In my quest to play and finish all great RPGs on the PS2, i have recently started playing Persona 3, the latest english PS2 game in the Shin Megami Tensei series. The greatest thing about Persona is how it tackles Adult and Taboo themes that mainstream games wouldn’t dare touch even with a 10 foot pole. How Adult? Imagine your character shooting himself with a gun pointblank on his/her forehead in order to use his power. Coolness? Yeah, but definitely not for those of impressionable age.
More Persona 3 impressions after the jump
The latest one in the series is a little bit quirky in the sense that you need to manage your daily life in addition to your nighttime duties as a member of SEES or Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad. Your time in school strengthens your abilities and allows you to create more powerful Personas while you battle at night in order further the story and gain experience.
While the introductory part may be a bit long for most RPG players, it comes of as surprisingly fresh and unique for me. I also love the inclusion of speech tracks and the anime sequences. The soundtrack is also a cool mix of rap and other upbeat tunes.