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  • Summary: The Dark Hour, time "hidden" between one day and the next. Unfamiliar stillness swallows the city, people turn into eerie coffins, and otherworldly monsters called Shadows swarm. One night, the protagonist is attacked by these Shadows and the power of the heart, their Persona, is awakened.The Dark Hour, time "hidden" between one day and the next. Unfamiliar stillness swallows the city, people turn into eerie coffins, and otherworldly monsters called Shadows swarm. One night, the protagonist is attacked by these Shadows and the power of the heart, their Persona, is awakened.

    As a member of a secret school club, you must wield your inner power--Persona--and protect humanity from impending doom. Will you live to see the light of day?
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jan 18, 2023
    90
    The portable version lacks some things included in the FES version that are clearly noticeable, but the gameplay is still good, the OST is simply majestic and the characters are just so charming that make up for any bad thing about the game. This is definitely one of the best stories ever told in a JRPG.
  2. Jan 18, 2023
    88
    Persona 3 Portable remains the definitive version of Persona 3, albeit a relic of Persona‘s past. Compared to the star quality of the entire Persona 5 series, I can see a world where a newer Persona player may be confused about the lack of animated cutscenes, a battle system that is focused around solely controlling the main character by default, a point-and-click-esque navigation system outside of dungeon-crawling, and a forgiving-but-still-simple Social Link system. I can also see a world where veterans may be expecting a remaster that incorporates the media from Persona 3 into the skeleton of Persona 3 Portable, breathing new life and character into a classic RPG. Looking past these quibbles, Persona 3 Portable remains a stellar JRPG, and it looks, sounds, and plays better than I remembered.
  3. Jan 17, 2023
    80
    Persona 3 Portable is a simple but livelier version of the original PS2 game. It has enough additions to immerse us in its twisted world of shadows. Highlights the choice of the female protagonist as a playable character offers a different point of view. She may be more to the point, but she's still Persona.
  4. Feb 1, 2023
    80
    It ultimately feels like a missed opportunity that Atlus didn’t combine the features of both FES and Portable to create an official definitive version of Persona 3. Nonetheless, bringing Persona 3 Portable onto pretty much all modern platforms is appreciated, as the game maintains its charm despite its age. However, it’s a little hard recommending this specific title to newer fans of the series especially with 5 Royal and 4 Golden already out there, as Portable suffers from some outdated design choices and cut corners. The soundtrack still slaps though.
  5. Jan 27, 2023
    78
    A remastered version for current consoles for the fans who haven't played Persona 3 yet. While the simple transplant without noticeable improvements disappointed majority of fans who have long awaited, its unique gameplay still has the charm even after all those years.
  6. Feb 1, 2023
    75
    My take is that neither Portable nor FES should have gotten a re-release. Instead, Atlus should have, using FES as a base, made one final, definitive, ultimate version of Persona 3 combining FES's presentation with Portable's balance changes and Kotone's route. It would have been more work, but everyone would be happy. But they didn't do that, and that's a massive disappointment. Persona 3 Portable is forced to carry forward onto modern platforms a compromised design made for a console that's nearly two decades old instead of blossoming into the masterpiece it has the potential to be.
  7. 70
    Persona 3 Portable stripped Persona 3 down to its bare essentials just to get the game running on the PSP. Playing that same game on a home console without any significant changes, even at a budget price, feels incredibly underwhelming, especially with Persona 4 Golden releasing alongside it. Yes, the skeleton of Persona 3 is still there. The problem is that there's hardly any meat on its bones. When you pair that with the fact that there still isn't a single definitive edition of Persona 3 on any platform 17 years after its release, it feels like Atlus is neglecting one of its most beloved games.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jan 24, 2023
    10
    This was one of the games that makes me love the genre. An unmissable experience for anyone interested in JRPG's
  2. Jan 22, 2023
    7
    is not a very good remastered, but the game is good, the best part is the history. For 20$ is a good deal
  3. Feb 1, 2023
    2
    Boring story, worst social links in the series, combat makes me wanna shoot myself (get the joke?????). They didn't even give the option forBoring story, worst social links in the series, combat makes me wanna shoot myself (get the joke?????). They didn't even give the option for FES, the best way to play this pretty terrible game. Worst modern persona game, play shin megami tensei 4. Expand