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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PlayStation 2)

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Description

Recently, strange murders began to occur in the quiet Japanese town Inaba. People are found dead under mysterious circumstances, and rumors say that something very wrong is going on with local TV system. A high school student moves into town, living at the house of his uncle, a police detective named Ryotaro Dojima. Shortly after his arrival, a TV announcer is found dead, her body hanging on a TV antenna. A while later, the student who discovered the victim is found dead as well. The new student and his friends accidentally discover that a parallel world exists within the realm of television, populated by supernatural creatures known as Shadows. The young people also find out that their own Shadow Selves are able to grant them unique powers. They must travel into that mysterious world and find out who is responsible for the murders.

Persona 4 is a Japanese-style role-playing game with light social simulation elements, similar in concept to its predecessor. The player controls a party of characters who must solve the crimes by venturing into the TV world and exploring its dungeons. Each dungeon is associated with a potential victim and carries a unique theme; their layouts, however, are randomly generated. Enemies are visible on screen, and contact with them leads to turn-based battles, which heavily rely on exploiting enemy weaknesses and unleashing powerful attacks after having successfully knocked them down. As opposed to the previous game, the player can issue direct commands to the main character's companions during battles. Similarly to other Persona games, characters' abilities and attributes change by merging them with supernatural beings known as Personae, which can also be fused at special locations to create more powerful ones.

Like the previous installment, the game is stretched across an entire school year, strictly following a real calendar, each day divided into different periods (school, after school, evening, etc.). The protagonist can interact with other characters, study, join clubs, take part-time jobs, etc. Spending time with characters builds up Social Links, which grant the player benefits when creating new Personae, unlock skills for companions, and increase the protagonist's own attributes (Understanding, Diligence, Courage, Knowledge and Expression); these attributes, in turn, influence further interaction and character-building.

Screenshots

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 PlayStation 2 Talking with Yukiko after school
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 PlayStation 2 Persona stats
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 PlayStation 2 Keep an eye on the weather report
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 PlayStation 2 Prepare to battle shadow Rise...

Alternate Titles

  • "Shin Megami Tensei: P4" -- Official abbreviation
  • "Persona 4" -- Japanese title
  • "ペルソナ4" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Pursuing my true self Donatello (384) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Great for fans of the genre, but too tedious and difficult for others. Pixelspeech (955) 2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars

The Press Says

1UP Dec 01, 2008 A+ 100
GameSpy Dec 18, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gaming Nexus Feb 05, 2009 A+ 100
Game Shark Dec 15, 2008 A 100
GamePro (US) Dec 09, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
HonestGamers Dec 06, 2008 10 out of 10 100
RPGFan Sep 17, 2008 94 out of 100 94
Game Critics Dec 04, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Game Observer Apr 29, 2009 88 out of 100 88
Blend Games Jan 12, 2009 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
This is different! 12 DreinIX (9417)
Jan 07, 2009

Trivia

1001 Video Games

The PS2 version of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2008 – PS2 Game of the Year

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Kyle W (5) added Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PlayStation 2) on Dec 20, 2008
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