When P4G was ported to PC, I knew that modding would run rampant. One of my favorite videos of all time is "Persona 420 Mod - Download in Description", and I remember seeing it get ported to the Vita. I had the feeling that someone would port it to PC, but I never imagined it would be me. There were two main issues with porting this in the first place. The first is that the pac files didn't actually change Yosuke at all, meaning I had to manually copy every single texture into literal hundreds of folders. In order to do that in the first place, I had to extract the TM2 files from all of the AMDs (which was quite a few), convert them to PNG, convert those PNGs to DDS, then copy the DDS' into the different folders. The second issue that arose is the fact that they completely overhauled the sound system in the PC port, opting to use XWB files in the SND directory, meaning I had to manually match up each and every individual file. Unfortunately, there were a couple issues with this. The Vita used a special format of audio (I can't remember what kind right now), and no matter what I tried, whenever I converted them to WAV I always just got a garbled mess. Fortunately I was able to extract the audio files from the PS2 release of Persona 420 and convert those. Then, it was just a matter of renaming them, adding a bunch of blank audio onto the end of each one on the shorter side, and converting them to a format the game can use.
All in all, I'm pretty proud of this. Also, I added a new umbrella texture for Yosuke. Look out for it.
I tied up most loose ends with this one, but nothing is perfect. There are two audio issues within the game.
- Sometimes the game tries to load some sort of broken audio near the end of some fights, and it semi-freezes the game and starts to earrape you. Fortunately, if you just click off the window and back onto it, it fixes itself(???). If anyone knows any more information, please message me on Discord.
- Some of the new voice clips are shorter in length than the originals. I listened to a lot of them in-game and fixed them. Unfortunately, I have probably missed a few. Whenever a voice clip plays, it shows up red in the console. If a voice clip turns into a static earrape mess, please tell me the file name of the broken audio and I will fix it ASAP. The name of the audio files I've replaced are generally called something like "btlmem_00228", so please keep that in mind.
What you need:
- Windows 7/8.1/10
- The latest release of the Persona Mod Compendium (optional, but highly recommended)
- A copy of Persona 4 Golden for PC set up for Modding
For installation with the Mod Compendium, place the "Persona 420 Golden (PC)" folder from "Compendium-ready.7z" inside of Your "/Mod Compendium/Mods/Persona4Golden/PC/" directory. Open the Mod Compendium and choose Persona 4 Golden as the game. Then, press the "Settings" button. Next, check the box that says "PC mode." Choose the directory that you want your built mods to be built into (usually the "mods" folder in the game directory is what I choose so I don't have to move or copy any files around.) Ignore the other options, as those are for PS Vita. Then, press "build" and it will automatically install the mod for you if you've done everything correctly.
For generic installation, just drop all of the folders inside of "Generic.7z" into your game's "mods" directory. Merge if it says to merge anything and replace any files if it asks or else the mod will not work.