|System: PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Atlus USA||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Atlus USA||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: July 6, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
You can expect roughly the same experience on the PSP that you had on the PlayStation 2. The game's engine still looks great, and although the anime cutscenes have been axed in favor of still images and in-game visuals, the game still holds up. The voiceover for the game is still good, and the voice actors all do a great job here. However, the best part of the remake, as well as the original, is the game's score. The music here is definitely up there in quality with the best titles, and you won't soon forget the game's haunting score, especially during the game's dramatic final moments. Although the score hasn't been re-worked extensively for this remake, there are several new tunes that accompany the female character's new story.
The mechanics in Persona 3 Portable are almost identical to those in Persona 3, with a few small changes. The most notable of these changes is the change from self-guided third-person navigation to point-and-click style navigation. Although some fans may be disappointed with this change, I found that it sped up the gameplay and allowed those playing through the game for the second or third time to get to the plot/battle points easier than before. Plus, walking around never was the highlight of my Persona 3 experience, so I didn't really miss watching my character walk down the halls of Gekkoukan High School.
Persona 3 Portable is must-play material for JRPG fans. If you have never ventured into the world of Persona 3, now is the perfect time to jump in. Persona 3 Portable represents the best version of the game, and the compelling story, characters, and engrossing social links system will definitely make a fan out of any RPG enthusiast. However, the real treat is playing through Persona 3 Portable as a longtime fan of the series. With the improvements to the battle system and a new character to play, there is plenty left in the world of Persona 3 to explore. In case you were wondering, that ending is just as resonating the second (or third) time around.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor