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Akiko Yajima ...
Maya Amano (voice)
Noriko Kaneko ...
Urara Serizawa (voice)
Hiroshi Takata ...
Katsuya Suou (voice)
Jôji Nakata ...
Kaoru Saga (voice)
Toshiyuki Morikawa ...
Kei Nanjou (voice)
Junko Omi ...
Eriko Kirishima (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ...
Tatsuya Suou (voice)
Ryûsei Nakao ...
Tatsuya Sudou (voice)
Shigeru Shibuya ...
Jun Kurosu (voice)
Shô Hayami ...
Ginji Sasaki (voice)
Hiroko Konishi ...
Lisa Silverman (voice)
Kôsuke Toriumi ...
Eikichi Mishina (voice)
Jin Yamanoi ...
Nyarlathotep (voice)
Junko Asami ...
Eriko Kirkshima (voice)
Jûrôta Kosugi ...
Takahisa Kandori (voice)
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Sumaru City, Japan, the year 2000. The Grand Cross, a famous convergence of the planets, has passed without incident. The latest urban legend among high schoolers is that of the "Joker Curse" - call your own cellphone to hire an assassin. Teen magazine reporter Maya Amano is sent on an assignment to Seven Sisters High School to cover the Joker murders. Her roommate Urara Serizawa (Ulala in the U.S. version) tags along. But the assignment turns deadly when the principal is found murdered, and the M.O. points to the Joker. The two women join forces with police officer Katsuya Suou and mysterious wiretapper Baofu to track down the source of the Joker curse. But will this really end the insanity in Sumaru City? Does the mysterious deja vu felt by the citizens of Sumaru have some deeper meaning? And who is the mysterious boy that Maya's certain she's seen somewhere before...? Written by Joseph Rodriguez <jpr4c7@umkc.edu>

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Persona 2: Eternal Punishment  »

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The most engrossing game I've played...
20 October 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Persona 2: Batsu, is my favorite of the Persona series from Atlus. The games are extremely popular in Japan, but in America, they are barely known. It's unfortunate, because everything about the Persona RPG series is top-notch. The plot, the characters, the battle system, the demons, the setting...I was swept in completely.

Although I like Final Fantasy, I found Persona to be much more enthralling. However, it is also much longer, and moves more slowly than most RPGs. Persona's greatest strength is its characters. Especially in Batsu, the characters feel very real and easy to relate to.

The game starts out like a murder mystery, but soon it turns into something much deeper, living in the realms of mythology, religion, science fiction, and technology.

Aside from the elements of story, the battle and rumor systems are unlike any other game. Each character draws on various Personae for their powers, and these Personae can be improved through battle. Although not as key to the game as I would have liked, rumors that the player chooses can be spread that change the course of the game.

All in all, Persona is a very fun game. It moves a little slowly, is very time-consuming, and some battles are just MURDER, but the characters and plot make it completely worth the effort.


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