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. Despite the timezone differences, the release 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 Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 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 difficulty can be changed and even customized 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 Content[edit | edit source]

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

Steam Version[edit | edit source]

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 difficulty setting can be customized at any time, in contrast to the Vita version only allowing to be done so on New Game Plus. A preset difficulty setting can be chosen, 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 items 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!"
Logo 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.
Patches

In addition to the above changes, the Steam version of the game also received post-launch support in the form of a dedicated bug fix patch. For more information, see List of Patches and Updates.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Boxart & Promotional Art
 
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Japanese Cover
 
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North American Cover
 
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Steam Digital Deluxe Edition
 
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Promotional art
 
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Box art
 
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The Steam Store Page icon
 
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Wallpaper for Steam release
 
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Shigenori Soejima’s artwork on congratulating 500,000 players for the PC version of Persona 4 Golden.
 
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Box art (2)
General Gallery
 
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Shiroku Pub
 
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Marie's introduction
 
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Marie Social Link Event
 
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Catching the Hachiro Octopus at Shichiri Beach
 
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Yu Cutscene in Persona 4 Golden. And Included in the Desktop Port.
 
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Bike riding to Shichiri Beach
 
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The Investigation Team at Shichiri Beach
 
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Yu, Yosuke and Teddie at Shichiri Beach
 
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Okina Bike Event
 
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Yosuke organising a Halloween event
 
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New Year cutscene
 
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Hot spring cutscene
 
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Winter event with Nanako and Dojima
 
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Winter Vacation event
 
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Winter Vacation event
 
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Winter Vacation event
 
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Winter vacation cutscene
 
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Winter vacation cutscene
 
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Difficulty Select Screen
 
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Requesting Assistance Online
 
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Costume changes - Yukiko's Maid Costume
 
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Yosuke and Teddie team up
 
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Chie and Yukiko team up
 
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Kanji and Naoto team up
 
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Bike Skill in Battle
 
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Rise joins an All-Out Attack
 
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Midnight Trivia Miracle Quiz
 
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Midnight Trivia Miracle Quiz
Character Gallery
 
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Yukiko splash
 
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Yukiko concept sprite
 
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Yosuke splash
 
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Yosuke concept sprite
 
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Protagonist splash
 
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Protagonist concept sprite
 
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Chie splash
 
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Chie concept sprite
 
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Teddie splash
 
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Teddie concept sprite
 
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Kanji splash
 
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Kanji concept sprite
 
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Rise splash
 
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Rise concept sprite
 
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Naoto splash
 
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Naoto concept sprite
 
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Marie splash
Steam Profile Items
 
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Level 1 Badge - Shiroku Store
 
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Level 2 Badge - Inspiration
 
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Level 3 Badge - Yasogami High School
 
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Level 4 Badge - Velvet Room
 
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Level 5 Badge - Midnight Channel
 
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Level 1 Foil Badge - Hero
 
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Hero and Izanagi (Rare)
 
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Yosuke Hanamura and Jiraiya (Common)
 
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Chie Satonaka and Tomoe (Common)
 
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Yukiko Amagi and Konohana Sakuya (Common)
 
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Kanji Tatsumi and Take-Mikazuchi (Uncommon)
 
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Rise Kujikawa and Himiko (Uncommon)
 
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Teddie and Kintoki-Douji (Uncommon)
 
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Naoto Shirogane and Sukuna-Hikona (Uncommon)
 
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:p4g_sweat: (Yosuke, Uncommon)
 
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:p4g_singing: (Chie, Uncommon)
 
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:p4g_singing: 18x18 (Chie, Uncommon)
 
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:p4g_confused: (Yukiko, Uncommon)
 
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:p4g_confused: 18x18 (Yukiko, Uncommon)
 
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:p4g_frown: (Kanji, Common)
 
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:p4g_frown: 18x18 (Kanji, Common)
 
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:p4g_love: (Rise, Common)
 
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:p4g_love: 18x18 (Rise, Common)
 
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:p4g_smiling: (Teddie, Common)
 
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:p4g_smiling: 18x18 (Teddie, Common)
 
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:p4g_idea: (Naoto, Common)
 
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:p4g_idea: 18x18 (Naoto, Common)

Videos[edit | edit source]

In Other Languages[edit | edit source]

Language Title
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.svg Traditional Chinese 女神異聞錄4黃金版 (Nǚshén yìwén lù 4 huángjīn bǎn)

