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.
Persona 4 Golden Review – Reinventing the Gold Standard for RPGs
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: Persona 4 Golden is, as far as I’m concerned, is the PlayStation Vita’s killer app. Atlus has done a great service to the platform by not just porting a four year old game but adding a great deal of content that makes the experience seem fresh and new fro those who’ve already played through the game. A great story, genuine humor and excellent combat, Persona 4 Golden is the complete package. There is no reason why this game shouldn’t be part of your Vita’s library.
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: 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.
Excerpt: Persona 4: Golden is a phenomenal game. It’s something every Vita owner needs to have in their collection and is the best example of a system-seller Sony’s troubled handheld has seen thus far. If you own a Vita and have yet to play Persona 4 , I can say without a hint of facetiousness that you need to stop what you’re doing and go get this game right now . If you don’t own a Vita and love Japanese RPGs, then it’s time to start saving up.
Pros: Great story, great battles, great additions
Cons: New voice acting and aesthetic may not be all positive
Excerpt: Developer and publisher Atlus originally released Persona 4 for PlayStation 2, and the JRPG has since turned into one of the most loved role playing games of all-time. While the game seems unimpressive to the untrained eye, you'll quickly learn the game has plenty of great content to offer players in the form of strategic and engaging battles that utilizes a monster training mixed with classic JRPG battle schemes, plenty of mini-games and bonus objectives to complete...
Excerpt: There’s a certain craft to perfecting the expanded re-release. I’ve seen enough director’s cuts of films to know that some changes aren’t for the best. That problem isn’t as severe in the videogame medium, but there have been cases in which a game loses its appeal the second time around because of unnecessary bells and whistles. Persona 4 Golden is not one of those cases.
Pros: Staggering amount of new content, Smart mechanical changes, Visuals are surprisingly sharp on the Vita
Cons: Some new costumes and cutscenes are unnecessarily sexually suggestive
Excerpt: Persona 4 Golden is the fifth and (at least for now) final port/remake of a Persona game on a Sony handheld, and it’s the most complete one, as well. When Persona 3 was ported to the PSP, there were some tradeoffs. The game was missing all of its anime cutscenes, its overworld had been replaced by a point-and-click interface, and the bonus “The Answer” chapter from the FES rerelease was nowhere to be found. Instead, it had a whole new optional main character.