5 How awesome is this game?SpikeKojima | 10/03/2008 | See all SpikeKojima's reviews (1)As I look at my game collection I notice a distinct lack of Japanese role playing games. I got a few hours into Final fantasy 12 and was kind of bored. So as I take a break from playing Call of Duty 4 and Burnout Paradise on Playstation network to sink 40 hours so far into Persona 3 ,colour me slightly bemused.Essentially Persona 3 is a mixture of a dating sim and dungeon-crawler. During the day the main character, a slightly emo looking 16 year old male student (who the player names) ,attends "Gekkoukan High School" and socializes in the surrounding city .It's all very Japanese ,you have to go to school on Saturdays and there is Japanese honorifics in every sentence. And it's all weirdly compelling for an anime nerd such as myself.To strengthen your Personas for use in combat you need to improve your relationships with classmates ,hang out with people you get to know in the city and join school clubs. This ties the day time activity together nicely with the "Dark Hour" dungeon-crawling when you and the other members of your dorm enter the tower, "Tartarus"at midnight.The journey up Tartarus may sometimes feel like a grind when your waiting for the next boss but each of the fights are just so much fun I was never frustrated. To the more experienced J-rpg player being able to control only the main character in combat may disappoint but for me not having to baby-sit the other 3 NPCs in the fight was a positive.I like the general art design but some of the Personas and enemies look a bit too weird for my liking and the in game character models' cutesy look detracts a little from the atmosphere when the camera gets in close .That said ,it would be a shame to miss such a great game because of these minor flaws ,so I would recommend this game to even those ,who like myself ,are not huge J-rpg fans. It's the most fun I had with my PS3 so far this year.How awesome is this game?.. Very awesome.It's a terrible shame that Atlus (the publishers of Persona 3 in America and Japan) don't publish their games in Europe so us pal gamers have to wait months to get games like this. Thanks Koei for helping us out ,how's about you release Persona 3 : FES for us Europeans too?