• 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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  1. Positive: 50 out of 56
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  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.
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    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: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
  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. Jan 19, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Being a fan of the persona series, the game feels like a classic dungeon crawling RPG that does not fail the impress. Having poured 100 hours into the game so far, I enjoyed the new art style and the combination of the Persona 3 and 4 cast. Persona Q is also very challenging, which stays true to the Persona series. I came into this game not expecting much from a 3ds game but after playing, I can say that I heavily enjoyed the game. I recommend anyone who has played the Persona series in the past or the Etrian Odyssey series to give this game a shot! 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. Dec 22, 2014
    8
    I've never played a Persona game before, but I've played a few other games in the Shin Megami Tensei series as well as tried a bit of EtrianI've never played a Persona game before, but I've played a few other games in the Shin Megami Tensei series as well as tried a bit of Etrian Odyssey. This game is a pretty fun combination of the two series, although it is true that the characters are a little 2 dimensional (probably because I didn't play Persona 4), their interactions are funny and endearing.The graphics are really cute and well done as well as the music. I haven't really played enough to give an opinion on the story but so far it is interesting. Battles are what you would expect from a SMT game - just the right difficulty to make you rage but come back to. Given my lack of interest in the Etrian Odyssey series, I thought I'd get really bored with the map drawing and hate those FOEs but it really isn't that bad. All in all, it's a lot of fun and worth picking up if you're looking for a unique and cute dungeon crawler. Expand
  5. Jan 25, 2016
    8
    As someone who isn't much into EO-style dungeon crawlers and generally did not like what Persona Q did to the characters, I still finished itAs someone who isn't much into EO-style dungeon crawlers and generally did not like what Persona Q did to the characters, I still finished it because the labyrinth designs are for the most part very good and persona fusion / combat is addictive as always. Music is very strong too. A good mix of old and new. Really kept me going in the last 2 dungeons.

    The plot isn't strong and is heavily back-loaded. The last 5 hours or so is cute though.
    The character interactions get repetitive and my favorite characters are dumbed down versions of themselves.
    Combat can be challenging if you are new to Persona series, but on the other hand if you know stuff the game can pretty much be broken. That applies to almost every RPG game though so it's not really a flaw, just pointing that out.

    Overall, I'll say if you like EO series and Persona series, this is the game for you.
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  6. May 26, 2015
    6
    I was quite disappointed, honestly. I've been an avid Persona follower for a long time, and this game was actually the reason I bought a 3DS.I was quite disappointed, honestly. I've been an avid Persona follower for a long time, and this game was actually the reason I bought a 3DS. Persona 3 and 4 are some of their highest grossing games, and I'm so sad they didn't take more time with it.
    First, the dungeons were hard to get through. I loved the design, hated actually having to go through it. With each step in the walking style they had in the original Persona wasn't easy on my eyes, and I got a headache early in. The enemy attacks are annoying, seeing as the player has no control if they happen--and unlike in Nocturne, I just couldn't get enough into the story to overlook it.
    The characters seemed poorly executed as well, turned into 2D people with one character trait it seemed (Aki didn't even get a character trait, he just seemed really liked protein), I was just displeased. I got the game because I loved the characters, and that's the only reason I powered through.
    Once I got more accustomed to everything it was easier to get through, and some of the characters truly did shine and bring back great memories of playing the games when I was younger.
    Not their finest by any means, but it has its redeeming qualities.
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  7. Sep 10, 2016
    0
    Totally overrated Etrian Odyssey clone with a Persona skin. As is typical with the various trash Atlus produces, kids and weeaboos swallowTotally overrated Etrian Odyssey clone with a Persona skin. As is typical with the various trash Atlus produces, kids and weeaboos swallow these things and hype them to oblivion, while an experienced adult gamer is looking in disgust.

    Etrian Odyssey games are boring grindfests with absolutely no challenge at all. The only thing they require is a kid with tons of free time and a love for completing repetitive tasks for hundrends of hours, in order to proceed. The only thing "missing" from the usual jrpg recipe was a story, so Persona Q adds a Persona story, which is cheesy and cringe-worthy but better than nothing.

    The game has good production values, suprizing for Atlus, but i suppose after getting so much money from gallible weeaboos in the past, they could afford to spend a little more on development this time. Still, the game is a chore and not worth your time. Avoid.
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