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Persona 4 Arena

by Atlus Software
PlayStation 3
 Teen
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • ESRB Rating: Teen Teen
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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. 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, along with eye popping stages and special effects, 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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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!

Overview
Two months after the ending of the hit RPG Persona 4, a new threat has emerged in Persona 4 Arena!

During Golden Week, a new rumor begins spreading through town about a mysterious TV program, the P-1 Grand Prix. Visible if you look into a turned-off TV on a rainy night, this fighting tournament broadcasts high school friends fighting one another to the bitter end. When Yu Narukami and the others test this rumor, they see their friend Teddie announcing the beginning of the show: gMay the manliest of all men come on down!h With that, the participants are shown, one by one... The Investigation Team is horrified to see their own faces introduced with twisted nicknames. The members of the Investigation Team decide to dive into the TV once again to solve the case! What is behind the mysterious TV show?

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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  • A COLLABORATION WITH GENRE MASTERS ARC SYSTEM WORKS—Developed in partnership with the studio responsible for fan-favorite fighting game series 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 Persona 4 roleplaying games, along with eye-popping stages and special effects, are a special treat for both ATLUS and genre fans.
  • ORIGINAL, HARDCORE FIGHTING MECHANICS—True to Arc System Works tradition, Persona 4 Arena 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its sick Nov. 24 2012
By Nick
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The art and music are really nice. I've never been good with combo timings in games like SSF4:AE or KoFXIII, the difficulty to perform combos in this game are closer to UMvC3 which is more my kind of game.
The characters are pretty unique and its easy to pick up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suuuuuuuuper good game! March 22 2014
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3|Verified Purchase
I love this game sooooooo much.
good image
interesting story
really enjoy to play this game.
and you can choose from English or Japanese!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the quality I expected from Atlus March 18 2014
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3|Verified Purchase
Feels like a mess what put together into a somewhat working battle game. Doesnt hold the charm of the actual Persona games.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Game....follows up on P4G in a fun way. Jan. 25 2014
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3|Verified Purchase
If you loved the Persona games and lack a fighting game this one is a good one to pick. Probably the best fighting game of the year.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instantly addictive and easy to play, yet plenty to master for seasoned vets Aug. 8 2012
By hr - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I absolutely love fighting games, the Persona series, and Arc System Works, the masterminds behind Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, so naturally one would think this game would be a smash hit. Technically it is, where in Japan it's become the number one selling fighting game in recent years, and if there's anything to be learned from that it's that fighting games aren't dead, despite the lack of "commercial" accessibility.

Luckily, ASW addresses that issue in Persona 4 Arena, which became almost instantly identifiable when I jumped into Challenge mode with Akihiko. I was expecting a GG or BB control scheme, complete with all sorts of different attacks for a single button that can be performed through simple directional inputs (e.g. 2C, 5C, 6C), which consequently opens the doors to long combo chains. Although that's quite fun, ASW left that system in those games and simplified things considerably here.

And by simplified, I mean that during the early days of this game's cycle you'll probably see a lot of players online spamming Auto Combos, which certainly look impressive and would be more difficult to perform normally, but as you can plainly see by the notation (a string of five A attacks, for example) the combo is pretty braindead. Before you shake your head in dismay, though, remember Marvel also has braindead combos (and characters), and it's a game that's easy to grasp yet hard to master. And as far as impressions go on day one of release, Persona 4 Arena seems that way as well.

Persona 4 Arena looks, plays, and feels in almost every way like an ASW title. It has multiple single player modes, such as a comprehensive tutorial, challenge mode, extremely robust story mode (understatement of the year!), and a training mode with more bells and whistles than you can shake a stick at. The SP meter (super meter) is identical to BB, not just in how it's measured but also in how you build it; there is a burst system; you can combo after throws; and you have two Persona normals that feel like a Drive attack in BB. One cool aspect of the Persona attacks, though, is that your Persona has a health bar, too, in the form of four cards which if depleted deactivate it for about 10 seconds. This is huge. Several attacks and combos rely on Personas, and some characters are useless without their Persona. Think of the implications this could have in matches and tournaments.

