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A FES-tivus for the rest of us: Persona 3 FES Hits PSN Tomorrow

Aram Jabbari's Avatar + Posted by Aram Jabbari on Apr 09, 2012 // Manager of PR and Sales, ATLUS

PlayStation.Blog readers,

There’s a new PlayStation 2 Classic coming to PlayStation Network. I want to talk to you about it. Instead of just getting to the darn point, though…LET’S DRAG THIS OUT.

Join me, won’t you, as we take a trip back in time? Step into this police box with me, please. Get the door behind you? Thanks.

Ok, the year is 2008. You just saw Al Pacino’s 88 Minutes in theaters. It was terrible.

You’re on your way home, your head hung low in abject disappointment, when you pass by your local INSERT NAME OF YOUR FAVORITE VIDEO GAME RETAILER HERE. What’s that? New releases? You wander in to take a closer look, thinking that a new game might help cleanse your mental palate…

Persona 3 FES for PSN

Whoa. Wait, didn’t Persona 3 come out in 2007? Sure, it was one of the best RPGs you ever played, introducing one of the most memorable casts of characters ever and a ridiculously sweet half-dungeon RPG/half-social sim gameplay mechanic that let you balance the everyday demands of a high school student with the every night demands of a world-saving, Persona-wielding badass.

Persona 3 FES for PSN

And then there was FES. It took the original game, which was now known as “The Journey,” and added: a new Hard Mode selectable from the start, new Personas, a new Social Link with new Arcana, new classroom pop quizzes, a new Weapon Fusion system, over 50 new requests from Elizabeth, new nighttime events with Koromaru, and a few secrets as well.

Persona 3 FES for PSN

But FES also offered “The Answer,” an entirely new chapter that dealt with the events after The Journey’s ending. In The Answer, players control Aigis as she works to solve the mystery of “time skips” that have trapped the S.E.E.S. members in the same repeating day. The Answer gives players who have completed the Journey a formidable challenge: conquer hundreds of new floors filled with enemies and bosses harder than anything in The Journey’s Hard Mode, and do it all without the benefit of The Journey’s Persona compendium.

Persona 3 FES for PSN

Persona 3 is widely considered one of the finest JRPGs ever made. Persona 3 FES takes all of that even further. It has an 89 on Metacritic, getting perfect scores from sites like Destructoid.com, who raved: “Persona 3: FES manages to take one of last year’s best RPGs and make it even better, trumping the original with loads of gameplay and fantastic value.”

Persona 3 FES for PSN

Anyways, we’re back in 2012 now. Please get out of my time machine. No, seriously, I’m tired of having to watch you out of the corner of my eye. Second of all, and perhaps more importantly, Persona 3 FES is available tomorrow as a PS2 classic via PSN.

Own a PS3? Always wanted to play Persona 3 FES and never got around to it. NOW YOU CAN!

Well, it’s been fun. I’m off to 1999. I go back to it a lot. I sit outside of big movie theaters and watch peoples’ reactions as they shuffle out of Phantom Menace. Schadenfreude is an addicting thing.

Until next time!!

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+ cloudguard on April 10th, 2012 at 3:22 pm said:

I love the Persona series. My friend introduced me to the series with Persona 4 (hence the reason I have near 800 hours logged onto one of my save files). I also had the chance to play both Persona 3 FES for the PS2 and P3P for the PSP. I will ONLY buy a Vita if Atlus hopefully says yes to bringing Persona 4: The Golden to North America. I even wrote a paper putting the positives of releasing The Golden to the United States. If only my laptop did not break down earlier this year, I would gladly send you the file for the paper. Also a Powerpoint presentation. I am really hoping that P4:Golden comes out for NA. Please, please, oh please, OH PLEEAAAAASSSEEE.


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+ mrhoudie on April 10th, 2012 at 3:43 pm said:

Why can’t we get FES AND the female character of P3P? I wanna be a giiiiiiirl.


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+ Meiaa on April 10th, 2012 at 6:30 pm said:

Absolutely not ashamed to say this is the fifth time I’ve bought this game now. Original P3, Persona 3 fes(disc), persona 3 portable(umd), persona 3 portable(digital), and now persona 3 fes(psn).

I find it a little disheartening though to see more atlus classics in other regions instead of here though. What gives? I even bought Catherine, do you want my blood to get all of the gems over here. Then take it! :p


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+ daverhodus on April 10th, 2012 at 7:55 pm said:

Will my PS2 saves work with this version?


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+ Shweetooth on April 11th, 2012 at 6:44 pm said:

putting money on my debt card RIGHT NOW to buy this. ive wanted to play this game for quite a while since my old PS2 died.. i cant wait!


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+ ScaryPopcorn on April 14th, 2012 at 12:55 am said:

I can’t seem to get my old PS2 save on this, saved it to the PSV folder and tried saving it to the PS2SD and still nothing, how can I import my old save so I can play it on my console. Help please!


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+ yippee9 on April 17th, 2012 at 3:43 pm said:

First of all YAY!!!!!! and i have had the game 3 days now, ive completely forgotten im in college cause ive been to busy increasing Kenpachi’s (name i gave te MC lol) School Academics. I love that the game is on the PSN its great. Tho i’m wondering if anyone else has noticed small glitches like certain things flashing oddly. I know this is to be expected and its not a complaint i mean when Grandia 2 was ported from dreamcast to PS2 it had a slew of gliches too(which sux cause i’d love to have that game on PSN too) but yeah has anyone else noticed any gliches. I think the golden shadows kinda flash black too. Once again not a complaint i love this game and i never really hunted down Nihil weapons anyways LOL good addition for once PSN….jk but seriously Spongebob???!?!?! lol


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+ sageofcelluloid on April 24th, 2012 at 2:34 pm said:

Wow, re-downloaded and re-installed Persona 3 more times than I can count and I still can’t save a single game. All I ever get is a message saying the save failed because no PS2 memory card could be found.

And here I thought a PS2 memory card wasn’t needed.

Sony, I am VERY disappointed in you. If I would have known in advance that this game has NO SAVE ability because of known glithces I wouldn’t have even bought it. And for that matter Sony, WHY ARE YOU SELLING DEFECTIVE MERCHANDISE? You are aware that is against the law?


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+ CerealReymn on April 28th, 2012 at 9:43 pm said:

DO NOT BUY THIS GAME AS OF APRIL 28th 2012. YOU CAN’T LOAD YOUR SAVE FROM THE PS2 MEMORY CARD AND THE SAVE YOU CREATE WITH THE PSN VERSION WILL NOT WORK FOR VERY LONG TIME.

Please, work on this issues, please.


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+ Wearethemonk on May 7th, 2012 at 1:29 pm said:

okay so my save just got erased is this gonna be fixed or am i out of luck


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