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GF Rating
7.4

507 ratings

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Great 2D fighter

posted by Razacross (YOUNGSTOWN, OH) Aug 11, 2012

Member since Jul 2010

18 out of 19 gamers (95%) found this review helpful

Having played both the Playstation 2 Persona games, I came into this with some backstory as to the character. While it's not necessary to get full enjoyment, I'm sure it will add to the experience if you have played them.

That being said, I'm not afraid to admit at being mediocre at most fighting games. I started out on Easy difficulty and am now up to Normal where I win regularly and intend to step up the difficulty even further in an attempt to get even better before taking this puppy online.

If you are like me and enjoy the PS2 Persona's then you'll find most enjoyment in the Story mode. The characters are the same as you'd remember and it's nice to finally have a fully talking P4 main protagonist. The story centers mostly on Labrys, a character you will meet in this game. Her story is beatifully tragic and is a main draw. The other characters and their backstories are also well done mesh together well; an excellent translation and good English voice acting further enhance the experience. Basically, if you are here for more adventures from the Persona cast, you will be very happy.

The fighting is fast and fun. Special moves are fairly easy to execute but the numerous advanced combos will take some time to master. There are also instant kill moves that can be made but most of the time they are just for a flashy finish as you'll probably have drained your opponent of most of their health by the time you accumulate enough SP to use them.

The Story mode is around 30 or so hours of gameplay to finish everyone's arcs up. There's Versus, Online, Challenge, Score Attack and Training modes as well, so there's a lot of value here.

As for complaints, I would have like to see more backgrounds and more characters (there are 13).

If you liked fighers in the style of BlazBlue, you'll like this. If you liked Persona 3 and 4, you'll like the Story mode at the very least. RPG gamers shouldn't hesitate to jump in as it easy to learn, but difficult to master.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Mostly for Persona fans ONLY

posted by DragonDan2453 (CHANNAHON, IL) Feb 15, 2013

Member since Nov 2012

1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

Text. The story mode has enough text to fill out a 500 page book. The thing is though, about 70% of the text in story mode is unnecessary. If you took out the thought text and just left the dialogue text, the story mode would go by much faster and smoother. The game has character from Persona 3 and 4, since I only know the characters from 4, the characters from 3 I have no clue about. The fighting mechanics are similiar to Blazblue, so if you played Blazblue, it won't take you long to used to this game. This game will feel right at home for Persona fans, but if your not a fan of Persona 3 or 4, it might be hard for you to get interested in this game.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

AWESOME

posted by masterlight (KENNER, LA) Jun 2, 2013

Member since Jun 2012

This game was the best persona game ever

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