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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

RPG for the PlayStation2 released by Atlus

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A Unique Dungeon-Crawling RPG

  • Jul 19, 2010
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I am a gamer by heart (amongst other things, I am also a dvdholic, I like Attack of the Show, spiders, blogging, dark graphic novels, etc.)  What's hot on my PS2 console?  (Yes, I own a PS3 but nothing can replace my ps2.)   Well, after almost 2 monthsof playing, I just finished Shin Megami Tensei Persona 4).  This game came out in 2008 but for some reason I just got my hands on it recently.   I also played Persona 3 prior to this and I can't help but compare that it is a most successful sequel.   It has it's similarities but it also has it's own distinct flavor to boot what with new characters immersed in a really mystery. I was apprehensive at first thinking that it may be just a lame spin off from Persona 3 but much to my relief it stood out on it's own.  Before I forget to mention, it's a fast-paced role playing game, dungeon-crawling, social-simulation type of game.

(I will abbreviate Persona 3 and Persona 4 as P3 and P4, respectively.)

The game is well designed. For me, this means it combines the elements of strategy, skill, brain power (your character takes exams) and some logic. Aside from enjoying a good story I like it when a game draws up a good battle challenge. This has both a good story and great design, plus it has multiple endings (depending on which answers you'd choose, kind of like that choose your own adventure books). The art and graphical style too which makes playing it a real treat!

Improvements I like as compared from P3:

  1. In P3, the characters had to "shoot themselves" in the head with a gun to summon their personas.  Thankfully, they removed this from the sequel. It was disturbing for me - why does my character need to pull a gun to his head and squeeze the trigger to draw out his persona? Duh. Anyway, without it the game is so much better now.
  2. Upgrading your social links with people are done faster because your friends can now socialize with you in groups.
  3. The name of the spells are not easily identifiable in P3 (like "agi" is fire and "garu" is wind); but it is now made easier to view as the spell's description is provided during battle play. 
  4. Toggling from one place to another is also easier with the square button.

Things I like better in P3:
  1. I like the songs from P3 way better than in Persona 4. You gotta hear it to enjoy it, so play the games.
  2. I also miss the characters from P3 and I think they're wackier and more entertaining than the more serious ones in P4.
  3. Storyline is different in both games but I like P3's story better.
  4. There are more handsome guys and pretty girls in P3 than in P4 - sorry but I like Akihiko better than Yosuke and Junpei is funnier than Teddie and Mitsuru is prettier than Yukiko. I love Nanako-chan though, "Everything's great at your Junes!", great character voice too!
What would be great is if P5 would combine the characters from P3 and P4. That would really be a whole new different world and a whole new different review :)

I'm hoping Atlus would read this and make my wish come true.
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September 07, 2010
Good organization on this review---I liked how you listed improvements and "things I liked better" in two separate sequences.
March 23, 2011
Thanks Joe :)
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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4is a console role-playing game (RPG) for Sony's PlayStation 2. Chronologically the sixth installment in the Persona series,Persona 4is a suspenseful countryside murder mystery with multiple twists and turns in the plot that will have you guessing all the way to the end.

Chronologically the sixth installment in the Persona series, Persona 4 is a suspenseful murder mystery. View larger.

The silent male protagonist wields a two-handed sword weapon. View larger.

Using Mayonaka TV, you can phase into the television set and enter a shadowy world. View larger.

game play and style are similar to Persona 3, but there are plenty of new twists and additions. View larger. Myth and Occult Mixed with Contemporary Japan
Megami Tensei was originally based on the novel series Digital Devil Story by Aya Nishitani. A major franchise in the RPG genre, MegaTen games take place in the contemporary or near-future Japan, mixing occult and cyberpunk elements. The games feature mythological references from multiple mythologies, and the player is often asked to make moral or philosophical choices that affect the game's storyline and ending.

The silent male protagonist who represents the player in Persona 4 attends Yasogami High School with Chie, Yosuke, and Yukiko. His entire personality and name is decided and portrayed by the player's in-game actions and decisions. He wields two-handed sword type weapons, but unlike Persona 3, he doesn't use...

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Publisher: Atlus
Console: PlayStation2
Genre: RPG

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