In Before It’s Out – Persona 4: Golden

29 May

Inaba — a quiet town in rural Japan. A normal teenager arrives at the station to begin his year-long stay in the countryside, only to be welcomed by the news of a dead TV announcer. Shortly after, another body appears, mysteriously hung from the top of a telephone pole. The cause of death is unknown, with no leads on the suspect… As the peaceful community is thrown into turmoil, the urban youth and his classmates wander into a strange, surreal place covered by a thick fog…

AHH IT’S PERSONA 4 ON THE VITA!!!!!!!111!one!

Alright, now that that’s out of my system, let me tell you about the original game. Overall Metacritic score of 90, several “Editor’s Choice” and “Best Of” awards, Persona 4 was my favorite of the Persona series to date. I spent over 100 hours immersed in the story and combat, destroying demons in the various levels, and collecting/customizing my demons. As with all Atlus games I’ve played, the story is brilliant, engaging and twists about at the end. Updated from Persona 3, creating bonds with the memorable characters had bonuses outside of unlocking the highest tier of demon fusion.

Persona 4: Golden for PlayStation Vita is an enhanced port of Persona 4. If you read my First Impressions on Devil Survivor: Overclock, you know that an enhanced port from Atlus offers more than just updated visuals. This enhanced port does have remastered visuals that take advantage of the PS Vita’s 5″ OLED display, but it also has more voiced dialogue, additional dungeon features, new demons to collect, new story events, an all-new character and even new cutscenes. Even music has been added curtsey of Shoji Meguro plus more that has yet to be released.

This game is nutty with your characters entering the TV realm to defeat shadow selves and save victims who have been dragged into the TV. In the realm these people are confronted by their deepest fears manifested as their shadow selves. Using Personas – which are the demons I was speaking of before – you defeat the shadow selves and other demons to save those who were thrown into the TV realm to die.

The original game was amazing and I cannot wait to experience the enhanced options for Persona 4: Golden. Especially the voice acting and additional character as both were amazing the first time around. If you haven’t ever played a Persona game, don’t worry because the story lines are not tied together. This game is also a great introduction to the Shin Megami Tensei and Persona series in general, so go out and reserve your copy today! Atlus games aren’t ever released in bulk.

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