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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: 38 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  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
    Having never played a Persona RPG, I enjoyed Persona Q: Shadow of the Layrinth. The fact that it resembles the Etrian Odyssey series in terms of gameplay is a plus and as a person new to the Persona series, I feel that this is another solid RPG from Atlus.
  3. Dec 18, 2014
    90
    If you’re on the look out for a slightly different JRPG experience, a challenge or an entry point to games like Etrian Odyssey and Shin Megami Tensei, then Persona Q is a great choice.
  4. Dec 5, 2014
    85
    A classic Dungeon Crawler with the two best rosters in Persona Franchise. Challenging dungeons, great dialogues and deep combat system.
  5. Dec 13, 2014
    84
    Persona Q is a testament of how good Etrian Odyssey and Persona 3/4 were, and mixed together then seem to work almost better.
  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.
  7. Dec 1, 2014
    65
    The game retains the Scooby-Doo vibe that was so charming about the original.

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  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. Nov 25, 2014
    9
    The bad first: In order to have the characters stand out among each other, some characters had some of their traits exaggerated. Further,The bad first: In order to have the characters stand out among each other, some characters had some of their traits exaggerated. Further, there is a lack of tension, since the game is character-driven, not story-driven and the actual themes of the story (which are no less thought-provoking than in previous games and borrow a lot from Persona 3 especially) only manifest very late into the game. However, this all is far more than just made up for with amazing series continuity (despite the inherent time-paradox of the premise) and, all simplification aside, great character writing, as well as addictive game-play. This might just be the first Persona Game where not a single dungeon ended up boring me and where I actually enjoyed listening to the dungeon music. It's also nice being able to attach Persona to every character again, like back in Persona 1 and 2. A must-own for any Persona-fan who doesn't mind the spin-offs. Expand
  3. Nov 28, 2014
    9
    Persona Q is an interesting Game indeed. At first, it would appear that Atlus were cashing in on two separate crowds: 1. The Etrian OdysseyPersona Q is an interesting Game indeed. At first, it would appear that Atlus were cashing in on two separate crowds: 1. The Etrian Odyssey fanbase and 2. Persona fanbase. Because of my history in buying cross over titles and the fact that Etrian Odyssey's battle system and difficulty was to be feared as Extremely challenging and frustrating, I was going into Persona Q expecting limited appeal to my tastes, but boy was a wrong. This game is simply astonishing! I tip my hats off to Atlus for leading the example on how to do a crossover game the right way.

    Gameplay: The Battle system was successfully implemented to show that it is not just a Etrian Odyssey rip-off, but a actual persona spin-off combining elements from both the Etrian Odyssey and Persona. Its fairly a simple turn-based battle system. However, with each character having 2 creatures to aid them, the multiple choice of picking your team of 5 with characters having different attributes, choosing who remains on the front lines and who provide cover from a distance, learning new abilities and leveling your characters AND their personas, make this game extremely deep and can be quite rewarding if you put the time into it.

    This game is First-Person dungeon crawler, so if you despise first person or grinding for hours upon hours to conquer a single boss, don't bother getting this. There is a lot of other elements to this game on top of the ones i just mention, and the game will do a great job introducing it to you as you come across new mechanics. They also nice job with the dungeons themselves, taking a page straight out of EO's playbook, with each floor of the dungeon being fairly large with multiple twist and turns throughout the dungeons. They even borrowed the F.O.E system from EO, which are basically high level enemies to give players a challenge, along with puzzles that was well done. Also from the EO franchise is the ability to make your own map to scout out how to tackle the dungeon, although auto-map is available as well.

    I can spend hours talking about the game play by itself, its challenging and difficult on the hardest level, and Persona Q offer a easier difficulty for the casual player. 10/10

    Graphics: The graphics in the game are actually well done for being a Chibi-style of the persona characters. And the little details they put in the theme and backdrop of the dungeon are fairly well designed. This game would be the first time i can leave the 3D turned all the way up without it being distracted, and it looks just as good as any persona or EO game i have played. Overall, not the best graphics ive seen on the 3ds, but a beautiful game to look at nonetheless. 8/10