Despite the heavy ASW flavor so far, Persona 4 Arena's attack buttons aren't as multi-purposed as other titles from the company. As mentioned previously, A, B, C, and D for the most part all have one attack without multi-directional counterparts, which is actually a really nice departure that simplifies combat a lot. There's one weak and one strong attack; one weak and one strong Persona attack; and a sweep performed by hitting down, plus A and B. Simple, right? Another unique feature is Furious Actions, which is just a combination of B and D at the same time. For some characters this is a simple DP (Dragon Punch), for others it's a counter, but what makes it interesting is that it reduces your HP slightly (which auto recovers, though) and usually has significant recovery (but can be used in combos if used properly). All Out Attacks are also somewhat unique, but for the most part feel like modified versions of Dust attacks in GG. This is basically an attack that hits once and sends the opponent spinning backwards allowing you to follow up with a launcher or a "grounder," both of which allow for combos afterward. You simply hit A and B and viola, you have an All Out Attack.

What also makes the game unique is probably the most obvious aspect, and that would be the Persona characters which will immediately guarantee a sale for any diehard Persona fan even if he/she isn't into fighting games. The same trend happened when BlazBlue released in 2009; plenty of anime fans flocked to the game because of its visual aesthetics and elaborate story mode, the latter of which not typically associated as a strong suit for fighting games. The Persona writing staff is luckily on board for this title, though, and with that comes certain expectations in terms of quality and content, which have been exceeded with leaps and bounds as far as I can tell so far, since this is after all a proper sequel to Persona 4.

Despite all this, however, the game's strong suits may be its undoing. As popular as Persona may be, it is still a niche series made even more niche by becoming a fighting game, a pill that gets harder to swallow when you have to master combos and fighting game techniques such as footsies and spacing which can be grueling trials of endurance for a novice player. After story mode has been completed, the sheen might fade and diehard fans might not be compelled to play online despite the numerous tools ASW has provided to make any fight a button mashing affair. Of course, I hope I'm wrong, but we saw it happen to BlazBlue; hopefully, ASW will find a way to keep the game fresh, and the community will find a way to make it relevant because it would be a shame for such a gem to fade into obscurity as countless other amazing games have.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. I thought I'd like this game, but I didn't expect to fall in love. Aug. 12 2012
By Dissident - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Let me start with a simple statement; I'm a fan of JRPGs, and have never tried to play a fighting game seriously before. While I did enjoy my time with one of Ark System Works' older titles, Blazblue: Calamity Trigger, my number one reason for buying this game is because I'm absolutely in love with the Persona series. Both Persona 3 and 4 rank among my favorite games, and I bought Persona 4 Arena hoping that it would serve as a neat little continuation of Persona 4's story. What I got was completely different.

As someone who bought the game primarily for its story, I can say with certainty that Persona 4 Arena's plot does not disappoint. Rather than serve as a small continuation of Persona 4, Arena's plot utilizes the well-established casts of both Persona 3 and 4 to tell an all new story filled with mystery, twists, and even some heart-wrenching moments. The story on display here is very, very good.

There's definitely more to a fighting game than its story, however, and the game absolutely shines in the gameplay department as well. Being a tad more simplistic than other serious fighting games like Blazblue, Street Fighter, and Tekken, Persona 4 Arena is both more accessible to newcomers than those games, and just as because of its unique game mechanics. While new players will be able to get by using the simple auto-combo the game has, playing online (which plays beautifully, by the way) will force you to learn timing, combos, and how to play mind games using your Persona and character-specific moves. It's an absolute blast to play.

I've been playing the game for hours on end, and still haven't even tried some of the modes yet; even for $60, this game is well worth the price. There's a ton of content that'll keep you occupied for at least 30 hours, and for a fighting game, that's damn impressive.

