Josh Tolentino writes: "If there's one word to describe Persona 4, it's "polished".
That is no faint praise, keep in mind. In the years since Persona 3 made its debut, Atlus has had more than half a decade and three full re-releases to expand, refine, and fiddle with the formula it established in 2006. Just as well, Atlus' competitors have also had the chance to copy, improve on, and even subvert that distinctive style.
Perhaps it's fitting, then, that Persona 4 Golden is the game to take the Persona formula formula to its zenith, employing the strange alchemy that birthed such an unusual game design in the first place to turn an already sterling title, well...golden."