starting playing Persona 3 since Persona 4 is getting such high reviews. don't know that the theme of Persona 4 is, but a high school simulator is not my idea of a good time. Half of the game involves maintaining social relationships in school in order to strengthen the social links of the different Tarot suits corresponding to each character. e.g. participate in the student council more and the Emperor suit increases giving you more experience when creating "Persona" of that suit. + having played Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne already, i found that the combat system (mythology + characters) was basically the same.
I'm about 8 hours into the game (70 hours of game play?) and i still don't know why the characters seemingly shoot themselves in the head to call the Personas.