Format: PS Vita
Release Date: November 20, 2012
ESRB Rating: M
With each new release, I continue to gain enthusiasm for the Persona series. It's one franchise that continues to impress me, and Persona 4 Golden keeps up with that tradition.
Story and Presentation:
Persona 4 Golden is a direct remake from Persona 4 on the PS2, so if you've played the original game, the story won't bring any new surprises. For me, the intriguing narrative was a pleasant surprise. The story follows a Japanese high schooler as he tries to maintain his studies, manage a number of relationships, and to solve a bevy of supernatural murders. It starts off fairly slow, the first few hours features a low level of interactivity, but as the story unfolds, you feel more connected to the characters. The mysterious town of Inaba features televisions that allows its inhabitants to enter it, where monsters roam around the players biggest fears. The game's tale is really out there, you can definitely notice the Japanese inspirations throughout the lengthy campaign. If you were to try and explain the game's quirky story, your buddy would probably think you were crazy. The single-player story can definitely get up there in hours, it can even get up to the triple digits. Thanks to the Vita's HD screen, the new HD art looks really good. I've always admired the art style in the Persona games, Persona 4 arena had some pretty impressive visuals as well. The overall visual design is superb, the environments and player models are all highly stylized and detailed to the brim. The heavy J-pop soundtrack really works well with the game's overall tone and style. If you're a fan Japanese music, the eclectic tunes will have bobbing your head and tapping your feet to the bouncy beats. The overall HD remake of the classic PS2 game's benefits the game's presentation immensely.
Persona 4 Golden is a must buy for any Vita owner. If you're looking for a game that will last you quite some time, P4 Golden won't disappoint in that area. The new content mixed in with the upgraded visuals makes this a great package.
S&S Rating: 8.5/10