Before Xenoblade showed the world that JRPGs weren’t dead, Persona 3 showed the world that JRPGs weren’t dead… on the PS2. Being a combination RPG/Social Sim, it was a refreshing take on both the gameplay and storytelling of the genre. And it made Turned-Based Battles in the game far more engaging with the use of Personas and exploiting weaknesses for extra turns. I played the game on the PSP back in 2010, loved the hell out of it, and actually beat the game (within about 111 hours). The only downside was that P3P didn’t have The Answer, which was an epilogue chapter explaining what exactly happened upon the main game’s conclusion. The Answer was introduced in Persona 3: FES, an expansion that fixed a few things in the original game. And now it’s available for purchase on the PSN store as a PS2 classic. While I would say to get the PSP version since you can control your allies (the originals had the AI controlling them), it doesn’t have the cutscenes and the fully rendered world that you would see in the original PS2 version. Plus, FES the cheaper version on PSN. But hey, it’s up to you. You win an awesome JRPG regardless of your purchase!
Atlus you cheeky bastards, leading us to assume that Aigis was the only P3 representative in that fighting game you’re making with ArcSys. Shame on you! But I digress, Atlus has revealed recently that Mitsuru Kirijo and Akihiko Sanada from Persona 3 will be playable characters in Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena. Since this takes place some time after Persona 4, you already know these two aged when you consider when P3 took place. Akihiko has now lost his shirt and is sporting a huge scar across his chest (that looks like it came from a bear). Mitsuru now looks like a spy for the KGB and is now wearing a fur coat, and hot damn am I okay with that! They’ll be sporting their ultimate Personas, Ceasar and Artemesia respectively. The official website has been updated to show these characters. Screens after the break. Now if you excuse me… Continue reading
Ahem… I will hold back my inner fanboy squee in an effort to deliver quality journalistic coverage of Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena. If you didn’t see the news yesterday, Atlus announced that Persona was getting a fighting game. Today, they delivered some screenshots through Famitsu. We can see Arc System Works’ style shine through with crazy-flashy moves and colors. The visual elements of P3 and P4 lend themselves well in the transition from RPG to fighting game. So far, confirmed characters are Yu Narukami (or Hero on the Famitsu page), Chie Satonaka, and Yosuke Hanamura representing Persona 4, and Aigis representing Persona 3. In the screenshot above, we can also see that the protagonist from Persona 3 is in as well (it says Fool under his name), and Kanji is in as well (next to Chie). Still no word on characters from Persona and Persona 2 joining the fray. The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena is expected to be released on arcades on Spring 2012, with PS3 and 360 versions arriving that Summer. Screenshots after the break.