• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Nov 25, 2014
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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  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.
  7. games(TM)
    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: 23 out of 41
  2. Negative: 8 out of 41
  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. Sep 12, 2021
    9
    Game: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
    Genre: RPG
    Developer: P-Studio Publisher: Atlus System: Nintendo 3DS (3DS) Year of Release:
    Game: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
    Genre: RPG
    Developer: P-Studio
    Publisher: Atlus
    System: Nintendo 3DS (3DS)
    Year of Release: 2014
    Length of Playthrough: 76 Hours

    Total Score: 88/100
    Value Score: 8.8/10

    • Story: 8/10
    • Characters: 10/10
    • GamePlay: 7/10
    • Graphics: 7/10
    • Sound: 10/10
    • Music: 10/10
    • Length: 10/10
    • Replay Value: 8/10
    • Player Value: 8/10

    Pros
    +Combines the gameplay elements of Persona and Etrian Odyssey
    +Use more than 15 different characters in parties of 5
    +Highly customizable characters with equips and skills and a customizable map
    +Plenty of Sidequests and New Game+ content
    +Lots of great conversations and interactions between the characters

    Cons
    -Can be frustrating and difficult at times during puzzles and battles
    -Too much back and forth traveling
    -No social links

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    Series Scorewise comparison sake

    Shin Megami Tensei Persona 1 Portable (PSP): 88
    Shin Megami Tensei Persona 2 Innocent Sin (PSP): 85
    Shin Megami Tensei Persona 3 Portable (PSP): 95
    Shin Megami Tensei Persona 4 (PS2): 97
    Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS): 88
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  3. 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
  4. Mar 3, 2015
    8
    The game is Great but hard after all but the music is so awesome! And the 3D is amazing and I only bought this because Target sold out ofThe game is Great but hard after all but the music is so awesome! And the 3D is amazing and I only bought this because Target sold out of Legend of Zelda Majora's mask 3D and I thought this would be one of the games I could never beat but I was sorely mistaken! Check this game out, although it would be a little better if it was like the original Persona 4 but its to similar to Etrain Odyssey. Expand
  5. Jun 10, 2015
    7
    So, Persona my favourite game series by far. So Persona Q rolls along round christmas to bring in a bit of hype before Persona 5, but is itSo, Persona my favourite game series by far. So Persona Q rolls along round christmas to bring in a bit of hype before Persona 5, but is it good? ...Kind of. It's not a bad game but maybe it was because I played both Persona 3 and 4 before with Persona 3 holding my title of all time favourite game. Well I suppose this is a review... If your here for story with all the characters from persona 3 and 4 your playing the wrong game. Instant let down for me, the game has minor 'stroll' scenes you can play to get some tiny tidbits to counter the lack of P3/P4 interaction. The gameplay was alright, It was new to have 5 people instead of 4 and having sub-personas. I found the dungeons to be cool to look at but got very very grindy very quickly. Your basic gameplay is this routine, Enter dungeon, Fight and explore untell you can't anymore, get out of said dungeon, sell all your materials, heal, buy weapons and armour, maybe fuse, save and repeat. Sub personas work like this. You get a small or large boost to your SP/HP that you can use. The HP/SP boost regens itself fully for each battle so it can save you in a tight spot. Assuming you don't be cheap and use the free persona ORPHEUS TELOOOOOS... Sorry. There is also the leader skill you can use. Some personas will have leader skills you can use if you have said persona equipt. These can be life saving and/or demolish the enemy. Fighting isn't bad but it's nothing really to write home about. If you've played the past Persona games you know what to do... and that's just it. This game is basically a watered down version of other persona games in my eyes. Maybe I got over hyped about the game but all I know is this. After beating the first dungeon I stopped playing constantly. Without the social links that Persona 3 and 4 have the game is more grind-fest then Persona 3 and 4 combined. You literally only playing this game to beat the dungeon and that's it. It's good but in my eyes the game is just barely worthy of the Persona name.

