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Today we are going to talk about a game that is inserted in one of my favorite franchises ever! Persona 4! 😀 As you know Persona 3 AND Persona 5, both are in my top 10 list! Persona 5 is new so I don’t need to say nothing about it, regarding Persona 3, the game is masterpiece and although “old” it is a must play for any fan of the RPG genre! But, today we will be talking about:
Persona 4 is about a guy who just moved (as always) to a small town on the countryside, after a short while a great amount of murders start happening where the cause of death is unknown. Right from the beginning he has a “dream” where he finds Igor which tells him in an enigmatic way that the hero is the one with power to solve those crimes.
All crimes have the same process, the person starts missing from one day to another and then on one really foggy morning the corpses are found dead. Meanwhile there is a rumor on the protagonist’s school that if you stare at your Television at midnight in a rainy day the TV will turn on and be able to see your soul mate. It is true that someone appears, but it’s not the soulmate, instead it appears the person who is in fact missing.
You will be following the protagonists trying to find who is behind these murders by entering the TV inside a new realm where shadows and people’s’ hidden emotions live. At the same time you try to save the people who have been missing which you find quickly that are being thrown inside the Televisions by the murderer.
The story is good! It really is! It has mystery which you won’t be able to guess who is the murder until the game wants you, making you feel impressed and shocked.
One thing I love about Persona 4 Story is how they introduce you the characters. I see Persona 4 as the step Atlus had to take to go from Persona 3 to Persona 5 and I think that the thing that shows that the most is the story of each “palace” (it is not the name they give in Persona 4, but the idea is the same). Persona 4 introduce us this new concept, contrary to Persona 3 it’s not just grinding in a tower and then kil big shadows everytime there is a full moon. Here you will go to completely different dungeons who transmit you the idea of the person’s hidden feelings and desires. Although not as polished as Persona 5, since each dungeon is about one of the characters that will be in your team it really makes you get more interested in the character because it shows that all of them are complex who have a good and a bad side!
In conclusion, the story is great! Although when it comes to main plot I prefered Persona 3 it is really well executed and it gives you a way more introspection in the characters’ evolution and personality. Even the Confidants’ relationships are way more polished than the previous one and more interesting!
The battle system continues the same as Persona 3. It’s turn-based and you will need to use the strategy of changing your Personas to be able to do attacks which the opponent is week to be able to do an all-attack / attack two times.
However, there is a small detail that was changed that completely makes the difference and makes the fights way more difficult. Contrary to Persona 3, downing an enemy will not make him to skip their next turn (the same goes for you) unless you attack with their weakness twice in a row. This of course makes it completely the difference! We all know that in Persona it only takes one turn for the enemies to be able to wipe you out, even if you are fighting regular shadows.
As I already said, they changed the dungeon crawling to having different dungeons which are open for a certain time and then they close (no, here there is no mementus). In parallel to this you stop to be able to come to the beginning of the dungeon and heal yourself. This, of course makes everything more difficult since you want to use the least number of days in dungeon crawling so you can work in your confidants’ relationships.
Talking about confindants’ relationships, Persona 4 is way harder to max them all comparing to Persona 5 (which is easy) and Persona 3 (which is already hard by itself). This being because in Persona 4 you have 5 different social skills instead of only 3 has in Persona 3. The thing is, all the social skills are hard to master as in Persona 3. So, if you want to max all confidants’ in one playthrough don’t forget to follow a guide and do everything it states! (The same it goes to Persona 3).
The graphics are better than Persona 3 and the thing that really gives this game life is all the different dungeons! All of them are specific to the character and the boss at the end of it also represents their inner feelings! I was out of my head when I’ve played it for the first time! I love the animation and the design of the game!
Audio is the only thing that I have a problem with this game! They made conversations more fluid than it was in Persona 3 which is great! However, they made the mistake of taking out a lot of background music which is a shame!
Don’t take me wrong, I love the soundtrack of Persona 4, Atlus is always able to make something different but that works really well. However, there are many parts on the game where there is no background music whatsoever, which is a shame and playing it today it’s just not possible to oversee it. Nevertheless, my favorite ost is:
I think that this ost really shows the mystery and darkness that the game tries to achieve.
In conclusion, the game is a must for any RPG fan. The game is really enjoyable to play! The story is good enough, characters are lovely, gameplay there is only improvement versus Persona 3. Nevertheless, the sound really ticks me off! I’ve tried to replay it not so long ago and I ended up dropping it because of that! I don’t know if they improved this in the Golden Edition for PSP, I hope so! 😛
Basically, if you like RPGs then this is a must for you to play! If not, well if you like Anime this is a must to play! xD If not, well… If you like mysteries this is a must play! Ok, the game is a must play even with its faults! In my perspective it’s not as good as Persona 5 or Persona 3, but it’s way better than other games out there! 🙂
Comment down below what you think of Persona 4! Have you played or not, are you thinking on playing it this year? Tell me everything because I love to hear from you! ^.^