Summary: Persona 4: Arena is obviously a great treat for longtime Persona fans, but the best thing about it is that you don't have to be a die-hard fan of the previous games to enjoy the heck out of it.
Conclusion: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is a stellar follow up to Arc System Works’ 2012 offering. Not just a shameless cash-in, Ultimax continues Arena’s story with a lengthy conclusion, delivered in classic Persona style with some dazzling cutscenes.
Conclusion: Concept: Bring back the fighting tournament to continue the story along with six new contestants
Graphics: The hand-drawn anime scenes are impressive, and the vibrant colors still look great
Sound: Fans will love the songs from past Persona titles presented alongside strong voice acting
Excerpt: Of FES, Golden, and Ultimax. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax may sound like a remake for the original fighting Persona spin-off released in North America on August 2012, but it's more of a direct sequel that expands the underlying story, the number of available modes, and the size of the character roster.
Excerpt: When the name Shin Megami Tensei is mentioned, two responses usually crop up: “Oh, I love those games! But they're so long...” or “Huh?”. For those of you in the latter category, some background might be needed. The rest of you can jump ahead.
Pros: Great fighting mechanics; intriguing story
Cons: Story is confusing if you don't know the Persona games; controls have a very steep learning curve
Conclusion: Thus, Persona 4 Arena is a standout game; it marries theme and mechanics closely, and through its apparent simplicity allows a total novice to enjoy it all while layering on levels of strategy for advanced play based on positioning and timing rather than specific dexterity at inputting attacks.
Summary: Although Persona 4 Arena may initially seem a little inaccessible to those who haven’t played any of the Persona titles in the past, the variety of game modes and their different approaches to the canonical story help ease in the uninitiated.
Decent fantasy fighting game, but filled with swearing.
Common Sense Media
11 January 2013
Summary: Parents need to know that Persona 4 Arena is a fighting game set in the surreal fantasy world of the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona video game franchise. Players battle a series of characters and monsters from the previous games in the series, along with their partner known as a "Persona.