I originally wasn’t interested in touching the Persona series because I had heard things about it that just didn’t seem to appeal to me but one of my friends told me I should give Persona 4 Golden shot.
I figured I was already paying for Gamefly so what could it hurt? I added it to my Q, put it at the top of the list and had it sent to me.
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Persona 4 Golden, also known as Persona 4: The Golden, is the remake of the PS2 game Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 which was released in Japan and North America in 2008 and in Europe in 2009. Persona 4 Golden was released for the PS Vita in Japan and North America in 2012 and in Europe in 2013.
The protagonist is traveling to the fictional town of Inaba to live with his Uncle Dojima and younger cousin Nanako while his parents are working out of the country for a year.
As soon as the protagonist arrives, there is a string of murders.
The protagonist quickly learns that he has the ability to confront monsters, known as ‘Shadows‘, within the TV world where the murders seem to be happening and that he also has the ability to use an ability called ‘Persona‘.
The protagonist along with his two new schoolmates and friends, Chie and Yosuke, meet Teddie who lives in the TV world. They vow to help Teddie fix his world by solving the mystery and confronting the culprit.
Due to the fog that covers the TV world, the protagonist and his friends cannot see well within the TV world so Teddie makes them special glasses that can be used to see through the fog.
Throughout the game, you will help many people face their own Personas, or their hidden selves. Most of these characters will become part of your ‘investigation team‘.
This game is an RPG style game but what I really enjoyed about it was that it also has ‘sim‘ elements.
For instance, you can increase certain traits such as: knowledge, courage, diligence. On top of that you can also increase something called ‘social links‘ with people you encounter.
These social links will be beneficial in creating new personas as well as teaching personas new abilities. Each character has a unique story that you can learn about by interacting with them and building their social links.
There are also many options for girls to date within the game.
Within the ‘Velvet Room‘ you can hand in cards which will allow you buy those abilities later to give to any persona. You can also fuse your personas and buy personas that you have previously registered to the compendium.
These cards are gained through a card shuffle you get at the end of some battles and there are many other cards to choose from as well such as: extra exp, new personas, slight health and SP recovery, more money, etc.
Aside from the compelling story line, there are many other things I enjoyed about this game. The story is dark but there is enough lightheartedness between you and the people you can interact with to help keep the game from being so dark that it’s constantly depressing.
Not only is the regular day to day music fantastic but the battle music and dungeon music is worth listening to as well. It does a wonderful job of getting the player pumped and in the mood to play.
Another thing I enjoyed about this game was the option to take on part time jobs to raise your status (academics, diligence, courage, etc.) as well as earning extra income. Some of the jobs you will have to take on in order to obtain certain social links as well.
An additional perk to this game is that you can change your outfits in the dungeons to anything from school uniforms, to bathing suits to maid and butler outfits! (MAID OUTFITS!)
This game had me going from the very beginning. I was constantly thinking to myself ‘oh this guy seems like the culprit’ ‘well…no….maybe it’s this one’. I was on my toes the entire game and the end result was a shocker! It was nice to play a game that wasn’t predictable.
There are a variety of different endings and a new game plus feature as well. I am currently on my second play through on new game plus.
I was very satisfied with this game. It stands as one of my favorite games now. It’s re-play value is high, the music is fantastic, the story is suspenseful and the character interactions are memorable and well thought out.
In all honesty, I’m playing through Persona 3 Portable for my first time and I’m having a rough time with it because the character stories aren’t as compelling and the game just has an extremely dark aura to it with no breaks for humor.