Persona 4 Golden Review Thread

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#1 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19158 posts) -

Metacritic: currently at a 94.

  • Destructoid: 10/10"If you're a series fan, there's absolutely no excuse for missing Persona 4 Golden."
  • Gameblog.fr: 10/10"Le RPG des hipsters"
  • ZTGameDomain: 10/10"Needless to say, Persona 4 Golden is a must buy for Vita owners."
  • Machinima: 9/10 – "Persona 4 Golden, however, is no simple port. Apart from shiny new visuals (it looks great on Vita’s wide screen), there’s a significant serving of new content in here, enough to make it essential even to those who have finished the PS2 original."
  • Gamesradar: 4.5/5 – "Whether veteran or spirited beginner, you won't be disappointed."
  • Gaming Nexus: 9.8/10 – "Persona 4 Golden has easily justified the purchase of the Vita. It may be a rerelease of a game from 2008, but with the amount of additional content thrown in, it feels like a fresh new game."
  • Digital Chumps: 9.4 / 10 – "Persona 4 Golden is one of the best games on Vita. That's not so much a commentary on the relative drought of quality software but rather the strength of its systems and unrivaled heart of it characters."
  • Game Informer: 8.5 / 10 – "Newcomers are sure to find plenty to love, while series veterans can revisit fond memories and experience new content."
  • Japanator: 10/10 – "It's golden, baby."

I thought I'd make a thread to compile reviews for Persona 4 Golden, which are looking pretty good so far (even though there are only three listed on Metacritic as of now). Feel free to post other reviews and I'll add them to the OP.

Just one week left until it's finally out!

#2 Posted by NoobSauceG7 (1210 posts) -

I would seriously buy a vita just to play Persona 4 again, but I will wait for a vita price drop.

#3 Posted by TooWalrus (12978 posts) -

So as a college student working part time, I'm pretty damn broke. I'm in the process of listing my PS2 games on eBay. They're practically worthless, but what the fuck am I going to do with them? Play them? Unlikely, most everything I've got are Sony exclusives, and have HD ports out there. Luckily, I've got enough to net me about $200 of petty cash. I'll bum-rush a Best Buy thanksgiving and pick up a Vita bundle.

#4 Posted by Tylea002 (2291 posts) -

@FluxWaveZ said:

That one's gotta be made up.

#5 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19158 posts) -

@Tylea002 said:

@FluxWaveZ said:

That one's gotta be made up.

The passage following that subtitle talks about how fashion aware the main characters are and how stylish the game is in general.

#6 Posted by Tylea002 (2291 posts) -

@FluxWaveZ said:

@Tylea002 said:

@FluxWaveZ said:

That one's gotta be made up.

The passage following that subtitle talks about how fashion aware the main characters are and how stylish the game is in general.

Love it.

Though I don't like to think of The Investigation Team as a group of hipsters...

#7 Posted by Nightriff (4349 posts) -

Good start? But I don't trust these sources. I'm obviously getting it and hope that Patrick or Ryan play it cause I would like to hear what they think. Plus the discussion with Jeff and Vinny would be great, Premium Content right there, GB crew talking about Person 4 for 2 hours.....that would be fucking great, I'm going to go watch the ER now.

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#8 Posted by Nev (534 posts) -

Stoked to re-play it.

#9 Posted by bbrcher (67 posts) -

@Nightriff said:

Good start? But I don't trust these sources. I'm obviously getting it and hope that Patrick or Ryan play it cause I would like to hear what they think. Plus the discussion with Jeff and Vinny would be great, Premium Content right there, GB crew talking about Person 4 for 2 hours.....that would be fucking great, I'm going to go watch the ER now.

Why would you care what they think? Seems like they don't like jrpgs or anime. And, with all the fandom on this site for P4, I'd think they'd take the stance of hating it just to be spiteful like they usually are.

