Persona Looks Prettier In This Trailer

By Spencer . February 6, 2009 . 12:31am

image I’m still not convinced Persona PSP is a “full remake”, but the extra cutscenes make me want to play it even if it’s an enhanced port. The new videos give Persona, an early PsOne game, much more style.


One thing I wonder is how Persona will be received here if Atlus USA localizes it. Since Persona 3 came out the series has gotten a lot of attention, but the first Persona game is a different beast. You still control a group of high school kids, but the Social Link system and modified Press Turn battles aren’t present. Persona feels more like classic Shin Megami Tensei since you can communicate with demons in battle and dungeons are explored from a first person perspective.


Will fans introduced to Persona on the PS2 be glad to check out a cult classic or will they find the original to be archaic? Also will Atlus USA give us a soundtrack CD as a pre-order bonus? That’s what Japan is getting and it seems like something straight out of the Atlus Spoils goody bag.



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  • Trotmeister

    “Archaic” is an understatement. This game was quite horrible even back when it was originally released. Although the new intro is cool and all.

    • lostinblue

      it was a good game, very dungeon crawly and all, but good. problem is how it aged, and of course the US version was sucky doe to localization alone (this said I hope they rewrite pretty much all the text in the game to improve how it ties to other games and all, even in the japanese version). And of course, Persona 2 could have been done today (it’s very actual, still), which makes it kinda sad that they left the original sprites and didn’t rework the scenarios to match that.

      I also hope now Persona: Revelations PSone ebay price falls apart :)

  • clyde

    aww.. theyre sticking to the old first person view .. that kind of sucks. but im still excited for it.

  • I just hope finding your way around the world map is easier.

    • lostinblue

      I hope they tossed that map aside, at least that, untextured 3D map full of slowdowns… uck.

  • Izludicus

    Hopefully they’ll add in a 3rd person view then it’ll basically be more like P2, but since I presume it was only designed for 1st person it doesn’t seem overly appealing if not for those nice cutscenes.

    • lostinblue

      I doubt it, I remember those corridors from the ps1 version, third person is not an option, but it would be an option to rework it to be like Persona 2… which they didn’t, so…

  • lostinblue

    graphics are pretty much untouched, they should at least update the sprites :(

  • byrc

    Maybe the little kids who only played persona 3 might not like it, but any of us who’ve played persona 2 and persona 1 on the psx will. I’m also pretty sure true SMT fans, doesn’t matter they got into SMT in the snes, psx or ps2 era will enjoy this game. First person dungeon exploration and demon talking is the true SMT experience.

    BTW has anyone notice that japanese developers seem to be moving backwards. Either releasing tons of ports/remakes of old games or making new games using old school game mechanics. It’s like they’re trying to persuade many of us old gamers back into the hobby and at the same time reintroduce the younger generation is old school gaming.

    • jj984jj

      I played P2 and loved it, does that means I’m guaranteed to like this?

  • Nekobo

    I look forward to hearing Shoji Meguro’s take on the Satomi Tadashi Pharmacy song.

    • lostinblue

      is it confirmed that the music is all new? they remixed it all? really? since they didn’t for the rest of the graphics I assumed…

      Shoji Meguro=Day ONE.

  • QBasic

    Truth be told…I wasn’t the biggest fan of the original Persona game. P2…much, MUUUUCH better.

    Here’s some crossed fingers towards them keeping on the port-train, and work on IS and EP next.

  • god, i want this so bad.

  • Nabe

    It’d be a shame if this one makes it over and Mark isn’t allowed to dance seductively anymore.

  • You realize, little kids aren’t the only people that started playing the Persona series with 3. A lot of us older gamers in our late 20’s/early 30’s did too.

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