I was at a convention a couple weeks ago and a few of the exhibitors showed off the first screenshots of Persona 4.
The game had recently been greenlit for a North American release, but it hadn’t been shown to the public yet.
Now it was time to put my money on it.
I could see a few people sitting there and chatting with one another, but not the other way around.
I was curious to see if the game would have any lasting appeal to anyone.
I had been eyeing the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game, and the PC version seemed like it could deliver a better experience.
I went out to my house, picked up a PS4, and spent the day playing the game.
The first time I’d ever played a Persona game on the PlayStation 4, I was shocked by the depth of the story and the emotional impact that the protagonist, Yukari Kanji, has on the world.
It was a big deal to me.
In the PS1 version, Kanji is a teenager who moves to Tokyo with his best friend, Tatsuya Kasumi.
He’s an introvert who has a crush on Kasumi, and when Kasumi goes missing, he becomes more involved in the search for her.
It’s a story about a young girl searching for a missing friend, but the player can choose to follow the story at their own pace.
The PS4 version has a similar story, but with a deeper focus on the player’s relationship with Kasumi and Kanji.
The two main characters are also playable.
You can choose from a variety of characters, from the classic main character of the first Persona game to a young, energetic Yukari.
The gameplay is pretty simple: there’s a button to jump and another to use your Persona.
As the game progresses, you’ll unlock more Persona powers and learn more about the world around you.
The focus on exploration and player choice is what made the PS3 version stand out from the rest of the competition.
As you go deeper into the story, you unlock more ways to interact with the world and learn new skills.
The Persona 4 story and gameplay combine to form a perfect blend of a first-person puzzle game, a first person RPG, and a puzzle platformer.
The action and exploration are fun and engaging, and while it’s easy to be intimidated by the scope of the PS2 version, it’s a game that I’d definitely play again and again.
Persona 4: Golden is an incredible achievement.
It hits all the right notes with its gameplay and storytelling, and it doesn’t have any of the usual cliches about third-person shooters.
The pacing is solid and the story is gripping, and I’m impressed with the creative direction that Atlus has put into this one.
While the game is still very early in development, it looks like it will be a game everyone will want to play.
For those that are interested in the game and want to check it out, Persona 4 is currently available on the PSN store.