Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 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. Play Magazine
    For the rest of you, Persona 3 FES is one of the best RPGs the PS2 has ever received, and one of the console's proudest moments period. [May 2008, p.58]
  3. Persona 3: FES manages to take one of last year's best RPGs and make it even better, trumping the original with loads of gameplay and fantastic value.
  4. 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.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Get FES no matter how familiar you are with "Persona 3". [June 2008, p.86]
  6. 98
    If you haven't played Persona 3, however, there is no better reason to pick up FES. Do it now!
  7. 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.
  8. If you're after a challenging and engaging game that'll reward you with a huge well of gameplay with polished style, and - we'll just say it - you're not afraid to nerd out, Persona 3 FES is an all around quality title that it'd be a shame to miss.
  9. 90
    A fantastic version of an astonishing game. Although you miss out on the sumptuous bonuses of the original release, you will get substantially more content at a great price.
  10. 90
    The game's audio is phenomenal. Throughout the game players are treated to a combination of Japanese-style blues, pop, techno and rock. Even those who have become tired of Japan's trademark stylistic alterations to American media will find the variety of tunes appealing.
  11. Persona 3 FES is a lesson to game makers and movie directors on what a repackaging should look like. New features, a much better ending and enough tweaks to fill a Starbucks makes FES a steal at its price.
  12. Unquestionably if you did not get around to buying Persona 3 earlier this year then this is another opportunity and one not to be wasted.
  13. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Improved, with enough here to keep you busy till "Persona 4." [Feb 2009, p.84]
  14. 88
    Persona 3 featured a lot of replayability and tons of depth. Persona 3 FES blows that out of the water, with hours upon hours of additional content, redesigned gameplay and an epilogue that fully concludes the story.
  15. This is the definitive version of 2007's best role-playing game.
  16. With a mere $30 price tag, it's the perfect way for fans and newcomers to experience this exceptional RPG. [May 2008, p.94]
  17. Persona 3 FES lacks the memorabilia, but packs more in-game content at a cheaper price. The newer version offers a chance for Atlus to recruit new MegaTen fans and should be enticing enough even for those that picked up Persona 3 last year.
  18. Persona 3: FES will increase your appreciation of its storyline. The characters are great, the dialogue is believable (how’s THAT for an RPG!?), and if you enjoyed the gameplay last year, there are several new reasons to play through the original quest all over again.
  19. 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.
  20. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Though the new chapter is very good, it's also combat heavy and sports a moderately high difficulty level. [June 2008, p.74]
  21. The bottom line is simple: if you love true RPGs, then you need to pick up this game.
  22. At 29.99, Persona 3 FES packs a lot of story and gameplay on one disc.
  23. games(TM)
    For anyone looking for an affordable, thoroughly enjoyable, and long-lasting RPG unlike any other, Persona 3 FES delivers in spades. [Dec 2008, p.128]
  24. Persona 3 FES is a very good JRPG which stands out from the crowd by having a unique setting and lots of sass and style.
  25. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3: FES is a hardcore title with hardcore appeal, and it's not intended to a blockbuster.

Awards & Rankings

#2 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2008
#5 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2008
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 556 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. JonT
    Oct 6, 2009
    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! Full Review »
  2. Nov 29, 2018
    Whoever is review bombing needs to get a **** life. This game was at 8.8 a few weeks ago.
  3. Feb 19, 2014
    While the dungeon crawling and social sim combination may not be for everyone, any person who calls themselves an RPG fan would be doingWhile the dungeon crawling and social sim combination may not be for everyone, any person who calls themselves an RPG fan would be doing themselves a disservice by not at least trying this title. P3FES builds upon the original P3, fixing many of the gripes people had with original while adding a new social link, multiple mechanics regarding combat and stat building, and an all new epilogue which explains the closing hours. With a large cast of likeable characters, a solid (albeit at times annoying) combat system reminiscent of Pokemon, and intriguing story and supporting elements, P3FES has all the great makings of a perfect RPG, but falls just short of the mark due to a few complaints.

    Combat can be a drag as the amount of control you have over your teammates is very small, Tartarus is the only dungeon in the game and it's literally the same floor repeated over and over again, the inventory system is clunky and confusing at most times, the art style and music is an "either you love it or you hate it" deal, the story slows down considerably near the end, and at times the game feels more like a social/waifu simulator with the rare dungeon dive.

    The Persona series gets a lot of scrutiny due to the lack of depth outside of the Social Links , but this much is certain: P3 FES is a greatly improved version of the original, and definitely warrants a try.
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