Video Game Review: High School as a game

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James Luna, Staff Writer

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Persona 4 Golden is a Role-Playing Game (RPG) developed and published by Atlus in Japan and North America, while published by NIS America in the European Union. It was released to the public on June 14, 2012 in Japan, November 20, 2012 in North America, and February 22, 2013 in Europe.

The main storyline follows your player character who gets caught up within murder cases. An urban legend called the Midnight Channel supposedly showcases one’s soul mate, when viewed. Your character discovers an alternate world that exists within the TVs. He unlocks the power of the Persona, a representation of the facade people use to get through life. With this knowledge, it is discovered the murderer throws the people into the TV world so that no evidence remains. As the only people who can travel between the two worlds, the main cast saves the victims and investigates the murder case, in order to catch the killer.

Within the game, you play as a high-school student. Unique to the Persona series, you must manage your school life and detective life; failing one will cause a failure for the other. Spending time with other characters deepens your relationship with them, making both them and your character stronger. In addition, clubs also offer benefits if you join, but they also take time out of your detective life. Over the course of the game, you save the victims who, in turn, usually join the main cast. Forging friendships with these characters are essential to winning the game.

The gameplay mechanic of your relationships with the characters are called Social Links. It is fairly realistic; some dialogue choices will progress your relationship, while some may end it, regardless of what terms you were on. If you rank up a social link with a girl your age in game, special dialogue options appear where you can enter a relationship with her. Doing so will give benefits to the main character. You can also date multiple girls at once, but should they discover it, negative repercussions will follow.

For the actual gameplay, the main battle system takes place in a dungeon. When a person enters the TV world, their surroundings form based on the feelings that person has on the inside. You traverse the dungeon with a party of your choice. To complete a dungeon and rescue the victim, you must reach the end of the dungeon and defeat the boss. It’s more complicated than this however; on certain days, school tests will stop you from entering the TV worlds. There is also a time limit, if you do not successfully rescue them before the fog rolls in, the game ends.

This game is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. The social aspects introduced increase the depth of the game and characters are allowed to flourish and seem real. A robust and demanding dual life system forces you to accept compromise to complete your goals, Each choice in this game affects your standing with other characters. On rare free time, you’re free to meet up with friends or eat at certain locations to boost your stats. The battle system is relatively simple, with enemy weaknesses and strengths, but is complicated enough to require strategy in how you approach enemies.

At school, your academic performance will determine what the other students think of you, like popularity and what not. In game, you have to take semester finals and, just like the real life equivalent, you must answer questions about what your teachers taught you in class, meaning that you also have to act like a student. Features such as gaining a motorcycle license allow you to travel to other locations like a beach, Ski resort, or an actual city. It focuses on the various insecurities people have throughout their life, and how it changes the way each of them sees the world.

Persona 4 Golden is available exclusively on the PS Vita, available both digitally and physically for $20. While the original version of the game is available physically on the Playstation 2. Two anime adaptations were created, one for the original game, another for the Golden remake. Persona 4 and Persona 4 Golden have been hailed as some of the greatest game to have ever been made by numerous websites and critics. The other Persona games, minus 1 and 2, have also received similar praise due to their blend of living two lives.

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