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Burn your Dread: Persona 3 Portable Signed Soundtrack Drawing!

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Allow us to get your week on track, PlayStation.Blog readers. SOUNDtrack, that is. SIGNED soundtrack, even. That’s right, we’ve got 10 soundtracks graced by the pen/magic marker/writing instrument of one Shoji Meguro, master composer of games like Persona 3 and Persona 4, and we’re giving them away. Here. Just to you folks.

Persona 3 Portable for PSP -- original soundtrack

“How do I enter?” you inquire, leaning forward in excitement. Easy! Just tell us what you’re most excited about regarding the upcoming P3P as a comment under this post. Maybe it’s the fact that you can take one of the highest rated RPGs of all time on the road now? Or the cast of memorable characters you just can’t get enough of? Or the dating sim elements? The fantastic music? The great art? The addicting gameplay? The original story?

10 lucky winners will be randomly (or as close to randomly as possible) chosen and sent a SIGNED soundtrack CD. Only North American residents are eligible to win, however. It’s not that we don’t love you rest-of-the-world’ers; we just want to focus this giveaway on the region in which the game is actually releasing.

Why are we doing this? Well, we’d love to use this opportunity to remind you that:

    a) Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable, Atlus’s upcoming handheld RPG epic, is right around the corner, releasing in stores and via PlayStation Network on July 6th.
    b) It features one of the best soundtracks ever, and in order to further emphasize that point, we want to give a few of those soundtracks away. SIGNED.

In case you all are a bit unfamiliar with the P3P soundtrack, perhaps we should share a sample with you:

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For more music samples, visit the official Persona 3 Portable website!

“The music seems awesome,” you say, pensively prodding your chin with your finger, “but I’m not guaranteed to win it. I just wish there was some cool bonus with Persona 3 Portable that I was guaranteed to receive.”

Funny you’d say that, because there’s still time to pre-order your copy of Persona 3 Portable at a participating retailer (GameStop and Amazon in the United States and Canada) and receive a collectible Junpei Baseball Cap. It’s modeled after the one he wears in the game!

Persona 3 Portable: Pre-order bonus (Junpei cap)

“Wow, they’re sure giving us a lot of physical awesome to celebrate the release of the game, but what about the game itself?” you muse aloud to no one in particular, gently tapping your pointer fingers together in front of your mouth.

We’ve already told you in previous posts about how Persona 3 Portable puts you in the shoes of a team of gifted high schoolers forced to use their developing supernatural abilities to save the world from destruction, and how the game cleverly mixes addicting RPG dungeon crawling with social sim elements. And how the PSP system release introduces a new female protagonist who experiences the events of the game from a new perspective, not to mention the addition of one-button menu shortcuts, a streamlined user interface, and more.

We’d say more about the game, but really, why not let others speak for us? Early reviews are in, Blog readers, and they’re glowing:

Gaming Nexus – A
“Atlus added enough new content to make this the first must-own PSP RPG of the year!”

Gamervision – 10 out of 10
“Persona 3 Portable is one of the strongest games in the PSP catalogue, and a shining example of a role-playing game done right.”

GamerTell – 99 out of 100
“Simply said, Persona 3 Portable is a system seller. If you own a PSP and can purchase “Mature” games, you should own it. If you don’t own a PSP, Persona 3 Portable is easily a game to inspire you to pick one up.”

PlayStation Illustrated – 95 out of 100
“It’s a fantastic RPG stuffed with things to do and interesting, yet unusual, ideas.” – A-
“I’d actually recommend Persona 3 Portable as the best introduction to the series — even ahead of the console versions of Persona 3 or Persona 4. But I’d also highly recommend P3P for longtime fans of the franchise…”

gamrReview by VGChartz – 9 out of 10
“PSP fans can rejoice that such a grand RPG has arrived on their system of choice…”

GameZone 8.5 out of 10
“…a solid version of a great RPG.”

Look for Persona 3 Portable on retail shelves and in PSN Store on July 6, 2010! For more info about P3P, visit the game’s official website.

Don’t forget: What about the upcoming Persona 3 Portable are you most looking forward to? Tell us below for a chance to win a SIGNED soundtrack CD! We’ll try and choose winners by the game’s release date (winners will be notified with a message sent to their PSN account).

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viewtifulkye said:

June 30th, 4:28 pm

Been wanting to try this series out and this one might just be the perfect time to. Can’t wait!

