According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Blood, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes

Parents will probably want to steer younger gamers away from Persona 2: Eternal Punishment. The intricacies of combat and the Persona system will be extremely frustrating and indecipherable for most children, and the technical aspects of the game are more suited to older and experienced gamers. There are some themes in the game which aren't entirely appropriate for younger gamers due to the content revolving around serial murders. There are also some instances of not-too-subtle sexual innuendo and very mild expletives. Its nothing outrageous or especially offensive, but the game is simply intended for and geared towards mature players.

Gamers in general will probably want to stay away from Persona 2: Eternal Punishment since it's an in-depth, long-term RPG with an emphasis on details. It's definitely not the type of game that will suit most casual gamers with little eye candy and a pace thats much slower than recent high-profile offerings from the likes of Square.

Fans of Final Fantasy or other RPGs might be more inclined than the average person to enjoy what the game has to offer, but don't expect the same type of big-budget visual extravaganza full of fireworks and spectacle.

Hardcore RPG fans or gamers tired of playing the same old RPG should definitely check out the game. The modern-day setting in a Japanese city is very different from what youd usually expect, and the story is top-notch. Theres a million ways to customize, and there are more secrets than you can count. Expect many, many hours of your life to be sucked away exploring all the features. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is easily one of the best RPG offerings weve had Stateside in a while.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers should have no fear. While there are sporadic bits of above-average voice work, they are always accompanied by text, and the vast majority of the games plot and dialogue are text-only.

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