Happy Wednesday! This week I’ll be covering a game that I consider to be a new gaming classic: Atlus’s Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 for Playstation 2. I’m a big fan of Atlus games in general and have been for years. The first Persona and Suikoden for the original Playstation are actually the reason that I first bought a Playstation back in the 90’s. I’ve never regretted it, and Atlus is still making awesome games.
If you’ve had the luxury of playing one of the previous Persona titles (Persona: Be Your True Mind and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment both for the original Playstation console) then you are probably expecting this game to be both dark and full of depth as far as storyline and gameplay goes. Don’t worry-you won’t be disappointed. You’re still involved in the world of demons, but also still in school! The storyline is nice and twisted, the gameplay is simple but challenging, and the graphics are some of the best that we’ve gotten from Atlus yet. In fact, the commercial success of this game has got Atlus thinking about bringing out more US releases. I’m all for that!
The Persona games have also been absolutely classic when it comes to music. The first game, more than the second, was truly groundbreaking, coming up with a new eerie genre for game music. What makes this third installment lack in music is the lack in variety of tracks. Some of the tracks, especially in the school and in some of the dungeons, are so repetitive that you almost end up making fun of them after a while. That being said, however, the Velvet Room track is still one of the greatest video game songs in any game. Now THAT is some music I don’t mind on repeat.
If you’re a fan of RPGs or dark games, then Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 is a MUST. Atlus games almost always go up in value as they age and for good reason. This is a solid, excellent game that is definitely worth playing- IF you can manage to get your hands on it.