|Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES|
|Developer: Atlas USA
Release Date: Out Now
I reviewed Persona 3 a while ago and was suitably impressed with how refreshing the whole thing was. It was a definite step forward for the RPG genre in my humble opinion. Rather like the latest DVD releases, Koei have decided to throw everything they had left over from that game into what is essentially a director's cut of Persona 3 (that’s the FES bit).
So what is new with this disk? Well, you get the original game dubbed “The Journey” along with new personas, gameplay enhancements, new outfits, a hard difficulty setting and all sorts of other added goodies. For those with Persona 3 saves, the experience gained can be easily transferred to this special edition, which is handy if you’ve spent several hours tinkering previously.
The biggest addition to FES is the added chapter called “The Answer”. This is for all intents and purposes an extra episode which resolves the story and will give players around an impressive 30 hours of gameplay on top of the main quest. This is essentially more of the same and whilst still being impressive it isn’t quite as polished as the original game. There is still a ton of dialogue to wade through (which does get irritating) and plenty of new battles to fight your way through - the trouble is it does end up getting repetitive.
As a package though PES:FES cannot be faulted. The price is cheap considering how much they managed to cram onto the DVD and the game is still as absorbing as it was before. If you’ve played the original game and weren’t a massive fan there is little to change your mind here, but if you are keen to play more this is nigh on essential.
- Still looks and plays brilliantly,
- Plenty of gameplay for your money
- It's good to talk – but not this much surely
- Gets a little ‘samey’