Void_Wizard said:

June 30th, 4:30 pm

I’m most excited for the dating sim part in P3P!

Meteorgun7 said:

June 30th, 4:31 pm

Having a great RPG to play in between classes will be awesome, can’t wait!

shwimpy said:

June 30th, 4:31 pm

Already pre-ordered my copy on Amazon! I can’t wait! I will of course be triple-dipping. Have the other two PS2 versions. More Persona on PS3/PSP please! Thanks!

nathanuc1988 said:

June 30th, 4:31 pm

I’m excited to try it for the first time. I’ve not played any of the series. I’ve heard nothing but praise and good things about the Persona series…. I think it’s time I give it a “Go”!

Chibi-Laharl said:

June 30th, 4:32 pm

im seriously looking foreward to the added female protaganist, I’m excited to be able to play as both sides of the gender line, and look foreward to more entries in the series featuring such a play style

iconoclast422 said:

June 30th, 4:35 pm

When Persona 3 was first released, I was starting to lose interest in RPGs. But once I saw the high praise the game was receiving, I decided to buy it on a whim. That turned out to be a great decision, because not only did it reignite my interest in the genre, it quickly became my favorite series of games in existence. So when I revisit Persona 3 with this upcoming release, I’m most excited to see what has changed in the female MC’s story, and hear the new tracks that Shoji Meguro has cooked up. The man is untouchable!

Alee634 said:

June 30th, 4:36 pm

I’m definitely excited to see the new girl side campaign and the changes to the story it will have. Hopefully one of the best PS2 RPGs turns out great on PSP.

mafia28 said:

June 30th, 4:36 pm

Im excited for this game for the simple reason that the Persona series is the best rpg franchise ever!!!

EskoCruz said:

June 30th, 4:41 pm

What I’m most excited about regarding the upcoming P3P is it’s the fact that I can take one of the highest rated RPGs of all time on the road! Please send me a copy.


I3rand0 said:

June 30th, 4:43 pm

Looking forward to the music.

KonArtist18 said:

June 30th, 4:43 pm

I’m excited to be able to take Persona with me on my commute. I was never able to finish FES due to the crazy time commitment it required so I’m looking forward to powering through this one in a few trips on the train!

bakenzaki said:

June 30th, 4:45 pm

I can’t wait to play the story!( ̄▽ ̄)

dbzrpg15 said:

June 30th, 4:45 pm

I am most looking forward to playing Persona 3 on the PSP. I haven’t gotten a chance to play it on the PS2 but now that I can play whenever I am, 100 hours should be easy to make it through.
Thanks for bringing it out!

Loonknight said:

June 30th, 4:46 pm

I’m excited to be able to add this title to my growing Persona collection. I’m just disappointed there is no preorder hat bonus for the PSP GO title that I’ll be getting.

Floyz said:

June 30th, 4:47 pm

What’s favorite thing about Persona 3? What isn’t! But actually the music is my favorite; I’m a sucker for VG soundtracks!

XxTh3Tr33xX said:

June 30th, 4:49 pm

This series right here is what me want to play my Playstation 2 the most. All of the vast customization, the way the characters story lines immerse you, and the way the battle system is simple and easy to use, just made it one of those once in a lifetime games you could never forget. Now that it is portable, makes it good while on the go, as well as reacquainting you with why you loved the series in the first place.

Shibahime said:

June 30th, 4:51 pm

What about the upcoming Persona 3 Portable am I most looking forward to?

I want to play as a girl and see how that affects all the other characters differently!

Kaorobean said:

June 30th, 4:52 pm

I’m looking forward to redeeming myself after having bought both the original P3 and P3:FES for PS2 and not beating either (I loved every minute I did play, Atlus!). With a more portable package, I think I will finally finish this gem of a game.

Doesn’t hurt that I found Shoji Meguro’s work on the P3 and P4 soundtracks incredibly refreshing compared to other game soundtracks. Love it.

lovely_ashley said:

June 30th, 4:53 pm

I am most excited about the fact that I can play as a female character. Its an option that is definatley going to add a lot to the game , by changing the characters reactions and dialogue towards yuo. I also think it will help appeal to a broader audience as well.

p0rcupinetreefan said:

June 30th, 4:53 pm

im looking forward to P3P because of all the upgrades the game is getting that were in persona 4 like being able to select action for all characters.

