Parent reviews for Persona 4 Golden

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Common Sense says

age 15+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 28 reviews

age 15+

Yare yare dawa

An amazing game. I recommend it to anyone. Tons of things you can do with the difficulty settings so that anyone can play it. It contains good messages of self discovery and seeking the truth. - Jolyne

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 13+

Okay For Teens

Honestly, aside from the Mara persona, this game is fine for a 13 year old of average maturity. Language is mild and infrequent. Enemies explode into a small amount of blood when defeated. There are a few sexual innuendos but they honestly might go over your kids head. The game should’ve been rated T

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 16+

Horrible Game

Persona as a series stops at Persona 3. Idk what Atlus was thinking. Bring back Eikichi Mishina. Tohru Adachi however, does play a good role in the game and you will see why.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

Brilliant game that contains some adult themes

Persona 4 Golden is a fantastic game with some good themes of friendship and making the most out of school and childhood. The game has violent themes without much actual violence. Several murders take place but you only actually see the corpse at the end as all of the murders take place off screen but the bodies are usually hanging from tv aerials and could cause distress to younger audiences. Some sexual themes are present such as sexual identity and a strip club dungeon at one point in the game but nothing too heavy. The game also does not have much bad language. Personally if I played the game as a 12-13 year old I doubt I would of been negatively affected by the games content but this differs from person to person so please tread carefully.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 11+

Persona 4 Doesn’t deserve this rating.

It’s a good game and it is also the least dark in the whole Persona series. It features school kids solving crimes and saving other people from getting attacked in the other dimension. The story revolves around a group of friends who also partake in school activities that range from camping to skiing. The violence is also pretty low as there is no blood or gore and simply revolves around flicking a card to summon your Persona. The game (like all Persona games) is hard to master in terms of combat as there are many moves that are attacks or buffs. There is little to no sexual references and whilst you can date people there are no sexual scenes,

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 9+

best persona

i love this game and if your kids aren't mature enough then that really sucks but this game is 90+ hours so this can keep a kid entertained for a long road trip or something
age 18+

Not Beneficial For Families

This game contains depictions of murders / suicides that affect the characters. The "monsters" that the characters summon are actually demons from various world religions. There are many occult themes in this game disguised as Jungian psychology. The game also contains swearing and sexual themes.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 6+

Persona 4 is for everyone!

Persona 4 has very great role models. It's also very easy to use and has some amazing messages.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 14+

A well done RPG and life sim!

The game doesn't have too much mature content unlike most games that are given an M. The violence is not too bloody and there are corpses without blood and gore. The sexual content is a bit embarrassing as there are some Personas that have questionable appearances and there is mild ecchi content as well. Swearing in the dubbed version is the same as an hard PG 13 film. The game is fine for teens and warning: The game is difficult on easy (not too much but sometimes),normal,hard, and very hard. If you aren't good at Megami Tensei games on either mentioned difficulties. Play it on very easy
age 15+

Critical Research Failure Strikes Again

So, Common Sense has given this game a Not For Kids. I feel this is inappropriate - There's no bloody on-screen violence, what is there is offscreen and not shown, there's only mild language, and little to no sexual themes. So, that said, why did they give it a Not For Kids? Well, it's not just being a bit too far on the safe side; they have reasons. The primary suspect, I think, is that what little sexual and alcoholic reference there is involves a group of teenagers. None are 16 or 17 to my knowledge, they're 14-15. For example, at the very beginning of the game, you see a fictional commercial for a product called Quelorie Magic. It's endorsed by a pop star named Rise Kujikawa, stage name "Risette", no older than 15, who says lines like "I'm tired of dieting and going to the gym is too hard!" and "Good thing there's something even I can handle!" The satire is very subtle. (Not.) For another example, if you date one of the girls in-game, you'll get a scene wherein it's heavily implied they and the player have sex. Related, it's entirely possible to cheat on the girls and date all of them at once, though you do get a rather scathing punishment come Valentine's Day, on which you can only spend the day with one girl. And, most incriminatingly, one of the dungeons in the game is an exaggerated version of a Strip Club representing the aforementioned Rise's frustrations at being sexualized and marketed as a brainless ditz to the public. That being said, all of these pale to what a 15+ year old has already heard from their peers at school. And, hey, there's good messages, and good role models. The entire message of the game is that repressing the negative parts of yourself is unhealthy and dangerous; the heroes only gain their powers by confronting their "Shadow", the repressed parts of the psyche that they don't want to acknowledge. And this isn't a "Be yourself" thing either, these are very negative things: Your best friend feels bored with his life as it is, and his friends are holding in hidden desires to feel like a knight in shining armor, or feelings of emptiness and loneliness. Which isn't to say they're bad people, they just have flaws, and there's nothing wrong with that. The aforementioned best friend is a responsible individual and the second-in-command of your Investigation Team. Rise is, despite mild bitterness towards the industry she used to be a part of, a very caring, positive individual. All in all, Persona 4 isn't for your 10-year-old, not by a long shot. But it's certainly not "inappropriate for 17 and under" either. And it's a great game, so there's that. It's certainly better for kids than grim and depressing Persona 3 with its themes of death and loss, and Common Sense gave that a 16+.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models