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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  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: 71 out of 88
  2. Negative: 5 out of 88
  1. Nov 29, 2018
    10
    Whoever is review bombing needs to get a **** life. This game was at 8.8 a few weeks ago.
  2. Jun 28, 2020
    10
    Best game ever made. The story, the characters, the symbolism, the message, the OST... It's all perfect (well except for being forced to dateBest game ever made. The story, the characters, the symbolism, the message, the OST... It's all perfect (well except for being forced to date all girls in order to complete her SL but it's a really minor flaw) Expand
  3. AngelicaR
    Aug 16, 2009
    10
    This is probably one of the best RPGs I have played in a long time and a definite must-play for anyone who owns a PS2: Compared to your This is probably one of the best RPGs I have played in a long time and a definite must-play for anyone who owns a PS2: Compared to your standard group of RPG heroes, this involves a group of high school students that fight during the Dark Hour: a hidden hour between midnight and the following day. When you are not grinding, you attend Gekkoukan High School and make friends that help strengthen your Personas. Expand
  4. 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
  5. Dec 1, 2019
    9
    Persona 3 still stands as one of the more powerful games in the franchise and is a great entry for newer Persona fans.

    - One of the best
    Persona 3 still stands as one of the more powerful games in the franchise and is a great entry for newer Persona fans.

    - One of the best stories available
    - Even the side stuff like social links are cool to look at
    - Characters and their developments continued to grow on me amazingly
    - Soundtrack is amazing but can become repetitive
    - One of the better 3D RPGs available especially at it's time
    - 90+ Hrs of gameplay
    - The difficulty feels more or less like SMT but easier
    - Social links have lots of variety
    - Game isn't too grindy

    The negatives?
    - If Player goes down it's game over. What's the point of buying items and Yukari having recarm then?
    - The school life can become very boring especially with the learning aspects.
    - Forced social links to make the actual gameplay better
    - Can't control allies
    - Some side quests just plain suck
    - It's one dungeon area with random layouts as opposed to several areas to travel to
    - The fatigue system
    - Having to actually upgrade your stats in the normal life
    - Annoying analysis characters that you can't turn off. I know how to play the game yet it treats me like a child.
    - Shadows instead of demons
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  6. Jan 29, 2021
    8
    The feeling of finishing Persona 3 was almost the complete opposite of finishing Persona 4. When I finished my trip in Inaba, I felt nothingThe feeling of finishing Persona 3 was almost the complete opposite of finishing Persona 4. When I finished my trip in Inaba, I felt nothing but joy, but when I finally destroyed Tartarus, I felt nothing but... sadness!
    And that felt surprisingly good!

    Persona 3 felt like a game on the verge of something incredible. It has all the right ingredients that would make the franchise stunning, but its formula was still being worked upon, at the time.
    But that's not to say that the game is bad! Because it's definitely not!
    While P3's gameplay may feel arcaic, the story and characters shines on the entire experience. The story does take A LONG time to actually develop and the pacing of progressing/leveling up does feel a little dull, but whenever something big happens, it floored me. Every character motivation is well written, dialogues are melancholic, making you care about each person's tale, the protagonist has an actual interesting past in comparition to P4 and P5 and the ending... MY GOD, THAT ENDING IS PERFECT! Sad, sure... But superb.
    I also noticed that leveling up your social links in this game was simpler than the others. Side characters weren't as great as seen in future games, but they were nicely developed, nonetheless. The soundtrack has few tracks, but they're VERY memorable and good to listen to. I am a sucker for every soundtrack that Shoji Meguro touches and this is no different. It perfectly captures the sorrow and urban distress of the game, making its atmosphere balanced and unique.

    As for the dungeon crawling aspect of P3, well... I don't like it too much.
    Fusing personas, managing the different and creative characters, exploiting weaknesses and making your party as tactical as possible is still fun and, honestly, the saving grace of P3's dated battle nuances - but DAMN, is it bland! -
    I didn't think this game was harder than P4, but leveling up here is A CHORE. The dungeons' design sucks, enemy variety is a joke, traversing through Tartarus breaks the story's pacing and everything feels VERY slow. And the worst of all: Grinding might be boring, but it's a necessity. If your level is low, than get your ass down to killing some shadows IMMEDIATELY!
    ALSO, I WANT TO PERSONALLY PUNCH THE DUDE THAT DECIDED TO TAKE AWAY THE POSSIBILITY OF CONTROLLING YOUR PARTY MEMBERS! **** THAT AND **** THAT AI!
    It's sad that Tartarus sucks so bad, because that's the only negative thing I can think of. If it wasn't by Tartarus, even story and character development would feel more natural and just faster. I'm glad Atlus improved on their dungeons.
    Oh, one other thing, DO NOT play The Answer! It's unbalanced, ruins a perfect story and requires EVEN MORE GRIND!

    While I wouldn't recommend P3 as your first Persona or JRPG, I'd definitely recommend to any fan of the franchise and genre. Especially if you crave a good, thoughtful, bleak story and atmosphere. It filled me with joy, than broke me and I loved it ( despite gameplay hindrances)!
    Memento Mori, everyone.
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  7. Mar 24, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. You know, i was a big fan of this game until the very end. You spend over a hundred hours just for everybody you spent your adventure with forgetting everything, just to have their memories snap back. Once this happens they just rush to you but your character just **** dies right before they get there. You die, you're dead. You don't even get to experience meeting with the version of your friends that matters before you just die and never come back as is revealed in the answer. **** this game, wasted a hundred hours of my life. Expand

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