Capsule Review: Persona 4 Arena

A 2D fighting game with a story mode that intersperses visual novel scenes starring the casts of Persona 3 and Persona 4 with a few new characters added in. The fighting game seems competent enough, but if you’re looking for more story with the Persona characters, you’re likely to be disappointed. Many characters are derailed, their individual arcs tend to be rehashes of their arcs from the mainline games, and you have to watch each one go through the same painfully-slow gradual understanding of their situation. Don’t bother with this unless you’re interested in it as a fighting game.

I Stopped Playing When: I played through a bunch of the character story routes with fellow Persona fan Senpai-chan and neither of us were particularly impressed with where they went. We both lost interest and stopped before finishing them all.

Docprof's Rating:

Two Stars: Meh. The game has some merit - it probably held my attention for at least an hour or I came back to it for more than one play session. But there wasn't enough draw for me to stick with it for the long haul.

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