The name Persona is well known to role-playing aficionados. And if you're in that crowd and you've also got a PlayStation Vita, we've got a date to circle on your calendar.
As announced over at the PlayStation Blog , Persona 4 Golden will go portable on November 20. This is the ultimate version of the award-winning Persona 4 , and the list of upgrades and additions is as follows; this is really a robust list:
— You can now sneak out at night when your uncle Dojima is out at work (which is frequent, as he’s a veteran police detective). Every conversation and event discovered during this time – heck, even the music that plays – is all new. Moreover, many areas, like Shiroku store in the shopping district, serve a different purpose after dark.
— You can get night jobs, on top of the clubs you might join after school, that allow you to further advance your character (not to mention roam the city at night without having to hope your uncle is out).
— The game now offers a Very Easy and Very Hard difficulty option (in addition to the existing Easy, Normal, and Hard settings).
— You can now easily speed through cutscenes and lengthy exchanges (maybe it’s your umpteenth playthrough?) by holding the Triangle button or by double tapping Start.
— Load times are ridiculously fast. Almost every load is approximately 3 seconds or less, whether PS Vita game card or PSN download.
— The fishing mini-game has been expanded to include new fish, many of which are exclusive to the evening, providing yet another layer of addiction and depth.
You know, even though Sony is obviously coming with some heavy hitters in the form of recognizable franchises, I still say the Vita needs to boast some niche experiences that are getting harder and harder to find on consoles. And that most certainly includes JRPGs. Therefore, I really think we need to see more of this…it's still coming for the PSP, by the way; remember Final Fantasy III ? That's the kind of thing I'm talking about.
Related Game(s): Persona 4 Golden