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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 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: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  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
    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. Oct 7, 2014
    Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is a worthy successor with enough gameplay differences to justify a purchase for those who have the original.
  4. Sep 26, 2014
    Aside from a really frustrating online experience, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax delivers a compelling story, which is an odd thing to say about a fighting game. The balanced roster and additional characters definitely make a strong case for why you need to pick up this game. If you've got an itch for a solid 2D fighter, look no further.
  5. Oct 7, 2014
    Ultimax could have slammed the gas pedal in one direction and been fine, instead it takes its time to stop and make sure the view is great, too.
  6. Sep 26, 2014
    Persona 4 Arena Ultimax does everything a good fighting game sequel should. It adds new characters, modes, and other changes that improve the experience. The story is a bit long, but it features plenty of fan-service for devoted followers of the series.
  7. Oct 8, 2014
    Those interested in Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax for the fighting will be satisfied with what's on offer, but narrative fans curious about what happens to the gang before the next official Persona RPG debuts will likely feel burned. The story side is a tedious, thudding disappointment compared to the stellar stuff the series usually delivers.

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  1. Oct 6, 2014
    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 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.
  2. Oct 2, 2014
    Thank 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

    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
  3. Oct 3, 2014
    Everything 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
  4. Oct 15, 2014
    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!