Thero’s Gaming A-Z: P.

Today, I am resuming my Gaming A-Z posts! Seriously, I do want to finish the series by the end of the year, which is achievable… providing I actually focus on getting these posts out. So, without any further delay, here is my pick for the letter P!

This one will probably not come as much of a surprise to some of you but for this post I chose the JRPG, Persona 4. Whilst Persona 4 was originally released on the Playstation 2, it was the PS Vita version, Persona 4 Golden, that introduced me to the Persona series. In fact, it was actually the game that persuaded me to buy a Vita and it definitely lived up to its reputation as a ‘systems seller’!

In Persona 4, you take on the role of a high school student, Yu Narukami, who is temporarily living with his uncle and cousin in the town of Inaba. Despite only just arriving to the town, you end up getting caught up in the current mystery in INaba which involves murders, disappearances and a mysterious TV channel that only appears at midnight on rainy nights…

When I first played Persona 4, I fell in love with the story, as it felt a little different to the other JRPGs I had played. In the game, you aren’t trying to save the world, instead you are following a group of high school students who get caught up in what is going on when they try to investigate a local urban legend. The premise may not seem epic on the surface but as you progress through the game, you realise there is so much more going on. I also really love how the game explores each characters’ personality and inner turmoil.

As for the gameplay, Persona 4 has the typical turn based combat that most JRPGs choose. Each character can summon Personas, which are aspects of their personalities. There are also elemental weaknesses that you can use to your advantage in combat. Persona 4’s combat does not revoluntise the turn based combat but it does do it very well, making it a case of it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Aside from combat, you have to manage your time as a high school student: attending classes, signing up for extra curricular activities and having a part time job. There are even tests that you have to take! I actually really enjoyed the fact you have to juggle your student life with your nighttime explorations and fights, as it adds a little bit of realism to the game.

Overall, Persona 4 is a solid JRPG and is one I often recommend to people to play, especially if they are a little intimidated by the Final Fantasy games more convoluted plots and themes. Persona 4 may not bring anything new to the genre but it is a fantastic example of a great JRPG game.

OK, that was my pick for the letter P, but there are a lot of games out there to choose from, so I pass the question to you guys: which game would you choose? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll talk to you soon!

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