ESRB recently revealed that Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable for the PSP have received a Mature Rating. It is really no surprise to us all as both Persona 3 and FES on the PlayStation 2 have received the same rating as well.
Persona 3 Portable is scheduled to be released in North America this July exclusively on the PSP. Here’s the brief description of ESRB’s rating for P3P:
This is a role-playing game in which players control either a male or female student who teams up with other high-school students to unravel the mystery behind a tower called Tartarus. Players interact with classmates, teachers, and various town characters on their way to solving the mystery. Players can summon “Personas,” which are creatures that can perform special offensive and defensive moves to aid during battles against monsters. Combat is turn-based with numeric values and light effects indicating damage. Some sequences depict characters summoning Personas by shooting themselves in the head with a gun-like device (an Evoker); however, glass shards materialize through the exit wound. Bloodstains are sometimes depicted on walls, the ground, and on the sides of Tartarus. Female creatures (female Personas) occasionally are depicted topless or with revealing costumes; male creatures have phallic-shaped heads and torsos. Story elements contain references to “Rampant Sexuality” and characters that make “sexual advances.” The words “sh*t,” “a*s,” and “b*tch” appear in the dialogue.
Hmm, seems we should expect words that kids shouldn’t say. Anyway, check back for our coverage of P3P near the release date of the game.