Like any good JRPG, the storyline of Persona 4 begins innocent but soon becomes another classic tale of a group of friends battling an evil dark force; the game begins with the introduction of the game's protagonist who has moved to Inaba to attend school for a year while his parents attend a special job. You soon start making new friends, but things turn sour once dead bodies start showing up with no real explanation to how they've gotten there. You and your friends begin investigating and learn a strange television world is sucking in people where they are slaughtered by the deadly Shadow enemies lurking within. With the help of the game's friendly mascot named Teddy, you and your friends will travel between worlds battling the evil monsters all while returning to normal, everyday life where class must attended, friendships and relationships must be developed and nurtured, and most importantly, your characters must level up, gain new abilities, get new missions and buy and sell items and loot. The story of Persona 4 is a long but rewarding journey that just gets better with the additions contained in Persona 4 Golden.
Persona 4 Golden adds plenty of great new content, but the most important of all would have to be the game's improved graphics, additional cutscenes and extended dialogue and new ways to interact with the world. You'll instantly notice the improved graphics if you played the original release back on PlayStation 2, and either way, it's easy to see that Persona 4 Golden is one of the best looking handheld games around. Full of rich, vibrant colors and great character interactions and animations, the game definitely makes an impact as soon as you lay eyes on it, and the new storyline content expands what is already a 60-hour long campaign and adds great new content such as a new character named Marie and new ways to play and get to know the ladies of Persona 4 Golden. Of course, the classic Persona battle system returns as well, so there is plenty to learn in and out of combat, and you'll spend plenty of time leveling, finding, fusing and otherwise collecting the 150 monster Personas located throughout the game. You'll also want to level your own character by completing various tasks around the real world including reading books, working at part-time jobs or competing in various physical activities.
Persona 4 Golden is now available from all major retailers for the MSRP of $39.99 and can be purchased exclusively for PlayStation Vita. Persona 4 Golden is rated M by the ESRB for Alcohol Reference, Animated Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes & Violence. For more information on the game, check out the official Persona 4 Golden website.
Developer & Publisher: Atlus
Available exclusively for PlayStation Vita (reviewed)
Release Date: November 20, 2012