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  • Summary: In P4AU, the characters from Persona 4 and Persona 3 once again find themselves teaming up to face off in the P-1 Climax, a series of battles which must be won before the world ends. The original cast of characters from Persona 3 and 4 are back to discover the mastermind behind the wholeIn P4AU, the characters from Persona 4 and Persona 3 once again find themselves teaming up to face off in the P-1 Climax, a series of battles which must be won before the world ends. The original cast of characters from Persona 3 and 4 are back to discover the mastermind behind the whole tournament, while a few new faces join the fight, including Junpei Iori, Yukari Takeba, Rise Kujikawa, and more. But standing in their way is the dual katana-wielding Sho Minazuki, a huge threat to everyone involved in the P-1 Climax. Worse yet, there's a Sho lookalike who can wield a Persona... Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 100
    Ultimax takes the original and makes it better. There is something for everyone, from the solo player to the fighting enthusiast. Atlus also continues their Persona narrative, emphasizing that this is a series integral to the Persona brand as a whole and not an easy cash-in. A must buy for anyone who likes fighters and/or the series.
  2. Oct 2, 2014
    91
    I’d wholeheartedly suggest checking Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, whether you’re a Persona fan, or have enjoyed other Arc System Works fighters in the past.
  3. Nov 2, 2014
    90
    A fantastic fighting game package.
  4. Sep 30, 2014
    85
    Ultimax makes small tweaks to the fighting system, but it also keeps things fresh with new characters, an intriguing story mode that Persona fans will adore, and plenty of modes to keep you busy.
  5. Jan 8, 2015
    85
    Persona 4 Arena was a fine spin-off and this new iteration continues the trend with more depth and a longer story mode, that, however, lacks a bit of gameplay action. Newcomers are strongly advised to start with the previous one, by the way.
  6. There's not even the slightest whiff of cash-in here. Greatly expanded and built upon. Ultimax indeed. [Christmas 2014, p73]
  7. Nov 14, 2014
    50
    The fighting game here is fun and engaging, but its wrapper is so, so flawed.

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  1. Oct 2, 2014
    10
    Thank you ATLUS for doing this everything about this game is a godsend I actually feel rewarded for going through that awful awful p4G nowThank you ATLUS for doing this everything about this game is a godsend I actually feel rewarded for going through that awful awful p4G now

    Graphics: pretty smooth and exactly what you would and should expect from a persona 4 game a few anime cutscenes, character boxes and thought bubble text is here and that kind of bothers me I would have rather had all cutscenes however the biggest issue is the fact that characters have few portraits to choose from

    Sound: very smooth and vast everything fits so well too

    Ai
    Dissapointing but it's minimal so I won't penalize the game too much

    Gameplay : very much like persona 4 arena but everything is much more balanced could we nerd sho a bit though jeez btw all shadows feel differant from thier counterparts

    Story : exemplary everything to the last detail is structured well it gives us the send off we'd been hoping for and the way the story is set up it is much less annoying to progress I do wish the shadow characters had thier own stories though