    Pros:
    Good combat
    Good dungeons
    Cool story

    Cons:
    No P3/4 interaction (Or not enough)
    Very little to do
    Grind-fest
    Little explanation to new players

    7/10
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  6. Sep 3, 2021
    5
    Would have loved this game if the SP didn't drain so fast. Also, i get that it's using the turn-based machanics of Etrian Oddessy, but this isWould have loved this game if the SP didn't drain so fast. Also, i get that it's using the turn-based machanics of Etrian Oddessy, but this is riddiculus, Press-Turn system would have been marvelous instead of having to watch your attack plan play out all at once. It got to the point where I wasn't impressed anymore, and simply went into safe mode, and auto most of it. From my view, this game should have kept the Press-Turn system, and normal SP usages from the original source. Expand
  7. Apr 4, 2020
    0
    This game is terrible! They take the best parts of other games.. (Persona and Etrian, of course) and make it the absolute worst game (SO FAR!)This game is terrible! They take the best parts of other games.. (Persona and Etrian, of course) and make it the absolute worst game (SO FAR!) in the SMT universe!
    HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!
    It starts off so innocently, it looks like it'll be some reminder of what p3/p4 was. It starts off with some nice banter between the old group, the new 2 people, the velvet room people and then you're off to the dungeon!
    Hell yeah, mapping out floors and grinding until you're an OP god! 20 hours from start, you'll be a fighter. 20 hours later, you'll be King Leonidas, 20 hours after that you'll be on new game+ and mop the floor with FOE's!! GUA HA H...hee....um, wait. How did they not figure out the formula?

    Alright, so here is the real summary:
    Story - no character development. Your favorie characters are now one-dimensional stereotypes that never, NEVER stop saying their stereotypical lines! Like.. there isnt even any conversation, just tropes. MEMEs. It gets obnoxious before you finish the first floor.
    Game: Grind all you want, buy all the best equipment, it doesnt matter. You never get stronger.
    As soon as you get some good equips, the enemies are impossible to hit.
    As soon as you raise the hit rate, they 'bind' the whole group.
    As soon as you become bound-resistant, they one shot you.
    You cant get thru any floor but the first with grinding and 'auto battle'. You literally have to babysit these guys EVERY fight. Which is fine, except you'll half the time not have a decent loadout of skills from your personas.
    Personas: You have your main and your sub and about a dozen skills possible between all that. You'll heal up a good bit inbetween battles by just walking and having some 'passive' heals. Which would be great if you didnt get one-shotted by eveyr other enemy.
    There is honestly no way to avoid the cheapness. Best equips? Grinding? Intelligent use of enemy weaknesses? Doesnt matter.
    So good news first: The old etrian style is here. Healing isnt free. You need to TP back to town to get anything more than the basics done. The item system is there, so USE IT. Unlike etrian, you will be making TONS of bank from harvesting spots. Too much, IF you compare to etrian where a dungeon run only nets you ONE item and a heal at the inn. Etrian is a grind, but at least you get stronger.

    Bad news: your equips dont matter. Items are too expensive. It gets super tedious to have to hit up the nurse's office/inn every 5 minutes because OMFG STOP ONE SHOTTING ME. If you like pressing A to heal, then A to harvest, then a to confirm choices, then a to choose 5 attacks x 5 confirms x 5 which enemy to hit.. its just so incredibly frustrating to babysit these losers. And its a shame cuz they were so much stronger in p3/p4.
    Bad: This game. INCREDIBLE GARBAGE. Not persona. Not etrian. It sh!ts all over the persona story, too.
    Anyone rating this game positively is your enemy. If you've played hundreds of hours of etrian, this game is an abomination to you. If you played persona 3/4, this game will be an abomination to you.

    Consider it all. Consider the ratings. If you want a REAL crossover in this universe, you want strange journey. The old one on DS, not the new one. Good lord the new 3ds strange journey changed the gameplay to ENCOURAGE pay2win. You'll see.
    If you want a 'dungeon crawler lite' there is always mystery dungeon's crossovers. If you want a good etrian, just randomly choose one. No matter what etrian you choose, you might get some bad traits.. but you'll get to figure out what works, what is OP, and the story doesnt PRETEND TO EXIST like Persona Q.
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