I have 4 on PreOrder, and bought the original. The original is pretty darn boring, recruiting seems unintuitive, the dungeon crawling is a pain and the combat itself is a snore. I didn't get very far before I gave up on it. --- I hate thongs, both kinds.
Persona started it all so its not going to be anything like P3FES or P4G so dont worry. If you are playing Persona now and are getting Persona 4 Golden then its going to seem like you are playing a different franchise going from the first to the last --- PSN:death666life, XBL:doublexlgamers, www.youtube.com/doublexlgamers
The original Persona game is more reminiscent of the main Shin Megami Tensei games (though not nearly as good.)
The two P2 games are more of the same, except they don't have first-person dungeons.
P3 and P4 are very similar to each other, and play much differently from the first two (three, actually) games. --- For those players who don't speak Australian, we have provided an English translation of the previous scene. Do you want to replay the scene?
It's a darn shame really. revelations persona was the first MegaTen game I've ever played and loved how different it was from other RPGs at the time. I really enjoy P3 and P4 but its sad to see these two get praised so highly and the original left in the dust.... --- I bleed Big Blue! Official Asmodeus of the Shin Megami Tensei IV boards