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Persona 4 Golden, also known as Persona 4: The Golden in Japan, is an enhanced port of PlayStation 2's Persona 4 that released for the PlayStation Vita and later Microsoft Windows. The Vita version is compatible with PlayStation TV. The port adds a variety of new content and convenience features to update the original game. Golden was adapted into an anime, Persona 4 The Golden Animation.

On June 13, 2020, the game was released on Steam for Microsoft Windows PCs. Due to timezone differences, this coincided with the 8th anniversary of Persona 4 Golden's Japanese release on June 14, 2012. Golden is the second Persona game to be ported by Atlus to Windows PCs after the Japan-exclusive PC port of Megami Ibunroku Persona, and the fourth Windows PC game ever released by Atlus, the first being Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku in 1999 and the third being Catherine Classic in 2019.

Gameplay ChangesEdit

  • Two new Social Links. Both Social Links are capable of unlocking new story content.
  • A new dungeon - If the protagonist maxes the Aeon Arcana social link before December 23rd, the Investigation Team will visit the new dungeon, the Hollow Forest, which must be cleared to unlock the new epilogue.
  • A new bad ending - If the protagonist discovers the true culprit near the end of the game, but decides not to tell his friends about them, on March 20, 2012, he is given the option to meet them and destroy the evidence of their crime, turning him into their accomplice. If he does so, the mystery of Inaba's murders will never be solved and the protagonist will leave Inaba with the true culprit getting away with everything they had done. The credits then roll with "Corridor" playing in the background.
  • New Difficulty levels have been added, similarly to Persona 3 Portable. On New Game+, the player can change and even customize the difficulty levels for individual game elements in the configuration menu. The pre-set levels of difficulty are:
    • Safety (Very Easy in NA Version)
    • Easy (Left untouched in NA Version, used to be called Beginner)
    • Normal
    • Hard (Left untouched in NA Version, used to be Expert)
    • Risky (Very Hard in NA Version)
  • Several new music tracks.
  • Additional voice-over dialogue.
  • Chie and Teddie have new voice actors in the English version.
  • New animated cutscenes.
  • More Personas, including new Ultimate Personas for the Investigation Team.
  • New areas can be visited, such as Shichiri Beach. Okina City, which was only seen during certain Social Link scenes, can now be accessible during the protagonist's Daily Life.
  • New events, such as a Halloween event and a skiing trip to a ski resort.
  • The protagonist can now explore Inaba in the evening when Dojima is not home. Places to visit are limited, just like Persona 3.
  • The protagonist and his friends now have motorized scooters to explore various areas.
  • Costumes are now available to buy at Croco Fur, in Okina City. Costumes have their own slot for equipment, and affects the Investigation Team's appearance, similar to Persona 3 FES and Persona 3 Portable. Costumes do not affect the party's stats.
  • New Garden and Bug Catching features.
  • A Trophy system has been added.
  • The ability to choose which skills can be inherited by the Persona the protagonist is fusing. (However, inheritance restriction still applies.)
  • The Vox Populi (Voice of the People) and SOS are new additions to the game, available while connected to the PlayStation Network.
    • The Vox Populi can be used to see what other players of Persona 4 Golden have chosen to do during the current day in the game. The feature is also available in the Velvet Room to see what Personas other players are currently fusing.
    • The SOS feature calls other online players for help in dungeons, allows you to send help to others, and is received as a gift of a minor amount of health and spirit.[1] The amount restored by the SOS is very little and isn't restricted by the current health status of your party.
  • New scene skipping function.
  • If the necessary criteria for at least the good ending are fulfilled, daily activities are expanded to February 14, 2012, giving more time for events and social links.
  • New epilogue has been added for the True Ending.
  • The list of Requests and the Fox' emas have been modified.
  • The flow of battle has been tweaked:
    • Some shadows/enemies had their elemental attributes or area spawn changed.
    • Shuffle Time has been revised.
    • Characters have been rebalanced.
    • Rise can now assist the Investigation Team in All-Out-Attacks.
    • Tag Team attacks: two members can team up to perform a united attack.
    • Cavalry Attacks: Attacks from members of the Investigation Team that are not currently in the party. These usually are a follow up to Weak/Critical attacks that down an additional enemy or two, allowing for an All-Out Attack.
    • Some spells have reduced usage cost (Megidolaon now only costs 38 SP and Morning Star costs 55 SP).
    • Spell buffs and debuffs can now be used on the same character to prolong the effect.
  • A new gallery menu has been added: "TV Listings." It displays bonus content unlocked through the main game at any time. Bonus content and the game itself are presented as television shows. The various shows are:
    • Song Battle 2012 - Various clips from Persona Music Live 2008 in Akasaka Blitz and Persona Music Live 2009 in Wei City Tokyo.
      • Persona Music Live 2008 in Akasaka Blitz includes "Pursuing My True Self," "Mass Destruction" and "Reach Out To The Truth."
      • Persona Music Live 2009 in Wei City Tokyo includes "P3 FES," "Deep Breath Deep Breath" and "Never More."
    • Mr. Edogawa's TV Classroom - Lectures on the various themes of the game and their relation to psychology.
    • Midnight Trivia Miracle Quiz - A Quiz show with questions regarding minor aspects of Inaba and the Shadow World. The character dialogue in this content is fully voiced.
    • Daily Personamations! - A hub for rewatching the game's animated cutscenes. Scenes are unlocked as they are encountered during play.
    • P4 Golden - The main game, this program serves as a link to return to the game.
    • Our Summer Vacation - Replays the events of the ending. This is unlocked after clearing the Story.
    • Giants of P - A series that shows Persona 4 concept art with commentary on each piece. Additional pieces of art are unlocked as the story progresses.
    • HEE! HEE! HOO! Music King - An in-game music player for listening to previously encountered music. Additional tracks are unlocked through playing the game.
    • Persona Hits - This series shows various Japanese television commercials and trailers for Persona on PSP, Persona 3 on PS2, Persona 3 Portable on PSP and Persona 4 on PS2.
    • What is P4 Arena? - Plays the P1 Grand Prix introduction video from the Persona 4 Arena story mode.
    • P4 the Animation! - A Japanese extended trailer for Persona 4 The Animation, this content has the original Japanese audio and does not contain subtitles.
    • The Midnight Channel - A Minigame accessible only when the PlayStation Vita's clock is at Midnight until 1:00 AM. It features Teddie covered by TV static and can be manipulated with the device's touchscreen. Teddie is fully voiced in this mode.
  • Floors and chests in dungeons can now reset by changing floors instead of leaving the dungeon and TV world, or visiting another dungeon.

