Summary: Never in a million years would I have dreamed that I'd be playing a fighter based on a dungeon crawling role-playing game. Yet here I am, button mashing to call forth my Persona every few seconds, then plowing through countless dialogue boxes to follow the healthy storyline after another narrow victory. It's the weirdest thing and I'm still a bit confused, but I'm loving it anyway.
Summary: " Persona 4 Arena " is the love letter Persona fans have been waiting for. In making the transition to a fighter Atlus and Arc did more than just make a Persona 'themed' fighter by throwing some familiar faces on an alien genre. Instead they made a true Persona game that is as essential as the RPGs that came before.
Excerpt: Persona 4 Arena is a collaboration between RPG specialists Atlus and the creators of the BlazBlue fighting series Arc System Works. Interestingly, the result is a game that offers a variety of modes catering towards fans of 2D arcade fighters along with a lengthy story mode that’s essentially a visual novel with a few fights thrown in for good measure.
Summary: Persona fans and non-fans alike will find a lot to enjoy about Persona 4 Arena . Those who have sunk hundreds of hours into Persona 3 and 4 will undoubtedly get more out of seeing the two groups meet during the lengthy story, while those who want a more traditional experience are well served by the abridged Arcade Mode. The numerous other single and multiplayer modes will appeal to all, offering a variety of ways to practice, unlock extras, and battle with friends.
Excerpt: For a fighting game, there sure is a lot of talking in Persona 4 Arena. Whereas the story mode in Mortal Kombat or Injustice flies along with a brisk, dunderheaded glee, your favourite combatants fighting each other and engaging in dialogue that can be boiled down to ‘NO U’, you’ll be watching a hell of a lot of character dialogue between fights in Persona 4 Arena. It’s mostly not annoying, as there’s a fairly intriguing, odd tale to be found.
Excerpt: I had my doubts about Persona 4 Arena . I have faith in Atlus and Arc System Works, but I’ve seen way too many games unsuccessfully cross genres. Thankfully, the collaboration is a success. Atlus was able to focus on what it does well, and Arc System Works was allowed to do the same. The two don’t completely mesh in every area, but the end result is something both fans of the series and hardened fighting genre fans can enjoy.
Conclusion: Final Verdict: If you’re a fan of Persona, then you’ll be pleased with this game. If you don’t care at all about Persona but want a good fighting game, this will also satisfy your thirst. This game is well worth a purchase if you’re in the market.