I have never played Persona 4 is now a good time to get this?

#1 Posted by xSeanZx (186 posts) -

I have been getting more and more interested in this game, and am wrestling with the idea of buying it.

I like RPGs, they are not my favorite but I like them when they have a good story.

Does this game have a good story? Is it well paced?.... Or, is it cheesy like a lot of other RPGs

As someone who has never played a persona game, will this be a good way to experience it?

I have no Vita games so I need something.... and I need help deciding if this should be it.

#2 Posted by BisonHero (6054 posts) -

@xSeanZx: The game has an immaculately paced story, if you're used to reading books where you get to know characters over the course of months or years. Though it is quite a long game, there is generally always something going on due to the way the game is structured. The cast of characters is quite varied and interesting.

The actual gameplay is pretty manageable compared to most JRPG systems, and the game is pretty clear about what elements are not working against what enemies, etc.

Playing Persona 4 is a really good use of your Vita.

#3 Posted by Terramagi (1159 posts) -

The game has an amazing pace*

*after you get through the 3 hour long intro

#4 Posted by xSeanZx (186 posts) -

I see there is the whole high school story element and everything.... does that play out a lot in this game?

I really like that a lot in RPGs... I like just living a life rather than constantly fighting enemies. I like really story driven gameplay

#5 Posted by xSeanZx (186 posts) -

@Terramagi said:

The game has an amazing pace*

*after you get through the 3 hour long intro

Lol damn I hate that.... BUT i am willing to tread through it if the game is worth it

#6 Posted by Nightriff (4866 posts) -

Greatest game ever made.

The game works in that you go to school during the day and fight shadows in dungeons at night. It's a "dating sim," jrpg, turn based pokemon game. It is pretty much everything.

#7 Posted by RE_Player1 (7545 posts) -

@xSeanZx said:

I see there is the whole high school story element and everything.... does that play out a lot in this game?

I really like that a lot in RPGs... I like just living a life rather than constantly fighting enemies. I like really story driven gameplay

Well even fighting enemies, while improving stats and levels, does lead to more character development and interactions. Climbing up the floors people are trapped in advances the plot by giving you a further understanding of that character's shadow, essentially their inner feelings, through interruptions by them. Yes some people can describe it as slow but I feel it is paced perfectly and by the end of the game you are bound to have grown attached to at least a few of the characters.

#8 Posted by Shinri (534 posts) -

@Terramagi said:

The game has an amazing pace*

*after you get through the 3 hour long intro

That is definitely a pain, but not only did they add some chances for you to explore the town during the intro, the skip feature lets you get through it in 10 or so minutes if you don't want to deal with it (e.g. NG+). It's not quite as bad as it was before.

#9 Posted by xSeanZx (186 posts) -

This game tends to give me a catherine feel..... and while these are two completely different games I hope you guys know what I mean...

I loved Catherine.... this game has me really intrigued and you guys are helping.... tell me more lol....

#10 Posted by Sayishere (1838 posts) -

Well the changes are motto everyone's liking, but since you haven't played it before it won't matter as much, yeah it's the perfect time to play it, arguably the best version of the game.

#11 Posted by BisonHero (6054 posts) -

@xSeanZx said:

I see there is the whole high school story element and everything.... does that play out a lot in this game?

I really like that a lot in RPGs... I like just living a life rather than constantly fighting enemies. I like really story driven gameplay

Yeah, the high school element is pretty central to the whole game. You spend your days in class, then you choose to commit your afternoon time to either hanging out with somebody (getting to know people benefits your character and your party in various ways), spending time on some other activity around town, or instead you spend the day going to the place where you do JRPG battles against monsters.

So yeah, it is absolutely living a life, with you choosing how you spend your days, and who you hang out with. It's an interesting structure for an RPG, and Persona 4 executes the idea very well. Again, if you like games with a strong story, Persona 4 seems like a game you will enjoy. There is an ongoing mystery driving the plot, while you get to somewhat customize your version of the story by choosing what people you get to know over others.

#12 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (1917 posts) -

Also, which some people seem to forget, the characters like to reiterate on something you just learned five minutes ago for the next five over and over again. It's especially bad in the beginning of the game where the characters just look like idiots wildly waving their arms and scratching their heads, but after a bit that nonsense calms down.

But yeah, buy that shit.

#13 Posted by xSeanZx (186 posts) -

Damn guys... Thanks for all the info.

Im going to list my 3G Vita on craigslist and see how much I can get, and see if maybe tomorrow I can pick this game up along with a white vita....

Damn my impulsive nature

#14 Posted by probablytuna (3524 posts) -

I've never played it before I picked up Golden and I'm having a blast playing it while watching the Endurance Run. Get it!

#15 Posted by Karmosin (207 posts) -

I feel like the original is one of the most polished games I've ever played. The game occaniously thinks you're dumb and wants to remind you again and again about obvious details, like Sir Optimus said, but otherwise I don't have many gripes with it. It's simply awesome. Can't speak for the golden version, but from what I've heard the positive stuff they've added weighs alot more than the more questionable decisions of some content.

#16 Posted by Morrow (1828 posts) -

I never played any Persona game. My copy arrived today and I can't wait to play it. Wohoo :D

#17 Posted by xSeanZx (186 posts) -

I think im going to buy this today....Im impatient and wont have time to go home after class first so i will buy one, go back and buy another after a trade in, and return the other one on the original purchase

#18 Posted by casper_ (901 posts) -

the story isnt that great as a murder mystery buts its fun in a kind of scooby doo way and some of the characters are memorable.

also kind of standard anime hijinks for better or worse.

#19 Posted by xSeanZx (186 posts) -

Well I bought the game. Instantly felt awkward in this study room at my college when that first bikini commercial came on ... I could see how that would look to an outsider lol. Loving the animation so far. It looks great

#20 Posted by Getz (2986 posts) -

If you already have a Vita then absolutely you should get this game. God, I hope it hasn't been spoiled too much for you because the game is way better when the plot is a series of revelations. Vita seems like a good place to get it since they've cleaned it up a bit.

#21 Posted by xSeanZx (186 posts) -

Yeah I just bought it and I know nothing about the story or what happens. Seriously not a thing

#22 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4328 posts) -

@xSeanZx said:

Yeah I just bought it and I know nothing about the story or what happens. Seriously not a thing

Keep it that way, you're in for a great experience.

#23 Posted by Red (5994 posts) -

As for pacing, it's very, very well paced, although one could argue the first few hours slog. I have a huge difficulty finishing JRPGs (despite having played all Final Fantasies aside from the MMOs, 8, and 10, I've only beaten the first two), but Persona 4 is a game I blazed through. As soon as you feel bored of dungeon crawling, you go do some social links, and vice versa. The story and characters throw out a lot of great twists, and it's a game that--because of its structure--is nearly impossible to get stuck or lost in.

#24 Posted by pyrodactyl (1856 posts) -

@xSeanZx: I would recommend getting the fuck away from this forum and the coment section on the site. Most people on here watched the endurance run and some are loose with MAJOR spoilers.Don't look at game pages or faqs, just play the game. It's great and you don't want it ruined

#25 Posted by JasonR86 (9587 posts) -

yeah.

#26 Posted by xSeanZx (186 posts) -

So I love chie so far ....

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