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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Persona 4

Persona 4 is a role-playing video game developed and published by Atlus for the Sony Playstation 2. It is the fifth installment in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona Series and compared to its predecessors, it has a weather forecast system instead of the moon phase system which the old games used.

Compared to the previous Persona games, the events of Persona 4 takes place in the fictional countryside of Inaba. The player takes control of a high-school student who moved to Inaba from the city for a year. While in Inaba, he gets involved in investigating the mysterious murders taking place the whole year round. At the same time, he realizes his power to be able to summon another aspect of his character referred in the game as a Persona. As the game progress, the player meets new allies who can also harness the power of their Personas.
Combat takes place within the “TV World”, an alternate world where the missing persons get thrown to. Here, players encounter creatures referred in the game as “Shadows” as they search for the whereabouts of the missing person in the dungeons wphohich are divided into floors. The game changes into the battle screen whenever the player gets in contact with a shadow in the field map. The game features a turn-based battle system where each character can attack, use a special skill, or use an item.

Overall, the game is entertaining and in fact, it has spawned merchandise such as action figures, toys, clothes. Persona 4 has even an anime where the characters reprise their roles.