Persona 4 Golden
PERFECTION IN MY EYES
PREQUEL....I regretfully passed on this game when it first came out on the PS2 despite it receiving nothing but praise. I was at my local Gamestop and i held Persona 4 and Final Fantasy X in my hands, and after what seemed like an hour reading and admiring the games from the covers, i chose Final Fantasy X (being a Final Fantasy fan). I didnt buy both because 1) i was broke highschool student and 2) both would prove to be very long games. Now, at the time, i beat Final Fantasy X and titled it my favorite game of all time. During this period, I was fortunate enough to receive an Xbox for Christmas and i had forgotten about Persona...That is until the PsVita was released a few years later. ive waited months until the Vita's price would drop but then Persona 4 was announced for the Vita. My hype in Persona was revitalized and one release day, i decided to gamble my hard earned money on a Vita, so i can try out the new and improved Persona 4. And boy, was it worth it. This game is perfect in my eyes. The storyline was very unique. Maybe i haven't played enough games to be qualified to say this but the game isn't cliche like most RPGs these days other than the fact that the heroes save the world (or not). The storyline is engaging; i found myself on an emotional roller coaster throughout the game and often thought about what was happening currently and what will happen later. In my opinion, the characters make or break a game. In this case, the characters make the game enjoyable. They are my favorite cast of characters in any game. You seem to connect with all major and minor characters, good or bad. In fact, one of the mechanics of the game is to have relations with these characters, not only to get to know them but to make your character stronger. (the main character is nameless but in the anime, it's Yu Narukami or Souji Seta). But back on point. Every character has a distinct personality and whether they compliment each other or not, it makes for some hilarious dialogue. The gameplay is turnbased style and a cross between pokemon and Final Fantasy. Battles are for whtever reason, addicting to me. i find myself grinding levels when i dont need to for fun. I hate grinding levels lol. anyways, the game is a balance of school life (building relationships, working for money, studying to become smarter, etc) and the TV world (dungeons to level and progress the story). Of course, you can't talk about Persona without actually talking about the personas in the game.(although your party possesses one persona each, the main character can hold up to 12?). When you think Persona, think pokemon. When in battle, you use these personas to fight. you level them up and they learn new abilities etc. you can fuse them together to create more powerful personas. This creates replayability, since you can test and experiment with all personas. GOTTA "CATCH" EM ALL. There's not much i can say about the music except that i loved it. the Jpop music seemed to fit every situation i was in. Im not much of a Jpop fan but the music here is great. To wrap this up, I made a great decision buying Final Fantasy X. I made a better decision buying Persona 4. it's funny that a few years back when i was at Gamestop, i was holding what is now my 2 favorite games of all time. Persona 4 is #1 and it's gonna be real difficult to top this game. I am writing this 2 weeks before Atlus' new teaser trailer for an upcoming game and hopefully, it is persona 5. although, i am looking forward to persona 5, i am hoping the cast 4 to come back.
more than a port
Persona 4 was already fantastic, but this version is even better. The game looks great on the vita, and there are various additions. Some are gameplay oriented (skillcards to use on personas) and others are more for fun (costumes). There are additional scenes and social links too. This game prevented me from selling my vita
Hardcore JRPG Love
I Got This Game Not Knowing If I Would Like It As I Am A Fan Of The First Persona On PS And I Loved Persona 2 and 3 and 3 FES I Was Not Sure That Atlus Could Pull Off A Port Of A PS2 Game On The Vita But I Had Hopes that they Could Holy Cow I Was Blown Away By How Awesome This game Is I never Got Bored While playing It as It Had Lots Of Funny Parts To The Game And The anime Cut scenes where Right On The Money The story Was Great And It Made Me Want To Keep Playing Just To See What Happened The Game Sucked Me in And I Could Not Put It Down Only A Few Times Has a Game been Able to Get me So Invested In The Story And game play that i Not only Lose sleep But also track Of Time
If not for Journey, this would be my favorite game
I didn't know what to expect. A JRPG with good reviews, anime cutscenes, and on the vita was what I thought before I got this. I have never been blown away by a handheld game in my entire life until now.
One of the best things about this game is how memorable the characters are. I watch anime and for the most part, characters generally feel the same as others in other anime, not in this game. The characters are original in many ways. Problems in the game that they have are equivalent to problems in real life. A character questions their sexuality, another struggles as a step-parent, another copes with the death of a loved one, and so many others. The story is also original and definitely has the feel of an anime (heck a Persona 4 anime was made in response to the game's success in 2008) and it's the source of some of the game's greatest triumphs and weaknesses.
You are a Japanese high school transfer student who is sent to the small town of Inaba to hang out with your uncle and little cousin for a year. After somewhat making friends with some schoolmembers, dead bodies start turning up and you and your friends must stop the threat by jumping into TV's (seriously). The problem where the story suffers is that it can get TOO weird and off track at some points. The cliché of fanservice is in the game for 2 scenes and the second and third dungeons have such an uncomfortable feel. Other than that cutscenes are gorgeous and the HD graphics definitely help.
