Persona 4 Arena PlayStation 3

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  • Summary: Persona 4 Arena uses hand-drawn, high definition 2D anime-style fighters and colorful, over-the-top special effects to bring to life a roster of fighters from Persona 3 and Persona 4.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. May 11, 2013
    92
    Even though it's aimed at fans of the franchise, this title is an outstanding 2D fighting game, deep and fun that fans of the genre will enjoy too.
  2. Aug 24, 2012
    90
    With an absolutely stellar presentation, some of the most memorable tracks picked from the last game, an arsenal of modes to play, and one of the lengthiest stories in a fighting game, Persona 4 Arena has everything a fighter should have, plus more.
  3. May 16, 2013
    90
    Sporting satisfyingly deep, yet accessible fighting mechanics and a diverse range of gameplay modes, it’s hard to fault Arc System Works' intense entry into the Persona franchise. Persona 4 Arena is a focused and polished brawler that will appeal to both fans of the series and fighting aficionados alike, and has proven to be well worth the wait for European gamers.
  4. Aug 7, 2012
    85
    I'm not totally convinced that the copy of Persona 4 Arena that I'm holding in my hands is real, because the idea of a Persona-based 2D fighter actually existing still baffles my brain. For as long as it does exist as something that I can play, though, it's an elaborate yet engrossing fighter that packs a ton of content, charm, and competition for those willing to put in the time required to master its offerings.
  5. Jul 30, 2013
    85
    Persona 4: Arena is a great fighting game, able to conquer without much difficulty the hearts of the genre lovers.
  6. May 9, 2013
    85
    Persona 4 Arena is, without a doubt, a wonderful tribute to a great series that has been going strong for years. Fans will find many elements and features that are well known for the Persona franchise. The downside of this is that newcomers to the series will have a harder time to fully appreciate this beat 'em up spin-off for what it is.
  7. Hyper Magazine
    May 9, 2013
    70
    Better late than never, P4 Arena is a strange beast that is at turns both satisfying and terribly long-winded. [June 2013, p.76]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 37
  2. Negative: 12 out of 37
  1. Oct 20, 2013
    10
    it's just as good as persona 4, in it's own way. there is a story mode, which involve a lot of reading through dialogue, as well as yourit's just as good as persona 4, in it's own way. there is a story mode, which involve a lot of reading through dialogue, as well as your character's thoughts. it takes place two months after the true ending in persona 4 and is very well done. the game-play itself is also very good. it's simple to understand the basics, but difficult to master it there is also an arcade mode, which is a shorter version of story mode, online battling, a score attack mode in which the a.i. difficulty shoots up past 'hell' difficulty, and 390 total combo challenges between all the characters. Expand
  2. Oct 15, 2012
    10
    Atlus always making gold of what they touch.
    This game is amazing, not only the fighting but also the story that tells you what happened
    Atlus always making gold of what they touch.
    This game is amazing, not only the fighting but also the story that tells you what happened after Yu Narukami left Inaba.
    Is a great title if you want a guilty gear/blazblue fighting style game and a great title for gamers like me who love Persona 4 and want to know what happened next.
    Great graphics
    Great story
    Great soundtrack
    Great gameplay
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  3. Aug 7, 2012
    10
    A brilliant game from a brilliant studio, published by the best publisher currently. I love you Atlus, never stop making games.

    Persona 4
    A brilliant game from a brilliant studio, published by the best publisher currently. I love you Atlus, never stop making games.

    Persona 4 and Blazblue are my favorite games in the genre's that they're in. This fuses them. Holy crap.
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  4. Nov 29, 2012
    9
    This game is awesome! Great graphics and the soundtrack is superb. Fighting system is intuitive enough for beginners, but also difficultThis game is awesome! Great graphics and the soundtrack is superb. Fighting system is intuitive enough for beginners, but also difficult enough for experience players to put in some serious combos. Shame about the region lock, but thats why you should do your research on a game before buying it! Expand
  5. Sep 19, 2014
    8
    Persona 4 Arena brings the fighting game production skill of Arc System Works together with the publisher Atlus to bring out a strong entry inPersona 4 Arena brings the fighting game production skill of Arc System Works together with the publisher Atlus to bring out a strong entry in the 2d fighting genre. This game has been featured at the most recent EVO in 2013 which can attest to its viability for competitive play. The gameplay itself feels extremely smooth and the large amount of unique skills per character allow for a varied landscape of play. An auto-combo system is included for newer players to the fighting genre which can be a downside for some, but a player who knows their combos will always outshine one button mashing. The story mode is true to the style of the Persona series and is able to follow the canon without leaving plot-holes quite skillfully. The story mode is extremely text heavy, and surprisingly long for a fighting game. There are routes for all playable characters. This is both a blessing and a curse, as learning characters through story mode is nice, but there is extreme overlap in lines of dialogue and scenarios regardless of what character you're playing. Overall Persona 4 Arena is an extremely solid Persona game, as well as a fighter which can stand on its own merits. Overall I rate this game an 8/10 for shining above my expectations for a fighting game adapted from a jRPG. Expand
  6. Aug 17, 2012
    5
    10/10 for the game. Excellent fighter, arguably the best Arc System Works game since BlazBlue.

    Bu, unfortunately, 1/10 for the region lock.
    10/10 for the game. Excellent fighter, arguably the best Arc System Works game since BlazBlue.

    Bu, unfortunately, 1/10 for the region lock.

    Unless you read niche gaming blocks, you may not be aware this game contains a lockout preventing PS3s from outside of the USA and Canada from reading the disc.

    As I have the FFXIII limited edition PS3 from Japan, I cannot play the game. I bought it completely unaware of this, and now am stuck with a $60 coaster. After googling the issue I found information on it, but now it is too late. I will have to purchase a Japanese copy of the game to play it.

    If you have a USA PS3, I highly recommend this game as it is amazing, but if your console is imported be aware you will have to buy the version that matches your region or it will not work.

    Atlus, in the future if you must region lock again, please print a warning sticker or something to prevent unaware buyers from purchasing the game. Nothing sucks more than playing $60 to be stuck with a coaster.
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  7. Jan 16, 2014
    0
    Bought with legally earned dollars, can't play because of region locked, (even though it's the year 2014) can't get refund even though it'sBought with legally earned dollars, can't play because of region locked, (even though it's the year 2014) can't get refund even though it's digitally purchased, can't even find any physical copy.

    The game store's page doesn't tell me about any of this region lock stuffs

    This game is a scam.
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