Persona 4 Golden
Developed by Atlus
Published by NIS America
Persona 4 Golden has you play as a transfer student moving from the city to a quiet town in japan, soon you meet two students named Chie Satonaka and Yosuke Hanamura who invite you to hang out with them, while engaging in small talk Chie brings up a rumor about something called the midnight channel, apparently if you stare into a TV that is turned off at midnight on a rainy day your soul mate will appear you decide to check out the midnight channel and someone actually shows up shortly after seeing the image of the person on the screen the hero of the story becomes light headed and puts his hand on the screen to stabilize himself but as he does that his hand goes through the screen but he manages to get free, the following day he tells Chie and Yosuke that his hand went into the TV last night but they just laugh it off Chie suggests that they try a bigger TV so Yosuke takes them to the local department store to try it out to your surprise your hand can still go in, unfortunately the three of you have an accident and fall in. After wandering around you find out that the TV world is very dangerous and that someone has been throwing people in to murder them, while in the TV you are attacked by shadows who reside in the TV world as the shadows are about to attack you awaken to the power of Persona and manage to defeat them you agree with Yosuke to help catch the person who is throwing people in the TV and thats as far as i’m going to go because the story is very long and full of twists.
Persona 4 Golden like Persona 3 FES plays like a simulation game crossed with an RPG, the gameplay has been refined very well in P4G, all of the complaints about the previous game are gone for example, you can control your party members now, speaking of the battle system it is roughly the same concept as P3FES but there are some tweaks made like the more you hang out with party members they get special abilities like being able to survive a fatal attack or curing someone from dizzy status etc. Persona fusion is also back and its more simple and helpful than ever Atlus have added a search function which can let you check which persona’s you can fuse instead of just guessing you can also choose which abilities to carry over instead of it being random. As per usual with persona games there are social links this involves hanging out with you’re friends from school and some not from school you develop bonds which gives you more experience when fusing persona’s exclusive to P4G are two new social links I wont spoil who they are but they are very well done.
Persona 4 Golden’s soundtrack is also very well done it’s a simple mixture of rock and Jpop and it works so well never do I find myself getting bored of the music, because it is so upbeat and catchy it never gets old the battle themes of P4G are fantastic with Reach out to the truth and i’ll face myself being some of the best i’ve heard in a while. The voice acting is very good as well there wasn’t anyone at all I thought that gave a bad performance the best for me was Troy Baker as Kanji Tatsumi but Yuri Lowenthal as Yosuke was also fantastic.
P4G like P3FES doesn’t do anything outstanding graphics wise but its definitely more polished and smoother than the PS2 version the HD remastering was done perfectly if you want a good example of what a HD upgrade can do then look no further. The Anime cutscenes also look gorgeous and there are also some new ones added in for Golden.
P4G was like P3FES a very long game, it can take up to 60-90 hours to complete but I find myself coming back to this game every month its that good, the game is also longer than the original PS2 version with an additional 3 months added onto the game.
I’ll say this straight away Persona 4 Golden is my favorite game of all time and if you own a Vita and love RPG games then this game is a must play
My Score – 10/10
- Gripping Storyline
- Fantastic Gameplay
- Awesome Soundtrack
- Very Long Game
- Great Cast of Characters
- Additional Content
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Review by Jonnie Dixon