Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 on Playstation 2

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.

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Reticent-JasonJune 22, 2016 @ 7:12 pm
Honestly one of the best games on the PlayStation 2 to ever be released. Recommend it to any RPG fan out there.
razortongueDecember 24, 2016 @ 4:11 am
Shadow Mitsuo is one tough bastard 😞
CoolBlueJAugust 03, 2017 @ 12:49 am
Best game i've ever played. this game got me into JRPGs lol
goinbacktotangierMay 31, 2018 @ 5:27 pm
was very disappointed personally. expected great narrative, presentation and gameplay and got run-of-the-mill industry anime content with five minutes of gameplay for every hour of sitting through tedious story sequences. presentation and japanese voice acting was very good, but not enough to keep me around for more than a couple of hours. maybe I was overhyped? or just not my cup of tea.
neptunee2September 01, 2019 @ 5:45 pm
YOU ARE A FUCKING NERD
Game Information

Alternative Titles
Persona 4
Platform
Playstation 2
Developer(s)
Atlus
Publisher(s)
Atlus
Genre(s)
RPG
NA Release Date
December 9, 2008
JP Release Date
July 10, 2008
EUR Release Date
March 13, 2009
AUS Release Date
March 12, 2009
ESRB Rating
M
PEGI Rating
16
CERO Rating
B
ACB Rating
B
MVGL User Score
8.7 by 1073 User(s)
MVGL Difficulty Rating
Medium by 131 User(s)
Composer
Atsushi Kitajoh, Ryota Kozuka, Shoji Meguro
Official Website
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1657 User(s)

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