    And that's it everybody it's the best possible sequel to p4 arena and I'm supper supper happy I got this thank you atlus for making such a fantastic game why did you end the series now after this we don't want persona 5 we want labrys
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  2. Oct 6, 2014
    10
    Superior in every way to the first Part this game brings us a better define fighting system and a lot of new character and adding ShadowSuperior in every way to the first Part this game brings us a better define fighting system and a lot of new character and adding Shadow version to a lot of the originals. The story even though it was its ups and downs and pretty consistent and with a good length (for a fighting game). The fighting system is a 2D fighter which has really beautiful sprite animations and great character. If you are a fan of the Persona series this is a must buy, if you are a fan of fighting games this game offer a good depth to pros and an easy to understand system for beginners.
    I will be giving it a 10 because i love fighting games and love the Persona series so for me its one of the best games of the year.
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  3. Dec 10, 2014
    9
    This is a Persona game made by Persona fans for Persona fans and not for fighting game fans. While the fighting system itself is prettyThis is a Persona game made by Persona fans for Persona fans and not for fighting game fans. While the fighting system itself is pretty decent, the main draw of this game is to give a detailed epilogue to P4:Golden. If you have not played P4:Golden, specifically that version of Persona 4, and Persona 3, you will not get the maximum potential that is brought to the table with this game. It truly is a Persona game made specifically for the fans.
    After the first P4: Arena came out a few years ago, people wondered why they would release a fighting game in the Persona franchise. This game was specifically built as a way to connect P3 and P4 together with huge amounts of fanservice for both games. You will not like this game as much without having played both games, specifically the FES version of P3 and P4:Golden. The star of the show is the story, which is easily the longest storyline, in terms of length, given to any fighting game probably ever. The two main storylines will easily run upwards of 20 hours to complete with meaningful pieces of story along the way. The fighting takes a backseat to what happens in the main story. The story is good and it's really nice to see some more from these characters, especially coming from an AVID Persona fan. The characters are great and they are built up properly but the game does assume you already know who these people are, at least from the first P4 Arena game.
    The fighting mechanics themselves are ok. This game will not take any players away from the Street Fighter series, nor will it ever be played in any official tournament setting. But it's well done and builds on what went well from the first game. While there are still some balance issues, the fighting isn't half bad and won't scare away from Persona fans who don't like fighting games.
    The main problem I have with the game is the pay wall. To get any new characters or additions to the storyline, you have to buy them. I dislike games that force you to purchase an additional content without letting you earn it in some capacity. There's a whole chapter to the main storyline that needs to be purchased and I don't like that at all.
    In the end, this game was meant to be played on the Playstation and the game was specifically built for it's storyline. It's a wonderful closure to one of THE best games of all time and will easily hold over anyone waiting for Persona 5 to come out next year sometime. But, know that this game was definitely designed for Persona 4 fans specifically. If you didn't like Persona 4 for whatever reason, stay far, far away from this game.
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  4. Oct 3, 2014
    8
    Everything great that can be said about the original Persona 4 Arena has been kept or improved upon in the sequel. Many more characters withEverything great that can be said about the original Persona 4 Arena has been kept or improved upon in the sequel. Many more characters with unique play styles have been added, and returning veterans in P4AU have updated movesets and alternate forms by use of their shadows who play on a completely different mechanic. The story mode of the game has been vastly improved in my opinion, rather than repeating similar scenarios with different character, as is the case with P4A, the story has a linear path with branches for different characters so that there is little overlap, and it's much easier to establish a canon progression than in P4A. The episode P4 portion of the story feels a bit forced with how the characters interact and relate to the current situation, but this is more than made up for with Episode P3 which provides a much more detailed and characterized path through the story. The inclusion of the Adachi episode which comes free in the first week as DLC is also a pleasant surprise. Gameplay is much like P4A, but feels overall more polished and smooth. I found myself having issues activating SP skills with my Dualshock 3's D-pad, despite the commands being entered correctly on screen. I'm unsure as to whether this is a problem from the game's standpoint or my controllers, as I am able to execute the commands well using the analog stick instead. I won't include this in my score as it may be a problem on my side. Expand
  5. Oct 15, 2014
    7
    If you're looking for a good fighting game, look no farther. If you're looking for a good story, you'll be severely disappointed.

    If you
    If you're looking for a good fighting game, look no farther. If you're looking for a good story, you'll be severely disappointed.

    If you enjoyed playing Arena, you'll love Ultimax - the Shadow variants, new characters, and improved/balanced mechanics make things plenty more fun.

    Unfortunately, the story is extremely lackluster. The writers prioritize the "friendship is magic" message (that was already overused in Persona 4 and Arena) over a worthwhile conclusion. The main antagonist (who is revealed towards the end of the story) has basically no relation to either P3 or P4, being some asspull existence that shouldn't even exist.

    Then, to make matters worse, Elizabeth's story is completely ignored. If you played her story in Arena, you know that it tied in directly to the end of Persona 3. Well, it sucks for you, but they hardly even acknowledge it, ending that plotline with a vague cliffhanger that they'll never deliver on.

    Oh yeah, and the final battle in the P3 story isn't fought by a P3 character. Why? Who knows.

    It's a bit baffling that the writers thought this could pass a conclusion to the P3/P4 stories. But at least the actual gameplay isn't disappointing!
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  6. Dec 4, 2014
    7
    Better than P4A, but still quite flawed. An entertaining fighter to be sure, but the lackluster story mode drags on and it adds nothing ofBetter than P4A, but still quite flawed. An entertaining fighter to be sure, but the lackluster story mode drags on and it adds nothing of worth to the Persona series. Golden Arena mode is an excellent idea, though, and gives the game a single player mode that's actually fun. I'd recommend this game to ASW fans, but not Persona fans. Expand