Should I play this?

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#1 Posted by asantosbr (191 posts) -

Hey, I never really played a JRPG until recently. But this year I decided to give it a try and played Ni No Kuni and really loved it. I also got Valkyria Chronicles, but havent finished it yet, but I am enjoying the strategic elements of it.

I own a Vita and I wonder if I should get Persona 4. I know next to nothing about the game, and I haven't played any of the previous game in the series, so would I be completely lost story wise, is this more a Story driven or Combat Driven game? So the question is, what should I expect, or not from it?

Thanks

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#2 Edited by NoobSauceG7 (1382 posts) -

Persona 4 is one of my favorite games, I played it last summer without playing any of the other Persona games and loved it. You don't need to play any of the other ones since they each are their own story like a Final fantasy game. And I think it is more story driven, you will spend a lot of time in dungeons but most of it is story (which is good cause the story is good and it is a long game, took me 90 hours). You should absolutely play it!

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#3 Edited by mosespippy (4748 posts) -

You don't need to have played any previous Persona games to get into any of them. I'd say that the game is roughly 50% story & character development while the other 50% is combat related activities. If you have a Vita then this is probably the only game you'll need for a long time. Persona 4 is in my top 5 of all time and I'm hoping to get a Vita soon so I can try out The Golden.

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#4 Posted by Oscar__Explosion (2943 posts) -

My foolproof check list on if you should play Persona 4: Godlen

Do you own a Vita? If yes, go get the game NOW.

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#5 Edited by PK_Koopa (593 posts) -

P4G is the best game to get into the Persona series.

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#6 Posted by CollegeGuyMike (402 posts) -

If you have a Vita then Persona 4 Golden is pretty much the only must-have game at this point.

I also just played it this year and it took right around 80 hours for the first time through and then another 50 for NG+.
Basically what @oscar__explosionsaid.

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#7 Posted by Karmosin (313 posts) -

If you don't have a Vita get one for it now or if you can't then play the ps2-version. Just find some way to play it, that's what I did.

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#8 Edited by FunkasaurasRex (854 posts) -

I was under the impression that this game is pretty much the only reason anybody has purchased a Vita.

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#9 Edited by StarvingGamer (11260 posts) -

Yes

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#10 Edited by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -
@pk_koopa said:

P4G is the best game to get into the Persona series.

Pretty much. After that, Persona 3 go!

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#11 Edited by MezZa (2436 posts) -

Yes. It's easily one of my favorite jrpgs (tied for first place with Persona 3, go figure). You don't need to know anything about the previous games. The stories of Persona 3 and Persona 4 don't connect with each other until Persona 4 Arena. The game is fairly half and half as far as the combat and story goes. It actually noticeably splits the two up. Some days you'll be doing mostly dungeon related stuff to complete an objective before a specific deadline, and others you'll be social linking and hanging out with the main characters buddies to progress the story. While the combat and persona fusing related stuff can be addictively fun for some people, the story is the main shining point imo. The characters are amazing and are easy to get attached to by the end of the game.

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#12 Posted by Justin258 (14121 posts) -

Yes. Bear in mind that Persona 4 is heavy on story and characters. As in, literally half the game involves your interactions with others.

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#13 Posted by Cameron (816 posts) -

Yes, it is the best JRPG I've ever played and I used to play a ton of them back in the SNES-PS1-PS2 days. The combat actually stays interesting, which is more than I can say for most games in the genre. I burned out on Ni No Kuni's combat after about 15 hours, for example. Persona is really good about breaking up the combat with story sections and you can do the dungeons over a fairly long period of time if you want. The story is also really engaging; you really connect with the characters.

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#14 Edited by Morrow (1870 posts) -

Great story and unique characters. I'd say give it a try :)

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#15 Posted by jking47 (1288 posts) -

Yes, this game is awesome, I beat it a couple weeks ago.

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#16 Edited by Nictel (2695 posts) -

Persona 4: YES.

Hey, I never really played a JRPG until recently. But this year I decided to give it a try and played Ni No Kuni and really loved it. I also got Valkyria Chronicles, but havent finished it yet, but I am enjoying the strategic elements of it.

I own a Vita and I wonder if I should get Persona 4. I know next to nothing about the game, and I haven't played any of the previous game in the series, so would I be completely lost story wise, is this more a Story driven or Combat Driven game? So the question is, what should I expect, or not from it?

Thanks

Persona 4 is completely separate from other Persona games, so not having played those doesn't matter.

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#17 Posted by redcream (815 posts) -

Yeah go for it!

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#18 Posted by Winternet (8377 posts) -

Oh people in the GB forums asking if they should play Persona 4. It's like you don't know where you are. It's like you don't know that the most amazing thing ever created in the face of this planet is sitting right here on Giant Bomb and it involves Persona 4. Go forth my child and experience the Nirvana.

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#19 Posted by probablytuna (4755 posts) -

Do you like good games? If so, then yes.

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#20 Posted by SmasheControllers (2951 posts) -

NO....

Yes...

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#21 Posted by LiquidPrince (16829 posts) -

Yes.

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#22 Edited by Red (6146 posts) -

Yes. Absolutely. Just know going in that it's a time investment, and a rather steep learning curve. But if you've got the time and can put in the effort, you will find a lifelong friend. For life.

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