Parents' Guide to

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES

By Jeff Paramchuk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Excellent RPG with dark themes and imagery.

Game PlayStation 2 2008
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent 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

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (16):

The sheer depth of Persona 3 is more than enough to satisfy rabid RPG players, and the enhancements made for this FES version make the title that much more appealing to those who missed the game on the first run. Yes, the addition of the entirely new game is an excellent bonus, but it's the outstanding storytelling and inter-personal interactions which make Persona 3 such a great title.

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

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate