What they say: Following in the footsteps of Persona 3 Portable, the second highest rated PSP game of all time, and based on Persona 4, one of the most beloved ATLUS titles ever, P4G delivers an enhanced and expanded portable roleplaying experience. Visuals have been beautifully remastered to take advantage of the vibrant 5″ OLED display. The game’s aural presentation is better than ever, with 1.5 times the voiced dialogue of the original release. A new online dungeon rescue feature allows users to call on other players for assistance when they are about to die in the TV world. P4G is also overflowing with new content: new Personas to collect; new story events along with an all new character; stunning new anime cut scenes, which include a new opening animation with a new song from master composer Shoji Meguro; a host of fan suggested tweaks and changes, and much, much more! Persona 4 Golden is far more than just a handheld version of an all-time classic: it’s the best way to experience it yet!
What I Say: On the outside, Persona 4 Golden and most of its reviews looks like a Game of the Year title. On the inside? Not so much. Let’s get the first thing straight, Atlus can’t get Persona right. It never has, each had their own problems, but then again, each rose has its thorn, like plenty of other titles.
In Persona 4 Golden, you play as a transfer student who’s been forced to live with his Uncle and Niece in Inaba. But soon mysterious murders begin and you and your new friends use Personae who’ll aid you on your quest.
The most fun thing about Persona 4 Golden is the gameplay, because just because you’re fighting Shadows, doesn’t mean you get an alibi from school. So you’ll be juggling school, fighting shadows and saving people before the fog sets in, and building Social Links. Social Links are what gives your Personas a boost, for example if you had a Rank 7 in a Social Link, and that Link was Magician, you create a Persona with the arcana Magician, and that Persona will get a EXP bonus.
The art in P4G is good, but the graphics? Not so much. The edges are rough and it’s a bit average for a handheld game. But being as this is an enhanced port of a PS2 title it’s understandable.
When you think about it, Persona 4 Golden is quite different from other RPG’s. RPG’s like Pokemon and Borderlands give you an adventure that doesn’t give you a role, you just play, Persona 4 Golden gives you an adventure that really tells your story, don’t wanna date her? Then date someone else! Wanna study instead of work? Go right ahead! Wanna rescue this person bit by bit? Done!
Atlus does make this work, it’s got decent dialog, and that makes up a bit for the dragging storyline.The online features aren’t anything to brag about. Whenever someone sends you support, you gain some HP and SP, I would’ve preferred an online arena.
In the end, I had fun with this game, sure. It does get overly long, but I’m on my third playthrough of the game and over 100 hours in it. So if you have a Vita and want a good RPG, play this.