Shin Megami Tensei/Persona

I’m intrigued. I read somewhere that the Persona games are something of a spinoff of SMT, but that’s about all that I know. Can someone give me a rundown of what these series are about? You know, how many games are there, should I skip any or stuff like that?

I think there are 3 not including the new one that is coming out this year. Only 2 were released stateside…1 and half of 2. Innocent Sin was not released here…only Eternal Punishment.

Hardcore Gaming 101 has a good article on this, but it seems their site’s down at the moment.