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Review: Persona 3 Portable  photo
Review: Persona 3 Portable
by Dale North

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 dialogue had changed, as the main character was a female for the first time.

While the total playtime was about the same as my other Persona 3 play-throughs, I managed to get through the game in record time this last time. What was my trick? Having Persona 3 in my pocket. I could set the system on standby and leave it in my pocket, pulling it out whenever I had free time to get in another Tarturus floor or social link.

What I noticed is that my sessions changed to be less about getting through the game and more about exploring and enjoying the game at my own pace. Being able to play such a long game at a casual pace, and at any location, made me see one of my favorite RPGs in a while new light. 

At its core, Persona 3 Portable is the same game that we gave our Editor's Choice award to back in 2007, when it was first released for the PlayStation 2. And it borrows a bit of the gameplay improvements from the next Persona 3 release, Persona 3: FES, which we gave a perfect score to back in 2008, and even a bit from Persona 4, which we also loved.  It's clear to see that we've played this game a few times, and that we really like it.

We also really like this new one.

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12:20 PM on 06.21.2010

Retail leak: Persona 3 Portable coming to Europe?

I'm sorry. I didn't think about your feelings, European gamers. I'm always talking about Persona 3 Portable and how it's coming out next month here in the US, but I keep forgetting that you don't have a confirmed release date...

Dale North



Persona 3 Portable video preview in a Junpei hat photo
Persona 3 Portable video preview in a Junpei hat
by Dale North

Before you click play know that I was not blessed with the correct type of face/head to wear a ballcap. It just doesn't work -- I've tried, especially when being beat down by the hot summer sun. But it's not worth it. I look stupid. That's a shame because upcoming PSP RPG Persona 3 Portable comes with a nice cap that looks just like the one Junpei wears in the game.

I figured the least I could do is at least put it on during my video preview of the game to show you what you're getting. I can't promise that I'll wear it the entire time, but I'll suffer through a few minutes for modeling's sake. Know that it's going to look way better on you.

Persona 3 Portable comes out July 6th, so look for a full review -- sans hat --  sometime between now and then.

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1:20 PM on 05.19.2010

Atlus debuts Persona 3 Portable's full trailer

Yep, its that same game from the PS2. Well, not exactly the same. They've changed a few things. They've added a female lead character, for one. Oh, and they also put it on the PSP, cleaned up the look, enhanced the battle sy...

Dale North



Preview: Persona 3 Portable: All new features outlined photo
Preview: Persona 3 Portable: All new features outlined
by Dale North

Atlus' portable version of one of their most popular games of all time is coming to the PSP very soon: July 6th. You don't have to ask me twice to play the game I've already played a couple of times again -- I love Persona 3. But if you were on the fence for this PSP port, maybe this list of changes in this new version will help you decide.

I had the privilege of seeing more of Persona 3 Portable in action again this week. I was quite surprised to see how many changes were to the game when I put them all down in my notes. Sure, there's the obvious change: that you can play the game as a female now. But there's so much more, and I feel like all of the changes are for the better, minus the removal of some cutscenes. This means that if you liked Persona 3, you're probably going to like P3P even more.

Hit the jump to see our list of changes to Persona 3 Portable.

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6:00 PM on 05.06.2010

Persona 3 Portable video shows off all the new additions

I've written about what they've added to upcoming PSP RPG Persona 3 Portable before, but this video does a much better job at lining up what they've added to the game. The most notable, of course, is the addition of a female...

Dale North

3:00 PM on 04.28.2010

Junpei ball cap is the Persona 3 Portable pre-order bonus

My friends from Atlus told me that a Junpei ball cap would be a pre-order possibility a few months back. I was excited then. I'm excited now, as it's finally official. I don't know why I'm excited, though. I look really stupi...

Dale North

4:20 PM on 04.14.2010

Peek at Persona 3 Portable's localization in this new vid

  Persona 3 Portable is coming for the PSP very soon. We brought you a first look last month, but the build I played still had some Japanese in it. Now, with this new walkthrough video from Atlus, we can get a first full...

Dale North

10:40 AM on 03.30.2010

Persona 3 Portable gets a hot Web site

Persona 3 is set to go portable this summer, and if you've read our previews on the upcoming Atlus RPG, you'll know that we're hot for it. There's a new website for Persona 3 Portable now. There you'll find a countdown timer ...

Dale North



First Look: Persona 3 Portable photo
First Look: Persona 3 Portable
by Dale North

Atlus was nice enough to stop by Destructoid HQ to give us a first look at their progress on a the portable version of a game they already know I love: Persona 3. Persona 3 Portable came out in Japan not too long ago, and it seems like the localization process started not too long after. From what I could tell from the build Atlus brought, it seems like they're right on track for the July 6th release. Good to see.

I got to see some of of the changes in the console version as well as check out some of the key story scenes featuring the female protagonist. That's right: if you haven't heard, you'll be able to replay Persona 3 as a girl this time.

Read on to check out some of the changes you can expect in Persona 3 Portable.

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Persona 3 Portable getting US release July 6th, 2010 photo
Persona 3 Portable getting US release July 6th, 2010
by Josh Tolentino

Dale told me that I could only write this post if I began with the following message:

"Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby! Ooooooh, yeah. Baby, baby!"

And there you go. Persona 3 Portable, the updated, portable-ized adaptation of Persona 3 for the PSP, has finally been announced by Atlus USA, dated for release on July 6th, 2010.

If I or fellow Persona and MegaTen fans have somehow been unable to bombard you with details regarding the game, just know this: you're getting way more than a straight port. Persona 3 Portable comes with an all-new storyline featuring a playable female protagonist, more Social Links, part-time jobs, combat features added from Persona 4, and a fully optimized, portable-friendly interface.

Hit the official website for more details, the gallery for screenshots and box art, or check below for the animated intro. I guess I really have to up and finish Persona PSP if I'm going to dig into this one in time.

[Image credit to Segami Daisuke]

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12:40 PM on 11.03.2009

Persona 3 Portable: Swag spread is superb

To get the above swag spread, you'd have to be madly in love with Persona 3. I am, but I don't know that I'd spend the money to get all of the above pictured stuff. Someone in Japan bought six copies of this PSP RPG to get th...

Dale North

5:20 PM on 10.26.2009

Persona 3 Portable page update: Wallpaper, video, Yukiko!

If you're a Persona series fan and are daydreaming about the release of Persona 3 Portable here in America, you might want be interested in clicking around the P3P webpage to see some of the new updates.Most of the new update...

Dale North

8:00 PM on 10.15.2009

Incredible Persona customs spotted at Japanese hobby fest

I don't even have the words for how looking at these garage kits makes me feel. Well, actually, that's not true. I feel like running around the Dtoid office wearing a hula skirt shimmying and yelping nearly indescribable nois...

Colette Bennett

1:00 AM on 10.14.2009

Persona 3 Portable allows you to go back to Inaba

[Editor's note: Possible spoiler alert! Cover your brains!] Of course we want Persona 3 Portable, despite the fact that most of us have purchased the game twice already. As some of you have so eloquently said in the comments,...

Colette Bennett

10:20 AM on 10.13.2009

Here's a nice, long look at Persona 3 Portable

Thank the promotional gods for the Japanese style teaser clip. They're always longer than your typical Western trailers,  they're always narrated, and they're always slightly over the top. We love that. What we have here...

Dale North