I finally finished Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 today (I'm a very SLOW player of RPGs), and I am reeling from it. This Atlus-developed game puts all the pieces of a modern RPG together in a thrilling and singular experience. It's a unique and inspired blend of stark contrasts: darkness and light, J-Pop and dementia, epic heroism and trivial high school politics. There is simply no game like it.
Traditional RPGers will love the revisions to the genre, particularly the persona forging system and the radiant art direction. Players new to the genre--or those who have grown tired of the repetitive grind of many Japanese RPGs--will find Persona 3 a welcome demolition of the standard medieval/fantasy clichés.
There's much more to say about Persona 3. I'll discuss it in greater detail on my next podcast coming very soon. In the meantime, if you haven't tried Persona 3, by all means give it a whirl. Enchantment awaits you.