Persona 4 Golden, where do I start with this amazing game? Let's do some background first. Persona 4 Golden for Playstation Vita is a remake of the critically acclaimed game Persona 4 for the Playstation 2, which was released five years before Golden.
In this game, the basic plot is that there have been some strange happenings in relation to a rumor going around school about a mysterious Midnight Channel that is supposed to be able to show you the face of your soulmate. Upon trying this, you and your friends realize that this is more than just a harmless rumor, and something must be done to stop whatever is going on.
The game plays like a true turn based RPG in battles, and a third person dungeon crawler outside of battle. Encounters are not random, as you can see the enemies in the dungeons before you get into a fight with them, which can be used for extra training or avoiding battles depending on what the situation calls for.
Outside of dungeons, one of the areas this game excels in is creating a kind of life simulator, where you can build bonds with friends and various people around town by improving your social link with them. You can have a girlfriend, and do various activities such as studying or part time jobs to either work on personal skills, or earn money, or even both in some cases.
Another great thing is that this game practically requires more than one playthrough in order to experience all of the content it has to offer. If you're looking for a timesink, look no further as this game can easily eat away over a hundred hours like it was nothing.
This game truly has it all, from a great story that keeps you guessing, to awesome character interactions and developments, along with a great battle system and an environment that draws you in and makes you want to keep playing and playing.
If you haven't tried this game already, get your hands on a copy asap. You won't regret it for a second.
posted by BlackDove58 (LONG BEACH, CA) Apr 30, 2013
Member since Mar 2013
I have to admit this is my first real experience with a JRPG and I have to say I just love it. The fights are fun the story is absorbing and it's easy to figure out the game play without sitting through long boring tutorials. There's a lot of stuff to discover and do and it just doesn't get dull. What's nice about the Vita Version is that you can get online tips on what to do and when to do things and even help in dungeons if you get stuck.
Word of warning though is that there are some points where you will be sitting through 10-15 minutes of cut scenes for one reason or another. It's a very story heavy game but if you like that sort of thing (like me) then it's not a problem. Most of them are funny or heavy plot oriented and a joy to watch. If you're new to the persona games that's not a problem either as the game is pretty stand alone with only a few persona 3 references thrown in.
Anyway I'm just blown away by this game. It's the first game to make me actually lose track of time because I'm so engrossed with it. I'm even starting a second play through already. It's just that fun.
Best JRPG I've ever played. Actually one of the only ones I've ever liked. I'm usually just into the action RPGs. The only turn-based RPG I've played recently was Pokemon, but the story of this game just drew me completely in. I never had played a Persona or even a Shin Megami Tensei of any kind before, but after this one I'm going to have to play some more of them.