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Persona 4 (PS2)

by Square Enix
PlayStation2
 Ages 16 and Over
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B001Q9EK82
  • Item Weight: 32 g
  • Release Date: 13 Mar 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,335 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 is a console role-playing game (RPG) for Sony's PlayStation 2. Chronologically the sixth installment in the Persona series, Persona 4 is a suspenseful countryside murder mystery with multiple twists and turns in the plot that will have you guessing all the way to the end.



Chronologically the sixth installment in the Persona series, Persona 4 is a suspenseful murder mystery. View larger.


The silent male protagonist wields a two-handed sword weapon. View larger.


Using Mayonaka TV, you can phase into the television set and enter a shadowy world. View larger.


Game play and style are similar to Persona 3, but there are plenty of new twists and additions. View larger.
Myth and Occult Mixed with Contemporary Japan
Megami Tensei was originally based on the novel series Digital Devil Story by Aya Nishitani. A major franchise in the RPG genre, MegaTen games take place in the contemporary or near-future Japan, mixing occult and cyberpunk elements. The games feature mythological references from multiple mythologies, and the player is often asked to make moral or philosophical choices that affect the game's storyline and ending.

The silent male protagonist who represents the player in Persona 4 attends Yasogami High School with Chie, Yosuke, and Yukiko. His entire personality and name is decided and portrayed by the player's in-game actions and decisions. He wields two-handed sword type weapons, but unlike Persona 3, he doesn't use alternative weapons.

Mysterious Murders Abound
Persona 4 takes place in a rural town named Inaba where mysterious murders occur whenever there is fog after heavy rain. The town has a television channel that airs only at midnight called Mayonaka TV, during which it is said that one can see their "other half" while staring at the screen. After hearing about a recent unsolved murder, some characters realize that they had witnessed the murder victim while watching Mayonaka TV.

The protagonist discovers that during midnight when the channel is on, his body can phase into his television set, using the set as a gateway to another world infested with shadows. Mayonaka TV and the town murders seem so connected that it's possible that the victims may in fact victims of Mayonaka TV itself. The characters decide to solve the mysterious murders by exploring the hidden world of Mayonaka TV.

Brand-New Yet Familiar game play
Persona 4's game play and style are similar to the popular Persona 3. Players familiar with Persona 3 will quickly recognize the social links and dungeon crawling game play, as well as the engine itself. The battles also have some similarities, such as the One More system, All-out attack, and the AI controlled support characters.

However, unlike Persona 3, characters can be set to take commands from the player, new glasses allow characters to see through the heavy mist inside Mayonaka TV, and tarot cards can be shattered to summon the characters' respective Persona. Other changes include an increase in player stats from three to five, and the removal of health status, allowing players to explore dungeons continuously.

Let the Action Begin
Battle-wise, Persona 4 lets you directly control the actions of other party members and continually exploit an enemy's weakness. Post-battle card shuffles have added Arcana Chance, which bring you good or bad status depending on the Arcana. Battles now occur after school instead of at midnight, like in Persona 3, giving the player less time in which to do social activities. This turns out to be significant because Social Links now have a greater effect on battle.

At higher levels, the player's allies progress from occasionally protecting the protagonist from a deathblow, through occasionally offering follow-up attacks, to eventually allow the persona of the corresponding ally to evolve into another persona. And persona can retain or even lose weaknesses and can be immune to certain kind of magic attacks. All allies who have their corresponding Social Link levels maxed out now have a chance to survive an otherwise fatal attack, leaving them with one remaining HP.

Media Reviews:

o    EDGE 9/10 – Highest scoring game in issue

o    “An absolute must buy” (10/10 GamePro)

o    “A true masterpiece” (RPG Fan 94%)

o    “An RPG classic in the making.” (IGN 9/10)

o    “A superb role-playing adventure with something to offer to everyone.” (Gamespot 9/10)

o    “Stylish Persona 4 Is RPG Perfection” (Wired 10/10)

 

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game. Buy it. 28 April 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Having never played any of the other Personas, I bought this game because of how much other people have liked it.
The game has a slow beginning, as with many other JRPGs. There is lot's of dialogue, and you only really see your first taste of combat around 1 and half hours into the game. This is not a bad thing, the story is compelling and the voice acting is good.
You're a city boy moving to the countryside to live with a distant relative. As you arrive in Inaba, (The village where the game will take place), you hear of some gruesome murders happening in the area. You are curious about these murders, as are your fellow students in High School. You soon make friends and settle into your new home. I won't go any further into the story to avoid spoilers.
There is deep character development for the characters you meet, the story aspect of this game keeps you interested and wanting more.
The combat system is quite good, you can do the basic attack and guard. You can also set tactics for your companions and summon Personas. A Persona is a magic guardian that you summon with a card. An interesting mechanic of the game is the social links. Personas have different Arcanas (tiers). You can socialize with different people and different friends bring you different Arcanas. By strengthening your relationship with a friend, you strengthen your ability to upgrade your Personas of that Arcana. You strengthen your relationship with that friend by hanging out with them. During your free time you can attend clubs or sports teams, you can sign up for a part time job, study and of course buy equipment and items to use in battle.
I am loving this game and recommend it to anyone that enjoys a good JRPG.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JRPGs simply do not get any better than this 22 Feb 2009
By John Clayton III VINE VOICE
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Sweet merciful lord this game is absolutely gripping in the best possible way!

