Persona 4: The Golden (Japanese Version)
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featured reviewst.tches (1) on 05, Oct. 2012 23:07 (HKT)
Jesus Christ, this is the first Persona game I've ever played, and I originally bought it to aid me in learning Japanese (Which I decided to do after the announcement of Soul Sacrifice and realization that most of my favorite games are native to Japan, like the Monster Hunter series). I must say that this, though I can't ...[read more...]
descriptionIt's time to go back into the TV and solve a string of murder cases. Persona 4 The Golden comes back with the shadows, the labyrinths and the enchanting characters. Meet the new character Mari, and see how she complicates the plot and how she aids the team. The game comes with more events and contents.
Characters can now visit neighbourhood towns on their motorcycles. This license becomes important in the battles too, as sometimes characters that are not in your battle team ride into the fray to aid you. Persona develop new powers and get into new forms as they evolve. With network options and many more contents, the game brings the wacky horror to the new level.
|Original Name||女神異聞錄4: 黃金版 (日文版)|
|Official Release Date||Jun 14, 2012|
|Average rating:||(5 out of 5)|
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This game is wonderful. Great story, charming characters and top notch soundtrack. Best SMT experience available on any handheld system.
P4G is an enhanced version of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 which was released on the PS2, nine years ago. It is a turn based RPG that follows the JRPG formula of the 90s.
The story is about a high-school student who moves from a big city to a small town in Japan. In his first few days there, a series of really bizarre murders begin to take place, which the police has no clue how to solve. The protagonist just so happens to discover a new mysterious ability of his, that allows him to enter a new weird dimension, which he finds out is somehow connected with the murders. Our hero and his new friends take it upon themselves to stop the murders and save potential victims.
The gameplay is divided into two sections. The first is the battle section, where you explore dungeons, fight monsters and gain abilities and loot, and that takes place in the mysterious dimension. The second section, which takes place in our dimension, is the everyday life of the protagonist. You go to school, spend time with your friends, visit the shops and even take part-time jobs if you want. Both aspects play really well, and I haven't enjoyed turn-based combat like this for many, many years.
The soundtrack of the game is a funny thing. There are j-pop tracks that play during various occasions of the hero's everyday life, and even during battles. You might expect it to be distasteful and repetitive, but it somehow fits perfectly and makes the game even better. I loved the music of this game so much, that I put tracks like 'Heartbeat, Heartbreak' or 'Your Affection' when I want to relax or spend some time on my computer. The voice acting is also superb, something I rarely say about English voice acting in Japanese games. It's really that good. And while we're at it, the game doesn't have an option for the original Japanese voice acting, and that really the only bad thing I can think about Persona 4. Lastly, in a heavily focused Japanese game like this, expect to hear some Japanese expressions now and then, which won't be a problem if you enjoy Japanese culture.
Which brings us to the presentation and art style of the game. P4G portrays perfectly the average Japanese town and all its customs. P4G takes place in a beautiful little town, with rivers, traditional stores and shrines. I loved every new location I explored, and it never got uninspired or dull. The other dimension is also very well designed, each dungeon is very creative and some of them are a spectacle to the eyes. Each of the characters and monsters is meticulously designed, and they never feel dull.
Lastly, I would like to point out why P4G is so great: It gets you involved with its story and characters like very few games do. It's one of those games that you CARE about those fictional people on your screen. You care about the town and what happens to it. The story keeps you hooked until the murder case is solved. I've put 120 hours in this game on my first playthrough and all that time was precious.
Persona 4 Golden is a true gem, and those are becoming really rare nowadays. It is not to be missed by anyone, let alone a JRPG fan.
Awesome game with lots of content. Finished the game on the PS2 but worth replaying again and again.
I've played the original PS2 Persona 4, one of the best RPG from recent times with light student and dating simulation elements, well made character development, nice story and some pretty hard battles. This one has one additional character and some others improvements.
A must-have for any videogame player.
great game comes with great powerful handheld yet.
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