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- A collaboration with genre masters Arc System Works: Developed in partnership with the studio responsible for fan favorite fighting games BlazBlue and Guilty Gear.
- Console-exclusive features and content: The home console release will include a number of new features over the Arcade version, including a full Story mode and online multiplayer!
- Characters and settings from award-winning Persona 3 & 4: Beautiful, hand-drawn 2D anime-style sprites of characters based on the award-winning Persona 3 and 4 roleplaying games are a special treat for both Atlus and genre fans.
- Original, hardcore fighting mechanics: True to Arc System Works tradition, P4A looks and feels like nothing else out there. Each fighter has attacks tied to their Persona, their summoned inner strength, adding to the depth and complexity.
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Developed in collaboration with genre masters Arc System Works, Persona 4 Arena uses gorgeous, hand-drawn, high definition 2D anime-style fighters and colorful, over-the-top special effects to bring to life a roster of fighters from the critically-acclaimed, highly popular Persona 3 and Persona 4. Backed up by an original, hardcore fighting engine from one of the most respected 2D fighting game developers in the industry, Persona 4 Arena represents the biggest, most noteworthy expansion of the esteemed series to date.
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Two months after the ending of the hit RPG Persona 4, a new threat has emerged in Persona 4 Arena! Jump into the next chapter of the story as Persona 4 enters a new genre in this 2D fighting game from the dream team of ATLUS and Arc System Works, made to be enjoyed by fighting game beginners and experts alike!
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In the Persona games, each character has a Persona with special skills they use in battle. So it is here - each character has strong and weak attacks, and their Persona has strong and weak attacks. The Persona has a mini health bar of its own, and five hits sends it away to recover. There are even status effects like poison and dizzy, similar to what you'd see in a RPG.
Like ASW's other games, this game is fast-paced, technical, and with lots of different systems around. In addition to Persona break, there is a meter (indicated with SP, like the Persona games) and a burst. However, the game doesn't get bogged down by the details. It's pretty accessible, and even has a simple auto-combo system for the button mashing beginners.
Persona 4 Arena is a full-featured game with a detailed story mode with lots of cinemas and voice acting, an arcade mode, a score attack mode (with full online leaderboards), a lesson mode with tutorials, a challenge mode, and a training mode. Unlike a Capcom fighter, there's lots to do here.
The online mode deserves a special mention. First of all, the game does an excellent job of pairing up fighters with good connections. This is key, and it's also why so many games seem to have bad "netcode." By pairing up people who have a good connection to one another, Persona 4 Arena ensures the hard work is already done. Once in the game, it plays great - as close to a local game as one can get. Combos hit, action is intense, and it just works great. In terms of feature set, online has the usual 8-player lobbies, detailed player cards, and leveling for each character. There are no issues here.
The Persona games have, for my money, some of of the best character designs out there in games. So it makes sense to put them in a genre with such an emphasis on individual characters. The sprites are huge and well-animated, with lots of flair and color. Each character looks great. The Personas look amazing - like their illustrations in the RPG menus. The backgrounds, inspired by Persona 4, are colorful and stylish. This game looks spectacular.
The voice acting is very good and features both English and Japanese VA. There is commentary throughout the match, similar to the voice acting in the Persona battles. The music is classic Persona - a mix of brooding tunes and upbeat Japanese pop. I'm not one of those people who listens to J-pop normally, but I love the Persona music.
I can see myself playing Persona 4 Arena for years. It's insanely good. I couldn't get into Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken for a number of reasons, but Persona 4 Arena works.
The fighting mechanics in this game is solid. Each character is unique while at the same time keeping the basics of the game. That means that picking up a new character is a breeze. I only have two complaints about this game. The first is that the inputs are VERY strict for players (like me) who use the analog sticks. 1 out of 3 times, I wont be able to dash forward or backwards (depending on which side I'm at) because the game requires you to accurately input these actions. The other complaint is that as a KOF player, I've been spoiled when it comes to combos. This is not a combo-open game and you are limited to the combos that exist. However, the game is plenty fun, even for newbies like me. Thanks to the BURST application in this game, you can break someone's combo when you are being torn to pieces.
The game looks amazing, and I'm not just saying that because I love these hand drawn characters. It is bright and colorful. However, the stages can be distracting if you're new to this game but after a while, you get used to it. I haven't seen any bugs in the animation so this section gets a perfect score from me.
This game is a continuation from Persona 4. That being said, a lot of PS3 owners bought this to see where the story is headed. Let me tell you, the story isn't a halfassed mode like some other fighting games. You will spend HOURS with each personalized story with the characters taking their own journeys to solve the mystery in this game. I also love that even though it is a sequel to P4, the story is free of spoilers if you haven't played P4 or watched the anime.
Besides Story Mode and Network Mode (online mode), there isn't much to this game. Challenge Mode (combo challenge) consists of 30 challenges for each character. The hassle comes from the first 10 which just require you to press 2 buttons at the same time. It is completely insignificant. Also, each of the characters (and their Personas) only get 8 alternative color schemes. No alternate costumes and no color personalization. If you want more color (or even the glasses), you'l have to buy them for about $6 as DLC.
This is not technically part of the game, but you're obviously going to play online as there is not much fun playing in arcade mode by yourself, so I will includes this here. I bough this game around early February 2013. By this time, Ranked Match fighting is pretty much dead. Player Match is still very alive and well. However, if you have the misfortune of owning a crummy white 360, you might freeze during some of your matches. This occurred to me in ranked matches and now my name is in RED. I was fine with that because it took too long to find a match on Ranked Match, so I went to Player Match where I though stats didn't matter. Boy was I wrong. There are plenty of open rooms for you to join but if the room host sees your name in red, he'll kick you. They also keep their rooms open while at the same time reserving them for friends. They also love to bash on other players. I had a "pro" bash on me because I only know how to work with the auto combo and after I beat him, he told me I was a scrub and that I should learn a new combo. Every single day, I will be kicked from a room just because of a misunderstanding. If you don't have a mic, they'll kick you. If you don't have a lv. 3 connection, they'll kick you. If your name is on red, they'll kick you. If you win more than 4 times in a row, they'll kick you. If you completely suck, they'll kick you.
20/25 = 80% = 4 Stars
On that note, I think I would have preferred to play this on the PS3. I find I really don't like the XBox controller for a game that I use so much button mashing/combos on. In hindsight I wish I had waited the month until I bought my PS3 to get it on that, for the controller's sake, and for the sake of keeping it in the PlayStation family. It just didn't feel right playing a Persona game on an XBox console.
My only other qualm is one you may hear often, and that is the voice changes. As in P4 Golden, several of the original voice actors have changed, including Teddy and Chie. Not only that, hearing Adachi's voice come out of the Main Character's mouth is hugely disconcerting. Other than these few issues, I was happy with the game and look forward to the Ultimate version!