Now, I’m not a major consumer of PSP games, but it made sense to me that if I already owned a copy of Persona 3 and was crazy enough to want the Persona 3 FES (updated and expanded re-release), which I swear I’m usually too smart to fall for, then I might as well go for Persona 3 Portable. I’m still trying to figure out where I put my brain and why I took it out in the first place. The world may never know.

Now, I only just barely turned the thing on and started the game. I didn’t even reach a save point. I’m going to admit that I’m excited by the idea of playing the game from a “different perspective” with the new “female protagonist option.” I feel like such a consumer, it boggles my mind. Right away: different opening theme. Hm. Kind of disconcerting, ’cause it lacks the wonderful familiar feeling of the PS2 version.

Oh, the video’s different too. So’s the main screen. Oh, and there aren’t videos at all — it’s all text narration. Also, I don’t get to run around with the protagonist, instead I point and click on things. I got as far as arriving in the protagonist’s bedroom, and I’m worried about the rest of the game. I’m not sure how the dungeons will be handled, but given the information I’ve got so far, I’m thinking … less running, more clicking.

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed Persona 3 for the Playstation 2, so I’m determined to give P3P a chance, but it isn’t the same, so I’ve got loads of apprehension that I didn’t have before. I mean, Crisis Core let you run around and stuff, would it really have been so difficult for P3P? Maybe you still can. I might be fretting over nothing. Still, definitely concerned.