What to Know About Each Ending


Like any Persona game, there are a couple of different endings that the gamer can get based on choices made. Here’s how to achieve each ending.

Persona 3 Portable is one of the most beloved games that Atlus has ever put out, and like any Atlus JRPG, it’s packed full of content that will keep players busy for hours and hours. Like the other games in the Persona series, Persona 3 Portable has more than one ending, each of which the player can achieve based on one key choice. Unlike more recent Persona entries, each of these endings is simple to reach, but below are a few tips on getting to each of them.

While Persona 3 Portable released this month for modern consoles and PC, it’s not the first time that the game has been ported over to another system. After Persona 3‘s original release in 2006 for the PlayStation 2, the game was ported to the PlayStation Portable several years later with a few differences, including the option to play as a female protagonist, some story differences, a new battle system, and more. It is this enhanced version that has been re-released in 2023.

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Persona 3 Portable Offers a Bad Ending and a True Ending

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Fans of more modern Persona games might be wary of missing something along the way that will cause them to foul up their playthrough and reach an unwanted ending. However, as mentioned, Persona 3 Portable only requires the player to make a single choice that will decide if they get the game’s bad ending or the true ending.

With that in mind, this might not be the best narrative for gamers who like it when several key decisions stack up and lead the player to particular narrative points. However, these two endings and the choice that leads to them really do fit the game quite well, and they are not likely to leave the player wanting more.

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Persona 3’s Bad Ending Is Worth Seeing, but the True Ending Reigns Supreme

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To be as spoiler-free as possible, at the very end of December, the player will be given a simple choice — whether or not to kill Ryoji. Given that the player has spent much of the game forming a relationship with Ryoji, this is a tough decision. Deciding to kill him will lead to the player achieving the bad ending, with the game’s story quickly coming to an end soon after they make the choice. This sequence is relatively uneventful and short, but it’s still worth a watch on an extra save file for players who are curious.

If the player decides not to kill Ryoji, even after he tries to convince them to do it, they will be set on the path to the true ending. There are no other important choices to make and no way to achieve some other secret ending, so there is no need to worry about messing anything up from here on out. All the player needs to do to achieve the true ending is play through the rest of the game.

Gamers should note that when they’re playing a New Game+, while on the path to the true ending, there is a small change to the ending that they can choose. Near the end of the game, if the player is in a romantic relationship with one of the members of SEES, the player can choose to spend some time with them instead of Aigis. Saying anything more than that would spoil quite a bit, so keep in mind that this is only a slight alteration to the ending, and it doesn’t really change anything substantially.


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