Should I just wait for the Vita version?

#1 Posted by iDarktread (1206 posts) -

I have owned this game for over six months, and have yet to play over two hours. I played around 20 hours of Persona 3 Portable, and while I enjoyed it, my couple of hours spent in Persona 4 felt much more inviting, overall.  
 
Anyway, I have a large backlog to clear out, which includes games I never played much of like Chrono Trigger, and Secret of Mana; with no plans to get a Vita on release, is this Persona 4 something that comes recommended, too?  
 
I suppose that a lot of you Giant Bomb users plan to pick up The Golden on its release, even though many of you have played, or watched (something I haven't done), Persona 4 already. That might answer my question right there, but asking's worth the time, right?

#2 Posted by IBurningStar (2145 posts) -

Go play the game. Right now.

#3 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5750 posts) -

If you haven't beaten Persona 3 beat that first, then play the copy of Persona 4 you already have.

#4 Edited by iDarktread (1206 posts) -
@IBurningStar: Okay. 
 
@FancySoapsMan: I'm really looking around for a cheap copy of Persona 3 FES. I thought that the PSP version would be just fine, but honestly, I'm not a big fan of my PSP right now, and would rather use a nice PS2 controller. 
 
I love my handhelds, but my PSP just feels a bit clunky, or something.
#5 Posted by Hailinel (22704 posts) -

We don't know enough about the presentation of P4V to really say how it will compare. Yes, it will have more voice acting, cutscenes, and characters, but if it's anything like P3P, the elements outside the dungeons will be stripped down to a visual novel level.

#6 Posted by AndrewB (7190 posts) -

Depends on when you *do* plan on getting a Vita, or what other games you might be wanting for the system. Changes seem minor enough that it wouldn't be worth it on its own, especially since you already own the game anyway.  
 
If you intend to get a Vita at some point and still don't see yourself in a hurry to play Persona 4 anytime soon though, I guess why not wait? Sell the copy you have now.

#7 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

Just go play it now, P4 Golden's release is so far out from now that you can play the original and still probably get the same level of enjoyment out of the remake as everyone else will.
 
Also it is a fucking fantastic game.
 
@Hailinel said:

We don't know enough about the presentation of P4V to really say how it will compare. Yes, it will have more voice acting, cutscenes, and characters, but if it's anything like P3P, the elements outside the dungeons will be stripped down to a visual novel level.

They stated that they moved it from PSP to PSV because they didn't want to have to strip out the 3D world again.
#8 Posted by adoggz (1952 posts) -

dont get a vita, just play the ps2 version.

#9 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19153 posts) -
@LordXavierBritish said: 
@Hailinel said:

We don't know enough about the presentation of P4V to really say how it will compare. Yes, it will have more voice acting, cutscenes, and characters, but if it's anything like P3P, the elements outside the dungeons will be stripped down to a visual novel level.

They stated that they moved it from PSP to PSV because they didn't want to have to strip out the 3D world again.
Plus, from screens, it seems like a perfect port of P4 presentation-wise. So yeah, it's not P3P all over again.
#10 Posted by eroticfishcake (7780 posts) -
@FluxWaveZ said:
@LordXavierBritish said: 
@Hailinel said:

We don't know enough about the presentation of P4V to really say how it will compare. Yes, it will have more voice acting, cutscenes, and characters, but if it's anything like P3P, the elements outside the dungeons will be stripped down to a visual novel level.

They stated that they moved it from PSP to PSV because they didn't want to have to strip out the 3D world again.
Plus, from screens, it seems like a perfect port of P4 presentation-wise. So yeah, it's not P3P all over again.
While they did say that, it'll still be on a PS Vita screen. I want it on a big screen dammit!
#11 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19153 posts) -
@eroticfishcake said: 
While they did say that, it'll still be on a PS Vita screen. I want it on a big screen dammit!
The Vita screen's big enough for me.
#12 Posted by LostFlock (73 posts) -

Actually interested in picking this up when the Vita comes out.

#13 Edited by WatanabeKazuma (989 posts) -
@LordXavierBritish said:

Just go play it now, P4 Golden's release is so far out from now that you can play the original and still probably get the same level of enjoyment out of the remake as everyone else will.
 
Also it is a fucking fantastic game.
   

I echo this, also if P3P is anything to go by there will an additional protagonist to play as once it eventually arrives. 
 
Also Persona 3: FES is preferable over P3P. For as much as I appreciate the tweaks they made for the PSP version, a lot of the context of the story is lost in its presentation of the cut scenes, in so much as there is none.
#14 Posted by Hailinel (22704 posts) -

@WatanabeKazuma said:

@LordXavierBritish said:

Just go play it now, P4 Golden's release is so far out from now that you can play the original and still probably get the same level of enjoyment out of the remake as everyone else will.

