Persona 4 coming to PS3 via PS2 Classics
posted on 04.01.14 at 01:34 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Persona 3 won't be so lonely on your HDD anymore.

Persona 4

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 is coming to PlayStation 3 via PS2 Classics on PlayStation Network, an ESRB rating reveals.

Atlus is also releasing Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army on the PlayStation Network during today’s PlayStation Store update.

Find Persona 4‘s ESRB description below.

This is a role-playing game in which players control a high school student who enters a mystical ‘TV World, ‘ saves lost souls who are trapped on the ‘Midnight Channel,’ and establishes bonds with town characters in order to develop ‘Personas.’ Personas, which are summoned through the use of tarot cards, are creatures that can perform special offensive and defensive moves to aid during battles against monsters. Combat is turn-based with numeric values and light effects indicating attack/damage inflicted. Pixilated blood spray is briefly depicted during battles, and colored bloodstains stain some walls and floors. Some female monsters (female Persona) are depicted with their breasts exposed, while other monsters have phallic-shaped heads and torsos. Other female Personas (e.g., ‘Succubus’) have sexual characteristics that are described in text: ‘They visit sleeping men and have sexual intercourse with them.’ Story elements also make references to alcohol, including a long scene in which the main characters hang out in a club and play ‘drinking games.’ Although alcohol is never consumed, the characters display the telltale signs of intoxication: slurred speech, staggered walking, and red faces. Profanity (e.g., sh*t, a*shole) can be heard in the dialogue.

Thanks, NeoGAF.

  • Elvick

    Golden is betta~

    But nice for those without a Vita… (how sad that must be)

    • 罪罰
      • Eder García

        what an answer

        • 罪罰

          where’s the arguments!?
          wh- ahh! where my arguments!

          ohh uhh ohh ahh ohh
          huhh
          alight i can’t breath

  • 罪罰

    Cool for those who haven’t played it.

  • BossTuff

    I would triple dip.

  • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

    Well that is… nice…? I guess.

  • MrFinalgamer

    Yet there’s still no damn Nocturne…
    Won’t be buying this, still own my original Ps2 copy, and golden…

    • kurosan9712

      Nocturne has a lot of compatibility problems with PS3(even BC ones), so I doubt it’ll happen.
      Well, maybe Sony actually can fix all those, but will they?

      • MrFinalgamer

        Well that makes me very sad =(
        So, how bad are the problems? are we talking Re:COM bad, or worse?

        • kurosan9712

          Well, flickering, FPS drops(occasional), freezes at some points, bad graphics, that’s pretty much what I remember about SMT3 on PS3.

          • MrFinalgamer

            Damn, i guess i do need a proper PS2 to replay that, huh? XD

            I thought the game wouldn’t advance after a while, like in COM (that seriously pissed me off).

            Is that the only SMT game that has those problems? For example, are the DDS games okay???

            • kurosan9712

              No, I think DDS(either one of them, or both) didn’t work at all, but I don’t really remember about them.
              It was either no compatibility at all, or they’ve had similar problems to SMT3.

  • Revorse

    Please don’t lie to me… I’m begging you..

  • pixxxelz

    They need to bring nocturne and digital devil saga 1 and 2 as well

  • Quiet Gear Soild

    April fools? Better not. I wants all shin megami tensei series as PS2 classics

  • PrinceHeir

    Meh weak choice.

    Already have Golden what’s the point of this? plus the PS2 version is still cheap and can be bought on amazon with full case and manual all in brand new edition.

    Should have gone and localize Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Maniax Chronicle Edition that replaces Dante with Raidou.

    http://img.gamefaqs.net/box/4/0/4/102404_front.jpg

    That would have been a unique experience.

    As usual Atlus US makes the dumb choices most of the times.

    • MrFinalgamer

      Don’t forget the lack of P2 Eternal Punishment PSP =(
      I WANT THAT EXTRA CONTENT ATLUS!

      • Samsara09

        yeah,you put P2 part 1 and not P2 part 2.Quite weird.Wasn’t eternal punishment localized for whatever console it got released? I don’t think it is complicated to put a game on the PSN,or is it?

        • MrFinalgamer

          Yeah we did get Eternal Punishment back on the PSOne (my first Persona, and SMT game =3), but PSP has extra content written by the same guy, so why wouldn’t i want the extra content for my favorite story on the series? =D

        • 罪罰

          It is on PSN

      • PrinceHeir

        You know that would have been a better choice to be honest.

        Heck Xseed is bringing Trails 2 PSP fucking version in this day and age. And that game has tons of text compared to P2P(not sure how long is the new content, but it wouldn’t be that much tbh)

        It blows my mind on why these people keep handling Atlus JPN games on the west. Should have let others do the job much better like NIS, Xseed or even Aksys games.

        • MrFinalgamer

          If it was handled by Aksys, we would probably already have the game here since summer 2013 XD

          TBH the only reason they’re putting P4 on PSN is mostly because of it being the most popular one in the series, so people obviously want to play it, no matter what. Easy money, minimal effort =/

    • 罪罰

      Entitlement to the maximum power.

      • PrinceHeir

        Lol and who pays them to actually do their damn job?

        Might as well change your company’s name other than Atlus since they seem to love not localizing actual Atlus games.

        I don’t mind if they put back their old games on DD. But seriously the game is still available in other places online and plenty are still available online.

