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Stupei: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax


Ace Defective
May 08
// Dale North
Hey, Slugger. Train dreams are a bitch, aren't they? "Everyday! Yoommmyommm!" Stupei and the rest of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax comes to North America this fall.
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Persona 3 Movie

Persona 3 movie evokes English release this May


Baby Baby Baby Baby Baby Baby Yeeeeaaah!
Apr 08
// Kyle MacGregor
Persona 3 The Movie #1 Spring of Birth will manifest in English on May 20, Aniplex USA has revealed. In addition to a Blu-ray of the directors cut, a collectors edition featuring a soundtrack disc, art book, stickers, and ill...
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Persona Q bundle

Tres bien! Atlus announces Persona Q 3DS bundle


Do want
Feb 21
// Steven Hansen
And doesn't have a picture to show for it. Damn. I need to see this design. Atlus has confirmed a 3DS XL bundle (for Japan) for when Persona Q drops on June 5 (in Japan). In a typically nice Atlus move, first print copies of ...
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Yes: Full-length subtitled Persona Q trailer


Three minutes of bliss
Feb 21
// Dale North
Our Tumblr pal pepsimangb is at it again, doing the Lord's work. He has subtitled the newest full-length Persona Q trailer for your viewing pleasure. This new one focuses on the Persona 3 crew, though the P4 cast does show u...
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Persona Q

Stupei gets slapped in his Persona Q video


And Yukari has a little cherub bow!
Feb 17
// Steven Hansen
While we were beary excited to bring you Teddie and Aigis' Persona Q trailers last week, we totally whiffed on Junpei and Yukari. We've got to show Persona 3 some love. I'm more excited for both of their entrances into Persona 4 Arena, but seeing Junpei get slapped and Yukari's cute little cherub bow (below) is nice.
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Persona Q

Beary cool: Teddie & Aigis get their Persona Q trailers


The wait is unbearable
Feb 14
// Steven Hansen
Is Aigis not doing the stilted robotic voice because of where Persona Q falls in the timeline, or did the Japanese voice actor never do it? Because that was a bothersome element to Aigis' character for me. Not as annoying as...
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Persona 3 The Movie 2 trailer is all kinds of tantalizing


Coming to theaters in Japan this summer
Feb 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Atlus and Aniplex have called forth the first footage of Persona 3 The Movie #2: Midsummer Knight's Dream, which is scheduled to premiere in theaters in early summer. The first film, Spring of Birth, released late ...
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Persona Q details

Persona Q 'like playing two whole RPGs altogether'


Meaty mash up
Feb 04
// Steven Hansen
It's a good day when I can just sit and write several articles about Persona. The last bit of the lengthy interview with Katsura Hashino, following talk on Persona 5, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and Persona 4: The Ultimax U...
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Persona Q

Tres bien! Mitsuru leads this new Persona Q trailer


Chibi Mitsuru-senpai looking Qute
Jan 10
// Steven Hansen
I'm still not convinced I like the 3DS chibi Persona 3 and Persona 4 spin-off, Persona Q. Giving me more Mitsuru-senpai is a good way to convince me, though. It seems like all the characters will be getting videos as Atlus's YouTube drowns us in Persona Q videos. I could think of worse things to drown in. Like fire. Or pizza rolls. Or syrup. Most things, really.  
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Check out these Persona 3 battle system prototypes


From 2007
Jan 04
// Dale North
Wow!  Now, don't get me wrong. I love Atlus' Persona 3 just the way it is and I wouldn't change a thing, but check out this posting from game director Katsura Hoshino from back in 2007. Its two videos show off a pr...
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Music previews for Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth


So good!
Dec 26
// Dale North
We're still far away from the release of Persona 3 and Persona 4 dungeon crawling mash-up Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, but it's never to early to start lusting. Just by looking at the first screenshots I knew this game...
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Atlus

Atlus is free to revive classic Sega brands


Naoya Tsurumi talks business as usual with Atlus and giving access to dormant IPs
Nov 29
// Alessandro Fillari
When Sega purchased Index Holdings along with Atlus back in September, many fans of the niche company were worried about the future of their beloved library of titles. Fast forward to today, it all looks like it's busine...
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ATLUS

Atlus summoning second Persona 3 film in summer 2014


Still no word on a western release though
Nov 25
// Kyle MacGregor
The follow-up to Persona 3 the Movie #1: Spring of Birth will release in Japan next summer, Cinema Today reports. The announcement was made at a special event for the first film, which debuted in Japanese theaters l...
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Persona 3 Movie

Persona 3 The Movie trailer is stunningly gorgeous


Animated film premieres in Japanese theaters this Saturday
Nov 18
// Kyle MacGregor
Atlus and Aniplex have summoned a new Japanese trailer for Persona 3 The Movie: #1 Spring of Birth, which should evoke fond memories for fans of the PlayStation 2 and PSP role-playing game. The film was first announced back ...
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Blow your head off with this new Persona 3 movie trailer


New character details, too
Oct 18
// Dale North
The official website for the Persona 3 movie, Spring of Birth, has been updated. If you haven't seen it yet, it looks like a Sega Master System box. There's a new piece of art that looks f*ckin' awesome (see in our gall...
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Persona fans: Tanaka's Amazing Commodities exists IRL!


