Interesting potential discussion occurred to me - Persona 3's ability to give the feeling of agency to its players.
Many recent JRPGs like FFXIII most obviously, stopped trying to hide how linear JRPGs are. And persona 3 is heavily linear when you get right down to it. But somehow manages to avoid feeling like you have no agency in the world.
Obviously this is because you have a lot of power over your daily life as opposed to the core story, but I think this is certainly something worth spending some time discussing.