#10 Posted by Dagbiker (6898 posts) -

@Tylea002 said:

@FluxWaveZ said:

@Tylea002 said:

@FluxWaveZ said:

That one's gotta be made up.

The passage following that subtitle talks about how fashion aware the main characters are and how stylish the game is in general.

Love it.

Though I don't like to think of The Investigation Team as a group of hipsters...

Put it on the back of the box.

#11 Posted by Hailinel (22717 posts) -

The French have an odd definition of hipster.

#12 Posted by Willtron (238 posts) -

Le RPG des hipsters is one of the greatest taglines of all time.

#13 Posted by Flappy (2034 posts) -

Although I'm not the type to live or die by review scores, this sort of reception has to be a good thing. I consider myself to be a big Atlus fan, so this was a good purchase in my eyes.

#14 Posted by Pepsiman (2450 posts) -

I'm surprised none of the reviews have mentioned this new piece of content, though. It's honestly my favorite part of the whole game!

#15 Posted by laserbolts (5309 posts) -

Fantastic photoshop haha

#16 Posted by Voxus (282 posts) -

I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS DAY

#17 Posted by dogman795 (109 posts) -

Under the dislikes section of the French one it says "Too wordy, say the haters..." and "I don't understand the mascot"

These are back-of-the-box quotes here people.

#18 Posted by Random45 (807 posts) -

If only it was available on the PS3. No way am I going to buy a 300 dollar console for just one game.

The Destructoid review is fruity - I think the 350~ dollar price tag will be enough of an excuse for me to miss out on this. Besides, how much more different can it really be from Persona 4?

#19 Posted by Nightriff (4349 posts) -

@bbrcher said:

@Nightriff said:

Good start? But I don't trust these sources. I'm obviously getting it and hope that Patrick or Ryan play it cause I would like to hear what they think. Plus the discussion with Jeff and Vinny would be great, Premium Content right there, GB crew talking about Person 4 for 2 hours.....that would be fucking great, I'm going to go watch the ER now.

Why would you care what they think? Seems like they don't like jrpgs or anime. And, with all the fandom on this site for P4, I'd think they'd take the stance of hating it just to be spiteful like they usually are.

Have you heard of the Endurance Run.....check it out sometime duder

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#20 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19158 posts) -

So fourth review is up on Metacritic, determining the current metascore at 98. I don't really care about metascores, but I feel compelled to keep up with Persona 4 Golden's.

#21 Posted by Brodehouse (9370 posts) -

I would watch Ryan and Patrick play it if there was some sort of ... gameplay skip feature. Because if they found Chrono Trigger as difficult as they did, my God. Ryan will forget which direction he's going after every turn, Patrick will come up with these really baffling theories about 'what the game is trying to say'.

#22 Posted by Bocam (3553 posts) -

@Brodehouse: There is a "Baby" mode that makes the fights so easy you could play on auto and win every time

#23 Posted by probablytuna (3445 posts) -

So pumped to finally get a chance to play Persona 4. Looking forward to playing it while watching the first Endurance Run!

#24 Posted by gla55jAw (2682 posts) -

I'm getting closer to buying a Vita. Really wish there was a price drop. I don't really want to go out for Black Friday for that.

#25 Posted by Brodehouse (9370 posts) -
@Bocam

@Brodehouse: There is a "Baby" mode that makes the fights so easy you could play on auto and win every time

Hrm... I still think they'll get lost.
#26 Posted by Shinri (534 posts) -

@Nightriff: I can kind of understand why you want to hear their opinions, but they're notorious for disliking everything to come out of Japan in like, the last 10 years. Expect them to be heavily biased against it.

#27 Posted by Bocam (3553 posts) -

@Shinri said:

@Nightriff: I can kind of understand why you want to hear their opinions, but they're notorious for disliking everything to come out of Japan in like, the last 10 years. Expect them to be heavily biased against it.