It's a real store now
Oct 14
// Dale North
Persona 3 and Persona 4's television infomercial sales show, Tanaka's Amazing Commodities, was something I always hoped would become a real thing one day. Today is that day. Kind of. Atlus has some fun with jika-net.jp, ...
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Persona 3 movie trailer

Persona 3 film gets dark new trailer, release date


Mitsuru-senpai is back!
Jul 22
// Steven Hansen
Atlus' Persona 3 is getting an animated film, Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Rebirth. The fabulous Persona 4 has gotten loads of love in recent years, from an animated series to an exemplary Vita remake in Persona 4: The ...
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Persona 3 Movie

Persona 3: The Movie gets trailer, comes to Japan in fall


Atlus anime incoming!
Mar 27
// Kyle MacGregor
At long last, the Persona 3 animated film has a launch window! After being teased for the better part of a year, Atlus has announced Persona 3: The Movie #1: Spring of Birth is set to arrive in Japan...
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Persona 3 film dated for 2013 in Japan


More Atlus anime
Jan 02
// Dale North
The film adaptation of Persona 3 was confirmed in the middle of last year, but we've been left hanging since then. Pull those guns away from your head, people; the film has finally been dated.  The first movie will land...
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Atlus and Level|Up hosting fighting game tournament


Will have prizes for attendees, tourney winners, and viewers
Nov 09
// Brett Zeidler
If you're in or near Walnut, California the weekend of the 17th later this month, you can attend or participate in an Atlus fighting games tournament at Super Arcade being hosted by Level|Up in association with, of course, At...
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Gun to head: Persona 3 film adaptation confirmed


Jun 11
// Dale North
[Update: Atlus responded to our request for more information. You have to see this.] In the final scene of the film Persona 4 The Animation: The Factor of Hope, it was revealed that a film adaptation of Atlus game Persona 3 i...
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PS2 classic Persona 3: FES hits PSN tomorrow


Apr 09
// Dale North
Persona 3 is still one of my favorite games of all-time. I've played it so many times now that it's bordering on crazy, but I may give it another go on my PS3 as it's being re-released as a PlayStation 2 Classic tomorrow on ...
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Persona's Elizabeth prepares to enter the arena


Mar 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
All around babe and Persona 3 Velvet Room guide Elizabeth, is lacing up the gloves as she prepares to enter Persona 4: Arena on April 5th. The arcade game has been getting favorable reviews with gamers clamoring for its summe...
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Persona 4 PS Vita and Persona fighting game announced


Aug 30
// Jonathan Holmes
Atlus made good on their tease, and they kicked my ass in the process. We've got two amazing Persona announcements here. First up is Persona 4 The Golden, a port of Persona 4 for the PS Vita. This enhanced edition will includ...
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Amazon has Atlus games on sale today


Apr 18
// Conrad Zimmerman
Want to save a few bucks on some of the best games Atlus has brought to America? Amazon is giving you that opportunity today. They've marked down a bunch of the publisher's games by as much as 66% percent as part of their Dea...
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A thing of beauty: Plus Kareha's Aegis papercraft


Mar 25
// Joseph Leray
If you still haven't played one of three available versions of Persona 3, you may not see what all the fuss over this Aegis figure is about, but the beauty of a socially maladroit android who shoots bullets out of her fi...
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Videos show Catherine's 'Rapunzel' mini-game and jukebox


Feb 02
// Conrad Zimmerman
The official Catherine website has updated with new screenshots and videos giving a look at some of the elements from the game's adventure portion set in the Stray Sheep bar. Above is an example of the "Rapunzel" arcade game...
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The winners of the Persona 3 Portable Junpei contest!


Jul 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Persona 3 Portable was released this week and Atlus was offering Junpei's hat as a bonus item for those that pre-ordered the game. The bonus item is gone now that the game is out, but Atlus did hook us up with ten of the hats...
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We're giving away the Junpei bonus caps from Persona 3 Portable! This cap was a pre-order item, but now that the game is out, it is no longer available from retailers. Never fear though as Atlus has hooked us up with ten to g...

