Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DS

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  • Summary: Persona Q is the inaugural Persona game for 3DS. The game takes the characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4, puts them into an all new adventure. The game is in the style of Etrian Odyssey, where teams of five will navigate dungeons in a first-person view. New characters, enemies, thePersona Q is the inaugural Persona game for 3DS. The game takes the characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4, puts them into an all new adventure. The game is in the style of Etrian Odyssey, where teams of five will navigate dungeons in a first-person view. New characters, enemies, the presence of Etrian Odyssey's F.O.Es will provide players with all new challenges. Expand
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  1. Positive: 50 out of 56
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  1. 100
    It certainly suits the more lighthearted and comedic narrative, and the dungeons themselves are nothing short of breathtaking in design.
  2. Nov 20, 2014
    90
    Persona Q is easily one of my favorite games this year. It delivers in both quality gameplay and wonderful characters, but what stands out is the extra effort that went into every area, always raising the bar.
  3. Nov 25, 2014
    90
    While Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth takes numerous gameplay cues from Atlus’ Etrian Odyssey franchise, this is an engrossing, expansive, and entertaining adventure that truly feels like a proper new chapter of the Persona series—one that masterfully blends together elements from both its past and its present.
  4. Nov 20, 2014
    85
    Though there were points when its puzzles completely stumped me, and the combat’s steep difficulty, made me want to launch my 3DS into orbit a few times, the enjoyable battle system, deep exploration, and generous dollops of fanservice made it worth the effort.
  5. Feb 27, 2015
    80
    Persona Q takes the characters you know and love from the Persona series, puts them into a shady labyrinth and sends them into the fray of a tight, dungeon crawling package.
  6. Dec 10, 2014
    80
    Bear puns aside, you will feel like you need to dance between the darker, more serious cast of Persona 3 and the lighter cast of Persona 4 as there are so many lovable archetypes at play. It’s to the P Studio development team’s credit that everyone gets at least a little time in the spotlight here.
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    Jan 8, 2015
    50
    In a world of cynical indie games and pretentious mainstream shooters, that kind of levity is appreciable. [Issue#156, p.120]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Nov 26, 2014
    10
    This game is awesome for any persona fan and people that like unique RPG'S with tons of characters and great gameplay and music. The game isThis game is awesome for any persona fan and people that like unique RPG'S with tons of characters and great gameplay and music. The game is carefully designed every dungeon is unique and well designed, the crossover between persona 3 & 4 is great even if you havent played any of personas 3 or 4 games on the past. Overall I highly recommend this game if you enjoy the RPG genre or even more if you're a Persona fan like me this game is totally worth the $50 price is not a cheap production everything is fine tuned and polished. Thanks Atlus, can't wait for Persona 5 and Fire Emblem x Shin Megami Tensei too. Expand
  2. Jan 19, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Being a fan of the persona series, the game feels like a classic dungeon crawling RPG that does not fail the impress. Having poured 100 hours into the game so far, I enjoyed the new art style and the combination of the Persona 3 and 4 cast. Persona Q is also very challenging, which stays true to the Persona series. I came into this game not expecting much from a 3ds game but after playing, I can say that I heavily enjoyed the game. I recommend anyone who has played the Persona series in the past or the Etrian Odyssey series to give this game a shot! Expand
  3. Nov 29, 2014
    9
    I have had the privllege of being able to own this game about ten days before release and I have put about 30 hours into it so far. Thus, II have had the privllege of being able to own this game about ten days before release and I have put about 30 hours into it so far. Thus, I believe I have enough put in enough game time to comment. First, I much very enjoy every aspect of this game. I love the Persona series (especially Golden) and the game shines with the character interactions, conversations scenes and the little touches such as characters making a comment or two before a battle. This game, however, is for the Persona fan. A player coming into this game never having played at least Persona 3 or 4 will garner little enjoyment. Aside from this, the game has no noticable flaws. It plays like an Etrian game but modified with elements from the Shin Megami series (specifically Persona). Regarding the Etrian elements, they are heavily there. However, dungeon crawling feels fresh and does not get old. Battles are fun and challenging. On the tail end of dungeons you SHOULD have mastered how to quickly beat any villians for that floor (thus, the game does not become repetitive). Quasi-side quests and conversation set pieces allow the player to bond with characters (instead of having social links). ATLUS typically always produces high quality games and Persona Q falls within this spectrum. Honestly, sit back and enjoy being with your Persona friends again. If you have never player a Persona game...Step back from Persona Q and go play Persona 4 Golden. If you are already a Persona fan, then I am sure you don't need a review to tell you that you will have fun. Enjoy! Expand
  4. Feb 22, 2015
    8
    Persona Q is a love-letter to Persona fans. There's no getting around that. It puts together a huge mass of characters that we've all come toPersona Q is a love-letter to Persona fans. There's no getting around that. It puts together a huge mass of characters that we've all come to learn and love and gives us access to them all simultaneously. If you don't like Persona, you're almost certainly not going to like this game, but if you don't like Etrian Odyssey, (which essentially makes consists of Persona Q's gameplay) there still may be something for you here.

