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: 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.
Excerpt: Between a full regimen of daily classes, after-school activities, friends, and a part-time job, most kids don't have time to also juggle a secret life as a dungeon-delving monster slayer. Not so, in Persona 4 Golden, a portable HD update of one of the PlayStation 2 era's most epic JRPGs. With its delightfully outlandish mix of Japanese high school drama and supernatural RPG adventure, Persona 4 remains as engrossing as ever on the Vita.
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...
Summary: Persona 4 Golden is a shining beacon for the growing movement of videogame re-releases, incorporating smart, user-friendly changes and additional content that only makes the player's time with an already-fantastic game more enjoyable.
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