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REVIEW: It’s Persona 4 Golden

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Persona 4 Golden, to be quite honest, is the best role playing game I’ve played in a long time.  I sunk a good 100 hours into the original Playstation 2 incarnation, not knowing quite what it was I was doing, muddled my way through it and came out the other side a better person.  Thus birthed my Persona interest and moving swiftly in reverse, sprung Persona 3 FES out of its seal and began to sink maybe close to 150 hours into that as well.

Now I don’t know about you, but I have found it difficult to re-ignite that original spark you get from playing a RPG for the first time.  I look at great games sat on my shelf that I’ve already beaten and think…..can’t play that again, or if I do, I lose interest relatively quickly because there isn’t that carrot on a stick story telling to keep me interested because I know full well what will happen.  Now.  I know full well what happens in say Final Fantasy VII and yet this game never seems to age.  Persona 4 Golden, has exactly the same feeling.

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NEWS: Persona 4 Arena

 

The news broke today that Persona 4 Arena will be delayed until roughly sometime in the future.  To be clear, it’s not soon.  The vague forecast is now early 2013 which has angered Persona and Zen United fans the world, just Europe.

Criticism of the title first peaked when Atlus revealed that this would be one of the only games to be region locked on the Playstation 3.  Forcing people to buy the game in their native regions citing that exchange rates between the Japanese Yen and the American Dollar would significantly impact the game’s success should it be imported.  Even though this title would be region locked, Atlus made it clear that this was something they would not be looking to do on a regular basis.

In theory the European version was expected to drop between September and November but now it has been confirmed that the game has slipped until 2013, date pending.

Zen United who are looking to publish Persona 4 Arena in Europe  have offered up a FAQ highlighting some of the steps publishers have to go through before they can release a game in a given territory to try and keep fan backlash to minimum although after today’s news, it seems that damage limitation might be a better option from here on out.

The main argument is that by the time the European version is rolled out, online play will be almost non existent as the rest of the world will have moved on to something new and no one will care anymore.

I myself can understand the frustration but remain on the fence about it all.  I guess that’s £30 still in my bank account until next year right?

If you can’t wait for your Persona fix go buy yourself a Vita and pick up Persona 4 Golden as that will be shipping from the end of the month!