Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin
Review by Zembaphobia
I'm not sure how much was remade cuz I didn't play the original.
You are Tatsuya ''Tat-chan'' Suou, a student at Seven Sister's High School. Along with several other residents of Sumaru City, including students Lisa Silverman and Eikichi Mishina, reporter Maya Amano, and photographer Yukino Mayuzumi, you decide to investigate the strange occurences that have been happening around the school lately. Eventually find that it is the work of a mysterious being called The Joker, who is stealing people's wishes and dreams when they dial their own number into their cell phone. But soon the storyline expands into something much darker and more mysterious than this relatively simple beginning, spiraling into the classic battle between good and evil. It keeps you guessing on who the bad guy really is in this (particularly when you fight your evil ''Shadow'' counterparts).
The gameplay of this game can be kind of frustrating, particularly the lag time in battle. Using datainstall and auto attack will instantly solve this problem. It gets really annoying after a while when Eikichi screams, jumps toward the enemy, and fires his machine gun... but the sound of the bullets firing starts before he even lands and opens up his guitar case machine gun. Another bothersome feature is the inability to set ''fusion spells''. Characters can use ther personae to cast spells, and if put in the correct order, they can mix anywhere from two to five spells into one massive damaging spell. Perhaps I was a little bit spoiled by being able to go into the Fusion Spell list on Persona 2: EP and select the option that automatically sets up the characters in the order necessary for the spell
Eikichi Mishina's uber-kakkoi character design alone would give this game a 10/10 in graphics, but of course there's other great graphics, as well. The character design is top-notch; easily the best in any game I've ever played. If you like anime-style drawing, then you'll freak out when you see how awesome this game's graphics are. The coolest part is that it has different face graphics for each emotion of each character... wait until you see the picture of Lisa when she's exasperated.
Replay Value: 3/10
Without a Restart and EX Dungeon function like in Persona 2: EP, there's really no reason to play through this game again, unless A) you want to see Tatsuya paired up with all of his possible ''lovers'' (you can only select one per game), or B) you're writing an FAQ/Walkthrough like I am.
You have the ability to switch between the original and the far superior remix soundtrack.
This soundtrack is debatably better than Persona 2: EP's, and it has a similar style. If you like foot-tapping techno/trance music, then you'll absolutely flip over this game's music.
If you liked Persona Portable, then I highly suggest you go buy this game immediately.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 09/23/11
Game Release: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin (w/Mini Soundtrack) (US, 09/20/11)
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