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|#2 - Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (PS2)|
Chocolate is good. Peanut butter is good. Chocolate and peanut butter together is great, and whoever first combined the two is a genius. In much the same way, Persona 3 is greater than the sum of its parts, bringing together a dungeon-crawling RPG and a life/school sim. The main plot is already a cut above that of most JRPGs, but the storylines of the various friends that your character meets in school or around town further elevate the storytelling, adding a unique dimension of depth and genuine humanity that's missing from many RPG plotlines. That Atlus could deftly localize a very Japanese game such as this in a wonderfully authentic fashion speaks volumes. On top of the varied, addictive gameplay and darkly twisted storyline, Persona 3 has stylish visuals and a beautifully unique soundtrack by Shoji Meguro. Much like Final Fantasy VII did back in 1997, Persona 3 blew open the eyes of complacent RPG fans and completely shattered their notions and expectations of what to expect from a Japanese RPG and what the genre is capable of.
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