They loved the original version. They also loved Asura's Wrath

#28 Posted by Bucketdeth (7981 posts) -

I have never played a Persona game, I have always been interested though, and after reading this... Gameblog.fr: 10/10"Le RPG des hipsters"

I will now purchase a Vita and Persona Golden.

#29 Posted by EquitasInvictus (1869 posts) -

Golden is looking... golden!

I actually ended up buying a Vita myself recently. I wanted to play through Revelations: Persona and Persona 2: Innocent Sin (I've already played Persona 3: FES) before Golden's release. Glad I made that decision; looks like I'm going to have a lot of fun with P4 over Thanksgiving.

#30 Posted by bbrcher (67 posts) -

@Nightriff said:

@bbrcher said:

@Nightriff said:

Good start? But I don't trust these sources. I'm obviously getting it and hope that Patrick or Ryan play it cause I would like to hear what they think. Plus the discussion with Jeff and Vinny would be great, Premium Content right there, GB crew talking about Person 4 for 2 hours.....that would be fucking great, I'm going to go watch the ER now.

Why would you care what they think? Seems like they don't like jrpgs or anime. And, with all the fandom on this site for P4, I'd think they'd take the stance of hating it just to be spiteful like they usually are.

Have you heard of the Endurance Run.....check it out sometime duder

Sorry, balked at the Patrick and Ryan and my brain didn't read the rest. Those two would be worthless to hear from is what I meant. Jeff/Vinny, fine, since they played the whole game and would be able to notice the differences.

#31 Posted by Nightriff (4349 posts) -

@bbrcher said:

@Nightriff said:

@bbrcher said:

@Nightriff said:

Good start? But I don't trust these sources. I'm obviously getting it and hope that Patrick or Ryan play it cause I would like to hear what they think. Plus the discussion with Jeff and Vinny would be great, Premium Content right there, GB crew talking about Person 4 for 2 hours.....that would be fucking great, I'm going to go watch the ER now.

Why would you care what they think? Seems like they don't like jrpgs or anime. And, with all the fandom on this site for P4, I'd think they'd take the stance of hating it just to be spiteful like they usually are.

Have you heard of the Endurance Run.....check it out sometime duder

Sorry, balked at the Patrick and Ryan and my brain didn't read the rest. Those two would be worthless to hear from is what I meant. Jeff/Vinny, fine, since they played the whole game and would be able to notice the differences.

I would still be curious what Ryan and Patrick think about the game since they have never played it. I still think it is one of those games that even if you don't like it, there are parts you will love about it.

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#32 Posted by TooWalrus (12978 posts) -

@FluxWaveZ: There's a fifth review up, it's GamsRadar, and they gave it a 90. Or rather, they gave it 4.5/5 stars. Half stars? What is this, anarchy!?!

#33 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19158 posts) -

@TooWalrus: Haha, going from what's written, it seems that the reviewer played the whole game with an A.I. controlled team.

#34 Posted by TooWalrus (12978 posts) -

@FluxWaveZ: You know, when I was playing through FES I honestly didn't mind the A.I. controlled teams. Telling Mitsuru to heal, Akihiko to knock down and Aigis to go into Orgia mode was kinda fun. It was more like you're playing alongside characters, and not just controlling them. I don't think that's how I'll pay P4... but it's a valid way to play (even if it's not, you know, efficient.) At least he mentions that the full player control is in there, I mean, I'd be embarrassed if I just didn't realize it was an option.

#35 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19158 posts) -

@TooWalrus: Yeah, it's definitely a valid way to play and I didn't really mind it in P3FES. In fact, I agree with Hashino when he states in an interview that it makes teammates feel more like individuals instead of tools that you use in battle. I'm just amused by the statements in the review since I don't think that's how many people approached Persona 4.

#36 Edited by Karmosin (199 posts) -

@FluxWaveZ said:

@TooWalrus: Yeah, it's definitely a valid way to play and I didn't really mind it in P3FES. In fact, I agree with Hashino when he states in an interview that it makes teammates feel more like individuals instead of tools that you use in battle. I'm just amused by the statements in the review since I don't think that's how many people approached Persona 4.

