Persona followers and JRPG enthusiasts have been elated to learn that Persona 3, together with Persona 4 and Persona 5, will finally break away from PlayStation console exclusivity by releasing on the Xbox Series X/S as properly as PC and PlayStation 5. Persona fans felt it was only a matter of time before these Persona video games made their means elsewhere after Persona 4 Golden was launched for PC in 2020.
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While Persona 4 Golden and Persona 5 Royal had been anticipated to be the P4 and P5 representatives within the occasion Persona went multi-platform, questions loomed over which version of P3 could be chosen. P3 is amongst the most popular entry factors to the Persona collection and saw two updated variations in Persona 3 FES, brief for “pageant,” for the PlayStation 2 and Persona 3 Portable for the PlayStation Portable. Atlus ultimately selected P3P to be the P3 consultant, which begs the question: What benefits does P3P have over FES, and what will followers be lacking out on by not with the ability to play FES?
Updated on January 24, 2023, by Michael Colwander: Persona 3 Portable is now out for contemporary consoles. With that comes a handful of quality-of-life enhancements in addition to continuous questions on Persona 3 Portable vs. FES. The record of Persona 3 Portable’s differences from FES continues to develop.
10 The New P3P Remaster Has High-Definition Visuals & Many Localization Options
The most striking distinction between P3P and FES nows the visual decision upgrade P3P obtained in its 2023 remaster. P3P runs on 1080p and 60fps on most platforms. It also helps 4K resolution and 120fps on Xbox Series X/S and PC. This is a big upgrade from its PSP model in addition to FES.
P3P’s remaster also introduces a slew of localization choices for languages past English and Japanese together with French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. Dual audio can additionally be supported on this new launch, making P3 more accessible and approachable than ever.
9 P3 Now Has Trophies And Achievements Thanks To P3P
In a rite of passage for any old recreation that has received a remaster, P3P now has a set of trophies and achievements for gamers to earn. This is the first iteration of P3 to receive a trophy list. There have been P3-related trophies and achievements prior to now within the spinoff Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and P3’s inclusion in Persona 4 Arena.
The P3P achievement list will look acquainted to anyone who has gone for 100% in P4G and P5R. Players will want to max out their Social Links, rank high at school exams, fill out the Persona compendium, and so on. Players will need to full the game as each the female and male protagonists, which would be necessary for maxing out every Social Link, anyway.
8 Anime Cutscenes Are A Glaring Omission From P3P
The largest difference between the two variations of P3 can be seen proper when a model new playthrough begins. P3P does not have any of the anime cutscenes the unique P3 and FES had. Moments from cutscenes are played out through in-game dialog or nonetheless shots as a substitute. This may end up in important moments in what is a superb JRPG story feeling underwhelming by comparison.
P3P players can nonetheless view each anime cutscene on Youtube, and there are online guides that lay out when every cutscene should be watched, but that’s nonetheless immersion-breaking. This remains unchanged for the latest P3P remaster, which was a disappointment for Persona fans.
7 Overworld Navigation Is Much More Limited In P3P
PSP’s hardware limitations may be felt in the overworld navigation. In FES, navigating the world of Gekkoukan High School and the larger Tatsumi Port Island is just like P4 and P5 with an explorable 3D world.
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In P3P, nonetheless, navigating the world is completed by menus. Each area is depicted on a 2D plane, and to work together with an individual or object, the participant should transfer a cursor over it and click on on. This only applies to the day by day lifetime of the overworld and never dungeons, which are still fully rendered in 3D outdoors the doorway to Tartarus.
6 Players & Characters Won’t Be Getting Tired Of Tartarus In P3P
Tartarus acts as P3’s central dungeon. Tartarus solely seems through the Dark Hour, which happens at 12:00 A.M. and lasts for one hour. The protagonist and their friends, collectively members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (SEES), spend each Dark Hour exploring the various procedurally generated flooring of Tartarus.