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Characters
Playable Protagonist - Yosuke Hanamura - Chie Satonaka - Yukiko Amagi - Kanji Tatsumi - Rise Kujikawa - Teddie - Naoto Shirogane
Social Link Margaret - Nanako Dojima - Ryotaro Dojima - Naoki Konishi - Kou Ichijo - Daisuke Nagase - Hisano Kuroda - Sayoko Uehara - Yumi Ozawa - Ayane Matsunaga - Ai Ebihara - Fox - Shu Nakajima - Eri Minami - Marie - Tohru Adachi
Major Igor - Mayumi Yamano - Misuzu Hiiragi - Saki Konishi - Mitsuo Kubo - Hanako Ohtani - Kinshiro Morooka - Noriko Kashiwagi - Taro Namatame - Old Lady Shiroku - Master Daidara - Minoru Inoue - Yuuta Minami - Kaneko - Aika Nakamura - President Tanaka - Chihiro Fushimi - Mr. Edogawa - Kanami Mashita - Moel Gas Station Attendant
Major enemies Shadow Yosuke - Shadow Chie - Shadow Yukiko - Shadow Kanji - Shadow Rise - Shadow Teddie - Shadow Mitsuo - Shadow Naoto - Kunino-sagiri - Ameno-sagiri - Kusumi-no-Okami - Izanami
Locations
Inaba Central Shopping District - Dojima Residence - Junes Department Store - Samegawa Flood Plain - Velvet Room - Yasogami High School
Midnight Channel Twisted Shopping District - Yukiko's Castle - Steamy Bathhouse - Marukyu Striptease - Void Quest - Secret Laboratory - Heaven - Magatsu Inaba - Hollow Forest - Yomotsu Hirasaka
Other Okina City - Shichiri Beach - Midnight Trivia Miracle Quiz - Tatsumi Port Island (Gekkoukan High School - Club Escapade - Iwatodai Station)
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 4 / Golden) - Never More -Reincarnation- - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Studio Backlot/Backside of the TV" - "Heartbeat, Heartbreak" - "Heaven" - "Never More" - "Pursuing My True Self" - "Aria of the Soul" - "Reach Out To The Truth" - "I'll Face Myself" - "Signs of Love" - "Someone Else's Man" - "Your Affection" - "P3 FES" - "Sky's The Limit" - "Beauty of Destiny" - "True Story" - "Key Plus Words" - "The Way of Memories" - "True Feelings" - "Shadow World" - "Time To Make History" - "SNOWFLAKES" - "We Are One and All" - "Time For True Revelation" - "Falling into Right Places" - "Alone in this World" - "Koisuru Meitantei" - "Dazzling Smile" - "Ying Yang" - "Ain't Nobody Can Hold Me Down" - "Just Like The Wind"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Ultimate) - Persona User - Glasses - Fog - Shadow - Shadow Self - Party - Tactics - All-Out Attack - Shuffle Time - Arcana Chance - Fusion Forecast - Weather Forecast - Investigation Team - Mystery Food X - Phoenix Ranger Featherman R - Daily Life - Fishing - Shrine - Books - Part Time Jobs
Lists Arcana - Personas - Shadows - Skills - Items - Requests - Status Changes - Tanaka's Amazing Commodities - Activities - Calendar - Golden Trophies - The Animation / Golden Animation Episodes - Patches and Updates
Other Media
Games Golden - Arena - Arena Ultimax - Dancing All Night
Productions The Animation / -The Factor of Hope- / The Golden Animation - Visualive / the Evolution
Publications Manga - The Magician - Kiri no Amnesia - Your Affection - Persona x Detective Naoto
Mobile Games The Card Battle - Colors - Persona 4: The Slot - Persona 4 the Pachinko
Events Music Live 2008 - Music Live 2009 - Music Tour 2010 - Music Live 2012 - Music Fes 2013 - Music Box 2014 - Super Live 2015 - Livehouse Tour 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019
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Megami Tensei Megami Tensei (Telenet) - Megami Tensei (Atlus) - II - Kyūyaku
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Messiah Riser - Puzzle de Call! - Appli de Call! - Devil Children Mobile
Digital Devil Saga Avatar Tuner - 2 - A's TEST Server
Devil Survivor Devil Survivor (Overclocked) - 2 (Record Breaker) / The Extra World
Jack Series Jack Bros. - Demonic Help Party
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Anime Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei - Tokyo Revelation - Persona -trinity soul- - Persona 3 The Movie - Persona 4 The Animation / -The Factor of Hope- / The Golden Animation - Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers - Persona 5 The Animation - DeviChil - Devil Children: Light & Dark - Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
Manga Shin Megami Tensei: Tokyo Revelation - if... / Kahn - IV: DEMONIC GENE / -Prayers- - Gaiten: Hato no Senki - EDEN - CG Senki: Dante no Mon - Majin Tensei - Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Lone Marebito - Megami Ibunroku Persona - Persona: Tsumi to Batsu - Persona 3 - Persona 4 / Arena - Persona Q: -Roundabout- - Persona 5 - Persona Q2: Roundabout Special - Devil Children / Light & Dark - Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner: Shinen no Matou - Devil Survivor - 2: -Show Your Free Will- / The Animation Manga
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