What’s New In Persona For PSP?

By Spencer . February 10, 2009 . 10:03am


Is Persona PSP is remake? An enhanced port? Look at the additions and decide for yourself. The first thing I noticed was the new battle interface. It looks more like Persona 3 with the character portraits on the bottom and moon icon in the top right hand corner. Here’s a comparison screenshot.




Japanese retailer Rakuten also has a list of revised features for the PSP version.


  • New animated movies done by studio Kamikaze Douga.
  • Rearranged soundtrack done by Shin Megami Tensei composer Shoji Meguro. Yumi Kawamura who sang in Persona 3 will do vocal tracks for Persona.
  • Supports 16:9 widescreen mode with a new user interface.
  • Additional dungeon floors have been added to the Sebek Chapter (main story) and Snow Queen Chapter. Watch out for new elements and tricky gimmicks.
  • Rebalanced gameplay with a tweaked encounter rate.
  • Considered to be more “user friendly” since players can pick the level of difficulty.
  • Battle loading times are 2/3rds faster compared to the original. During enemy encounters animations can be skipped. Sounds similar to Persona 2: Eternal Punishment.
  • Extra save points are added as well as a quick save feature.
  • A revised city map with a top down view and highlighted landmarks. The original Persona had a simple 3D over world map similar to Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.


Images courtesy of Atlus.

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  • I like the changes. Seems to be a good idea when reintroducing the game.

  • I like. This is enough for me to gobble it up and finally complete my SMT collection. Well, US-released SMT titles. I’m not one to import and I don’t count emulated games as ones I “own”. I’m elitist like that.

    • lostinblue

      I’m buying this, but I’m also hoping that the prices for the PSone version go under after this release; I bought P2 EP a few months ago, I love it and all, but let’s say paying $100 for it (factory sealed copy though) hurt a little.

      • Hmm, yeah, that’s a little painful. I was lucky enough to find P2: EP during its limited reprint, so I found it at GameStop for about $35, which the bonus disc and all! I also hope the price for Revelations: Persona drops after this, kind of like Suikoden since it’s now on the PS3’s PlayStation Store for a whopping… like… $6 or $10.

        • lostinblue

          I don’t think that was a reprint, more like someone finding old stock, or something. I remember last time they did PSone games for the Metal Gear Collection, and how hard it supposedly was to get to that (and it was metal gear we’re talking about) doing such print out of nowhere and without continuity seems weird.

          That said… I would have ordered from there, if Amazon after all these years had fixed their darned policy of not sending overseas :(

          And… Suikoden dropped as much? gotta buy it before it rebounds then! Suikoden 2 next, please.

          • You might be right about the old-stock-finding, but I felt fortunate enough!

            I recently noticed my original print run of Metal Gear Solid is missing the discs. I have the case, the booklet… just… no discs. I have NO idea where they went, since I don’t loan games out and I rarely move my games (discs are in a gigantic zipper… disc… case pouch thing). It bothers/infuriates me.

            And no promises on the Suikoden disc price drop — I would just assume it’s on the decline since people can get a digital copy for hardly an hour’s worth of work!

  • I’m glad to see the map’s been revised. I never beat the original Persona because I ended up getting lost in the city at one point, and couldn’t navigate to this castle/hospital place.

    • lostinblue

      yeah, and it was so sluggish, I was actually worried, seeing how the game looked like a straight port, that they would somehow maintain that map.

  • 108

    Great. Shoji Meguro is going to ravage the soundtrack, and the Persona 3 vocalist was terrible. I mean, unbelievably terrible. Is it really necessary for every Japanese video game to have some terrible, generic J-pop theme song sung by some terrible, generic Japanese vocalist? And, why does everyone look twelve in the FMVs? I’m pretty sure they’re supposed to be in their mid to late teens.

    The only good thing about this port, it seems, is that they’re getting rid of that atrocious, confusing world map. If they localize this, the only reason I can see to bother is for the Snow Queen quest, as that was removed in the English localization of the original game.

    • Cleru

      I thought P3’s music (vocals and all) was one of the game’s best qualities myself.

    • QBasic

      Oh ye of little braincell… How I truly wish to spend an eternity in your blissful void…

    • memoryofwater

      Dear Mr. Oh Eight,

      Thank you for writing what I was thinking so that I don’t have to do that now.

      A Name Juggler

  • lostinblue

    – Rearranged soundtrack by Shoji Meguro.
    – Revised city map with a top down view and highlighted landmarks

    This. Sold!

  • Faithful

    But the real question is, if localized, will Mark be black? C’mon, hes actually my favorite!

    What will happen to the PSOne localization when this comes out? If anything, the price should go up more because of the unique changes and added value that the past had!

    I WANT TWO MARKS!!!!!!!!

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