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Persona 4: Arena is wow

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First, a disclaimer—this is NOT a review. Just saying.

So, Persona 4: Arena... like, WOW.

As someone who wasn't really a fan of the BlazBlue fighting games, I wasn't overly excited about the thought of those devs taking one of the best Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs) from the last decade (if not the last... ever) and making a fighting game out of it, but I just received a review copy and I've been playing it for the last few days.

After getting through the mostly excellent tutorial (why don't more fighting games do this?) and starting the story mode, I was blown away by how much story is in the story mode. I mean, I expected some lip service to what happened in Persona 4, but what I've seen so far goes a million miles above and beyond what I thought we'd get. Not to overstate the case, but the best way to explain it is like this:

Persona 3 & Persona 3: FES  =  Persona 4 & Persona 4: Arena

The story picks up exactly where P4 left off, there's a ton of dialogue, and there have even been some choices to be made. I'm still way early and it's far too soon to make any sort of final judgment, but my hat is off to Atlus and Arc System Works for the bits I've played through so far. The visuals, music, and mood are all absolutely spot-on, and the story mode doesn't feel at all forced or artificial.

I never would have guessed it, but it genuinely does feel like a legitimate continuation of Persona 4, and I can't wait to get back to it... if it wasn't already on your radar as a serious consideration for purchase and you are a Persona 4 fan, rectify that immediately.

(By the way, I don't think this is really spoiler territory since the playable character roster has been announced for while, but there are actually story ties in Arena that connect P3 to P4... I sure didn't see that coming!)

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Category Tags
Platform(s): Xbox 360   PS3  
Developer(s): Atlus   Arc System Works  
Series: Shin Megami Tensei   Persona  
Genre(s): Fighting   Online/Multiplayer  

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Oh, don't be so negative

Im sure we will see more good jrpg games soon. With the new Tales of Xillia and Ni No Kuni, I think there are some good surprises on the way!

Anyway, I can't wait to play P4A, mostly because I loved Blazblue and the Guilty Gear games. As well as P4. Looks like a great game from what I have seen.

Also, you mentioned Alphas. Have you ever watched Misfits? The first two seasons are great, but I have watched 3 and 4 after a certain character left, but I plan on it at some point. It's a good show.

Hey Skybane! Yeah, I

Hey Skybane!

Yeah, I LOOOOOOOOVE Misfits. I watched every episode available on iTunes as soon as I could, and I'm eagerly awaiting more.

Although I still think the first season of Heroes was pretty darn good, it crashed and burned so spectacularly right afterwards... I'm happy to see that other shows have picked up a similar torch and run with it.

And really, I think both Misfits and Alphas do a way better job than Heroes ever did.

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