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Persona 3: FES

Platform(s): PlayStation 2
Genre: Role-Playing
Publisher: Atlus USA
Developer: Atlus
Release Date: April 22, 2008 (US), Oct. 17, 2008 (EU)

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'Persona 3: FES' (PS2) Coming to Europe - Screens

by Rainier on July 21, 2008 @ 9:47 a.m. PDT

Persona 3: FES is short for "Festival," and not only does the new content enhance the original game, but the new FES component is actually a game in and of itself, accessible right from the get-go. We think of it as two games on one disc. It is the definitive Persona 3 experience.

In Persona 3, you’ll assume the role of a high school student, orphaned as a young boy, who’s recently transferred to Gekkoukan High School on Port Island. Shortly after his arrival, he is attacked by creatures of the night known as Shadows. The assault awakens his Persona, Orpheus, from the depths of his subconscious, enabling him to defeat the terrifying foes. He soon discovers that he shares this special ability with other students at his new school. From them, he learns of the Dark Hour, a hidden time that exists between one day and the next, swarming with Shadows. These monsters have been steadily claiming victims aptly nicknamed “The Lost”—people who’ve inexplicably become mindless zombies. Under the supervision of school chairman Shuji Ikutsuki, he joins his new companions in confronting this threat to humanity…

With your school as the primary battlefield, you’ll be forced to juggle between two lives: student by day, defender against evil by night. And your greatest challenges await you on the eve of each full moon.

So what's the big deal about Persona 3 FES? "FES" is short for "Festival," and in Japan, FES was released as a reward for gamers who picked up the original. Not only does the new FES content enhance the original game, but the new FES component is actually a game in and of itself, accessible right from the get-go. We think of it as two games on one disc. It is the definitive Persona 3 experience.

Atlus will be releasing the stand-alone version of FES. There was of course the option of just releasing the "Append" disc (which would have required ownership of the original game), but in the end, Atlus didn't want you to have to own anything else to enjoy the experience.

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Persona 3 FES is a stand-alone product and does not require the original Persona 3 to play. However, players with save files from the original game will be able to transfer some of their saved data, such as their Persona compendium, to be used in the enhanced main story. The new story is accessible from the start and does not require players to finish the original game beforehand.

“We’ve been inundated with requests to bring this highly regarded RPG to Europe so we’re delighted to finally be able to give RPG fans what they’ve been wishing for.” Said KOEI’s Sales Manager Will Curley “Persona 3 FES represents the very pinnacle of top quality RPG gaming and has already received some amazing review scores upon release in the US that have even surpassed the remarkable widespread acclaim for the original game.”

Key Features:

  • Engaging Social Link system lets you build intimate relationships with friends and love interests alike!
  • Unforgettable characters and professionally-acted dialogue bring the story to life!
  • Massive replay value with over 20 Social Links and a complex storyline encompassing a full school year.
  • Highly stylized designs grace the beautiful 2D character portraits, detailed 3D animations, and heart-pounding cut scenes!
  • Intense, strategic battle system; find and exploit enemy weaknesses with the help of your allies!

Already available in North America Atlus is bringing Persona 3 FES to Europe on October 17, 2008.


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