Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (2008)

4.56 from 114 votes
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 is a role-playing game developed and published by Atlus for the PlayStation 2. It is chronologically the fifth installment in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series. Like its predecessor, its gameplay combines a traditional role-playing game with elements of a social simulation. Its critical and commercial success spawned a sizable media empire, including several spinoff titles.
First released
Jul 10, 2008
Franchises
Megami Tensei, Persona, Persona 4, Shin Megami Tensei
Developed by
Atlus Co., Ltd.
Published by
Atlus Co., Ltd., Atlus U.S.A., Inc., Square Enix Ltd., Sony Interactive Entertainment Korea
Platforms
PlayStation 2, PlayStation Network (PS3)
Genres
Role-Playing
Themes
Fantasy, Dating, Comedy, Crime, Anime
Rating
CERO: B, ESRB: M, PEGI: 16+, OFLC: M
Releases
  • PS2 - Persona 4 Japan
  • PS2 - Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 United States
  • PS2 - Shin Megami Tensei Persona 4 United Kingdom
  • PS2 - Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 Australia
  • PS3N - Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2 Classics) United States

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Persona 4 is a fantastic entry to the already great Persona franchise!
Game: Persona 4
Genre: RPG
Developer: Atlus
System: Playstation 2 (PS2)
Total Score: 97/100
Value Score: 9.7/10

• Story: 10/10
• Characters: 10/10
• GamePlay: 10/10
• Graphics: 9/10
• Sound: 10/10
• Music: 10/10
• Length: 10/10
• Replay Value: 8/10
• Player Value: 10/10

Pros
+Social links are back and consists of deeper narration of stories for more characters and more arcanas
+More fusion forms and combinations available to create more powerful personas
+Ton of side quests which will have you revisit dungeons again just to retrieve the items and to fight special bosses
+Uses the same gameplay mechanics as Persona 3
+A Deep engaging story of mystery and suspense with colorful and memorable characters.
+New game+ mode which allows you to get more specific items and fight more powerful enemies
+Multiple endings allow you to see different conclusions to the story depending on the choices you make

Cons
-The transition from P3 to P4 is smaller than the transition of changes from P2 to P3. The game is almost exactly the same as Persona 3 excluding characters, location and story.
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Say bye to a good few months of your life
Absolutely superb JRPG, drags you in and doesn't let go till you finish.

Listening to the soundtrack still makes me feel melancholy - like when you finish a good book series you find yourself missing the characters, same thing happened with finishing this game.

To illustrate how much I liked this I went out and bought a PS3 just to play Persona 4 Arena (the fighting game spin-off)...
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