So full disclosure before I start explaining why Persona 3 Portable is so great and how a game that’s is a port of a PS2 game can be my game of the year. I’m actually picking Persona 3 Portable as my Handheld Game of the Year. I feel that the handhelds should get some love because there have been some real gems released in the last year.
Persona 3 Portable defines what it is that makes an excellent portable RPG. The J-RPG’s story is intriguing and pulls you in and the combat is built on a strong turn-based system. It’s got great graphics for such a tiny system and a extremely fitting J-soundtrack. What really makes P3P really stand out is the persona system, mixing the elements of addictive collecting, strategic equipping and, my favorite, social relationship building. I picked this game up late in the year for my PSP and haven’t looked back. The game has sucked me into the universe and addicted me with the thought of conquering the large tower, Tartarus. It has caused me to lose sleep as I tried to fight through just one more level, over and over. Throw in the new feature to play from a female perspective and P3P is in a league of its own.
I never had the opportunity to experience the original Persona 3 on the PS2 and I’m pretty sure that almost every other gamer bypassed it as well. It was considered to be one of the best RPGs when it first came out and this improved version will stand to be one of the best RPGs of this generation. With this second chance to play it on the PSP, I think everyone should try to grab this game and give it a chance. RPG lovers, you won’t be disappointed!