Capsule Review: Persona 4: Dancing All Night

A rhythm game with a story mode that intersperses visual novel scenes starring the cast of Persona 4 plus a few new characters. It’s a satisfying spinoff with a competent story that avoids the pitfalls of other P4 spinoff games - established characters aren’t derailed and new characters aren’t spotlight-stealing Mary Sues. It’s enjoyable to spend time with the Investigation Team and friends again, revisit P4’s excellent soundtrack, and see each character’s personality-appropriate dance moves. For the Persona fan who enjoys rhythm games, it’s absolutely worth playing. Rhythm fans who aren’t also Persona fans would likely be better served by a Hatsune Miku game. The gameplay here is serviceable, but the tracklist and customization are a bit slim. Also, there’s a lot of pricey DLC despite the base game being expensive enough that it really feels like it should have been the complete package.

I Stopped Playing When: I got the platinum trophy, which includes finishing the story and completing a variety of other objectives. I’ve occasionally returned to play a couple of my favorite songs.

Docprof's Rating:

Three Stars: Good. I liked the game enough to finish it (or just play it a bunch, for games that don't end). I recommend it to most genre fans.

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