BBboy20 said:

June 30th, 4:54 pm

Playing as a girl and the fact that they’ve redsigned some aspects that are more preferred for players who are on the go.

Mashu009 said:

June 30th, 4:55 pm

Because I have yet to finish the ps2 game and would progress further if I could take it on the go and play it more often.

honorless said:

June 30th, 4:55 pm

Because I had to sell P3 PS2 before getting the chance to play it.

Because now I can play as a protagonist who is the same sex as I am.

jonboi24 said:

June 30th, 4:56 pm

The thing I’m most excited to see Yukari’s shower scene one the go, lol. I get to re-build relationships with characters like Yukari, Mitsuru, Fuuka, and to have a forbidden relationship with Maya. Now I get to play as a girl and see the another side of the story. I wonder what kinda of situations I will be in with her *wink* *wink* *nudge* *nudge*? And lets not forget the killer soundtrack, which I ripped of my Persona 3 cd and onto my iPod. I also can’t wait to play with the new/”Persona 4″ battle system, which should have been there from the start. The sheer fact I can play my second most favorite game, first one being Persona 4, anywhere is the thing I’m most excited about.

Now I can drop my Japanese classes, return my Japanese to English dictionary, and return my friend’s imported copy. I spent a good portion of a summer in my house playing the original on the PS2 and didn’t get much sun, but now it on the PS2 I can go anywhere with it. I love you Atlus, you always know how to treat your loyal fans. Now if we can only get Persona 5 on the PS3 than I can die happy, though with a lot of good games coming I really don’t want to die lol.

ShadowPhoenix18 said:

June 30th, 4:57 pm

I never got to play this game, and the concept had intrigued me ever since I first heard about it. My first introduction into the series was Persona 4, and I love the music and gameplay, as well as the social link system and character development. All around I’m expecting a great game, but mainly I just want to experience the storyline of Persona 3 that I missed out on the first time around.

Wiizpig said:

June 30th, 4:57 pm

Easy! because everyone wants to date Stupei!

Peloun said:

June 30th, 4:58 pm

Why I am getting excited for this game? ONLY BECAUSE IT’S SO AWESOME!!! And I cant wait to play it! Atlus is my favorite company ever. You guys rock so much. I already own persona 3 FES but could’t help and bring my favorite game of all time ( along with persona 4 ) on my psp.

core010 said:

June 30th, 4:58 pm

Why am I most excited? I love the idea of Atlus finding some way to put even more content in an already 80 hour game! I see the FeMC story similar to the Snow Queen quest in Persona 1. Sort of a “What if?” story, and that has me really excited.

And besides, Atlus found a way to make be buy the same freaking game three times! If it was anyone else, I’d be really angry, but somehow I just can’t help but love them for it.

betalogan said:

June 30th, 4:59 pm

I look forward to actually beating the game. RPG’s on handhelds are so much easier to play for someone who’s always on the go. I just can’t find the time to sit at a TV, but when I have a few minutes here and there or commuting on a train, it’s great!

Urudurin said:

June 30th, 5:00 pm

I was introduced to persona 3 by a friend, and instantly became a fan. Although I am sad to see the animated cutscenes leave, I’m excited to see the all the improvements persona 4 brought to the persona series be implemented into Persona 3, which had a fantastic cast and storyline, as well as possibly the best soundtrack out of any game I’ve ever played.

NiikuraKR said:

June 30th, 5:00 pm

I’m excited to play my favorite game again, this time on a portable platform, I’m also excited to play the female character’s story route, just to get a different side of the story. Plus she has a unique soundtrack, just that alone is enough for me. Also, I’m looking forward to not tearing up at the game’s ending. *hopefully*

JunIOR_san said:

June 30th, 5:00 pm

I’m ecstatic about the remixed music! Along with the fact that i can pull it out anywhere and play right there on the spot. Sitting on the bus waiting for the bus will be awesome with this game in my hand. Plus, i want to relive that story again and experience the new female side. Another Persona game to add to my collection!

selleys45 said:

June 30th, 5:01 pm

I have played the PS2 version and would really like to see how the game plays from a girl’s perspective.

burketech said:

June 30th, 5:01 pm

I am excited about P3P to have my dread burned everywhere! Great characters, a deep and very strong story, and some of the best music that didn’t come from a Final Fantasy! I love that it combines classic dungeon crawling with a unique social aspect . All around great game all around!

