Archetypes and Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

With only a few weeks until Persona 4 comes out Famitsu posted a cheat sheet with a summary about what know about Persona 4 thus far and the cast feels awkwardly similar to Persona 3. Yousuke takes the Junpei role as the goofy clown of the group. Yukikio is from a wealthy family ala Mitsuru, but . Kanji is a tough guy"kind of like Shinjiro only with more of a gothic look.Granted the characters in Persona 4 will have their own personalities, but some of them feel like they were cut out of an existing mold. I just hope Atlus didn't rush out a sequel since Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 became a hit.

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There are some new character types thrown in the mix like Chie who has a passion for martial arts. Naoto is a high school detective and Rise used to be an idol before she relocated into a rural school. Kuma, the obvious mascot character of the game, has a Persona holding a giant missile which looks just awesome. Kuma’s persona, like all of the base personae in Persona 4, have roots Japanese mythology. This is a change from Persona 3, which was a smorgasbord of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology personae. Persona 4 is said to have 180 different kinds of personae and with a number that high there is bound to be some variation.

 

Here is a quick rundown of who has what in the beginning of the game.

 

Protaganist – Izanagi

Yousuke – Jiraiya

Chie – Tomoe

Yukiko – Konohanasakuya

Kuma – Kintouki Douji

Kanji – Take Mikazuchi

Rise – Himiko

Naoto – Sukunahikona

 

And here is a new promotional video showing the cast of characters announced thus far. Yes, there is an event where everyone wears swimsuits just like the class trip in Persona 3 too.

 

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Images courtesy of Atlus.


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