While Persona 4 manages to be the very definition of a hardcore Japanese role playing game, and possibly one of the better (if not best) role playing game that came out in 2008 as well. While it does manage to have a rather slow start, the entire experience is well worth the wait.
The characters in the game are well fleshed out and worth the effort to find out more about, the dungeon crawls are a blast, and all of the collecting and mini-games are well worth the effort to play through. For anyone who has ever enjoyed a RPG, Persona 4 is worth a buy. For those out there looking to break into the genre, Persona 4 is also a great place to start.