    In Persona Q, you play as either the protagonist of Persona 3 or 4 depending on your preference and follow side of the story. Shortly into the game you find yourself summoned into a parallel dimension Yasogami High where you must explore the numerous labyrinths hidden admidst the school to find a way out. The main story itself is easily the weakest aspect of Persona Q, with little-to-nothing happening for the better half of the game's seventy hour length. There are some twists near the end to be had, sure, but compared to the stories we're typically used to in a Persona game this is a little disappointing. The characters themselves return though in all their glory, with some characters getting some development but most getting left in the dust. Most characters are boiled down to their stereotypical selves from the games, which is admittedly a little underwhelming with some characters being borderline obnoxious. (I'm looking at you Teddie...) That being said, it's still really great to see them all here, with many characters exchanging lovely banter and keeping the game alive where the plot fails to. It's interesting to see two different casts of persona-users try to work together and eventually befriend one-another.

    The graphical style and presentation of Persona Q is fantastic; perfectly blending together the elements of Persona 3 and 4. If you want proof of this you need go no further than the soundtrack, which beautifully mixes the feeling of Persona 3's edgy rock and Persona 4's jammin' J-pop. The menu's look great, and other than some missteps in the Persona organization department, it's all pretty accessible too. Voice acting is great (what else is new?) and the cel-shaded chibi designs are both adorable and easy on the eyes.

    The gameplay of Persona Q is majorly centered around Etrian Odyssey's style of gameplay. You explore a vast labyrinth from a first person experience, making notes on your map via your DS's bottom touch screen. The exploration aspect is great, and never gets old. The actual combat of Persona Q however suffers from some slight tedium after a while. The game is plagued with balance issues, and too many obvious quick-fixes. In the Persona games, generally, you could swap the available personas and stats of the characters into any of the games and still manage, Persona Q however feels specifically designed around the labyrinths and enemies themselves. It's a little difficult to explain with words, but if you look for it, you'll definitely see what I'm talking about.

    The combat can indeed be fun, but after a couple of hours of play, it will certainly start to grow stale. So many enemies are weak to the same things, or weak to nothing at all, belittling the satisfaction from facing them, and the standard enemies you find around a dungeon are often rather difficult with the ability to completely wipe a team if you're not paying attention. That would be fine, if it weren't for the fact that, oddly enough, the bosses of Persona Q are mind-numbingly easy, with a few of them barely putting up a fight. Couple with the fact that Persona Q provides no breaks via the social-link system from the original game, the pacing is pretty poor and you'll want to take breaks so that you don't get bored often.

