The long wait for Persona 6 continues but in the meantime, Atlus is giving us remakes and more Persona 5 spin-offs than you can throw a shoe at. However, one of the most anticipated remakes I was personally looking forward to was Persona 3 Reload, a full-fledged remake of the classic 2006 JRPG with visual and UI improvements, changes, additions and more. Replaying this gem only reminded me why I once fell in love with Persona 3, and I've taken that plunge all over again.
Persona 3 was a bit of game-changer for the Persona series as a whole when it first launched. It laid the foundations for all future Persona games to be built upon but due to its age, it barely felt like it reached its full potential. Now, with Persona 3 Reload, Atlus has included all the modern touches of newer games in the series - particularly Persona 5 - and overhauled the game's presentation, art and certain mechanics to an outstanding, polished degree. The overall experience here is much stronger than the original and a rare case of a remake truly exceeding the original.
In terms of storytelling, not much has actually changed from the original game. You play as a silent, nameless protagonist who arrives in Tatsumi Port Island in Japan. The protagonist soon discovers that a reality-bending cataclysm called the Dark Hour frequently occurs in this city; almost everyone is unaware of the Dark Hour except for a handful of teenagers who guide the protagonist in battling the shadowy creatures that inhabit this realm. Time reverts back to normal each day while night brings the dark changes.
Atlus has included all the modern touches of newer games in the series - particularly Persona 5 - and overhauled the game's presentation, art and certain mechanics to an outstanding, polished degree.
If you're familiar with the flow of gameplay from other Persona games then you'll feel right at home with Persona 3 Reload.
As much as Atlus reworked the tedium of Tartarus, it's still a fairly generic dungeon to crawl around in.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
9 February 2024
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