The most important change to Tartarus is the Tired status. In P3 and FES, party members would grow increasingly drained all through Tartarus exploration. The extra drained a celebration member gets, the more it negatively impacts them in battle. In P3P, a character’s drained status changes when leaving Tartarus. The only factor gamers want to worry about is guaranteeing characters are well-rested earlier than exploring Tartarus again.
5 FES & P3P Added More Difficulty Settings
P3 initially launched with two issue settings: Easy and Normal. For Easy difficulty, enemy harm is decreased. Players additionally used to start with 10 Plumes of Dusk, which revive the get together in the occasion of a recreation over. However, Plumes of Dusk were faraway from the latest console remaster and changed with the power to easily retry from the start of the battle or the start of that respective flooring an unlimited variety of occasions. Difficulty settings can additionally be modified at any time in this new remaster, and a fast save characteristic was added.
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FES added one other issue setting in Hard, which will increase enemy harm from Normal and the chance that enemies start a struggle with an “Enemy Advantage.” P3P added two more problem settings in Beginner and Maniac. Beginner provides gamers 30 Plumes of Dusk on high of decreased enemy harm from Easy. Maniac will increase enemy harm, and Enemy Advantage probabilities from Hard, and gamers are required to start recent with out carrying anything over from a earlier playthrough.
4 Players Can Control Party Members In P3P
One of P3P’s finest adjustments over FES was the power to fully control celebration members in battle. Previously, the player may solely control the primary character whereas get together members operated independently. The participant may set Tactics in battle similar to “Conserve SP” or “Heal/Support,” and the party A.I. will try to accommodate. P3P added the “Direct” Tactic, which is how players can gain management of that get together member.
Even with Tactics, party member A.I. in P3 and FES would lead to irritating eventualities like Mitsuru excessively utilizing the move Marin Karin, even throughout inopportune and ineffective times. The Mitsuro A.I.’s obsessive use of Marin Karin would result in a popular meme inside the Persona fanbase.
3 P3P Also Takes Some Cues From P4
Being able to control celebration members in P3P is a big change from FES, however that’s not the one change to the battle system. P3P carries over some gameplay adjustments from P4, corresponding to how the “1 More” system works, which grants an attacking character an additional turn if they knock down an enemy usually by exploiting an enemy’s weakness, and the ability to perform co-op follow-up moves.
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P3P also permits get together members to take a fatal blow if the protagonist would in any other case die. Party members who have been knocked down are able to perform actions as quickly as they rise up as opposed to their flip ending. Lastly, the “Wait” motion was modified to “Defend,” which allows a character to skip their turn, however take much less harm when hit as opposed to “Wait.”
2 Female Protagonist Provides A Fresh Take On P3
What really units P3P apart from FES is the inclusion of a feminine protagonist. At the start of each playthrough, the participant can choose between a male and a feminine protagonist. While the male protagonist continues to be the canon story path of P3, it is great to have the option.
The female protagonist playthrough isn’t a direct 1:1 of the male protagonist playthrough. Instead, the feminine protagonist has a special selection of Social Links, including the adorable dog, Koromaru. The feminine protagonist additionally has totally different romance choices in addition to unique scenes. One of those exclusive scenes accommodates a cameo from a celebration member of P4.
1 “The Answer” & “Vision Quest” Each Provide Postgame Content To P3
The most significant omission from P3P is the biggest enchantment of FES: “The Answer.” “The Answer” is an additional story marketing campaign that takes place after the bittersweet ending of P3 starring Aigis. “The Answer” is understood for its brutal issue, however it’s nicely value it to expertise the full story of P3.
While P3P would not have “The Answer,” it does have a post-game mode generally identified as “Vision Quest.” “Vision Quest” allows players to struggle tougher variations of past bosses. Defeating all of those bosses unlocks a secret boss struggle in Margaret, Igor’s attendant in P4.
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