The gameplay is a mix of Pokémon and early Final Fantasy titles. there are randomized dungeons throughout the game that you unlock by advancing through the story. You get your options of attack, defend, use item, or flee, but 3 other options not yet seen in games other than other Persona games (mostly Persona 3 portable). One option is Tactics, where you can change your AI controlled teammates move sets by having them heal, go all out, or just get controlled by you. The other is the Persona ability, where you can call out your elemental personas to win battles by attacking enemy weaknesses. You can carry over 12 by endgame. One other battle option is when you press L1 you scan the enemy for weaknesses. You can do this over and over too with no penalties.
Instead of capturing personas some way as one might think, instead you can obtain them two ways. One way is after a battle and have one as one of your potential prizes. The other way is to fuse them. You can see what personas you can fuse which is really nice and you store any created or won personas in a compendium. If you want a persona you created early on for one fusion, go to the compendium, select the persona, pay a fee for it and you have it. You can create various personas too like Thor, Asura, Odin, and even the Devil (no joke, the Devil is in the game as well as Lucifer O_O). Also by solving problems that certain characters have in the game, persona fusing can be very easy.
Other things I must add are the extras in the game. The new character Marie has a very interesting story arc that people SHOULD get into for the sake of new story elements. You have the entire game"s soundtrack, animations, trailers etc. on the "TV Listings" options in the menu. There are also live concert performances and a quiz show option too for those hardcore fans.
All in all, Persona is a very great game. It gives a sense of morality choices that can reflect who you are towards the characters. Though some parts of the game are unnecessary, you will feel connected with the characters, enjoy going through the town of Inaba, and enjoy a very original and fun story with a bunch of side activities. I give this a 9.6 but I round it to 10 cause I'm nice like that =).
This game is fantastic.
In my opinion the thing about this game that I keep coming back for is the characters. They are incredibly memorable, very well written, and the voice acting is top notch. The Persona combat system is flawless and will keep anyone entertained. I didn't think I was going to like having to chose how to spend my days when I wasn't following the main story but I actually enjoy it. As someone who has a very hard time making decisions this has proven difficult at times, though ultimately enjoyable. Trying to build each of the Social Links evenly is a challenge, but a challenge that is worth the effort. At a few points in the game the player is given an ultimatum. They have to save someone before a certain date. If that date comes around and the person hasn't been saved, the game ends. When I found out about this I thought I would be screwed and I would hate this concept. It turns out that it gives players the right amount of stress and actual worry. I failed one of these on my very first try and when the day came I felt real feelings that 85% of games have never given me. I was very skeptical about buying this game but everything that I didn't think I would like such as the social decisions, the speed of the game (I thought it would be slow), etc., turned out to be add ons to a near perfect game. Persona 4 Golden gets a 10 out of 10 for me as I have been playing this nonstop for 3 days and haven't even started to grow tired of it. BUY PERSONA 4 GOLDEN. You won't regret it.
Best game on the vita period!!!
This game is the perfect JRPG. It has a great story, very good voice actors and awesome gameplay. It also has some of the best anime style cutscenes in any video game i have seen. This is definitely the vitas must have game its just to bad that its a Ps2 port and not an original game.
One of the best games I never knew existed.
My original reason to buy a Vita was for Gravity Rush, a game I had played the demo for on a local display Vita. I love the game and when I had the money I bought it and the Vita. However, after buying the Vita and talking to a bunch of my friends about it, there was one game that was recommended by nearly every single one of them. Persona 4 Golden. I had never before heard of the Persona series, so I was a bit lost on what it was about. Still, two months after I purchased my Vita, I went out and bought P4G. I was instantly pleased by the voice acting and character design. The simple stationary pictures that showed up when characters were talking looked very well done, and had plenty of variations for a wide range of emotions and expressions, and not having to worry about lip syncing gave the voice actors more freedom, making the voice acting sound more natural. The music in the game is nice as well, but sometimes the music can get a little annoying at times such as when battle music starts up, but you win the fight two seconds later, and then it goes back to the dungeon music until the next fight, which is also won quickly, so you end up hearing only the first couple seconds of a song every minute or so. The story starts out very confusing, but it becomes clearer as you progress, and it's fun to piece it together as you play. It looks very nice, save for maybe a few of the Persona animations during battle. The multitude of Personas, Skills, Social links, and many other things to do can easily give you 100+ hours of game play over the course of the game, especially if you start a New Game + afterwards, which I highly recommend. In my opinion, it's a great game with a lot of time and entertainment under it's belt, and is great for most any gamer interested in a good story or just a fun game.
200 Hours Gone and Growing
Already, I have spent more than 200 hours playing Persona 4 Golden and I am nowhere near close to getting my fill. Golden is a revamped version of the PS2 masterpiece by Atlus. Atlus is known for creating RPGs with lovable characters and simple yet enjoyable gameplay, especially with the Persona series. Persona 4 Golden includes all the content from the original game and it adds an entirely new charachter, two new social links, and a lengthier storyline. Even if you've completed multiple playthroughs of the original, it is worth picking this up and reliving a masterpiece.
Fun, excellent gameplay. But can get boring.
This game was simply amazing when I first started playing it. The actual role-playing and action was all I could ask for. But as I got further into the game I realize it has lost my attention. That was because of the repetitive gameplay. Someone is having problems, and you go and save them. If the bosses are to hard, it is easy to simply grind your characters up. I find this very boring, but I musts admit it is a 9/10 over all.
Persona's Greatest Work
Overall, this game is THE RPG of rpg's. It is almost like having a second life once you hit the start button. Truly, this game is unlike any other that i have ever played, no.......... Experienced.