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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

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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.


Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 PlayStation 2 Talking with Rise-chan
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 PlayStation 2 Prepare to enter a dungeon...
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 PlayStation 2 People appear on the midnight channel, and then become trapped in the tv world
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 PlayStation 2 Chie has been knocked down in battle

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 PlayStation 2 Donatello (384)
Great for fans of the genre, but too tedious and difficult for others. PlayStation 2 Pixelspeech (955)

The Press Says

Thunderbolt Games PlayStation 2 Dec 04, 2008 10 out of 10 100
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Dec 09, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
RPGFan PlayStation 2 Sep 17, 2008 94 out of 100 94
Game Freaks 365 PlayStation 2 Jan, 2009 9.1 out of 10 91
IGN PlayStation 2 Dec 09, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Dec 10, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Game Critics PlayStation 2 Dec 04, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Pelaajalehti PlayStation 2 Apr 02, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Dec, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Games TM PlayStation 2 Dec 24, 2008 7 out of 10 70


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Jan 07, 2009


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.


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    • 2008 – PS2 Game of the Year

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