Parent reviews for Persona 4 Golden

Common Sense says

Challenging high school murder mystery gets new life on PC.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 17 reviews
Parent of a 3, 3, and 5-year-old Written byjonallypugliese1023 November 1, 2013

Persona 4 Golden

Love Persona 4 Golden and all the Persona and the Shin Megami Tensei games. The "Not For Kids" rating is completely unnecessary. There is NO blood there is fighting yes but absolutely no blood NO sex there is flirting and you can date a girl and you see Yukiko Chie Naoto Rise and Nanako in towels very briefly you see them in bikinis a couple of times but thats it. I am really doubting that who ever reviewed this game didn't play it much if at all the "evil creatures" as you call them are called shadows the "dream world" isn't a dream its a world inside the tv and what do you mean by "its unclear what's real and what's not" everything is real inside the tv world you should try actually playing the games before reviewing and rating them the "Not For Kids" label should be removed and this review should be redone by someone who's actually played it.
Adult Written byMagatsu Orpheus March 6, 2015

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 contains:

Positive Messages
Positive role models
Adult Written byJohnnnyL April 28, 2019

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 contains:

Positive Messages
Positive role models
Ease of Play
Adult Written byTobyTee January 22, 2020

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 contains:

Positive Messages
Positive role models
Adult Written bythe.tapir.nights October 21, 2019

Some nudity (crude humor)

One case was when the team meets Teddie's human form for the first time. Due to being "born", he of course is naked (but it is covered by the bear suit) and therefore asks Chie and Yukiko if they have any clothes for him, much to the two girls' embarrassment. In the manga, this joke was reused, with Teddie's costume almost falling off. Another case was with Kanji losing his shorts at the beach, to which he covers himself in seaweed to recreate the Birth of Venus.

This title contains:

Sexy stuff
Adult Written byoverprotective dad September 25, 2019

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
Adult Written byRobert Graves August 6, 2019

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 contains:

Sexy stuff
Language
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Privacy & Safety
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bykayned1 May 15, 2018

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