Because of this, Persona 3 Portable does not necessarily replace the Play Station 2 version.The game allows the player to choose the gender of the protagonist, which possibly opens up new routes and scenarios in the story.The theme of the game revolves around the "", reflecting the changes that happen should the player pursue the path of one protagonist over the other, and the Latin phrase "Memento Mori" which translates as "Remember your mortality.Remember you must/will die," as shown in the opening sequences.Atlus's 2006 role-playing video game Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 focuses on the exploits of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (SEES), a group of high-schoolers defending their home city from monsters known as Shadows.Persona 3 is set in a fictional Japanese city in the year 2009.Due to past events, there is a hidden period between one day and the next known as the "Dark Hour", during which most people become unconscious (a state the game calls "Transmogrification", symbolized by normal people turning into floating coffins), and Shadows feed on the minds of those still aware of their surroundings.In addition, a large tower called Tartarus, filled with Shadows, rises out of the ground during the Dark Hour.
It can also be played on Play Station Vita / Play Station TV via the Play Station Store through backwards compatibility.
Persona 3 mixes elements of role-playing and simulation games: during the day, the player attends school, and is able to spend time with other characters, forming relationships known as Social Links.
These Social Links, when formed, have gameplay benefits, increasing the player's proficiency in battle.
An enhanced version of the game containing an epilogue called The Answer was released as Persona 3 FES, also for the Play Station 2.
This version is available on the Play Station Store for Play Station 3.
During the Dark Hour, the player enters Tartarus, a large tower containing Shadows, creatures that feed on the minds of humans.