If you are a fan of RPGs then it's no brainer that Persona 3 comes highly recommended. Even with the flood of JRPGs on the console, it manages to stand out with its individuality. It has its share of minor faults, but it's something different, and the overall presentation easily cancels out any nuisances it has. Persona 3 is deep, with plenty to do, yet at the same time is not too challenging and is easy to get into.
The game will last the player 70+ hours on the first play through. If you are a perfectionist then you are easily looking at 100+ hours worth of play. It's great value for money. There's even a new game + mode that allows certain things to be carried forward, plus some new quests to try out. The year might not be over just yet, but a contender for best RPG has just arrived on the market, and boy is it surreal.
Graphics - 8
Gameplay - 8
Sound - 9
Lifespan - 10