apr 7, 2018
    10
    This was my First Shin Megami Tensei game and one of the best JRPGs in History.
    Great Music,Story and Characters.
  3. Aug 29, 2010
    10
    One of the best RPGs of the past decade (in my opinion of course). This game is great. It's length is good ($30 for 120+ hours? Pretty good inOne of the best RPGs of the past decade (in my opinion of course). This game is great. It's length is good ($30 for 120+ hours? Pretty good in my opinion), the actors do a very good job (aside from Fuuka who can go from pretty good to abysmal). The story is good and the characters really help push it along. The combat is the same as any other JRPG. One thing that most people complain about is the lack of being able to control your party members, believe me when I say, it's not as bad as it sounds. The worst of the AI is probably Misturu, but everyone else has pretty good AI, so don't worry about that. The Persona fusion system is a lot of fun to mess with, you could easily spend 20+ minutes fusing Personae together. Awesome game. Expand
  4. Laurier
    May 10, 2008
    10
    Persona 3 was an incredible RPG, with a unique vibe, great blending of two apparently different gameplay styles, and FES only adds to this Persona 3 was an incredible RPG, with a unique vibe, great blending of two apparently different gameplay styles, and FES only adds to this greatness. No need to list all the additions here (especially since some would be rather spoiler-ish), but for 30$, you get more content than in the original game, more things to do, and even a separate new game to go with it, for a fraction of the price. Definitely worth buying, whether you have the original or not. Expand
  5. Mar 11, 2017
    9
    I came to play this franchise with no expectations and Atlus has really established itself as a brand that can compete with the like of SquareI came to play this franchise with no expectations and Atlus has really established itself as a brand that can compete with the like of Square Enix in the JRPG genre. Persona 3 is one of my favorites games in the PS2 and I recommend it practically to everyone. Its gameplay is unique because no other game, AFAIK, has ever tried mixing in bonds and friendship as a source of leveling power/capability. Guaranteed a great game for its time and will always have a special place in me. Expand
  6. Dec 29, 2012
    9
    Amazing story, excellent game. A few complaints include a weak mid-game and repetitive dungeons. However, Atlus was definitely on the rightAmazing story, excellent game. A few complaints include a weak mid-game and repetitive dungeons. However, Atlus was definitely on the right track when they created this and I recommend any gamer who wants a great experience to try this out. 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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