Arena really is as good as a fighting game can be, in my eyes. A well-sized, balanced list of characters, a stellar story, fantastic gameplay, and an awesome soundtrack all culminate to make an experience you don't want to miss.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expected amazing plot, but it plays differently than usual Nov. 14 2013
By Sherlocked - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3|Verified Purchase
So, I've only played Persona 3 FES and Persona 4, so I haven't had a terrible amount of experience in the Persona game area, but from what I have played, I've loved. I can't decide if I liked 3F or 4 better; each had their own qualities, such as Shinji in 3F (he was my favourite) and Teddie in 4. However, when I found out this game had characters from BOTH of the games mentioned, I had to buy it.

What I expected was the awesome usual gameplay of Persona, with the Social Links and the training. However, it's not at all like the other games. This one reads like a story, as someone else mentioned, with no actual gameplay asides from battling. It's a bit sad, considering the game play of other Persona games was awesome.

However, the story itself is great. It centres around a major arc from the P3F characters (that we never learn in the actual game, as a few years have gone by between the events of P3F and P4A. Two months have gone by between the events of P4 and P4A, with the story beginning with Yu (the MC from P4) going back to Inaba. Everyone is excited for his return, but then, when he gets back, everyone finds that the Midnight Channel is back. It's showing a battling programme, everyone fighting against each other in the P1 Grand Prix. The gang enters the TV- without Kanji, Teddie, or Rise, because they've gone missing- to find an impersonator of Teddie hosting the Grand Prix where they must fight against each other.

You play as each character separately, each character leading up to an arc where it stops and says 'To be continued'. I've only played through a few characters thus far and all endings have reached the same point before it cuts off... except for Kanji's arc. His 'TBC's at a different point, so maybe other endings end with different arcs, too. As well as the characters from P4, you can play as Aigis, Mitsuru, and Akihiko from P3F. It's a nice combination.

Sadly, I think that this game wouldn't last very long. I've only been playing it here and there because I don't want to finish the game within one day. I don't know how much content is after all of the character arcs have been completed, but each character takes me maybe an hour(ish) to finish, but it really depends on how fast you read, if you want to listen to the voices, or how good of a fighter you are in the battles.

The battles are different, too. No more turn based, which I rather liked, seeing as how that's what I was introduced to. This is just full out run at each other and fight. Different buttons do different moves. I can't get the hang of it so I, personally, just rush into battle and hit whatever buttons. Yes, this isn't ENTIRELY effective but it works. I am not good at these types of battles, which is why I enjoy turn-based, but that's just me.

Really, I'd give this game a 4.5, but I gave it a 5 for the benefit of the doubt. It's a good story and it's a good sequel to P4, but it's very unlike Persona. The content is good and the story is good, gameplay is different, but not bad, unless you don't want to deal with a lot of reading.

All in all, a 4.5. Give it a go if you liked P4(or P3F) and wanted to see what happened. If you're looking for the usual grinding and linking of typical Persona, this probably isn't for you.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A game that is easy for casuals yet competitive for traditional fighting gamers Aug. 12 2012
By Kozen - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Persona 4 Arena overall is a fun and great game. It's a perfect balance of having gameplay mechanics that are friendly to the casuals but it does not take away the competitiveness for the hardcore fighting gamers. A hardcore fighting gamer myself was at first skeptical on how simple the controls, auto-combos, etc. When I poured more hours of the game from local matches to online matches, I not only experienced the competitive flow in many matches but enjoy the game like any ordinary game should make you enjoy. You can still create your own advanced combos, strategies, even modify the button layout to your liking. The game is heavily balanced which makes it all the more fun. I recommend this game to the hardcore fighting gamers, the persona fans of the jrpg series, and I would even recommend this to total casuals. I, a persona and a hardcore fighting gamer approve of this game! Good job Atlus!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its really awesome Jan. 31 2013
By Jaanai Ballesteros - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3|Verified Purchase
I don't have much to say for the game. Its great for anyone who loves the Persona series and arcade fighters. The music is wonderfully composed, you will get to see some pieces from the previous Persona series make a return and some new pieces and remixes. One things that is minor con is the online aspect. Sometimes you can't seem to find a room to let play in usually because of the other's connection. Nevertheless, I recommend this game highly
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