Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

released on Jun 29, 2000
by Atlus

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is a role-playing video game developed by Atlus, and chronologically the third installment in the Persona series. Eternal Punishment takes place in the fictional Japanese city of Sumaru, and is a direct sequel to Persona 2: Innocent Sin. Taking place a year after Innocent Sin, the game follows reporter Maya Amamo as she investigates the Joker Curse, a malign phenomenon where people's wishes and rumors are coming true and causing chaos. During her investigations, she and others who join her gain the ability to summon Personas, personified aspects of their personalities. The gameplay features turn-based battle gameplay, where characters use their Personas in battle against demons, and a separate Rumor system, where rumors spread around the city can influence events in the characters' favor.

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I prefer innocent sin but still a pretty smt game

my new favorite persona game with the best characters, best story, and best ending. i was a mess by the credit roll
combat is such a huge improvement over the previous games. extremely challenging and rewarding at the same time. its so satisfying to see one of your fusion moves fuck up an entire squad of 5 enemies but random encounters can just as well kill you and squad wipe you if you're not careful. not to mention it is soooo much faster. literal game changer. only thing weird is that the attack order changes every time but the menus are so fast you get used to it.
i didnt mention this in the last review but i dont really like the whole thing of choosing every party member's persona -- having 5 party members each with their own affinities with certain tarots and adding considering fusion spells (which you will NEED to take into account) is kind of too much for me.
the characters are incredible and realistic. katsuya is in contention for being my favorite persona character but the whole main cast is amazing. i pray that one day persona is able to have another cast of adult party members because it makes for a much darker and different game than the other personas.
i dont really know what else to say other than play this game. its peak