//There’s no perfect version of Persona 3 — but Reload is close

There’s no perfect version of Persona 3 — but Reload is close

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For such an influential game, Persona 3 has a bit of a complicated release history. It first launched on the PS2 in 2006 and ushered in a whole new era for the franchise, mashing together an RPG with a life sim, tasking players with balancing dungeon crawling with the day to day of a normal high school student. That release was followed by a special edition — called FES — which added an epilogue that spanned a hefty 30 hours. Then, the game was remade for the PSP with Persona 3 Portable, which last year was rereleased on PC and modern consoles.

While the base game is great, each version is slightly compromised. FES has the most complete story, but it’s missing the streamlined gameplay and option to play as a female character that are in P…

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