Only 4 years have passed since game developer and publisher Atlus released it's fifth chronological installment to the Shin Megami Tensei series, Persona 4 for the PlayStation 2. Persona 4 was a major success, selling 193,000 copies within a week of its release in Japan, In North America Persona 4 remained the number one selling PlayStation 2 game on for two consecutive weeks. With excellent reviews and chart topping sales a Persona 4 remake for the PlayStation Vita would only seem necessary. On November 20th 2012 Atlus released Persona 4 Golden in North America offering two options for purchase. Retailing at $39.99 you could purchase the game itself, or for $69.99 Atlus offered a 10,000 limited quantity "Solid Gold Edition" box set which included the game, Vita face cover, hard pouch, Vita skin, and stickers. North American sales to date have not been released, but are expected to do well with preorder numbers reaching 114,000 copies. When Persona 4 Golden was released in Japan back in June 2012 it didn't take long for it to become the number one selling PlayStation Vita game in Japan selling 240,000 copies. Persona 4 Golden's gameplay is almost identical to the original, but includes some major bonuses the original didn't offer including… New cutscenes, new characters, new areas, new events, new Personas, tag teams attacks, & many more. The story revolves around the main character, a transfer student from the city sent to live in the small town of Inaba. Shortly after his arrival in Inaba a chain of unusual murders begin to occur and they seem to be tied into a rumor of "The Midnight Channel". Rumor has it that if you stare into the TV. screen at midnight on a rainy night you will see your "soul mate". It turns out the person shown on the midnight channel is not that of your soul mate, but infact the next to die. The main character teams up with a group of friends as they perform their own investigation into the string of murders by visiting a strange world within the television. Persona 4 Golden does a great job taking an RPG and making it something much more. Strategy becomes a key factor when attempting to rescue victims from the TV. world with a calendar based time clock limiting you to the amount of time you have to prepare your character & save the victim. Persona 4 Golden is a great game for new and old fans of the series and is a must have for any PlayStation Vita owner.


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