Persona 2: Innocent Sin

General Information

Title in Japanese:ペルソナ2罪 (Perusona Tsū Tsumi)

Japanese Releases:

  • Playstation on 24 June 1999
  • Playstation Portable on 14 April 2011

Western Releases:

  • Playstation Portable on 20 September 2011 in North America, published by Atlus
  • Playstation Portable on 4 November 2011in Europe, published by Ghostlight

Back Cover (PSP NA edition)

The Lost Chapter of Persona Arrives!

With sleek enhancements and expanded content, Persona 2 makes its long-awaited debut in North America!

In Sumaru City, idle rumors are having a concrete effect on reality. The mysterious Joker seems to be at the center of it all, but to what end? Delve into the web of rumors slowly encompassing the city before the madness becomes irreversible. [all the bullets below are butterflies on the box]

  • Demons can be friend or foe- do battle or negotiate for items and information
  • Collect and spread rumors around town to gain strategic advantages
  • BONUS!

[only on cardboard box] This limited-run collector’s set includes a special Mini Soundtrack with music from master composer Shoji Meguro!

©Index Corp. 1996, 2011. Published by ATLUS. SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI, SMT, and Persona are registered trademarks of Index Digital Media, Inc.

 

Manual (PSP NA edition)

Story

RUMORS become REALITY and MAN LEARNS of HIS SINS
The story takes place in Sumaru City, Japan, population 1,280,000. Its protagonist attend Seven Sisters High School (“Sevens” for short), whose emblem is considered a status symbol even amongst students from other schools.

Soon, though, a rumor that Sevens’ emblem was actually cursed, and that wearing it would disfigure one’s face, had spread around the city. Even worse, the rumor came true…

Before long, the protagonists discover the power to summon another side of them called “Personas”, which they use to investigate the strange incidents around the city, all while facing their own personal demons as well.

Time is once again on the march…(p. 5)

Tatsuya Suou
An 18-year-old young man attending Seven Sisters High. He is tall, handsome, and has a mature, cool demeanor which has won him the admiration of female and male classmates alike. He’s a loner who does is best to avoid getting involved with anyone.

Initial Persona: Vulcanus (p. 6)

Lisa Silverman
A 17-year-old girl nicknamed “Ginko” who also attends Seven Sisters High. She has beautiful blonde hair, blue eyes, and a figure that’s the envy of other girls her age. Because she was born to parents who were naturalized as Japanese citizens, she looks Caucasian, but she speaks fluent Japanese.

Initial Persona: Eros (p. 7)

Yukino Mayuzumi
An active twenty-year-old student at vocational school for photography. She’s grown out her hair and settled down a little since her days at St. Hermelin High. Her goal is to become a professional photographer and she’s now working as an apprentice to a freelancer.

Initial Persona: Vesta (p. 8)

Maya Amano
A 23-year-old reporter for a teen magazine. She’s a beautiful, cheerful woman who naturally draws other to her with her considerateness and affable nature.

Initial Persona: Maia

Eikichi Mishina
A 16-year-old and second-year at Kasugayama High, less flatteringly known as Cuss High, who refers to himself as “Michel”. He is the Boss of a gang of delinquents at Cuss High and also front man in his band. He tends to take what people say too personally, is easily swayed, and is often a bit too taken with himself.

Initial Persona: Rhadamanthus (p. 9)

Persona 2: Innocent Sin Mini Soundtrack

This was a pack-in with first copies of the NA PSP edition of the game, and came in a jewel case.

Message from Shoji Meguro on the inside of the CD insert:

 

So, how are you all enjoying Persona 2: Innocent Sin?

The PSone version of the soundtrack was filled with masterpiece tracks created by the top-notch composer team of Toshiko Tasaki, Kenishi Tsuchiya, and Masaki Kurokawa. It’s amazing to listen to even today. We wanted to stay true to the original compositions, so for this enhanced PSP port, we prepared two types of music: the original, unchanged soundtrack; and a remixed version focused mainly on improving the sound quality.

The mindset behind the remixed version was to bring out what couldn’t be expressed in the originals due to hardware restrictions. Each of the staff used their own discretion when it came to arranging the tracks, allowing them to be reborn in an interesting way while staying true to the original compositions. I definitely hope everyone tries listening to both and comparing them!

It was my privilege to record a couple of arranged tracks myself for this special bonus CD. I had the honor of arranging “Battle” and “Order of the Holy Lance” at the promotion department’s request, but since both of them are masterpieces and fan favorites, it was no easy feat to tackle them. I changed “Battle”, originally a dance-y type of song, completely to a brassy, jazzy arrangement. But I wanted to keep the atmosphere of the struggle it had, so I used guitar sounds at climatic sections to give it a rustic feel. For “Order of the Holy Lance”, I used the latter half of the opening track as a foundation and layered orchestral sounds into it. Where the original version has more of a dance music feel to it, this arrangement has a stronger rock sound.

We put our all into this special bonus CD and chose the tracks carefully, so I hope you enjoy it!

-Shoji Meguro

Bonus Soundtrack

remix side

  1. unbreakable tie (Opening Theme [short ver.])
  2. Abandoned Factory
  3. Gatten Sushi

original side

  1. Giga Macho Records
  2. Ginko’s Theme (Sad)
  3. Velvet Room #2

another side

  1. Defeat (Unused)
  2. Persona Dance

arrange side

  1. Battle
  2. Order of the Holy Lance
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