I love the Shin Megami Tensei Persona series, was hoping that would be enough to overcome what it an aged game but unfortunately it wasn't. The 1st person dungeon crawling is horrendous, completely destroyed any chance of me enjoying the game. Sounds like a solid soundtrack from what i heard, but I recommend staying away from this RPG unless you played (and liked) Revelations. I'm into old school rpgs like lunar and early FFs, but this one isn't for me.
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I probably set this game up for failure to begin with, because the first persona game I ever played was Persona 3, but I tried to keep an open mind... and still was disappointed. :(
My brother played the game as well, and shared my sentiments. So I'll just do a Pro's/Con's list.
Pro's: Beautiful intro, good soundtrack, good cutscenes.
Con's: Bad story, ugly sprites, weird 1st person perspective in buildings, very slow battle system, bad persona designs, annoying point distribution.
We (my brother and I) put around 3-5 hours into this game, and genuinely could not push through any further. Even while keeping in mind that it is an old playstation game remade for the PSP, the character designs were poor, there's no deep story around the personas or their appearance/summoning, and it's a hassle to deal with some of the practical in-game features used to progress.
Overall it seemed like Persona was the awkward launching pad to an amazing series. So, I still recommend trying it for yourself to form your own opinion, and then go play persona 3 and 4 to see what an amazing series this game gave birth to.