I thought Persona 3 was a bit of a fluke with how good it is, as I thought the first two Persona games on PS1 stank to high heaven when I checked them out recently(Maybe they've aged badly, I don't know), but with Persona 4, Atlus have proven that they have the concept that drives the Persona series now down to a fine art, and know exactly how to make the experience better... although not by much in some places it must be said.

Once again placing you in control of an unspeaking character you name yourself, Persona 4 begins with you moving to small town Japan to stay with relatives so you can go to school, and almost as soon as you arrive, people start getting murdered in mysterious circumstances and you seem to be having dreams connected to it. It isn't long before you team up with a group of oddball students at school to investigate the murders and discover a connection to 'The Midnight Channel', a gateway to a world inside the TV made up of the darkness inside human beings(All true folks). This leads to the discovery of your ability to use 'personas'(Monsters that you use to fight battles with) and with that, you're leading a group of pesky kids attempting to find the connection between this monster filled world of corrupted human psyche and the real world murders as you venture into various people's very souls made form in the shape of large dungeons not dissimilar to the tower of tartarus from Persona 3, but smaller(There are a lot of these dungeons though).

Sounds messed up, right? Well, in places it is, but Persona 4's real charm lies in just easy to follow it is.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!! 30 Dec 2010
By Paul
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
First of all let's be honest, this game came out way too late. By 2009 most people's 60GB backwards compatible PS3 had YLOD'd and everybody else who decided to keep their PS2 for possible future use most likely shelved them with the Christmas decorations and old shoes, or donated them to their two year old nephews or nieces. If this game had come out in 2005, it probably would have been game of the century. Never mind final fantasy or Persona 3, this game excels them all, and here's why

PS2: First off, its on the PS2. What does that mean? It means that a lot of time and effort was spent on developing a fantastic story, believable and extremely likable characters, fluid and easy game play and no online features. In other words all the effort didn't go into fancy graphics and online game play like it so often does these days. It also means a modern game finally that's below age 18 certificate and without people being brutally torn apart and swearing like sailor men. Call me old fashioned, but I find it a grand shame that games like this are missed because people are afraid to turn back to the PS2 game because characters heads are a bit more square. Although unlike some earlier PS2 games and the first two personas, this game boasts some smooth and aesthetically pleasing graphics.

Comparrisons: If you're worried about playing Persona 4 without having played 1, 2 and 3, don't be. Like the final fantasy series, the story in no way relates to the previous games other than the follow on of the traditional Shin Megami Tensei legend. Essentially though, persona 4 is basically persona 3 but with a different story and different characters. In other words the gameplay feels identical appart from a few extra features and a few taken away.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game.
Arrived very promptly. Just as described. Great game.
Published 4 days ago by Lizz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The game arrived right on time and in perfect condition. The case was sealed and the soundtrack that was included when it was originally released was there. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ciaran
5.0 out of 5 stars A great JRPG, the PS2's Swan Song
Good music, great gameplay and perfect characters, this RPG has it all going for it. Half RPG, half socializing simulator, but all fun.
Published 6 months ago by Jo Luckett
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Chapter in the Persona Series
Is this better than Persona 3? No. Is it better than 99% of everything else on the market? Yes. It may seem a little harsh to judge the game in comparison to its predecessor, but... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Arch Stanton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good game
I apologize in advance for being so brief.
I bought this for my brother, who had been wanting it ever since it came out. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ana
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Jay, got persona 4 now, leds hop the Persona 4 Golden wil com to PS3, then that wil make my Mellennium haha
Published 9 months ago by John Beck Holm
3.0 out of 5 stars The Price
Persona 4 is a really good game for the ps2, but it gets repetitive and boring since most of your time you will be doing the same thing everyday if you're not using a guide. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Leylan Sorani
5.0 out of 5 stars must buy for a rpg fan
Loving it can't really review it yet since I've not finished it but so far loving the story and the game play is really cool :)
Published 15 months ago by Chris Drake
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the PS2's last amazing games
Much like back in 2000/2001 when some of the best games on the original playstation were being released, Persona 4 was a game that came out in Japan in 2008 (and 2009 in the UK),... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Leone
4.0 out of 5 stars good
good sequel to the previous, graphics equally as good. follows on well as oppose to some other games that are completely irrelevant
Published 17 months ago by emma_b_13
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