    In conclusion, Persona Q is a love-letter to its fanbase. It offers the characters you love, with the music you love in the format you love. It's certainly not perfect, with a slow-moving plot and repetitive combat. But neither is unenjoyable and Persona Q certainly does have its moments.
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  5. Jan 25, 2016
    8
    As someone who isn't much into EO-style dungeon crawlers and generally did not like what Persona Q did to the characters, I still finished itAs someone who isn't much into EO-style dungeon crawlers and generally did not like what Persona Q did to the characters, I still finished it because the labyrinth designs are for the most part very good and persona fusion / combat is addictive as always. Music is very strong too. A good mix of old and new. Really kept me going in the last 2 dungeons.

    The plot isn't strong and is heavily back-loaded. The last 5 hours or so is cute though.
    The character interactions get repetitive and my favorite characters are dumbed down versions of themselves.
    Combat can be challenging if you are new to Persona series, but on the other hand if you know stuff the game can pretty much be broken. That applies to almost every RPG game though so it's not really a flaw, just pointing that out.

    Overall, I'll say if you like EO series and Persona series, this is the game for you.
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  6. Apr 26, 2015
    7
    When I first started this game, it felt different. I had not played persona 1 or 2. I owned 3 Fes but never started it and I started 4 butWhen I first started this game, it felt different. I had not played persona 1 or 2. I owned 3 Fes but never started it and I started 4 but still in the middle of it.

    With that said, Q itself isn't bad but not the best. The dungeons are almost a drag and the games difficulty scaling is really rough. I find myself leaving the dungeon everytime the characters complain about being worn or severely hurt due to having little to no HP or SP. Which gets annoying. It kinda had the same thing in 4 but in 4 I never found myself leaving the dungeon quite as often as I was in Q. So that was my only gripe.

    Otherwise the concept for each dungeon and how it connect to one of the characters within the game was the only thing that intrigued me to keep me going. I still haven't finished Q but I'm sure once I'm done I will be satisfied with it. For now it gets a 7 for it's difficulty, the constant in and out of the dungeons to heal ( and yeah I don't like being charged currency to heal ), and its dungeon concepts along with it's connections.

    Maybe when I'm done I'll give this a point or two more.
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  7. Feb 16, 2015
    3
    Persona Q lacks the music, atmosphere, balance, and party building compared to other dungeon crawlers. The characters barely make up for it,Persona Q lacks the music, atmosphere, balance, and party building compared to other dungeon crawlers. The characters barely make up for it, as they are almost all incredibly gross caricatures of what they were in their original incarnations. Atlus tried painting over Etrian Odyssey with Persona and added a few flares to make it better and to make the paint less noticeable, but they failed at recreating what Etrian Odyssey does to make itself amazing, so we have a game that rubs the wrong way in almost every respect.

    Speaking of respect, Persona Q does not respect the intelligence of it's players. Every time it has an opportunity the characters will launch into a 2 minute conversation just to point out the painfully obvious, like how the spiked floor tiles will damage you or the moving tiles will move you. As if that wasn't bad enough the characters are always announcing every single treasure chest in front of you or telling you that a party member got poisoned in battle. Seriously, nobody playing this game needs this much hand-holding.

    To compare more to Etrian Odyssey, the F.O.E.s in this game are poorly handled in comparison. They work okay in that they are used to make you seriously consider where you go, but bad in that they have too much HP and give too small rewards for fighting them. In that respect, F.O.E.s are there solely to act as puzzle elements and should never be encountered with the intention of beating and getting good EXP from them or judging your overall power. Persona Q is a poorly executed game in every aspect but its visual design.

    One more thing, this game has no business having a horror dungeon in it. The Persona series has no horror to speak of, so people will be playing this game and suddenly get to an unannounced serious horror section that is more or less just there because it has to be because spook houses are a cliche of Japanese culture festivals.
    If you want to have horror, fine, but don't put it in a game whose series is not horror in the slightest. Nobody would have missed it if it wasn't in the game.
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