Maybe it's the old news but I picked it up instantly for 9. You can only set them to certain predefined commands. Only post content that is related to Persona 5. Persona 2 is a far different game than what Persona became starting with Persona 3. You might be able to hack something together for importing saves if you're a tech guy, but I wouldn't count on it. And between the two, Akihiko and Yukari, who as more likely to actively seek out new friends? When you go through Tartarus just defeat every shadow on the floor as you go up.
So why would anyone prefer Portable? Junpei, specifically, has one of the best S. To me, the female protag is the definitive thing that made me come back around on P3 as a whole. Lead a group of high school students with a dangerous extracurricular activity: exploring the mysterious tower Tartarus and fighting the sinister Shadows during the Dark Hour, a frozen span of time imperceptible to all but a select few. The other big improvement is it took some of the battle improvements from P4, such as Direct Commands over party members. Use link-flairs for each thread you create. Great advice, I will definitely do that.
That's what P3 did with Junpei, Akihiko, and Shinjiro. Links in the series so they did a good thing by making the changes that they did. You also don't get any anime cutscenes. I was incredibly torn at first since both had really strong points, but then I doubled down on P3P and didn't regret it at all. I have saved few times and have couple of hours and so far, it seems to be saving property.
Plus there are some new Social Links, including a few from party members who didn't have one originally. Imagine that you were playing P4, but you couldn't have a social link with Yosuke, Kanji, or Teddie. They should have made it so the male protag could do something other than serially date all of the female party members and ignore the guys in the first place, but it humanized characters that were cardboard cut-outs in the original game. But the female protagonist was enthusiastic, perky, and at times, even snarky. It lets you play as a woman, as well as adds some other elements and music to the game. It's best to keep it in an open area on a shelf or some such that allows plenty of open space around it.
Do not post links to any clickbait sites and articles. For Persona 3, the best way I would say to play it is Persona 3 Portable. Which reminds me: I should sell it already. Thank you so much everybody for your very helpful answers! Edit: Shit, I should have asked. This may only apply to the female protagonist. Besides, the two languages are quite similar that not a lot is lost in translation. Visually that game is dated.
The female protag is the best protag in the series, fact. There are many to choose from. After hearing about the save corruption shenanigans, I made backups throughout The Journey, but it seems it was unnecessary. Just from playing it, I would say it's not really worth going back to it. However, that game is old.
I thought it was just Persona 4 Golden. It's been a while since I messed with either game, so I don't remember the specific differences. Interesting, wasn't aware of saved file possibilities. After playing with both options I decided to leave it on default setting. Mine is still unopened, since I ultimately played Golden, and the camera mechanics in P4 make me sick literally, thanks to an autoimmune illness. Do not post spoilers in the title.
Use spoiler tags for comments that contain spoilers. Like it's not like they just swapped the character and kept everything the same. I'm not trying to actively bash the male protagonist. This isn't a bad way to play the game - hell, it will probably cut your playtime by at least a dozen hours - but sometimes it can feel a little stripped down. Definitely want to throw in my lot with Persona 3 Portable, also. I note that because in Persona 3 Portable, you can't do all that. It ties in with the narrative of what P3 and P4 are, but let's face it, it's just more fun to make your party do what you want them to do.
Criticism is okay, just don't go overboard. I have saved few times and have couple of hours and so far, it seems to be saving property. But again, P3P is the only one you can play on Vita. I legitimately felt he was just social linking for the power. You're basically just left choosing which one is more important. Thanks in advance and have an awesome day! Or that Kanji stopped obsessing over what he thought masculinity was and trying to shove himself into a definition that never fit him.
Hopefully it's not a issue down the road. Content from other Persona games is allowed if it relates to Persona 5 in some way. You know how in Persona 4, you had to set every character to direct control after getting them? I've been looking into getting this game, though I've read there are some issues with save data- apparently sometimes saves fail or are completely erased, so you have to be extra careful and double check that the save data is actually there when you save. P3P is a perfectly fine version of an excellent game, and you should play it however you can get it. I don't know what the difference is between those versions. As such, it will not work on the Vita. Because the dungeons and combat are way better balanced in Portable.