A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Persona 4 Golden is the PlayStation Vita version of the game Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4. Throughout the game, players will need to battle evil forces. These strategic battle sequences include use of weapons, intense sound effects, and depictions of blood. In addition, there is sexuality in the game including innuendo in the dialogue as well as partial female nudity and characters that look phallic. Smoking and drinking also occurs among some characters though it is not a focal point of the game. Profanity appears in the dialogue. The Shin Megami video game series has been around for years, and it has a very distinct style of presentation. The games tend to be very surreal and a bit confusing at times. This game is no exception. Although the story takes a lot of twists and turns, it is ultimately about finding the courage within to overcome huge obstacles.
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What's it about?
In PERSONA 4 GOLDEN, a young high school student in rural Japan suddenly finds himself in the middle of a high-profile murder mystery. He takes it upon himself to figure out what is going on so that the community can be peaceful once again. Players team up with other characters who are in the same situation and they work together to solve the mystery. Evil creatures and characters appear frequently and players must defeat them in turn-based combat to proceed. The game is filled with twists and turns in the storyline, always leaving players guessing what will happen next. Much of the game takes place in a parallel 'dream world' where it is unclear what's real and what's not. This level of ambiguity means that every piece of the story is integral.
Is it any good?
Persona 4 Golden will appeal to a specific type of gamer. As a role-playing game (RPG) with turn-based combat, it relies heavily on developing the right battle strategy and sticking with the game long enough to level up characters so they are ready for combat. While it may seem a bit strange at times, the story is unabashedly compelling and will keep the attention of any player willing to give it the level of focus it requires. The turn-based RPG seems to be a lost art form at times, but this game masters the art beautifully. It is not a game for the faint of heart, though. There are a lot of adult themes ranging from drinking to sex, but the complexity of the gameplay and the nuanced nature of the storyline are best suited for older players anyway.
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- Platforms: PlayStation Vita
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, logic, strategy
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Atlus
- Release date: November 20, 2012
- Genre: Role-Playing
- ESRB rating: M for Alcohol Reference, Animated Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence
For kids who love role-playing and adventure
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