Game Review – Persona 4December 27, 2008 at 9:46 pm | Posted in Console | 5 Comments
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After nearly two weeks of almost constant play, I have finished this amazing game. (And no, I’m not kidding on the almost constant play, my parents actually today told me to lay off it a little because I was getting bug eyed over it) I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum, but I think some points will have to be included, so please don’t read it all if you don’t want to be spoiled.
As a begining note, this game had better win some awards. Not only does it have you pushing yourself for the end, but after it’s all done it makes you think about yourself as well.
Before I begin, while it is called “Persona 4”, it is not necessary to play previous installments to get what it going on. I actually have not played any of the previous games, not even other Shin Megami Tensei games. The game can stand well on its own, and I suppose it can stand up pretty well as a “continuation” of the Persona series.
You begin your journey greeted by a creepy-looking man, Igor, and a blonde-haired woman, Margaret. Igor greets you into this room called the “Velvet Room” and explains you will soon find yourself within a mystery and locked in a contract. For those who read the back of the box, it’s a series of murders that stike the town of Inaba. You, the ever silent protagonist, have to solve this mystery alongside the friends you will make within Inaba.
As the story begins, it is April, 2011. You go to your first day to school and meet a trio of interesting classmates. Chie Satonaka, a rather tomboy of a girl, Yukiko Amagi, heir of the well-known Amagi Inn, and Yosuke Hanamura, a very pained student. Chie gets you and Yosuke to try out this “Midnight Channel” after the death of Mayumi Yamano. The night before Saki Konishi (A girl whom Yosuke likes), they watch and see Saki in pain on the TV. The next morning, she is found dead.
Along with that, the Protagonist finds out that he can enter into the TV (Though he gets his head stuck the night of finding out). The next day him, Chie, and Yosuke go to the popular department store Junes in search of a TV for Chie’s family and land themselves in the backside of the TV (Which Yosuke lands on his wallet after falling). They meet this strange bear creature who pushes them back out. They return the next day and you summon your Persona, Izanagi. Using this persona, you fight Yosuke’s “Other”, or Shadow, and Yosuke accepts the fact that part of him really just wanted to find something to do in Inaba. In doing such, he also gains the ability to use a Persona.
The goes on similarly with Chie, who heads in to save Yukiko, where she accepts that she is jealous of Yukiko to an extent. The group grows as people are saved from being killed by shadows as the fog lifts in the TV world and heads into the real world. By the end, the group has a total of eight members, Kanji Tatsumi, assumed biker-gang member, Rise Kujikawa, an ex-idol, Naoto Shirogane, the reverse trap detective, and Teddie, the bear who they met all the way at the beginning. Through many dungeons and level ups, they find a culprit and realize they’re wrong. The group goes through two or three (depending on how you look at it/which ending you choose) false culprits before reaching the true mastermind.
As a note, there are a few endings, the Bad End (Which has a few times where you can get it), The Good End, and the True End. Note: The True End is a pain, but it explains a lot.
I won’t spoil who they think is the killer each time, but let me tell you, the credits don’t roll, you ain’t got the right one. Plus, the opening videos do sort of give away when you’ve got it wrong at least once.
As for other qualities of this game, I love the Ren’Ai aspect. You can get a girlfriend, actually you can have more then one and not get Nice Boat’d. Personally I stuck with Chie, though on my New Game+ I may go for every girl. Also note, Nanako, the 6-year-old loli, is not available as a girlfriend. xD
The Graphics are very nice. While not the visual masterpieces spun together by Square-Ennix, I can’t say the graphics are horrid. They are pleasing to the eye and don’t distract from the true gem in this game, the dialogue and story. The dialogue is extremely well translated and very well dubbed to boot. The scenes have moved me to tears on more then one occasion. While a few lines are cheesy, they’re cheesy in a good way. While Teddie’s bear puns (Li-bear-y) may make you moan, they fit the character and don’t seem stupid.
Also, the music is superb. I thank ATLUS tons for including the soundtrack along with the US release. Though I did have to hunt down the Side B tracks from the official soundtrack. Ah well, 24 songs is a good count to give with a game for 40$. Wait no, 40$ for a game and CD? That’s not just good, that’s amazing.
The pacing in the game is amazing as well. So long as you do the second runs on dungeons, the next one won’t be a challenge at all. Well, the boss might be a challenge, but it won’t be insanely difficulty. The game paces leveling really well and I only grinded once, before the True End boss. I beat the game around level 70, which I have honestly never needed to do before. I praise the game for its pacing since there are some games where you can hit a road block because you’d have to have been grinding as you went along.
Also, this is tagged “yuri” for the fact that Yukiko says her prince is Chie. yeah.
Verdict: If you have 40$ and a PS2, get this game.