Persona 2 Deserves a Remake Over P3

Persona 2 Deserves a Remake Over P3

Persona 3 might be getting a remake alongside its recent port, but revisiting the overlooked Persona 2 duology would make more sense for fans.

The Persona franchise has seen tremendous growth in the past decade, with Persona 4 and especially Persona 5 making the series a premier set of JRPGs. This has seen Atlus look back at the history of the series, bringing Persona 3 and Persona 4 to modern consoles. The port might not be the only way that Persona 3 comes back into the limelight, but another game in the series deserves the same recognition.

The Persona 2 duology is quite different from the games that came afterward, with it being somewhat closer to the mainline Shin Megami Tensei games. Out of the duo, one of the games has also not been released in the West in its original form, keeping these classics out of many newer fans’ hands. For as much as Persona 3 may be beloved, the two games that came before it are far more deserving of a port and remake combo.

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Persona 3 Will Be Familiar to Those Who Have Played P4 & P5

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Persona 3 wasn’t the entry that made the franchise mainstream, but it introduced many of the creative elements that made Persona 5 a hit 20 years later. It featured the sunnier, more “bubblegum” aesthetic of its two successors, with Shoji Meguro’s score also taking things in a more upbeat direction. Add in the younger protagonists, and those who have played Persona 4 and Persona 5 will feel right at home with it. This sounds like a good reason to justify the rumored remake of the game that’s in development, though it actually provides a reason as to why that’s not necessary.

As mentioned, Persona 3 is already a lot like its following two games, and remaking it in the style of Persona 5 may only make it feel even more redundant. That’s especially the case given that it was just ported onto modern gaming consoles, so those who finally beat the game in the coming months will be all the more familiar with it. Coming out with a remake in the near future would almost seem like a money grab, and it notably skips right to the game that forged the path for Persona 5. Instead, Atlus should look to the three older titles, namely the duo that’s incomplete in the West.

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Revisiting Persona 2 Is More Exciting for the Franchise

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Revelations: Persona and its two-part follow-up Persona 2: Innocent Sin and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment are a lot different from their successors, having more in common with the dark nature of the main Shin Megami Tensei games. The use of character deaths and mature themes makes the games feel harrowing, and though mechanics that precede the Social Links of later Persona games are present, the lack of full-on “dating” elements makes the games a lot less “fun.” This is heightened further by Eternal Punishment being a sort of “bad future” for Innocent Sin.

Sadly, Innocent Sin wasn’t released in the West on the PlayStation, supposedly due to some of the controversial content in the game. The PlayStation Portable remake was localized, but the same can’t be said for the newer version of Eternal Punishment. Thus, these games are far more deserving of being revisited, as they showcase where the Persona franchise once was. There are currently no ports for modern consoles, making them even more obscure. This presents the perfect opportunity to remake them in the same style as the newest game in the franchise.

Even mere ports of the PSP versions would suffice, bringing the most “modern” versions of each title to gamers across the world for the first time. Likewise, the darker nature of the titles might allow them to act as a sort of gateway to the mainline Shin Megami Tensei games. The Persona games may have once been too niche to make much of a splash outside Japan, but now’s the perfect time to bring two unexplored entries back for another chance.


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