    Sound: Ahh, where to begin. This game's soundtrack is arguably one of the best persona soundtracks to date. This is the Category i was actually surprised about the most. The voice acting is top-notch, due to most of the old cast reprising their roles and the music will keep you pump throughout the game. i never got bored listening to any of the main songs played throughout the game and the sound effects all seem to be from the persona 3 and 4 series respectively. I also think it was well done that Atlus gave us 2 different themes, depending on which side you pick at the beginning. The fact that they completely made a soundtrack , minimizing the uses of other tracks from other songs, was a complete surprise for me. Simply Outstanding. 10/10

    Story: The story is actually pretty good, but not the greatest. The game is literally more fan service more then anything. If you have played the previous titles of the series, you would be in love with what is offered in PQ as the plot and the atmosphere all cater to the persona fanbase. As for newcomers, The game itself gives you a backdrop of what is going on in P3 and P4 (even at the beginning, you choose what side you want to start with), so you won't feel entirely lost if you pay attention to the story, but i also will say that you will miss some of the little things that fans would know, but it won't be confusing like if you were playing a sequel. The character's charms make up majority of the story along with the plot focusing around the newcomers, Rei and Zen. i personally found that to be a good thing for people who are not familiar with the Persona Background, but it does take away from learning the story of the other characters a bit. Overall, if your not keen on story, you can skip all the dialog with ease and still enjoy this game because the gameplay gladly makes up for it, but I highly suggest you don't, the cast and the cut scenes are all amusing and worth your attention. 8/10

    Overall: Rent or Buy? I would say that this game is a Buy. This game is highly recommended if you had any interest in RPGs and dungeon crawlers and love a good challenge to go with it. Its one of the Best 3DS games i own and Persona fans and Etrian odyssey fans would feel right at home picking this up. I will give the game a solid 9/10.
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  4. Nov 25, 2014
    9
    Dungeon crawling is awesome, characters are engaging, tactics are simple but deep enough to keep you thinking, a lot of the same has been seenDungeon crawling is awesome, characters are engaging, tactics are simple but deep enough to keep you thinking, a lot of the same has been seen in previous Persona games but this is a good thing since this series has been a winner for some time now and this game continues with that trend. Expand
  5. Dec 3, 2014
    8
    A dungeon crawler through and through. Quite obviously for fans of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, and to a lesser extent, Etrian Odyssey andA dungeon crawler through and through. Quite obviously for fans of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, and to a lesser extent, Etrian Odyssey and old school roguelike RPGs (the Ultima series comes to mind.) Despite my not being too keen on drawing my own maps throughout dungeons (which can be almost fully automated if desired,) I still had great fun with the game, for the most part. Almost all of the appearing characters (those being all of the possible party members from Persona 3 and 4, including the respective supports Fuuka and Rise) are well represented, although there is no real development to speak of outside of a few instances. The stars of the story are newcomers Zen and Rei, and the game tells a satisfactory tale of them. The battle system is solid and the dungeons engaging, although some of the puzzles were a bit haphazard (a particular quadrant-based puzzle comes to mind -- a cartesian graph isn't numbered that way, Atlus!) Definitely the longest Persona game to date, and one of the longest RPGs I've ever played; I finished at 87 hours, and didn't even do all of the side quests. The music stands on its own, and although about half of the tracks are reprises from Persona 3 and 4, this shouldn't be considered a bad thing. The graphics (namely, character sprites) leave something to be desired. I don't mind the chibi approach, but the polygon count is abysmal. I get that it's a 3DS game, but I've seen much better on the system! All in all, it's a solid effort and entirely deserving of the Persona namesake. Expand
  6. Dec 4, 2014
    6
    kind of sad that they changed the art style so drastically. and feels like it's just a lesser game, mainly as a result of releasing on 3ds.kind of sad that they changed the art style so drastically. and feels like it's just a lesser game, mainly as a result of releasing on 3ds. every other game was a certain style, so why make it all chibi now? Expand
  7. Nov 28, 2014
    6
    This is a game that cannot be recommended for those who have not played a persona game. Other than that it is a standard dungeon crawler withThis is a game that cannot be recommended for those who have not played a persona game. Other than that it is a standard dungeon crawler with some of the persona style combat. Considering that Persona 4 Golden has set the bar so high it is rather off-putting having all the characters in a chibi style like with bravely default. It would have been nice to have the persona classic art sprites instead even if it was low quality.

    What I give it merit for is adding more to the Persona universe. But I cannot give it much praise for the copy and paste style from Etrian Odyssey, it is literally mashing the two together leaving us with a lesser experience of either one.
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