Though it may also make them seem very dense sometimes :P

Edit: Also, another review http://www.gamingnexus.com/Article/Persona-4-Golden/Item3740.aspx

#37 Posted by OneManX (1664 posts) -

It's interesting reading alot of these reviews, it's like they are learning that Persona... is pretty good. And I have to say, I am legitimately interesting in hearing other thoughts in the Borm Crew about Persona 4, outside of just Jeff and Vinny.

#38 Posted by bigwhiteyeti (43 posts) -

@Tylea002 said:

@FluxWaveZ said:

@Tylea002 said:

@FluxWaveZ said:

That one's gotta be made up.

The passage following that subtitle talks about how fashion aware the main characters are and how stylish the game is in general.

Love it.

Though I don't like to think of The Investigation Team as a group of hipsters...

They all wear glasses, even though none of them need a perscription!

#39 Posted by spazmaster666 (1965 posts) -

As tempted as I am to go out and buy a Vita just to play a new version of Persona 4 (I sunk well over 300 hours into the original), I don't think I would be able to stand playing a game on that small of a screen for any long period of time.

#40 Edited by selfconfessedcynic (2494 posts) -
#41 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19158 posts) -

I think Persona 4 Golden might be the highest rated game that came out this year, according to Metacritic.

#42 Posted by jking47 (1191 posts) -

@FluxWaveZ: Just checked, looks like The Walking Dead is ahead of it, but just by 1 point. TWD is 95, P4G is 94

#43 Posted by TooWalrus (12978 posts) -

@jking47: Do the Polygon reviews eventually appear on Metacirtic? Because it's not up there now, and they gave it another 100%, so that could push a tie. Not that it matters, they're both great games (apparently, I haven't played the walking dead yet.)

#44 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19158 posts) -

@jking47: Yep, that's accurate for the 360 version of the game. It might get lower since there are only seven reviews taken into account for now, but if any game is to surpass P4G, TWD certainly deserves it.

#45 Posted by jking47 (1191 posts) -

@TooWalrus: @FluxWaveZ: Yeah, looks like Polygon reviews do go up there, and the P4G one is not up yet, so it could very well surpass/meet TWD score. But hey, either way its awesome. Good games getting the respect they deserve makes me happy.

#46 Posted by selfconfessedcynic (2494 posts) -

Man, I need to play TWD at some point - I went from the epic, fantastical Guild Wars 2 to the happy and warm Persona 4 Golden, I dont think I can take the swerve towards dark and horrific Walking Dead.

At least not right now.

But yes, good games getting good scores makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

#47 Posted by TohruAdachi (261 posts) -

: Man I watched the gameplay of the first episode and it wasn't that bad,pretty actually good,I can see why it got GOTY,but still waiting for more episodes of the TV Show...

#48 Posted by selfconfessedcynic (2494 posts) -

@TohruAdachi: The TV show is pretty unrelated from what I've heard (game is based off the comics, etc, you probably already know this, they've talked about it on the bombcast).

What turned me waaaaaaay off the first episode was the sequence where you're on the ground next to the crashed car and you see a zombie for the first time and you have to aim the gun at him. Oh god, I couldn't stand the way it controlled and just put the whole game aside.

I WILL go back to it. Some day.

#49 Posted by TohruAdachi (261 posts) -

: Yeah I'm aware of it like in the comics they were still traveling with a character who already died in the TV show. On the other hand,I thought the game was fairly good aside from the graphics which was still good either way. I'm not sure about the gun part since I haven't played it personally myself,but watching it looked pretty normal.

#50 Edited by SilvarusLupus (310 posts) -

God dammit, Game Informer. You always have to kill the mood. User rating on there is a 9.75 though (as of time of posting).

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