Rescuing these civilians safely before a full moon appears grants bonus rewards obtained from the police station.Spending too much time in Tartarus may cause characters to become "Tired" or "Sick", which can affect their performance during battle.During the Dark Hour, the player enters Tartarus, a large tower containing Shadows, creatures that feed on the minds of humans.To fight the Shadows, each member of SEES is able to summon a Persona, a manifestation of a person's inner self.The game's most iconic feature is the method by which the members of SEES release their Personas: by firing a gun-like object called an Evoker at their head.In addition to the standard elements of role-playing games, Persona 3 includes elements of simulation games, as the game's protagonist progresses day by day through a school year, making friends and forming relationships that improve the strength of his Personas in battle.
Maxing out a Social Link gives players the ability to create specific Personas of each Arcana.
Additionally, certain floors halt further progress through the tower until the story progresses.
Occasionally, innocent civilians will wander into Tartarus, winding up on certain floors.
A Play Station Portable version of Persona 3, titled Persona 3 Portable was released in Japan in November 2009, in North America in July 2010, and in Europe in April 2011.
The remake adds the ability to play as a female protagonist, new story elements and music, and a new interface designed for the PSP.