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.
Excerpt: Fighting games generally center around two combatants squaring off one-on-one or in a tag-team format. Persona 4 Arena combines these styles, requiring you to control two fighters in harmony: your character and his or her persona, an imaginative creature that fights at your side. The mechanics are easy to grasp--while maintaining a level of complexity in keeping with Arc System Works' pedigree--and support a fully featured game with few setbacks.
Pros: Fighting mechanics balance accessibility and complexity, Gorgeous visuals and animations, Extensive narrative modes.
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.
Excerpt: When you think 'RPG', Persona is one of the first words that comes to many a gamer’s mind. The Persona sub-series of Shin Megami Tensei captured the hearts of its players, with Persona 3 and 4 specifically being hailed as two of the greatest RPGs ever made. When you think 'Fighting games', you think Street Fighter , Mortal Kombat , Marvel vs Capcom and many others. But Atlus and Aksys want Persona to be the answer for that category, too.
Excerpt: With Persona 4: Arena , Atlus’ critically acclaimed Shin Megami Tensei sub-series finally makes its Xbox debut — in a completely different form. Instead of a modern-day JRPG that ruminates on the nature of life and relationships, Arena is a one-on-one fighting game. It’s an unusual departure for the franchise, particularly on a new platform, but this sequel has pedigree in its corner.
Pros: + Slick presentation with snazzy UI, character art, and phenomenal music, backed by a solid fighting engine., + Massive story augments the usual array of arcade, challenge, and versus modes.