5 Reasons Why You Need to Experience Persona 4 GoldenJul 23, 2020 | 0 Votes by Mikhail - rate Persona 4 Golden is out on Steam today, and we highly recommend picking it up and playing it today. Here's why:
An enhanced version of Persona 4, Persona 4 Golden on the PlayStation Vita is undoubtedly one of the best RPGs ever made. It’s a timeless and unforgettable classic. Moreover, it’s not surprising that it has been ported to Steam while receiving raving 10/10 overwhelmingly positive reviews.
As someone who has played it on the Vita before, I can’t recommend it enough. Although its successor, Persona 5, managed to live up to expectations, it just doesn’t draw you in as much as P4G. With it being on Steam today, there’s just no reason not to spend $20 and play it. In my case, the only thing bad about the PC release is I can’t experience it for the first time again.
Still not convinced? Well, this piece will tell you the reasons why Persona 4 Golden is an absolute blast and why you need to put it on top of your backlog today.
Caution: minor spoilers ahead!
Fantastic, deep and well-written main characters
In a nutshell, Persona 4 Golden’s story revolves around a transfer student, Yu Narukami (though you can freely name him), who is staying for a year in the rural village of Inaba. At the time of his arrival, the town is rocked by unsolvable murders where victims end up hanging on TV antennae. He and his newfound friends will then end up diving into an out-of-this-world scenario, trying to solve the mystery behind these incidents and stop more of these from happening.
One of the main draws of Persona 4 Golden is, without a doubt, its cast of characters and their stories. Everyone, from Yosuke to Naoto, is well-written and has their own insecurities and inner demons. These range from the feeling of being limited to being in their hometown and even gender-identification issues. They have to fight against what they want to believe in vs who they truly are in true JRPG fashion: turn-based battles and rogue-like dungeon exploration.
In a way, these struggles are extremely relatable and true to real-life. As a player, you’ll end up forming an emotional connection with the characters. You’ll root for them and as the protagonist, listen, and help them in their personal growth via the patented Social Link gameplay mechanic.
The soundtrack is something you’d scramble to add to your playlist right away
One of the things that stand out in the Persona franchise is its official soundtrack. The same can be said about Persona 4 Golden’s music. The upbeat tracks during battles and the sad, poignant melodies during emotional moments are a joy to one’s ears. Once you finish the game and unlock the good endings, we’re sure you’ll end up in tears during the end credits.
Though Yu Narukami is a silent protagonist and you’ll essentially get to decide what his personality is, he’s undoubtedly one of the best protagonists in recent memory. His dialogue options range from being compassionate to incredibly snarky and hilarious which you can fully enjoy in the first Persona 4 anime.
He has no qualms in humiliating himself and doesn’t hold back on jokes and can be incredibly dense. Oh, and he also hates a certain book about a girl falling in love with a vampire which adds to his overall appeal.
Typical Persona gameplay
Persona 4 Golden showcases the typical Persona gaming loop. You’ll find yourself launched towards a high school setting, interacting with characters, and raising social links to help you earn more skills and capabilities in dungeons. In the process, you’ll get to know more about the characters including NPCs.
As for battles, it utilizes a typical JRPG turn-based system. The protagonist can use multiple personas and fuse them together, giving him access to a variety of abilities and elemental strengths. Moreover, if you have a high social link level with your party members, you can perform link attacks and other cooperative moves.
It’s a gut-wrencher
Despite being a game about high school students doing things akin to Scooby-Doo and the gang, the game doesn’t shy away from dark, disturbing, and rather deep themes. These include murder, societal pressures, and insanity. It presents gut-wrenching instances which can be emotionally heavy which in turn, makes it something you’d absolutely want to experience.
Overall, Persona 4 Golden is undoubtedly a must-play, even if you’re not exactly big on JRPGs. It’s arguably one of the best games of all time and since it’s on Steam for a bargain price, there’s no reason not to prop up your computer and start playing. With that said, we’re not promoting the game: it’s just a shame if you won’t get to experience this masterpiece.