Persona 3 has the lowest number of Steam players of any Persona game.
- Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden are finally available on all modern consoles and PC.
- Persona 3 Portable has significantly fewer players on Steam than Persona 5 Strikers and Persona 4 Arena Ultimate Max, including Persona 5 Strikers and Persona 4 Arena Ultimate Max.
- Some of the attributed reasons can be limited to a poor port and the decision to port the PSP version of the game instead of the PS2 original.
Persona 3 seems to have had a bit of a whimper this time around with a surprisingly low player count from the PC crowd. Persona 4 Golden and Persona 5 Royal are lagging behind the re-release. Not only that, it seems that spin-offs like Persona 4 Arena Ultimate Max and Persona 5 Striker also had a higher player count.
when Persona 4 Golden Finally released for Steam, the game managed an all-time peak. 29,984 Players within a day of its launch. While this was the first time the series made its debut on Steam, its re-release Persona 5 Royale tells a similar story. The game reached its climax. 35,474 Players on release day.
Persona 3 PortableOn the other hand, only a modest player count is maintained. 3,515 At its all-time peak on launch day.
Since its announcement, the Persona 3 Portable remaster has been a game that many people have been excited about. A remaster of easily one of the best and most beloved entries in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise.
However, there was much skepticism about the scale of this re-release. The game currently has a mostly positive rating on Steam with 75% of its 808 reviews being generally positive. This contrasts with the overwhelmingly positive reception of Persona 4 Golden and Persona 5 Royal.
Is it because of the game itself or is it the quality of the remasters?
Further inspection of the reviews reveals many of the issues prevalent in this remaster. Audio that sounds worse than the original, poorly graded art that results in bad looking backgrounds and artifacts, and little improvement in gameplay.
Of note is the removal of the ability to specifically choose which skills are inherited from Persona to Persona. It was a feature that was included in the re-release of Persona 4 Golden and even the often poor and overpriced port of Shin Megami Tensei 3 Nocturne.
A disappointing port with the fact that it’s a remaster of the inferior PSP release rather than the PS2 version and shows why it’s not doing as well as other games. To his credit though, he ended one of the longest running debates in the Persona community.
It’s also worth mentioning that Persona 3 is one of those entries that few people talk about. While Persona 4 and 5 remain at the center of each person’s conversation. Older entries in the series are mostly left out of the conversation due to lack of relevance.
While Persona 3 is personally one of my favorite games in the franchise, it’s easy and a little disappointing to see it fail to reach the popularity of its peers.
Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden are currently available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam.
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