Persona 4 The Golden

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It's officially Spring, which is my most hated season - Spring doesn't know whether to be hot, cold, wet or dry, so it's perpetually windy while it makes up its mind. Today was one of the wet and windy days, which frankly left me feeling in need of some comfort food.

Persona 4: Golden review

Persona 4: Golden review

Teenage kicks.

This import review of the North American edition of Persona 4: Golden originally appeared in December last year. We present it again now to mark the game's launch in Europe this week.

Ostensibly, Persona 4 is a game about a group of teenagers living in extraordinary circumstances. Not that the rural Japanese town of Inaba - the community into which your character disembarks at the start of the game, having fled Tokyo's smog and commotion to stay with his detective uncle and young cousin - is particularly unusual.

Eccentrics reside here, of course: the comely shop owner who turns her premises into a hostess bar in the evenings; the hunch-backed, bespectacled teacher in a state of permanent suspicion of his male students and their imagined girl-scouting during after-school clubs; the uncle himself, a haggard workaholic who lets the television set raise his young daughter in his daily absence. But otherwise, this is a town of uninterrupted routine, its inhabitants living much the same year 60 times over before passing away in uneventful sleep.

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Persona 4 Golden set for "spring" in Europe

Tentatively slated for February, which is totally not spring.

Persona 4 Golden - the Vita version of turn-based RPG/high school sim Persona 4 - is coming to Europe this spring, publisher NIS America has announced.

Persona 4: Golden release date set for November in NA, spring in EU

Persona 4: Golden release date set for November in NA, spring in EU

Not region-locked. You can now explore the town at night.

Persona 4: Golden - the enhanced Vita version of 2008's cult-favourite dungeon-crawling RPG/high school sim - is coming to North America on 20th November, publisher Atlus has announced on the US PlayStation Blog.

Furthermore, it won't be region-locked. So import away!

But if you don't fancy paying import fees or reading words with fewer "u"s, you'll be delighted to hear that NIS America is bringing it to Europe next spring.

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Japan chart: Persona 4 revives Vita sales

Japan chart: Persona 4 revives Vita sales

Plus, top 3 debut for Lollipop Chainsaw.

The Vita saw its highest weekly Japanese sales total in months last week, off the back of Persona 4: The Golden's launch.

Sony's system sold 34,459 units, up from 13,383 last week, thanks in no small part to Persona 4 entering the software chart at number one, moving 137,076 in its first week.

Although Vita passed PlayStation 3 to take second place, it's still a long way off catching 3DS, which sold 61,793 units over the same period.

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Sony announces new PS Vita games for Japan

Sony announces new PS Vita games for Japan

Confirms Mega Man creator's new Vita project.

Sony has announced a raft of new PS Vita games for launch in Japan.

Among them are Phantasy Star Online 2 and Persona 4 The Golden.

Phantasy Star Online 2 was previously a PC exclusive. According to Andriasang, series producer Sakai Satoshi said the PC and Vita versions will be played on the same server, and you'll be able to play the same character on both versions.

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