CSM has gone too far! This game should not be 18+.
Come on, CSM, you don't have to rate every M game 18+! I guess I have to tell you the truth and set things right. Let us start with the completely unreasonable 4/5 for violence. Persona 4: Golden has the violence of an E10+ game. If you don't want your kid to witness Final Fantasy-style turn-based battles, then this game is not for you. There is sometimes blood on the floors of the arenas you fight in, but it is not a big deal. I am giving violence a 2/5. The swearing is what you would find in a T-rated game. In other words, cursing is not a problem, getting a 3/5 from me. However, P4G does not shy away from sexual content. Some of the personas, which are creatures you fight with (think Pokemon) wear skimpy clothing. None of the personas are completely topless, something CSM failed to clarify. These scantily clad personas are more like art museum nudity, and not porn nudity. There is sexual banter among the investigation team (the batch of main characters) but this is PG13 stuff. The biggest issues with sex in P4G are in Mara, a persona with the appearance of a male genitalia riding a chariot, and a boss fight with a colorful pole-dancing persona (I'm not kidding) who dances in a manner that young children should not witness (she rocks the pole very well, though). This persona talks about "bearing it all" and other stuff like that. One of the characters is homosexual and talks suggestively to boys with words like "pussycat" in a bathhouse. Sex is the biggest issue in Persona 4: Golden and deserves the 4/5 that CSM gave it. Alcohol is also a 4/5 for the same reasons as in the CSM review. Characters are visibly drunk and slur their words. In conclusion, Persona 4: Golden is not an edgy game. In fact, in my 60 hour play through I racked my brain on why the game is M. P4G plays almost exactly like a T game, which explains why it got the equivalent of 13+ in Japan and the UK. I'm convinced that the CSM reviewer of video games is different to that of movie reviews, and shows bias to games with the M rating. As long as your child can handle alcohol and personas shaped like penises or dancing on poles, 12+ should be fine. What did you think? Did my review of Persona 4: Golden "help you decide", "have useful details", or "read your mind"? If so, please give each of the choices below a good clicking (not the flagging choice, of course). Goodbye and thank you for reading my review!
This title contains:
Positive role models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking