Get Into Persona 4 This Holiday Season

Persona 4: Golden is one of the highest-praised role-playing games out there right now, and it’s a massive fan favorite that’s still being discussed, seeing new gaming spinoffs produced from, and delighting new players across the world. It even has its own slick anime adaptation that follows the story down to the letter to add another dimension for content-hungry gamers and Persona addicts to devour.

But have you ever actually sat down and played through the game? If not, you're missing out. Pick up a copy for some fun over the holidays and join the millions around the world who already know all about what's up with Persona and the Shin Megami Tensei series. 

The game follows protagonist Yu Narukami, or the default name the protagonist has that's canon, as he moves to the rural town of Inaba to live with both his uncle Dojima and cousin Nanako for a year since his parents have been working abroad. Shortly after the move, a murder occurs. Amidst the chaos, Yu gets cozy with fellow students Chie, Yosuke, and Yukiko, who surmise that the murder, and the others that end up following it, might have been a crime of passion. Like most Persona stories, there’s always more than meets the eye.

If you’ve watched the anime, played the game, and read the manga, you can delve into several other excursions into the Persona 4 universe.

Most notably, you can check out the latest addition to the bunch, Persona 4: Dancing All Night. The Persona 4 Investigation Team suits up for some very serious business: dancing their hearts out to defeat Shadows during an idol concert that’s very quickly turned into a life or death situation.

For those who aren’t interested in rhythm games or visual novel-styled play, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is a pleasing amalgam of first-person dungeon exploration and role-playing elements that injects just enough humor to keep things fresh.

If you’ve been hankering for more Persona fun ever since the conclusion of Persona 4: Golden, this is your next big thing.

But that’s still not all - you’ve got Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, bringing up the rear. The original Persona 4 Arena was a fast and furious onslaught of everything we love about the world of Persona, distilled into one ridiculously fun fighter. The complexities of JRPGs flowed seamlessly into that of Arc System Works' unique fighting style, and created a title that blended the best of both worlds. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax was released with augments to enormous fan response and menagerie of additions that were added in for good measure. The result is a mishmash of color, over-the-top, ridiculously stylish attacks, and fan service for fans of both Persona 3 and Persona 4.

Think the end of Persona 4 Golden or its accompanying anime series is the end of the line? Go check out all three of these games for a glimpse into what else is out there, and then dig into the prolific series past of Shin Megami Tensei!