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Persona 3 Original vs Reload Graphics Comparison

The Persona 3 Reload trailer has leaked ahead of an official reveal, and here’s a graphics comparison between it and the 2006 original role-playing game.

As seen in the graphics comparison below, Persona 3 Reload features reworked lighting that compliment the changes in art direction. Much like in Persona 5, the camerawork is more dynamic in Persona 3 Reload. Additionally, the load transitions between the different zones at school have been eliminated in favor of a more seamless experience.

The number of NPCs in Persona 3 Reload have increased considerably over the original. Additionally, cutscenes and cinematics are now rendered in-engine. The combat system has been overhauled with the audiovisual splendor seen in Persona 5’s battles. The menus and their layout have also been updated from the original.

For the uninitiated, the original Persona 3, also known as Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 outside Japan, is a role-playing video game developed by Atlus and released in 2006. It belongs to the larger Megami Tensei franchise and serves as the fourth main installment in the Persona series. Initially available for the PlayStation 2 in Japan in 2006 and North America in 2007, the game has since undergone various enhanced re-releases and ports.

One of these iterations is Persona 3 FES, an extended version that features a new playable epilogue and other changes. It was released for the PlayStation 2 in Japan in 2007 and worldwide the following year. Another version, Persona 3 Portable, was released for the PlayStation Portable in Japan in 2009, North America in 2010, and Europe in 2011. Notably, Persona 3 Portable has been recently ported to various platforms including the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S in 2023.

Players assume the role of a high-school student who joins the “Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad” (SEES). This group of students investigates a temporal anomaly called the “Dark Hour.” During this mysterious time, SEES members can enter Tartarus, a massive tower filled with monstrous creatures called Shadows.

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