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Persona 4 Golden announced for North America

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Atlus announced today that it is planning to publish a re-release of the highly lauded JRPG, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 on the PlayStation Vita. With a current Metacritic rating of 90 (and what's infinitely more important, a 9/10 from GR) Persona 4 was one of the best JRPGs to be released in ages, and Persona 4 Golden will add even more content.

"The visuals have been beautifully remastered to take advantage of the PS Vita's crisp, vibrant 5" OLED display," reads the press release sent to us by Atlus. "The game's aural presentation is better than ever, with 1.5 times the voiced dialogue of the original release."

The remake also boasts new personas to collect, a new character, several new cutscenes, new story events and an "online rescue feature" which allows you to call on other players to help you when you're near death in the TV world.

It's worth mentioning though that additional features may not necessarily be a good thing. In our 2008 review, Henry Gilbert noted that heavy exposition and an overflow of content made it difficult to ever finish. So new cutscenes and story events could oddly be a negative. That's not likely to perturb you if you're a JRPG fan though.

Atlus hasn't yet announced the specific release date, but it's currently slated to come out sometime in the fall.

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7 comments

  • Clovin64 - May 2, 2012 2:40 p.m.

    Currently the only Vita game I'm interested in. I loved Persona 3 Portable when I played it earlier this year, but I never played Persona 4 (not sure it was released in Europe?), so I'll be going into this one blind.
  • pr0tostar - May 2, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    This would sell waaay better if they just added the new content and put it up on psn for ps3/vita/psp as P3FES was recently. Crisp Vita visuals my ass. Great game, but I'm still GOLDEN with the original. Bring on P4Arena.
  • Canvas_Of_Flesh - May 2, 2012 1:12 p.m.

    Completely agree. I'd much rather play this on my PS3.
  • Cyberninja - May 2, 2012 3 p.m.

    Ps2 games are only available on ps3 not psp/vita, so its just better to remake it for vita
  • Corsair89 - May 2, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    Persona 4 is one of my all time favorite games. This game is one of the main reasons I bought my Vita. As for more content, bring it on!
  • FirLocke - May 2, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    Nice! This would be one of the biggest reasons to own a vita, for me. Even then, I'd have to import this one. I definitely would though. "It's worth mentioning though that additional features may not necessarily be a good thing. In our 2008 review, Henry Gilbert noted that heavy exposition and an overflow of content made it difficult to ever finish." Erm, that's replay value right there.
  • ChiChiRocket - May 2, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    *sigh* I REALLY don't want to buy a Vita for just one game...

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