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.
In terms of story and according to
rumour, if you look at your TV at exactly midnight on a rainy
night, you will see the face of your soul mate. However it
appears that something more nefarious is behind this myth which
begins with a string of murders. Is it a serial killer or is it
something supernatural? That is the question.
The best aspect about P4G is that
the PS Vita version contains a wealth of new content such as new
social links, improved gameplay, new music, new characters plus
gorgeous graphics and a flawless control system for this
console. I love the new social links that give your character
some very powerful personas.
In the game, you play a student who
has moved to the country town of Inaba and is boarding with a
detective and his daughter. You soon find yourself among a group
of friends and when the murders commence, you become drawn into
the mystery with your newly found friends.
At its heart, Personal 4 Golden is
a turn based RPG that requires you to embark on the every day
elements of life such as getting up in the morning, attending
school, collect clues and venturing inside your TV to challenge
the dungeons. Thankfully you have some allies to assist in the
Combat is reminiscent of all good
JRPG titles which really challenges the player, especially in
the massive boss battles. An interesting twist is that your
teammates actually have some control in how they assist your
character in battles. In terms of your character and as
mentioned, you have the ability to channel a variety of personas
during combat which creates a very unique strategy on how you
deal with your enemies. Combat is fun but it's only one element
of the game.
At times, P4G is like a twisted
Sims game as you can concentrate on the mundane elements of
life, however the more time you waste in the "real" world, the
more darker it gets in the TV world and for future victims.
However while you're not fighting
for your life, it's actually quite fun to engage in the mundane
such as buying new clothes from another city or just having fun
with your social network which assists in upcoming battles.
These activities assist in upgrading your abilities and you can
even ride a scooter which is new to the Vita version.
Although no multiplayer perse, P4G
does allow you to match your choices with others online and you
can request friends to assist in your dungeon battles. As a
single-player game, Persona 4 Golden is an extremely written
title with some wonderful dialogue and very captivating
scenarios that will leave you questioning whether you made the
right decision. Even though the theme of serial killers and the
supernatural may be quite dark, P4G also offers some
light-hearted humour to liven things up.
Graphically, P4G is a anime
inspired game on the Vita which has some wonderful cutscenes,
in-game graphics and animation. At times it's almost like you
are watching anime. Music and sound go hand-in-hand with the
graphics plus gameplay.
There's also plenty of unlockable
content to be found in the game such as new TV channels, artwork
and music. However I must admit that I was totally caught by the
quiz show on Jungian psychology.
Persona 4 Golden on Vita is a must
have game if you're a fan of Japanese RPG. Thankfully this is no
PS2 port and the developers have added a considerable amount of
new content, hours of gameplay that makes this not only a
challenge but quite addictive. With a well written story,
relatable characters and a mystery that draws you in, Personal 4
Golden is definitely the game the PS Vita needed! Highly