Review: Persona 3 Portable

Jul 02 // Dale North
Persona 3 Portable (PSP)Developer: AtlusPublisher: AtlusReleased: July 6, 2010MSRP: $39.99 [For full background on Persona 3, we'll point you to our two other reviews of the game, as linked above. This review will focus on the changes and additions unique to the latest version] Cramming one of the best PS2 games onto the PSP was probably enough for series fans and PSP gamers, but Atlus added the option to play as a female character, which gives us a different perspective of the game's world. You're still going to school, balancing homework and extracurricular activities. You're still spending the Dark Hour in maze-like dungeons, slowly climbing the tower named Tartarus. And yes, you're still shooting yourself in the head. But now it's all a bit more fresh, as everything is now seen through a female's eyes. Your interactions with all the key characters of Persona 3 are totally different now. Males that were originally just friends are now potential mates. On the flip side, the girls that were originally objects of your affection are now your closest friends. If you've played Persona 3 as many times as I have, expect to be thrown off track for the first few hours of Persona 3 Portable. Sticking it with pays off, as you find that all new character aspects and even dialogue are revealed with your social interactions with these key characters. Beyond that, you'll find that your other school-based social links are totally new, complete with new character art and story paths. The battle side of the game remains unchanged as far as the challenge goes. You're still working your way up through over one-hundred randomly generated dungeon floors with your party of three, using your demon summoning power of Persona to your advantage. What has changed is that you can now independently control each of the three characters in your party by switching off the AI. This gives you more precise control on how each of your battles go down, letting you get in more key hits on the big boss battles. Other smaller upgrades have also been borrowed from Persona 4, including the ability to guard characters in need in battle. You'll also find that you'll tire less easily now, giving you more time in Tartarus. Thankfully, leaving, saving and returning to your last floor is now quite a bit easier than it was in the original Persona 3, which makes for a slightly less challenging game. But, as anyone who played the first game will tell you, this change also makes it more enjoyable. The social side of the PS2 games takes place on fully roam-able 3D areas. These have been replaced with scrolling 2D maps in the portable version, but you probably won't miss the footwork when you see how convenient the new point-and-click navigation is. You'll only need to point a cursor to your desired travel point or character to move or interact, and new contextual jump menus will beam you to far points you normally would have had to exit and enter to. This change makes for a faster experience, though some will find it a bit less immersive. While I'd recommend that the first-time player check out Persona 3: FES for the full-blown exploratory experience, I'm certain that those that have played P3 before won't miss much. As a sort of trade-off for the loss of exploration on foot, you'll get a lot of nice little additions. One is the new art for all the game's locations. Very sharp, stylized 2D art is the new backdrop for your dates, restaurant visits and after-school activities. This format actually seems to work better for the PSP's screen. Returning players will also enjoy some new character art and dialogue, both of which are uncovered as you explore new social links. You'll be impressed how great Persona 3 Portable looks and sounds on the PSP. Other than the point-and-click navigation, you'll find that this portable version holds up very nicely when compared to the console version. The 3D battles look great in motion, and the 2D character art shines outside of Tartarus. P3P sports an upgraded soundtrack that keeps things fresh for returning players, though I miss the original battle song a bit. Persona 3 Portable has to be one of the best-looking role-playing games on the PSP, even beating out polished, high-budget titles like Crisis Core in my mind. The Atlus/Shin Megami Tensei/Persona fan isn't really looking for my recommendation for this release, so I'll speak to two other groups that I think will benefit from this new portable version. The first is the one-time Persona 3 player that would like to give it another go, but also remembers sitting in front of the television for weeks. Get this version, and you'll blow through it so much faster and likely enjoy it a bit more on-the-go. Another is the poor sap that couldn't find time to finish this 70+ RPG in the first place. Yes, it's every bit as good as you've heard, and this PSP version will make it really easy for you to experience and actually finish some time this summer. We loved it before and we still love it. This title would have sit very high on our recommendation list just as a straight PS2-to-PSP port, but the new additions make it appealing to both the new gamer and the seasoned Persona fan. Looking over our PSP game coverage since its release, Persona 3 Portable is near the top of the heap among all the offerings for the system, and definitely at the very top for role-playing games. Score: 10 -- Flawless Victory (10s are as close to perfect as you will get in a genre or on a platform. Pure, untarnished videogame ecstasy.)
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Of all the times I've played through Persona 3, this latest time was the fastest. Well, there was one time that had a lower total playtime, but I skipped all the dialogue. I couldn't do that this last time as some of the dial...


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