        Plus better version with additional content are available. so why waste resources on putting this up? Plus putting PS2 classic games is not a copy and paste job as some people love to think. They still have to do some encoding and test it to see if it works properly.

        I would understand if it’s a rare game like God Hand(which is 90$ on amazon; glad i got it 2 years ago NEW) but if their’s an ultimate version of God Hand, i would rather get that than play the vanilla version.

        • kiri25

          The reason why you fail to understand this is b/c you think everyone is like you. The fact is they are not. If say I have a ps3 but I don’t have a ps2 and have no interest in the vita then this is a great way to introduce me to series at cheap price. Hell I might have played persona 3 on ps3 and would love to play p4 but don’t want to get old ps2 or new vita just to play the game.

          As for myself I’ll be getting this on psn as it will allow me to have p3-p5 on my ps3. Ultimately it’s just another way to get persona in the hands of more ppl so it’s not stupid decision on atlus part.

          • PrinceHeir

            Huh? No one said that your not eligible to buy this. I just think this is a waste of resource and time and instead of doing other more important things like bringing Persona 2 EP PSP, or even the Raidou version of SMTIII.

            And if you want to waste money and time on an outdated version with less content, be my guest. No one’s stopping you.

            • kiri25

              It’s not a waste of resources tho if it makes them money and introduces new ppl to series. Why you can’t understand this is beyond me? If ppl will buy it (and they will) it’s not a waste of resources it’s that simple.

    • ddsfan2

      I kind of agree, but it’s nice to bring the game to more people, to help increase the install base for Persona 5 (and at the same time not hurt Persona 4: Golden sales).

      Either way, I’m not complaining.

      • PrinceHeir

        Aww damn it ddsfan2!

        Whenever i see you, you always remind me that i need to get back to finishing Digital Devil Saga 2.

        I can’t believed i delayed the game for about a year now.

        I stop at the part where Serph and Heat teams up once again to battle the original version of Serph(Scientist one)

  • bloodiOS

    Raidou! Holy shit!

    https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/#!/en-us/games/smt-devil-summoner-raidou-kuzunoha-vs-the-soulless-army/cid=UP9000-NPUD21431_00-0000000000000000

  • LordKaiser

    A pity since this game looks good with HD exept a few distortions that appear when internal resolution is increased but those could be corrected.

    • PrinceHeir

      To be honest i don’t mind the few distortion.

      in fact i enjoyed playing Digital Avatar Tuner 2 on a HDTV 32 inch.

      It just looks better for some reason(well i’m using composite cable though)

      Though i read only that it’s better to play this on a higher TV refresh rate since their some lag(i didn’t notice anything though)

      I can’t got back playing to to those CRT TV styles anymore :(

      • LordKaiser

        You’re talking about external resolution on a Tv but I’m talking about internal game resolution. I’m talking about a particular emulator.

  • artemisthemp

    I doesn’t understand why they releasing it since, Persona 4 Golden is a better game.

    • 罪罰

      Because porting that over would kill more vita sales.

  • FlareKnight

    Well since they aren’t going to bring Golden over I think this is a decent move for people without a Vita. It’s still a good game even if it’s not the ideal version.

    Of course I won’t take advantage of that. Thanks to Golden my old PS2 version hasn’t been used at all XD. No reason to jump on that.

    • awaiken

      Golden has been out here for some time

      • FlareKnight

        “Over to the PS3/PS4″

        Did that really need to be added to the sentence? You, know someone who’s got Golden might already be aware that it’s out in North America….

        • awaiken

          “Bring Golden Over” implies localization and “Port Golden over” obviously would mean porting the game to another system, which is what you meant.

  • Zackasaur

    I’ll stick to Golden.

  • Niyari

    i’ve never played the raidou games so this is pretty cool i guess. would still prefer DDS or Nocturne though

  • kurosan9712

    Well, it sure works on PS3, so it may not be.

  • Elvick

    The ESRB doesn’t do April Fools. (I’d imagine)

  • ayb_91

    Exactly. Too late for them. :/

  • Samsara09

    Well,I don’t have money to buy a vita,nor do I want to buy it just for golden….But I wanna play persona 4….So i believe this is a sick joke,if it is one;

  • ayb_91

    +1

  • MrFinalgamer

    You can get P4 for $16 on amazon…and it comes with the bonus disc…why would you NOT buy that if you want to play P4?

  • Samsara09

    Well,as it stands,it doesn’t look like the vita will be getting much love from the genre.

    It is rather egoistical.But,for me,the most economic would be to buy it on PSN.Amazon doesn’t work for my country properly.

  • AdamBoy64

    I haven’t heard much on that – is that through the internet/cloud with the ‘Gaikai’ technology?

  • awaiken

    No it’s gonna be done locally. They’re basically gonna implement the kind of emulator we’ve already had on PC for years that upscales the resolution and cleans up the graphics. That’s going to be great since companies don’t have to dump cash/time into HD collections. They are going to add retroactive trophy support (according to a patent they filed) on legacy ps1/ps2 games so that’ll be great)

    I just hope the PS4’s main menu doesn’t get too crowded with games. I hope there’s some kind of organization/folders down the line.

  • FierstArter

    Locally as in our own copies? I would buy a ps4 if they did that.

  • awaiken

    Yeah, as in installed on HD and not streaming on Gaikai

  • FierstArter

    Ah, thanks for clearing that up :D