By no means is this a preview or a review of Persona. What it is is a fan of RPG’s offering his thoughts on a franchise he just got into recently.
At this point it should be common knowledge that the Playstation 3 is seriously lacking when it comes to available RPG’s. It’s because of this, the fact that Final Fantasy 12 didn’t hold my interest for very long and that Final Fantasy 13 has taken so long to even get close to being ready for release that I slowly lost interest in the genre. A part of me wanted a RPG to play, but overall I didn’t actually put any effort into looking for one to play. That was until the release of Suidoken via PSN. I had heard that it was pretty good and besides I had never played it so I decided to give it a go.
Suidoken didn’t reignite the spark again, but it did, however, open up the posibility for me to give other PSone RPG’s I missed a shot. Initially I just revisted my favorite PSone classics and was surprised at my reaction. I really didn’t miss Final Fantasy VII all that much, Vandal Hearts was not nearly as impressive as it once was and Vagrant Story was tons better than I remembered. After 9 years I finally beat Vagrant Story and was quite satisfied. Having beat Vagrant Story and still wanting something new to play before Batman Arkham Asylum’s release, I decided to look through some of my old GamePro magazines for RPG’s. When I came across Persona 2, I became really curious and had to check the game out for myself. Thanks to ebay I was able to get my hands on it.
It didn’t take long for me to get hooked. It was at this point I decided that I had to play the 1st Persona
first. While tracking down a copy of Persona 1, I discovered that there was a never released outside of Japan version of Persona 2 called Innocent Sin, but that is story for another time. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona blew away and left a great standing impression. The characters really have personality and the story is really engrossing. From what I know about the PSP version being released in September, it’s shaping up to be the better version. For anyone interested, Amazon is offering, as a pre-order bonus, the games 2-Disc soundtrack for free. If you’re a fan of RPG’s or think you might be, you should give Persona a chance. After all how bad could a game with 4 sequels be?
For what it’s worth the Persona series has revived my love of RPG’s. Many thanks to ATLUS for supporting this frachise over the years.
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