When Persona 3 released in 2006, shortly before PS3 took over from PS2, everyone expected--they knew--that the next Persona game would be a lovely, new generation title. Demon hunting on a 7th gen console. Glorious. Oh, wait, it’s coming out on PS2? In 2008! Really? Oh, you live in Europe? Better wait until 2009 then… Despite all this, Persona 4 is looked on fondly by series fans as one of the best Shin Megami Tensei games ever.
While Persona 3 was the game that pushed the series furthest forward, this fourth instalment just did everything so well. Visually, it had no right to be running on PS2, and the soundtrack perfectly suited the mood and feel of the action. The fish-out-of-water characters struck a chord with many fans too, which is perhaps the best explanation for the game’s enduring appeal.