Did you know what the first ever Kotowari post was me excitedly anticipating the western announcement of Persona 3: FES? I still remember waking up at 5 AM in my dorm room in Japan to watch that timer expire, trying hard to avoid waking my surely intoxicated roommate. Oh, how that boy loved to party… Not me though. Nope. Partying paled in comparison to waking up at 5 AM to write in my blog.
Would you believe I never even bought FES? It released while I was still in school, and by the time I graduated, Persona 4 burst onto the scene like a guy in a bear suit. Well, it looks like I may be getting another chance: today Persona 3: FES will be available on the PSN as a Playstation 2 Classic for the affordable price of $9.99.
If you’re like me, you may have just purchased Persona 3 Portable (which I consider to be the pinnacle of Persona 3 iterations) during the recent Atlus spring sale on the PSN — but both games have their perks. Here are the big pros for each version:
Persona 3: FES
- Bonus epilogue featuring Aegis and Metis — provides high level of challenge while elaborating on the game’s story
- You can play it on the big screen (also possible with video out and P3P)
- Price: $9.99
Persona 3 Portable
- The option to play as a female protagonist unlocks a new perspective on beloved characters
- You can control all allies in combat (a la Persona 4)
- Easier navigation and fast travel via simplified interface
- Updated soundtrack
- Price: $39.99 (formally $19.99 via Spring sale)
Both versions feature a number of minor tweaks which, while nice, I would not consider major selling points. In a nutshell, Persona 3: FES provides the most complete package of Persona 3 in an old school form, while Persona 3 Portable infuses the experience with a number of modernizations derived from Persona 4.
They are both great games, certainly deserving of your hard-earned money. But if you can only afford one version, I hope this post helped you decide which is right for you. If Persona 3: FES isn’t already on the PSN, it will probably be up late tonight — hopefully before the Dark Hour…
Persona 3 Portable Review