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  • Summary: Inaba—a quiet town in rural Japan sets the scene for budding adolescence in Persona 4 Golden. A coming of age story that sets the protagonist and his friends on a journey kickstarted by a chain of serial murders. Explore meeting kindred spirits, feelings of belonging, and even confrontingInaba—a quiet town in rural Japan sets the scene for budding adolescence in Persona 4 Golden. A coming of age story that sets the protagonist and his friends on a journey kickstarted by a chain of serial murders. Explore meeting kindred spirits, feelings of belonging, and even confronting the darker sides of one’s self. Persona 4 Golden promises meaningful bonds and experiences shared together with friends. With an overall Metacritic score of 93 and a multitude of awards, fan-adored Persona 4 Golden stands as one of the finest RPGs ever made, delivering on enthralling storytelling and quintessential Persona gameplay. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 100
    Persona 4 Golden is a genuine, bona fide work of art, and one of those games that show the potential for the video game format to offer more than cheap thrills. It's one of those games that you get the feeling will be remembered as a masterpiece well into the future too. With most AAA blockbusters falling out of the public discourse just a few months after release because they offer nothing but passive entertainment, it's games like Persona 4 that we continue to discuss. Even in comparison to its own sequel, it seems to have the combination of characters, narrative, and ideas that help it to continue to be worthy of thought. We'll still be talking about Persona 4 fifty years from now, and hopefully, it remains as accessible as this new PC release has allowed it to become.
  2. Jun 13, 2020
    100
    Atlus' classic Japanese role-playing game makes a surprise jump to PC, bringing with it the Carl Jung-inspired story and exciting monster-slaying action that makes it a beloved series entry. If you missed Persona 4 Golden's original PlayStation Vita release, or simply wish to revisit the game, you can now enjoy the masterpiece in its best form.
  3. Jun 13, 2020
    95
    Persona 4 is still one of the best JRPGs of all time, and this port only further proves that while clearing up your vision of Inaba and adding a new control scheme with which to Face Yourself. With this PC version bringing along the enhancements and new features of Golden, there’s never been a better time to Reach out to the Truth for newcomers or for veterans to Make History.
  4. Jun 13, 2020
    90
    Persona 4 Golden on PC is the best thing that could have happened to this game. Once held to Vita exclusivity, many new gamers can discover all the great moments that this adventure has to offer. Add in the inclusion of a few PC-only graphic enhancements and Japanese audio, and you now have the definitive version of this timeless RPG.
  5. Jun 13, 2020
    87
    A bare-bones refit, but this remains a captivating JRPG, marrying slice-of-life drama with stylish demon battling.
  6. Jul 6, 2020
    82
    Persona 4 Golden has been a bucket list game for me for several years now. I put the Devil Survivor series on my "best of all time" RPG list, and wanted to find out how this sister series played. At 90 hours, it better have been worth it! Occasionally misty-eyed, infrequently laughing out loud, and other times pensive as I sit idly, controller in hand, I can honestly say it was time well spent. With this successful port, I hope that Atlus finds the drive to put Persona 5 on PC as well, because I'll definitely bite.
  7. Jun 13, 2020
    60
    Its occasional pizzazz, including Shoji Meguro’s blissful J-pop soundtrack, is undermined by how hard it often is to actually look at the game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 203
  1. Jun 13, 2020
    10
    Persona 4 Golden is one of the best JRPGs of all time. Don't let its graphics deceive you it is an awesome game with nice gameplay
  2. Jan 4, 2022
    10
    What can I say, this game is perfect. Story, gameplay, atmosphere... Everything!
  3. Jun 24, 2020
    10
    Persona 4 Golden es un sueño hecho realidad para muchos y sobretodo para los amantes de esta serie de spinoffs de Shin Megami Tensei, yoPersona 4 Golden es un sueño hecho realidad para muchos y sobretodo para los amantes de esta serie de spinoffs de Shin Megami Tensei, yo personalmente cuando se filtró que estaba en Steam días antes del anuncio estaba eufórico esperando el día de su salida ya aquí estoy después de casi dos semanas de su lanzamiento haciendo la review con el juego recién acabado.

    Vayamos por partes:

    Port: El port en líneas generales desde mi punto de vista es bueno. Puede mover el juego a 144fps cosa que muchos otros juegos no pueden, está todo en FullHD y no sé si en QuadHD y 4K (no tengo ese tipo de monitores) pero se ve muy bien dentro de que sigue siendo el mismo juego de PSVita que viene de un juego de bajo presupuesto de la PS2. Algo negativo del port es que tengo compañeros que han sufrido problemas de congelamiento y de pantallas negras, no ha sido mi caso, pero veo interesante el comentarlo.

    Este review pone que es un juego que recomendaría, pero no es para todo el mundo, por eso voy a dejar una serie de "problemas" que algunos jugadores no estarían dispuestos a pasar por alto para que ellos no jueguen a un juego que no les guste:
    - Juego de fácilmente más de 70 horas.
    - Gráficos MUY pobres incluso para un juego de 2008 en PS2 originalmente.
    - JRPG por turnos en general hay gente que no les gusta.
    - Curva de dificultad en mi opinión inversa, la primera mazmorra es MUY dificil por la falta de recursos y más adelante el juego si gestionas bien es más "sencillo".
    - Dentro de los JRPG es un juego que más que difícil te pone en situaciones injustas.
    - Es una japonesada y entiendo que no mucha gente le interese este tipo de cosas.

    Antes incluso recomendaría que le echases un vistazo al Persona 5, es más amigable con los nuevos jugadores y es más actual en general, pero si puedes pasar por alto todo lo que he comentado aquí, Persona 4 Golden va a ser de lo mejorcito que juegues del género, es cierto que yo dentro de la saga Persona he jugado solo al 3 y al 5 antes que este y Persona 4 Golden está un escalón por debajo de esos dos en líneas generales, pero aún así sigue siendo un juego soberbio.

