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: 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
Playability: The basic mechanics are accessible for beginners, but fighting gurus looking for a deeper experience won’t be disappointed
Entertainment: Persona diehards and hardcore...
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.
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. This much more strategic aspect is almost a way of translating RPG combat to a fighting game and changing the focus much more towards system mastery.
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.
Conclusion: : One of the best fighting games on the market today. Enough said.
Pros: While I have enjoyed many fighting games in my time, I have never been happier playing one than with P4A. The ultimate fulfillment of fun will be achieved by those who are fans of both the Persona series and fighting games. Addressing the game purely as a fighter however, it doesn’t get much smoother or enjoyable than this.
Cons: : Story-mode appeals only to the most hardcore Persona or RPG fans and even then it could use more player-controlled fight sequences and less repetition. Hit boxes can seem a bit odd at times, but are not difficult to get used to.