on 3 August 2013
The original Persona, in spite of its terrible americanization has rightfully become a cult-classic for its Unique battle-system where one could create a wide variety of Personas, manifestations of one's inner-self that acts as movesets for your heroes to do battle, or even simply talk your way out of encounters using the delightfully wacky demon-negotiation system.
Luckily, the sequel, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment made its way overseas as well, sporting a much more faithful translation, or did it really? As it turned out, EP was actually the second half, with the first half, Innocent Sin, never making its way overseas. Until now that is.
From a gameplay standpoint, while this remake overhauls the menus and add features from EP like the ability to skip battle animations during random encounters, the core game remains the same with a battle system that feels like a slower paced version of Chrono Trigger with its high focus on combination attacks known as Fusion-spells. While it hasn't aged particularly well in this aspect, luckily the Persona creation and demon-negotiation adds some nice spice to it that keeps the numerous encounters from becoming stale. Where the game shines above all though is the story, and it hasn't aged a day since release. You are Tatsuya Suou, a senior at Seven Sisters High. After hearing a rumor that by calling your own phone-number, you can summon a mysterious being known as Joker who will grant you your innermost wish, you decide to test the rumor out and sure enough, Joker does appear, calling you out on a sin that you can't remember. From there on, it is your job to lead your gang of colorful characters through the world of rumors-turned-reality with your Personas in tow to figure out just what Joker meant and put a stop to whatever evil is twisting the world all the while facing both literal and metaphorical demons.
on 16 March 2014
The second in the 'Persona' series of games that is as good as, if not Better than the Final Fantasy game series. A little more Adult orientated , this game/RPG takes you through a journey as a 'Persona User' trying to protect the people of the waking world from the 'Shadows'. With multiple paths leading to the ending, your decisions and actions guide the storyline to it's conclusion. A great game that will become very addictive with some story lines and conversations that will have you laughing as the authors really submerse you in the game. There appears to be more spins for 'Persona 2' on the Japanese Market and I would love to know if these are a spin-off or expansion of the English version here? The series continues in Persona 3 & 4.
on 8 August 2013
Really great game! The story is phenomenal, the characters too. My only gripe can be that this game is too similar to psone's persona 2 eternal punishiment, share some location and some tune, but the intertwine of their stories is fantastic.
on 12 March 2016
Hasn't aged too well, but it works nicely on the PSP, where it's harder to tell that the graphics are kiiiiind of blocky. A decent premise, good tunes, and the some of the familiar personas, and some new old ones, I guess. The battle style can feel a bit arcane and obtuse or even stubborn, but that's just the game's age showing, and it has its charm, in a way.
Nazis turn up later. With like, alien knowledge? So, make of that what you will.