Also it is a fucking fantastic game.

I echo this, also if P3P is anything to go by there will an additional protagonist to play as once it eventually arrives. Also Persona 3: FES is preferable over P3P. For as much as I appreciate the tweaks they made for the PSP version, a lot of the context of the story is lost in its presentation of the cut scenes, in so much as there is none.

It's already been confirmed that there will be no second protagonist. New characters, yes, but in a revised version of the original story.

#15 Posted by WatanabeKazuma (989 posts) -
@Hailinel said:

@WatanabeKazuma said:

@LordXavierBritish said:

Just go play it now, P4 Golden's release is so far out from now that you can play the original and still probably get the same level of enjoyment out of the remake as everyone else will.

Also it is a fucking fantastic game.

I echo this, also if P3P is anything to go by there will an additional protagonist to play as once it eventually arrives. Also Persona 3: FES is preferable over P3P. For as much as I appreciate the tweaks they made for the PSP version, a lot of the context of the story is lost in its presentation of the cut scenes, in so much as there is none.

It's already been confirmed that there will be no second protagonist. New characters, yes, but in a revised version of the original story.

Ah, I must have missed this.
#16 Edited by Buscemi (1106 posts) -

Does anybody have a summary (or something) of the changes that will be made (of what little has been told)? I am extremely interested in buying this once it comes out.

#17 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19153 posts) -
@Titus said:

Does anybody have a summary (or something) of the changes that will be made? I am extremely interested in buying this once it comes out.

Check the wiki.
#18 Posted by Kinapuff (244 posts) -

I'd pick it up now and play it. You should be able to find a new copy easily for a cheap buck, not to mention the Vita version is far ways off as mentioned above.

Having that said, I'll definitely be picking up the Vita version once it comes out.

#19 Posted by metalsnakezero (2269 posts) -

So far the stuff their adding to P4 Vita is pretty meaningful but it will be a while till Atlus translates it (translates the bits that are new) so I recommend find the PS2 version to hold you over and by the time the Vita version comes out you probably have the money to get it.

#20 Posted by Psychoticmayhem (6 posts) -

The real question is ARE you planning on getting the vita? I know I am cause ATLUS just wants all my money and I couldn't turn down a persona game. Personally I'd play P4 for PS2 so you can get the most out of the game. When they did the Persona 3 Portable release they cut out ALOT of stuff from the cutscene animations to the 3D walking around the town because they released it on a handheld so it didn't have enough room for all that coding. I'm not sure if they will do that to P4 Golden but I wouldn't chance it. P3P was still a good game and I enjoyed playing both the Boy and Girl Protags.

And disregard what people tell you about playing P3 before playing P4. The stories are completely different. And the only thing you'll miss out on really is recognizing the P3 cameos.

#21 Posted by Starclopsofish (88 posts) -

@Psychoticmayhem

They aren't cutting FMVs and 3D exploration in P4G.

For those fussing about the Vita's screen... the pixel density is higher than any HDTV out there (around 48k ppi methinks) and even if you're one to go for size over quality, its enormous for a handheld; 5 inches. Not to mention its an OLED.

Plus we all know that the Vita-2000 is going to have mini HDMI out. They just want to hold off on it until they release the PS4 to avoid cannibalization.

#22 Posted by Beforet (2884 posts) -

Am I the only one who preferred P3P's presentation?

You have the game now, so I say play it. Or sell it, if you know you're getting a Vita eventually.

You should watch the Endurance Run regardless of what you do.

#23 Posted by iDarktread (1206 posts) -

Just to update, someone spoiled

on this site, on my first day of play. It was outside of the Persona 4 forum as well! If I could find that thread I made months ago regarding spoilers and how to tag them, I'd bump it the hell up.

Oh well, I'm about 4 or 5 hours in and enjoying it. I realize now that waiting for the Vita version would be a bit silly considering I have the game available for play right now.

#24 Posted by jello44 (44 posts) -

It doesn't come out in Japan until Spring 2012, so it will probably be a while before Atlus USA translates it. You have plenty of time to play the PS2 version.

#25 Posted by galloughs (184 posts) -

I'm not even sure there's been an announcement as to whether P4G is even being released outside of Japan.

#26 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@galloughs said:

I'm not even sure there's been an announcement as to whether P4G is even being released outside of Japan.

Of course it will be. Don't be silly now.

I'm just going to import it and play it through in Japanese. It's a learning opportunity for me, plus I just love Persona.

#27 Posted by mutha3 (4980 posts) -
@galloughs said:

I'm not even sure there's been an announcement as to whether P4G is even being released outside of Japan.

