Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES

Common Sense Media says

Excellent RPG with dark themes and imagery.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Teens discuss deep topics about life and death. Some characters aren't human, but are not treated differently because of their obvious differences.


To invoke a special move, characters use a device which looks like a revolver and shoot themselves in the head with it. There are many bloodless battles with fantastical creatures that are mostly cartoonish in nature, using a variety of guns, swords, and daggers. When characters die they seem to faint and simply vanish.


Some sexual innuendo, plus scantily clad female forms. One minor demon character resembles a penis. Teens discuss touching vital robot parts in a sexual way.

Not applicable

One headphone brand visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters eat and drink medical potions to restore health, but nothing illicit is mentioned.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this role-playing game (RPG) is rated M for good reasons. Mature themes permeate the game, with much talk about life and death, and there's some disturbing imagery, especially when characters seemingly aim weapons at their own heads and shoot to perform special attacks. However, the fighting (with a variety of guns, swords, and daggers) is with fantastical creatures and looks fairly cartoonish. Parents should also be aware that this game isn't an entirely new game, but a repackaging of Persona 3 with additional features and a new standalone story that can be viewed as a continuation of the game.

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Kids say

What's it about?

PERSONA 3: FES features not one but two complete games. Persona 3 in its entirety is present but enhanced with new quests, difficulty levels, and Personas. The main story follows an untitled boy who takes on the Shadows during a moment of time known as the Dark Hour. The Dark Hour comes but once a day, so during the other times your character must endure the daily ritual of a high school student, including down time where social interaction with fellow characters is not only encouraged, but rewarded with stronger attacks. The additional story takes place after the first is completed, but can be played at any time. In this adventure you assume the role of a character from the first who gains the ability to wield multiple Personas. This time around however, the game is almost purely a dungeon exploration game and much less emphasis is put on character interactions.

Even though the game features a party-based combat system, you only have control over the main character in each game, and the artificial intelligence takes over for the other party members. Different styles of play can be set for the party to offer support or all-out attacks. Enemy encounters are not random -- you can see each potential battle on the map before engaging the enemy, giving your character a strategic advantage and the opportunity to strike first. As with most RPGs, fighting increases your level, which leads to better weaponry and Personas to control.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about average kids who discover extraordinary powers or links to fantasy worlds. How often does this theme appear in your favorite games? Books? Movies? What would you change about the fantasy world this character enters? There's much talk about life and death here. Do you think these kinds of deep discussions belong in games? Why or why not?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Available online?Not available online
Release date:April 22, 2008
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:M for mature (PlayStation 2)

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Parent of a 15 year old Written bysushiman8 February 9, 2011
Shin Megami Tensei is by far the greatest game i have ever played. It cannot be described but experienced. The game which has been claimed to be the best RPG ever is the best. The game was so popular they remade it on the psp just so you could play it again in a different way. The game is a blend of 'The Sims and Final Fantasy'. All of the Shin Megami games are turn based RPG's were you control demons. This particular one lands you as a highschool student in japan. You live in a mysterious dorm with many eccentric characters. One night you are awaken at night too find a demon has attacked. You are given an 'evokor' a gun that summons your 'Persona' or inner guardian and protector. Soon you have extrodianry powers of summoning demons. Now to get to the important part of what offensive content is in this game. First off you are summoning demons which might sound bad but you always use your demons for the good of the cause. Many of the demons have phallic shaped heads noses etc. but graphic. A handful of feminine demons have expossed breast but no nipples are visible. The violence is very tame with blood somties on walls and in a few cutscences. The main reason this game got rated m is because when you summon your persona you stick your evokoe pistol to your head and fire it simulating suicide but no blood comes out. If you tween is mature with the adult themes and scariness of the game i would highly recommend it. The game has many positive themes and is good vs evil.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byokmben April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Good Game

even though there maybe girls in towels, it is not like it is so bad. The suicidal-looking shooting isnt all that bad, I reccomend this.
Teen, 15 years old Written byashbooann16 July 10, 2009

A great game!

It's a great game. I've played it several times. I'd say it's perfect for anyone over the age of 13 because they're mature enough to get that them shooting themselves with Revokers isn't real. There's some mild cursing from one character, but it's nothing beyond "D***" or "a**"
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value


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