– Matt

final_furyk said:

June 30th, 5:01 pm

I’m excited about having the Persona experience on the go. As much as I love SMT games in general, I find they get played a ton more if they’re portable and lodged in my PSP.

It also helps I’m jonesing for a new soundtrack. I ended up only buying FES and missed out on the first Persona 3 soundtrack. I hope I win as the Persona 1 soundtrack rarely ever leaves my car but its been played pretty much straight for the last nine months.

spikyhairjon said:

June 30th, 5:02 pm

I can’t wait to play P3 on the go and as a girl.

mienaikitsune said:

June 30th, 5:02 pm

Where to begin…

The original P3 and FES were my RPGs of the Years for 2007 & 2008 respectively.

In other RPGs, you just control the main character at certain times throughout the day, whereas in P3 and FES, you control him, pretty much the whole day. You go to school, can attend clubs, make friends and girlfriends, and explore dungeons. Hell, you can even pee.

The social interactions were something rarely seen in other games. The music… I can’t say enough about it — 3 of my favorite soundtracks. Yes, 3. The graphics made everything about the games stand out.

NightHawk17 said:

June 30th, 5:02 pm

I’m most excited to play as a girl after beating Persona 3 and Fes:)

Tirrandir said:

June 30th, 5:02 pm

I’m most excited by the addition of playable party members. I liked Persona 3, but could never get very far before I found myself struggling with the AI of my friends. Glad to see that won’t be a problem! This is the thing I’m most excited about on PSP this year, by far! Can’t wait.

EaiL said:

June 30th, 5:02 pm

I’m excited to be a girl

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    Aram Jabbari said:

    June 30th, 5:32 pm

    EaiL wins the unofficial trophy for the most-easily-misinterpretted-out-of-context entry!

Tsunada said:

June 30th, 5:02 pm

I’m looking forward to being able to play the game as a Female, bout damn time! Also the whole part time jobs and skill cards aspect excites me.

noz666 said:

June 30th, 5:03 pm

Persona to go, yeah! Best game I never finished. Preordered a while back, hat or no hat, I have to play this game again.

SkieKitteh said:

June 30th, 5:03 pm

I’m excited about having no excuse not to play. Maybe I can finish the game this time! XD

jackthemayor said:

June 30th, 5:03 pm

I am probably looking forward to more of the same goodness that robbed me of my social life, caused me to completely forget all about Final Fantasy 13 and keep me up until all odd hours of the night just because I knew I had to find out what happened next. Yes Persona 4 had that effect on me. Oh yes and I also can’t wait for the next moment where Junpei puts his foot in his mouth because he said something stupid. I know I still have a lot left to see in Persona 4, good bye job and social life I will try not to forget you…. who am i kidding.

Nukkus said:

June 30th, 5:03 pm

persona 3. on the toilet. nuff said.

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    Aram Jabbari said:

    June 30th, 5:33 pm

    Atlus says: Remember to stand and stretch your legs every few minutes or so to prevent serious and/or permanent injury.

Jeigh said:

June 30th, 5:03 pm

Persona 3 was absolutely amazing- and the soundtrack goes right along with that! Funny coming from me since the tone of the soundtrack alone would have turned me off to it, but it fit so well with the game.

As a side-note, I really do wish the FE edition extra portion of the game had made it into the PSP edition. I played the original to absolute death.

Shinigami3000 said:

June 30th, 5:03 pm

I am a huge Persona fan and I cannot wait to drop another 100 hours in to this game! I am excited for the chance to play as a female for new social aspects and I am excited for the chance to play one of my favorite RPGs ever anywhere I go!

KTGoldwolf said:

June 30th, 5:03 pm

I am stoked that I’ll finally be able to play a female protagonist! I can’t wait for more story that is centered around the guys of P3.

mienaikitsune said:

June 30th, 5:03 pm

Unlike some people, I’ve had no problem with P3’s AI. I’m sure most of those people complaining about it, either didn’t make it through the game and are trying to blame the AI or had a harder time than they feel like they should have and are blaming the AI.

Regardless, I made it through the game four times and the AI has never screwed me over. This is the only game I’ve ever seen where if one member uses an attack and it doesn’t work, they announce that to the rest of the party and NO ONE ELSE USES IT TOO!

The AI is smart. That’s all there is to it. They did a good job. Semi-Learning AI, I call it. They remember what’s worked on enemies they’ve fought before, use trial and error on new enemies.

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