Region Exclusive ContentEdit

The Japanese and Korean versions of the game feature interviews with twelve voice actors for main characters. Each character wearing television-like helmet repesenting their Japanese both voice actors & actress. This was cut in English version.

Steam VersionEdit

The Steam version of Persona 4 Golden is further improved from the Vita version.

Bug fixes
  • The glitch where the game may act up if the player restarts a battle too many times was fixed in the Steam version, and the player will have no problems restarting multiple times.
Graphics options
  • The game will run at up to 4K resolution with 60FPS+ as opposed to the Vita's 476p resolution and 30FPS target.
Language options
Difficulty settings

In the Steam version, the player may customize their difficulty setting at any time, in contrast to the Vita version only letting you do so on New Game Plus. The player may select a preset difficulty setting, or individually alter the following parameters:

  • Damage Taken: Damage dealt to a party member by any enemy. (Great, Normal, Small) The lower the value, the easier it is to survive.
  • Damage Given: Damage dealt by a party member to any enemy. (Great, Normal, Small) The higher the value, the faster foes are defeated.
  • EXP Won: Experience Points rewarded after each fight. (More, Normal, Less) The higher the value, the faster levels are gained.
  • Money Won: Yen rewarded after each fight. (More, Normal, Less) The higher the value, the easier it is to get rich.
  • Retries in Dungeons: Determines if the game allows a retry when the protagonist is knocked out within the Midnight Channel or sends them directly back to the title screen. (Use, Don't Use)
  • Retries in Battles: Determines if the game allows a retry when the protagonist is knocked out in a Boss fight or sends them directly back to the title screen. (Use, Don't Use)
Removed content

Some options in the game's gallery mode "TV Listings" have been removed due to obsolescence:

  • "Song Battle 2012"
  • "Persona Hits (Trailers for previous Persona games)"
  • "What is P4 Arena?"
  • "P4 the Animation!"
Other changes
  • The original ATLUS logo is updated to the current (in 2020) ATLUS logo.
  • The CRIWARE logo is replaced by the P-Studio logo.
  • The copyrights "©Index Corporation 1996, 2011 Produced by ATLUS" in the Japanese version and "©Index Corporation 1996, 2012 Produced by ATLUS" in the Western version are changed to "©ATLUS. ©SEGA. All rights reserved." This is emphasizes ATLUS' current (in 2020) parent company, SEGA.

