Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES

Game review by Jeff Paramchuk, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Excellent RPG with dark themes and imagery.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 17 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Gives children great realization of the value of life and friendship.

This game is really good, and don't make the "violence" make you think otherwise, as the game doesn't really highlight the violence too much. The game also opens the player's eyes of the concept of "Memento mori" (Remember that you are mortal. Remember that you will die) and the value of friendship, as this game has several in-game casualties and they are really heartbreaking. The Social Links (people you hang out) in this game are really worthwhile. Try it out. There's very little swearing and sometimes unintentional dirty jokes.

This title has:

Great messages
age 16+

Do not buy this game for a young teen or child!

Persona 3 is a decent game but the game is full of dark themes that just arent suitable for children. For example, to summon your "persona" in the game your character has to shoot themselves in the head with a gun of sorts called an "evoker" which children just wont understand. There is also a lot of death in Persona 3 and it is really morbid, every character suffers and it is not light hearted by any means. The theme of the game is making the most of life like it's your last day which once again is too mature for a child to really read in to. The language is not much of an issue in the game and it is not particularly bloody or gory either. In conclusion, children should wait till they are of a decent age before playing this game.

This title has:

Too much violence

Game Details

  • Platform: PlayStation 2
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Release date: April 22, 2008
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: M for mature
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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