Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 is a video game released for the PlayStation 2 in 2008. It was developed by Atlus and published by Atlus except for Europe and Australia which were published by Square-Enix and Ubisoft respectively.
An enhanced remake known as Persona 4: Golden was released for the PlayStation Vita in 2011, which was published by NIS America in Europe.
Staying in Inaba for a year while his parents are abroad, a high school student must work with his new friends to solve mysterious murders and the mysterious TV world.
Why It Rocks
- Two main worlds, the real world and the TV World.
- The game has a much more modern setting than most RPGs which are often set in medieval or sci-fi settings.
- Very well written story.
- Very likable characters.
- Shadows are vulnerable to different types of attacks. When hit, it knocks the Shadows down and grants the person who knocked it down an extra attack.
- If all Shadows are knocked down, the party can team up for an all-out attack on them for more damage.
- In Persona 4: Golden, if an all-out attack fails to kill the Shadows, a pair of character can team up to unleash a special attack.
- Music so awesome, the game came with a soundtrack CD (PlayStation 2).
- Developing social links (bonding with characters) adds special abilities such as EXP bonuses when fusing together certain types of Personas, special attacks, adds more story and may even help the main character find love.
- Two different sets of stats are used for both worlds.
- The Golden version of the game has extra Persona, additional storylines, an extra character named Marie and two new social links.
- The real world has some very comedic moments, such as a cross-dressing event and Kanji losing his swimsuit and Human Teddie is almost always guaranteed to provide comic relief in the real world.
- The final and true antagonist in the game, Izanami, is based off an actual Japanese myth.
- The beginning has a ton of text with very little gameplay to begin with.
Persona 4 was so good it became its own franchise, developing two fighting game sequels (Persona 4 Arena and Ultimax), a rhythm game (Persona 4: Dancing All Night), a dungeon crawler crossover with Persona 3 (Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth), two anime series, the first based off based of the original game and the second based off of Golden (where the main hero is named Yu Narukami, which is considered his canon name), a manga (where the main hero is named Souji Seta), and even a Pachinko machine and 2 stage plays.
The Golden version of the game jumped the sales in the PlayStation Vita.