If it's crap ... We'll tell you
I started playing the first Persona game for PSP. It is a great game but damn it can get annoying. The encounter rate is ridiculous.
skip and go directly to 3.
I say skip 1 and go to 2 (if you like old school gameplay if not just go to 3)
The thing is I already put like twenty one hours into SMT Persona 1. I am enjoying the story though. The thing I hate is the encounter rate. I even have a favorite character, its Maso Inaba AKA Mark. I also love the whole concept of being able to contact the demons and all the hilarious reactions they have.