This is my first review, english isn't my first language but i love smt series so...
Story: New kid in town, people die, make friends, go inside magic world to fight monsters, more friends, months pass and no progress, spend time with friends, discover the traitor, Big Bad was some god trolling humanity For the Evulz, friendship wins.
Just don't play for the plot.
Soundtrack: Shoji Meguro is awesome, but it's J-pop/rock. So, Love It or Hate It
Graphics: Not very impressive but decent, clean and colorful.
Gameplay: Too simple, only 1 physical element, unbalanced but handable. Demon collecting is addicting.
Dating: Yeah, p4 is half dating sim but not a very satisfying one. If you play for the sim you get sad since it's useless to the story and if you just want the demons you have to endure it. IMHO everyone's a Flat Character
(likeable or not). Stats are useless to the story too.
Team: I don't know how people like these characters, the voice work is amazing but they don't sound like friends, they sound like every anime stereotype ever. Flanderized for comedy instead of acting like human beings.
Since SL don't connect with the story there is no character development, this is painfully pointless. Shadows are horribly done since they happen too soon so instead of development you see their stereotype and everyone forgets it later. Also homophobic how they joke about Kanji orientation but everyone greets Naoto with open arms, even saying she is cute and it's not her fault.
Almost none of them can be called FRIENDS for real, Yosuke and Kanji relationship is basically "lol, you gay?" vs "You saying i like dudes?!"
, Kanji never talked with Naoto
about his feelings, Teddie's constant flirt makes him incapable of having a normal conversation with the girls, and so on.
It's okay to have different personalities but having NOTHING in common isn't, this group of friends would never hang out in a mall for real. Yeah, i know it's FANTASY but at least they could develop a real friendship, those group moments try too hard to be funny.
It's JAP-RPG: This game is almost an anime, it has "filler", long conversations and cliché jokes, Gratuitous Japanese
and it's LONG. If you don't like that don't play to regret later.
Good game, just not for everyone.