Persona 3 Portable is an enhanced remake of Persona 3 for the PlayStation Portable. The game features an option to play as a female character, which alters some aspects of the story. In addition to the new playable character, there are two new difficulty levels to select from alongside the original game's three. The game also features some other story related changes regardless of the player character gender. The battle system is also updated to be closer that of Persona 4.
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Decent game with a few drawbacks. The cast is mostly well thought out and developed, with Yukari and Junpei remaining some of my favourite characters in gaming. The social links in this entry are the most hit and miss in the franchise, ranging from a kid dying of cancer trying to write a book in a touching story that adds to the theme of death greatly, to some guy trying to bone his hot teacher. Another critique of the game I don't like is that you can't decline dating female social links, meaning an optimal playthrough will see you cheating on multiple people. While the main story is great with an ending that made me tear up, with the main casts personas evolving at a crucial moment in their character development being a great tie in to story and gameplay, it does drag near the end with some somewhat weak villains. Gameplay is pretty tedious, with Tartarus not being very fun to explore. Overall, I would recommend this game for the story alone, just be aware that the gameplay isn't great
my favorite game ever of all time in the whole entire world!!!! from it's art to it's music to it's story & characters p3p is a never ending source of inspiration to me, seriously, i can't imagine my life w/o it. p3p truly does mean the world to me
the game's message of "yes, one day u will die, but the time u have in this world is precious. the world may be cruel & unforgiving at times & make it seem like death is the only way out but, as long as u have a reason to keep on living, u can fight for a better tomorrow" is heart touching. maybe it's a little silly to say but it gives me the courage to keep on fighting too
i'll stop myself here b4 this becomes an essay but rlly, if ur interested pls check it out! it has it's flaws ofc, no game is perfect after all, but p3p rlly is such a shining star of a game, i think everyone should play it at least once :]
check my P3FES review for more in-depth thoughts.
i think P3P is in a weird place. it's got great extra social links, and a fun new female campaign with more enjoyable dialogue choices and social links with the male SEES members. however, i think P3P overall provides a worse package than FES.
adding direct commands to a game like this without rebalancing things around that change makes for an insanely easy game. katsura hashino (the game's director) has been very vocal about wanting to stick to his guns with persona 3's AI tactics system and so it's a shame how it got axed here instead of just tweaked and improved.
the visual presentation is really subpar. removing the 3d overworld and unique looking FMVs makes emotional scenes not hit as hard and leave the game overall feeling less immersive.
in my opinion, P3P should be your second playthrough of persona 3 rather than your first. i don't think this is by any means the definitive version of the game, but it does have some perks over FES.