Summary: As Destructoid's resident JRPG critic and a vocal fan of Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei franchise, I get questions about the Persona series all the time: 'Where do I start?' is the question I get most often. And I usually reply with something along the lines of 'any of them are fine.' But with the release of Persona 4 Golden my answer has officially changed. If you've never played a Persona game before, start with Persona 4 Golden, as it's the most enjoyable release yet.
Excerpt: Okay... Persona 4 Golden (P4G) is almost perfection on the PS Vita and is easily one of the best Japanese RPG titles in quite some time. It's also one of the strangest stories to grace the PS Vita with its Matrix-like story that would make any anime writer proud and it's definitely not for kids. Just be warned that time is a must have to play P4G and if you can offer yourself to the game, Persona 4 Golden will definitely reward you in this new PS Vita port.
Excerpt: Persona 4: The Golden is the most fun and satisfying game I’ve played this year. I enjoyed every moment and look forward to another playthrough or two since a ton of stuff was missed during this first go.
Persona 4 Golden Review – Reinventing the Gold Standard for RPGs
New Gamer Nation
22 January 2013
Conclusion: All in all, Persona 4 Golden is a solid JRPG. You don’t need to play the other games in the series to be able to appreciate what this game is trying to do. It paints a beautiful and intriguing world, full of characters that you are going to care about. The story is engaging, and you’ll find yourself getting caught up and spending hour after hour in the world without even realizing it.
Conclusion: It's not everyday that a remake of a game goes so far above and beyond the original to make it a must-play game in two separate generation, but today is that day. Truly, this is the RPG for people who don't care for RPG's.
Excerpt: It should come as no surprise to anyone that Persona 4 Golden is a terrific game. It would take an unprecedented failing on virtually every level to screw up what has become one of Atlus's most beloved gems. Spawning both a fighting game sequel and an anime adaptation, Persona 4 is one of Atlus's most successful titles to date, and this PlayStation Vita port of the PlayStation 2 original will provide even more people the opportunity to experience it.
Summary: : Persona 4 Golden is the sort of remake/rerelease all developers should aspire to create, as the game is an exceptional product that justifies its existence by sheer force of will that fans and newcomers alike will find plenty of reasons to love. The main game has been translated to the Playstation Vita fully intact, as the main storyline is as solid as ever, the visuals and audio look and sound fantastic on the machine, and the gameplay is as functional as it ever was.
Summary: If not for the abundance of dialog and the social aspects making this a somewhat niche entry in the already niche role-playing market, I’d say that Persona 4 Golden is a system seller. For those who have been itching for a Japanese role-playing game, or just a good all-around adventure that takes the story of the party as seriously as the combat mechanics and grinding, then this is definitely the title for you.