On reading this, you might well think that Persona 3 is a mishmash of very "Japanese" ideas, and you'd be right. But it's all down to the execution of these ideas and this game has managed to combine some very peculiar elements into a very delicious package. It won't suit everyone's taste.
It does start out very slowly and Tartarus isn't overly exciting to look at, but it has innovation by the bucketload and anyone who's been a bit disappointed by the same old RPG formula over and over again, would do well to take a look at this. That goes for any Anime fans too, who will appreciate this for its themes and visuals. Now step away from your Final Fantasy 37s and your Mass Effects, dust off your PS2, and give this a whirl. You might well be very pleased you did.