    Ahora sí, el juego:

    El punto fuerte de Persona 4 es en mi opinión el grupo de personajes principales, creo que es el mejor llevado de los 3 juegos que he jugado de la saga, es cierto los personajes secundarios flaquean algo sobretodo si los comparamos con los de Persona 5 que es uno de sus puntos fuertes. Aunque en lineas generales de los 3 juegos, Persona 4 tiene el casting.

    La historia es muy interesante, como te plantean que hay un asesino en serie en un pueblo y tienes que encontrar quien es, además ese asesino en serie es alguien que está aprovechando el poder que solo unos pocos tienen de poder entrar en un mundo dentro de una televisión y como la historia te va guiando por diferentes culpables acabando en dependiendo de tus acciones en diferentes finales. No es la historia del Persona 3 que la verdad es bastante mejor, pero está interesante igualmente.

    El gameplay es muy similar al de persona 3, pero en vez de haber 3 daños físicos solo hay 1 y encima puedes controlar a tus aliados, lo han simplificado para bien. La dificultad de este juego me parece genial, no es como en el Persona 4 original que solo hay 3 niveles, aquí hay 5, que puedes modificar a gusto y cambiar cuando quieras dependiendo la situación, no voy a mentir, el de conseguir más dinero ha sido algo que he tenido casi todo el rato.

    La banda sonora es soberbia pero creo que nadie lo duda. Es cierto que personalmente me quedo tanto como la del 3 como la del 5 pero sigue siendo genial con canciones como Heaven o Heartbeat, Heartbreak que simplemente me encantan.
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  4. Jun 22, 2020
    10
    Very good! thanks for the one of the best game of 2x past generation! Very interesting story, reallyelaborate characters and their stories!!
  5. Jul 16, 2020
    9
    'Persona 4 The Golden' is a JRPG game with the campus as the background and mysterious and supernatural events as the theme to launch a'Persona 4 The Golden' is a JRPG game with the campus as the background and mysterious and supernatural events as the theme to launch a wonderful story. The soundtrack of the game is an excellent master's work, and the gameplay is still as good as it is today. The various life of high school and the comfortable rural town makes the life feels more real. The only deficiency in the game is the maze design. The high repetition of material utilization greatly affects the game experience. The character modeling are obsoleted today, but the game is still great that I was deeply influenced by the excellent characterization and wonderful music.

    Graphic: 7.5

    Music: 10

    Narrative:8

    Gameplay: 9

    Score: 8.6
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  6. Oct 27, 2020
    9
    Been a while, really. Been a while since I played a game this good. Been a while since I've last sunken 70 hrs into a game in a singleBeen a while, really. Been a while since I played a game this good. Been a while since I've last sunken 70 hrs into a game in a single fortnight.

    I have a lot of feelings about this game, all of them strong. I heard about Persona a bit here and there before, but since they were Playstation locked, and my PS4 is 2k miles away for me right now, I had to wait for its PC release.

    I stumbled upon P4G on a steam sale, and now I wish I could've paid full price to support Atlus even more, make them bring P5R to PC faster.

    But enough gushing, let's get down to business:

    Pros:
    - THE WRITING. For the love of god this is how you write a mystery, how you write plot twists, how you write characters, how you write chemistry and humor. The characters are high-schoolers but they could have easily been adults without changing much of the themes handled. Mature, but not without their pinch of craziness because the game was made by people who know how to balance things out.
    The end of the game really felt like saying goodbye to a group of my own friends. Bravo.
    - Visuals. Now, this is a decade-old game. Technical mastery is not something I expected. But even then, the updated Inaba does the job. The dungeons are innovative in their art styles, the interface is also super stylized.
    - Personas. They're the core of the dungeon side of gameplay, and they're a fantastic core. They allow for such flexibility of builds, for some very creative uses of their skills, and they're cool. Izanagi FTW.
    -THE MUSIC. I'm a sucker for games that have a good soundtrack, and this one blows a lot of other soundtracks out of the water. You definitely feel the late 2000s-early 2010s vibe, and that's awesome. The max s link music makes me shiver, the dungeon battle osts get my blood pumping, Never More makes me choke on my own tears.
    And how could I not mention the opening? Catchy, rhythmic, perfect... Never skipped it once.
    - The slice of life aspect of the game is also perfectly mastered. The s links are well-thought-out, advance naturally, you can get a part-time job, you have to actually remember your courses to ace your exams... For 70 hrs, I was back in high school.
    - Choices that matter. Sometimes games offer choices, mostly they're just illusions (ain't that right, Horizon: Zero Dawn? Joking I still like you). Here, a bad choice can lead you to a bad ending. Simple. And good.

    Cons: Yes, there are a few.
    - While I loved the dungeons, their design sometimes felt lacking in both clarity and complexity if that makes sense.
    - For god's sake, implement an autosave feature. And that's because...
    - ...I crashed a few times after 1.5 hrs crawling through a dungeon. Having to redo an entire dungeon I *just* almost cleared because I forgot to exit and save (or just didn't have the time to do it) is not a good experience.

    9.5/10 GG EZ.
    One of my favorite games ever, and I'm probably about to plunge back in with a NG+ in order to fuse you-know-who as soon as I can.

    Best JRPG I ever played and I'm excited to play P5R Day One whenever it finally graces PC with its presence.

    Sega, Atlus?

    Thanks a lot. You made me fall back in love with video games.
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  7. Sep 22, 2021
    0
    22/09/2021: Still uses Denuvo.
    Piracy is easy, the software is unnecessary.

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