Well, I’m not quite sure where to begin ‘cause I feel like a kid in a candy store when I talk about a game I really like, and this is definitely one of them. Let’s just hope I can keep a steady train of thought.
The first thing I noticed is that you can hear a few overworld songs form Persona 3 and Persona 4 right on the main menu, which I thought was really cool and a nice nod back to fans of the Persona series. In a way, this game is just a big love letter to the fans yet it still manages to spread out to a wider audience. The music in this game is all-around enjoyable, my favorite character theme is Yukiko’s and I have no problem listening to it over and over. Same goes for the character select song which is an upbeat pop version of The Poem for Everyone’s Souls.
As far as the gameplay goes, it has managed to remain pretty solid while still being very welcoming to people new to the fighting game genre, and the fact that it has both a Lesson Mode and Challenge Mode is incredibly helpful. After completing Narukami’s Story Mode and playing a few matches against actual people, I fell in love with this game. In general, I find it fun to play even while still learning.
My experience with Network Mode can only be described as awesome. The fights flow just as if playing against someone sitting right next to you and the only lag I’ve encountered so far is during the fight intro, which can be completely skipped.
If anything, my only complaint would be that Story Mode is a little too long simply for the dialogue and story explanation. People not interested in it may want to keep mashing a button for a while until the next fight begins. Most of the animated cutscenes are great, though!
All in all, Persona 4 Arena is a must-own for anyone who calls themselves a Persona fan and it’s definitely worth trying out for any fighting game enthusiasts out there.
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