GalleryEdit

Boxart & Promotional Art
 
P4Golden
Japanese Cover
 
P4g boxart USA
North American Cover
 
P4G-Steam-Digital-Deluxe-Edition
Steam Digital Deluxe Edition
 
P4GPoster
Promotional art
 
P4Gboxart
Box art
 
P4G Steam
The Steam Store Page icon
 
P4G Steam Release Wallpaper
Wallpaper
General Gallery
 
Shiroku hostess
Shiroku Pub
 
Persona golden 2
Marie's introduction
 
P4G-MarieSocialLink
Marie Social Link Event
 
P4GShichiriTako
Catching the Hachiro Octopus at Shichiri Beach
 
Yu cutscene P4G
Yu Cutscene in Persona 4 Golden. And Included in the Desktop Port.
 
P4GRideToShichiri
Bike riding to Shichiri Beach
 
Persona 4 Golden 4
The Investigation Team at Shichiri Beach
 
Persona 4 Golden 5
Yu, Yosuke and Teddie at Shichiri Beach
 
P4OkinaBikeEvent
Okina Bike Event
 
SSJunes2
Yosuke organising a Halloween event
 
P4GWinterNight
New Year cutscene
 
P4G New Animation
Hot spring cutscene
 
Persona 4 golden 21
Winter event with Nanako and Dojima
 
Persona 4 golden 11
Winter Vacation event
 
Persona 4 Golden 12
Winter Vacation event
 
Persona 4 golden 8
Winter Vacation event
 
Persona 4 golden 13
Winter vacation cutscene
 
Persona 4 golden 14
Winter vacation cutscene
 
P4 golden difficulty
Difficulty Select Screen
 
SSwithWi-Fi
Requesting Assistance Online
 
Persona 4 Golden 2
Costume changes - Yukiko's Maid Costume
 
Persona 4 Golden 9
Yosuke and Teddie team up
 
Persona 4 golden 10
Chie and Yukiko team up
 
Persona 4 golden 18
Kanji and Naoto team up
 
Persona golden 3
Bike Skill in Battle
 
SSBattle
Rise joins an All-Out Attack
 
Persona 4 golden 25
Midnight Trivia Miracle Quiz
 
Persona 4 golden 26
Midnight Trivia Miracle Quiz
Character Gallery
 
P4G-YukikoSplash
Yukiko splash
 
P4G-YukikoSprite
Yukiko concept sprite
 
P4G-YosukeSplash
Yosuke splash
 
P4G-YosukeSprite
Yosuke concept sprite
 
P4G-YuSplash
Protagonist splash
 
P4G-YuSprite
Protagonist concept sprite
 
P4G-ChieSplash
Chie splash
 
P4G-ChieSprite
Chie concept sprite
 
P4G-TeddieSplash
Teddie splash
 
P4G-TeddieSprite
Teddie concept sprite
 
P4G-KanjiSplash
Kanji splash
 
P4G-KanjiSprite
Kanji concept sprite
 
P4G-RiseSplash
Rise splash
 
P4G-RiseSprite
Rise concept sprite
 
P4G-NaotoSplash
Naoto splash
 
P4G-NaotoSprite
Naoto concept sprite
 
P4G-MarieSplash
Marie splash

VideosEdit

Persona 4 Golden - Shadow World

Persona 4 Golden - Shadow World

Persona 4 Golden - Steam Launch Trailer PC-1

Persona 4 Golden - Steam Launch Trailer PC-1

In Other LanguagesEdit

LanguageTitle
Flag of the United States English Persona 4 Golden
Flag of Japan Japanese ペルソナ4 ザ・ゴールデン (Perusona 4 Za Gōruden)
Flag of South Korea Korean 페르소나 4 더 골든 (Pereusona 4 Deo Goldeun)
Flag of Hong KongFlag of the Republic of China Traditional Chinese 女神異聞錄4黃金版 (Nǚshén yìwén lù 4 huángjīn bǎn)

ReferencesEdit

  1. A Graphic of Overall Persona Series Physical Game Sales in Japan for February 2020 Persona Central (Reggie, February 26, 2020)

External linksEdit


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