@NightKiller34 Well I don't know about that but the fighting mechanics are similar JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
Persona 4 Arena Review
Persona 4 Arena is the latest fighter from developer Arc System Works and matches their high standard of quality while also being accessible for newcomers.
The plot of Persona 4 Arena is centered around a group of high school students. After seeing a strange late-night broadcast, they travel to a fantastical world hidden within a television set where they experience hallucinations and are tricked into fighting each other for the amusement of a cartoon bear wearing a cape. Think this sounds bizarre? You're not alone. Thankfully, for those unfamiliar with the preexisting Persona lore, this game's narrative modes takes great pains to bring you up to speed.
Each member of the 13-character roster has his or her own story to tell, and they have a lot to say. The overarching tale is the mystery of the P-1 Grand Prix: a fighting tournament taking place within the television world. For those who really want to sink their teeth into this, there are branching story paths within certain characters' storylines. These paths can offer additional insight or lead to some strange alternate endings--which adds some extra replayability. Sadly, the presentation of this mode is not as interesting. It's mostly two character portraits talking back and forth in 15- to 20-minute text-filled blocks--a static (if not efficient) form that will quickly bore all but the most enthusiastic.
If you're looking for a slimmer single-player experience, Persona 4 Arena's Arcade mode is for you. This mode condenses each character's storyline into a few brief snippets before and after each fight, as well as a short ending. Playing through it reveals a few of the story mode's key plot points, but you can finish it in under an hour.
If you find yourself stuck in a fight, you can turn to the game's educational modes. The first, Lesson mode, introduces the fundamentals. This series of trials covers everything from movement to move canceling--albeit in a very basic way. These single-completion lessons do not match the quality of education offered by Skullgirls and only scratch the surface of fighting game theory.
The game's Challenge mode is more helpful once you reach the intermediate stage. This mode introduces the basic moves for the entire cast, as well as a long list of simple, and advanced, combos. It does a good job of providing some shorter, practical combos up front that help you understand how a certain fighter should be played. Once you feel comfortable, there are plenty of more advanced combos to learn, including a special expert challenge at the end--such as "Inflict more than 9000 damage at once!"--for you to puzzle out.
Online, Persona 4 Arena offers all the amenities fighting fans have come to expect--and then some. The basics of player and ranked matches are in place, with all the standard ranking and filtering options. Player match options let you decide how players are rotated out (winner out, loser out) and how many matches a player can play in a row--that way one person can't dominate the entire session, if you so choose. Replay support is the only area that falls short; while present, the dedicated replay board is simply a giant list with limited filtering options. This makes finding specific, or even quality, matches a chore.
Online performance ran smoothly. Matches against opponents within the same region ran without serious delay, and even those overseas stuttered at first but gradually smoothed out as the fight progressed.
Persona 4 Arena is a fast-paced fighter that can be easily enjoyed even if you're not a Persona fan. With the auto-combo system, combat is initially accessible, but it quickly reveals its complexity as you explore the intricacies of each character's persona and individual traits. For those who are Persona fans first, and fighters second, the game's lengthy story mode will keep you intrigued, so long as you don't mind its dry presentation. It's an elegant game and a great entry point into the catalog of Arc System Works' fighters.
This is exactly my kind of game, and the online being better on PS3 as well as a far better Dpad makes my purchase easy.
they have terrible taste in games Period now. Transformers a 7? Ghost Recon 7.5? those games are easily 8.5 (which is what IGN gave them..ha funny right?). Time to take my video game research elsewere
I have a hunch that what Gamespot does for a majority of their reviews is they go to IGN and see what score they gave a game first and then deduct one point from that score and call it a day.
Must be hard to review games when everybody nitpicks your nitpicks...give him a break 8.0 is a damn good score.
So this is great on PS3 with an 8 rating, and good on the xbox with a 7 rating, nice going gamespot, this shows how unreliable your ratings and reviews has gotten, bye.
Bye! Come back never!
@mo_77 did you know there are differences in graphics, speed and sometimes content... don't be to harsh, they are most of the time right!! give them a break!
@mo_77 It's likely because the 360 version is having online stability issues. He sort of mentions it
@mo_77 Have you considered the possibility that the 360 version is worse, it wouldn't exactly be the first time different versions have different quality. Seriously, are you new to gaming or what?
GS has terrible tastes in fighting games I guess. Everywhere else I look this game gets shining reviews. Arc System Works is a genius dev company and they've only produced gold in their entire existence. Don't believe this joke reviewer.
First of all, names with alliteration are for comic book characters and cross dressers. Secondly, how can you call the tutorial section bare bones? They give you an overview of the moves that are shared between all characters. The challenge missions teach specific moves and longer combos. It's worth mentioning that each mission offers a demonstration that helps with timing. Sounds pretty bare bones to me. Bad form sir.
I didn't expect this to be quite so good. I mean I love the other games out of this studio but still. I'm definitely going to look at getting this now.
The PS3, which is higher than the Xbox 360, is lower than the reviews posted by other outlets. I should not be surprised on GameSpot's score.
@thom_maytees other outlets like throwing high scores around gamestop likes to give the actually score.
@phatsanta it's hard to take you seriously when you have bad grammar. Most other sites have been giving it a higher score, because that is what the game deserves. The whole story bit, is great for Persona Fans, which this is mainly targeting. So it having a plethora of text to sift through is just fine and dandy for those fans. Plus all the modes are thoroughly fleshed out, not to mention the actual combat mechanics are well design and well executed. Plus, Atlus and Arc System Works, show their pedigree with the lovely sprites.
Come on game developers, my pants cannot hold all of these awesome games! (Oh, and my wallet is crying, too)
- Player Reviews: 6
- Game Universe:
- Persona 4 Arena (PS3, X360),
- Persona 5 (PS3),
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona (PSP),
- Persona 4 Golden (VITA),
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin (PSP),
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES (PS2),
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (PS2),
- Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (PS, PSP),
- Persona 2: Innocent Sin (PS),
- Persona (PS)
- Number of Players: