Ten years after the release of Persona 4 Golden for PlayStation Vita, finally the fourth installment of Atlus’ acclaimed Persona saga renounces its exclusivity on consoles and can now be enjoyed on Nintendo Switch. It’s been a while, it’s true, but we finally have with us what was considered the best JRPG of all time a few years ago.
In this new release, he makes his debut on the Nintendo console alongside persona 3 portable, game that we will see in another analysis, and in a version that promises visual and quality-of-life improvements over its original release. Now, the time has come to ask ourselves if we really Persona 4 Golden was as good as we remembered it or if after ten years the game can be enjoyed today in a time when we have many more facilities and improvements in the genre. The answer to these, and other questions, we will find in this, our analysis. Let’s go there!
Being the new guy is hard
Our story begins when Yu Narukami, a teenager, leaves the big city and his lifelong friends to move to the quiet town of Inaba for a whole year. Everything seems to be going according to plan and without any incidents in a town whose day-to-day life seems to be the most routine in rural Japan, but suddenly a series of murders it will begin to threaten the tranquility of all its inhabitants and a mysterious midnight television program will begin to become popular.
Without many clues about what is going on, but with immense power awakened, Yu and his friends will create an investigative team dedicated to solving the mystery behind these murders and many other anomalies.
Patience and learning
playable, Persona 4 Golden is a JRPG with a solid formula, but to which you must have some patience if you want to enjoy it as it was conceived originally. The combat scenarios are based on dungeons on various floors in which the only way to escape is to go down manually or with an object that transports you to the beginning. Thanks to this, the game presents a challenge that you must prepare for if you don’t want to die before reaching your goal, but it can also feel a bit monotonous.
Dying means having to repeat from the floor where we have stayed or return to the title screen, but fortunately we can leave the dungeons or select the one that interests us at any time in order to practice or try to improve our equipment in areas that are not so difficult for us. Being a JRPG with more than 10 years behind it, it is impossible not to fall into the “farming/grinding” of experience or new abilities, so it is possible that you visit the dungeons on more than one occasion before reaching your goal .
Go two steps ahead
To survive, it is not only necessary to equip yourself with good weapons, defensive equipment or medicines, you also need to merge your Personas In order to gain new abilities or getting those that you consider most relevant can be inherited throughout all the Personas that pass through your team. In this sense, change is constant and the game encourages you to try things new as you progress throughout your adventure, not only when merging your Personas, but also when choosing what your cards will be.
You see, by defeating an enemy there is a % of it being unleashed an event thanks to which you receive a random number of cards and you must choose the ones that best suit your needs. Under normal conditions you can only choose one card (which can be new Persona, more experience, skills or attributes), but if you decide to take a risk and randomly try you can increase this number. The problem is that not all cards have beneficial effects and some can take half of your hard-earned experience, leave you with no items, or take half your money. Take the risk or pass? It’s up to you!
If you feel that all of this may set you back, you really shouldn’t worry so much, because Persona 4 Golden has several difficulty modeshighlighting the “Very Easy” thanks to which you can enjoy history and social events without having to worry too much.
Inaba, a place with a lot to do
Combat and dungeons are one of the pillars of the game, but the section where it shines brightest is its story. The story of the game is intriguing, intense and It has many emotional moments. that really touch your heart thanks to the fact that they develop in a fairly organic way and based on the experiences that our protagonist is living and we even have multiple endings based on the decisions you make at a certain point.
Again, we find a series of «Confidants» with which to establish links that give you several optional characteristics when it comes to fighting or merging Personas. For example, the Fox gives you the opportunity to get unlimited heals within the dungeons, and as you progress in your ties with him, the price for his services will decrease.
Confidants have great weight in both story and gameplay, although on some occasions the progress in your relationship it will be linked to your social statisticswhich you must go up when carrying out various activities such as reading, going out to discover the world, giving the correct answers to questions at school or even working at night with the aim of getting extra money.
You try to go slowly, but without pause
There’s also various side quests to unlock costumes and other rewards, although these do not feel like a burden when playing, since most of them are designed to be completed in our exploration of the dungeons and you rarely have to spend specific time to complete them. Do you want more? Look at the game menu to find various extras in the form of themes from the soundtrack or even a mini-game of questions and answers.
If it is your first game, you may feel that all this is too much and the need to manage your time well to give space to all the characters that appear, as well as to the rest of the activities, it can be exhausting but luckily when playing with an internet connection you have an additional feature that helps you find out what activities have been carried out by other players around the world and guide you accordingly.
Now in all its splendor
The visual section of Persona 4 Goldenalthough it seems quite basic when compared to the most recent installment of the saga, it continues to work perfectly thanks to its excellent character design, Persona, and even anime-style cutscenes. In this version we have improvements in the quality and definition of textures, so even when the game is 10 years old it looks great.
As for the sound, the soundtrack is truly amazing and to this day it still seems to me the best of the entire saga (especially with the combat theme), working well in all the moments in which it is present- We also have the opportunity to enjoy the game with voices in English and Japanese , and although there is no dubbing into our language, nor is it expected, we have a USAlocalized translation that stands out for its quality. Regarding performance there are no complaints for this version that no crashes and it has a fairly stable frame rate.
Persona 4 Golden – Like fine wine
It’s been 10 years since the original release of Persona 4 Golden on PlayStation Vita, and although the game came to PC (Steam) relatively recently, something felt empty when we consider how the original game was conceived to be played on a portable console. That feeling is recovered thanks to this version for Nintendo Switch, one that works wonderfully in practically all its sections and it is translated into Spanish.
The beginning can be a little hard, but the feeling of reward and satisfaction is increasing As you progress in your adventure and at a certain point you feel that you have mastered everything that at first overwhelmed or scared you, all that remains is an uphill journey in which you will only focus on enjoying and enjoying yourself. I understand that if you come from Persona 5 Royal may feel like a much slower and more complex experience, but having various difficulty modes it gives it a lot of accessibility for anyone who wants a much more pleasant journey to enjoy the story or just wants to test the terrain on their first game.
Personally? I recommend it with my eyes closed, especially now that it is in Spanish, and I am convinced that Nintendo Switch offers the best way to enjoy the game. You don’t need to hit 120 frames, you don’t need 4K textures, you just need to enjoy Inaba anytime, anywhere, just like the original game (although it’s a shame we have to settle for a digital-only release). .
We have analyzed Persona 4 Golden thanks to a digital code provided by Sega Europe. Analyzed version. 1.0.0
like good wine
Although Persona 4 Golden has several elements that to this day have already been improved and polished to exhaustion, it is still an essential game for any JRPG lover. It requires a lot more patience than Persona 5, but you’re rewarded with an excellent story that you can easily connect with (especially now that it’s in Spanish).
An intriguing story with many great moments
An excellent soundtrack and multiple difficulty options
Lots of activities to do and multiple endings
The dungeon system is too simple and repetitive
The start can be made uphill for those who have not played the original