Does it matter? This is like wondering if a Mario game is going to be released in the west...
#28 Posted by SilvarusLupus (310 posts) -

@galloughs said:

I'm not even sure there's been an announcement as to whether P4G is even being released outside of Japan.

Persona 4 is the best selling SMT game in the West. I think they are going to release it here.

#29 Posted by DoctorSage (154 posts) -

@metalsnakezero said:

So far the stuff their adding to P4 Vita is pretty meaningful but it will be a while till Atlus translates it (translates the bits that are new) so I recommend find the PS2 version to hold you over and by the time the Vita version comes out you probably have the money to get it.

Exactly. If handheld ports like the one Chrono Trigger got are any indication, there might be a little extra translation work involved. So It'll be a while, but it's still a fantastic RPG that deserves to be played. Get the Vita version anyway.

#30 Posted by QuistisTrepe (628 posts) -

No, the Vita version isn't a substantial difference from the PS2 version. Not only shouldn't you buy the Vita version, you shouldn't buy a Vita period.

#31 Posted by Video_Game_King (34594 posts) -

@QuistisTrepe said:

No, the Vita version isn't a substantial difference from the PS2 version. Not only shouldn't you buy the Vita version, you shouldn't buy a Vita period.

Sounds a bit early to say that. What if the Vita version of Persona 4 turns out to be ten times more awesome than the original (maybe there's a Social Link where Kanji curb stomps Teddie repeatedly, or the Shadow Fetus boss fight uses the Reincarnation remix of the boss theme)? Or a totally awesome game comes out for the system and there's no fucking ignoring it?

#32 Edited by Beforet (2884 posts) -

Am I the only one who preferred P3P to FES?

Don't buy a Vita for Persona 4 if you already have the PS2 version. I will, but that's because I've played Persona 4 several times and I'm a fucking psychopath. You don't know if you're a psychopath yet, so don't make that jump until you do.

Edit: I just posted in a 2 month old thread, that I had already posted in, on the same page as my first post, and said the exact same thing.

God dammit, people. God dammit!

#33 Posted by QuistisTrepe (628 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@QuistisTrepe said:

No, the Vita version isn't a substantial difference from the PS2 version. Not only shouldn't you buy the Vita version, you shouldn't buy a Vita period.

Sounds a bit early to say that. What if the Vita version of Persona 4 turns out to be ten times more awesome than the original (maybe there's a Social Link where Kanji curb stomps Teddie repeatedly, or the Shadow Fetus boss fight uses the Reincarnation remix of the boss theme)? Or a totally awesome game comes out for the system and there's no fucking ignoring it?

Then I'll hope someone comes up with an emulator or hacks the living shit out of the Vita so I can bypass as much of Sony's bullshit as possible.

#34 Posted by laserbolts (5309 posts) -
@QuistisTrepe

@Video_Game_King said:

@QuistisTrepe said:

No, the Vita version isn't a substantial difference from the PS2 version. Not only shouldn't you buy the Vita version, you shouldn't buy a Vita period.

Sounds a bit early to say that. What if the Vita version of Persona 4 turns out to be ten times more awesome than the original (maybe there's a Social Link where Kanji curb stomps Teddie repeatedly, or the Shadow Fetus boss fight uses the Reincarnation remix of the boss theme)? Or a totally awesome game comes out for the system and there's no fucking ignoring it?

Then I'll hope someone comes up with an emulator or hacks the living shit out of the Vita so I can bypass as much of Sony's bullshit as possible.

What bullshit are you worrying about?
#35 Posted by McShank (1628 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@QuistisTrepe said:

No, the Vita version isn't a substantial difference from the PS2 version. Not only shouldn't you buy the Vita version, you shouldn't buy a Vita period.

Sounds a bit early to say that. What if the Vita version of Persona 4 turns out to be ten times more awesome than the original (maybe there's a Social Link where Kanji curb stomps Teddie repeatedly, or the Shadow Fetus boss fight uses the Reincarnation remix of the boss theme)? Or a totally awesome game comes out for the system and there's no fucking ignoring it?

you sold me on getting a vita still, but only after they realise that I refuse to pay a ton of money to port my games from umd's to downloadable just to play on their newer handheld. Untill then, I will keep my regular launch psp and wait till prices drop or sony gets their head out of their asses on the UMD problem.

#36 Posted by MrAristocrates (194 posts) -

@Beforet said:

Am I the only one who preferred P3P to FES?

Well, P3P didn't have The Answer, so it at least has that going for it. (As well as some much better Social Links, when you get right down to it.)

Also, am I the only one who has no problem with playing their PSP games on their PSP?

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