• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Jun 4, 2019
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  • Summary: Joker Takes Center Stage - Experience a thought-provoking story from the perspective of the protagonist from Persona 5 as you along with the other Phantom Thieves meet the S.E.E.S. from Persona 3 and the Investigation Team from Persona 4 in a cinematic world!.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Jun 6, 2019
    90
    Person Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is not only an excellent dungeon crawler but also a great swan song for the Nintendo 3DS. A long game, with a good story for fans who can only miss a dub in English and the 3D effect.
  2. Jun 3, 2019
    90
    Even if you’re not huge on dungeon exploration Persona Q2 is a great game. It contains plenty of fanservice and references for fans of the main Persona titles and has a complex and rewarding combat and exploration loop that makes it worth playing even if it’s your first Persona game ever.
  3. Jul 9, 2019
    85
    Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is a conservative game with respect to its first installment, but manages to connect with the fan quickly, as the exploration and battle systems are still really fun to play and the huge cast of characters from the series parades through the screen.
  4. Jun 17, 2019
    82
    Despite losing part of its complexity, Persona Q2 is a great way to enjoy the best from the Persona franchise characters in a fun, entertaining way. We might be in front of the last big title for the Nintendo 3DS.
  5. Jun 20, 2019
    80
    Persona Q2's gameplay is a clever offshoot from Persona 5's highly refined battle system and is a consistently fun challenge. It's story isn't quite the serious social commentary of it's console sibling, but the fun and fan service on offer is fantastic.
  6. 80
    Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is a fun and welcome reunion with old friends embarking on a brand new adventure into a twisted and unpredictable world.
  7. Jun 3, 2019
    70
    Persona Q2’s has a lot of fun dungeon crawling to offer, but doesn’t make the most of its great cast’s time together.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jun 4, 2019
    10
    Persona Q2 is a fantastic 3DS game, and a surprisingly good persona experience.
    A solid improvement from Persona Q1 in every single mechanic
  2. Jun 27, 2019
    9
    Persona Q2 not only improved upon its predecessor but also makes for an amazing final game to cap of the Nintendo 3DS lifespan. As someone whoPersona Q2 not only improved upon its predecessor but also makes for an amazing final game to cap of the Nintendo 3DS lifespan. As someone who did not really enjoy the original persona Q , I found Q2 to be a vast improvement over the original with a better battle system and an interface that takes inspiration from persona 5. The main gameplay takes place in these maxes called Labyrinths and the game is a first person dungeon crawler, gameplay being very similar to the entrain odyssey series.To navigate the labyrinths , you’ll have to use the second screen of the 3DS to draw a map with special markers to mark chests and treasure spots. The game does not use the one more system from persona 3 to 5 , instead it uses something called the boost system. When a character land a critical hit or a weakness of an enemy they will be knocked down , but instead of getting to act again , the character will have a boost.
    A boost allows the character to act before everyone else and use skills the next turn without using Sp or Hp. If a character with a boost gets hit, they will loose the boost.
    The inclusion of persona 3’s Femc was intergrated quite well into the plot and the plot itself was quite good. Unlike the first PQ, you cannot choose which protagonist to play as instead forcing the player to play as Joker. While that might seem like a downside , this made PQ2’s plot much more focused than the first game. The game is mostly though so it shines the most with the character interactions. They handled most of the 25+ characters quite well but I do know some people do not like some of the changes and exaggerated character traits made to , let’s say Akihiko, who is now a protein addict , something that is mentioned once in the game is now a running gag. I found the whole protein thing to be pretty funny but I know that some people do not like the Writers throwing character development out of the window to make jokes about meat.(Which I think are funny too but personal preference.)
    The OST of this game is stellar with good remixes of pre-existing songs and a killer original songs with battle themes for each of the protagonists along with a very hardcore boss theme. A cute detail is that when you’re in the cinema , a song called a cinematic tale will play in the background. At first the only person singing is Lyn (the main singer for persona 5) but every time a new protagonist joins your team, their games singer will join in.
    In the end Persona Q2 New Cinema Labyrinth is a very good game that is a must play for any persona fan that has played at least one of the games after persona 3.
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  3. Aug 30, 2019
    9
    This is really one the best on 3ds, however this really just doesn’t feel like persona, like the characters ,it’s complexity and much more.This is really one the best on 3ds, however this really just doesn’t feel like persona, like the characters ,it’s complexity and much more. However I still recommend this title Expand
  4. Jun 4, 2019
    9
    God I love Persona. This is probably the last amazing game on the 3DS. I havent finished the whole story yet but im enjoying the game sooGod I love Persona. This is probably the last amazing game on the 3DS. I havent finished the whole story yet but im enjoying the game soo much. Atlus did an amazing job as always. My favorite 3DS game.

    9/10
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  5. Jul 26, 2019
    7
    #DashReview

    Persona Q2 is the turn-based RPG with first-person dungeon crawler and mapmaking. This latest installment crossover character
    #DashReview

    Persona Q2 is the turn-based RPG with first-person dungeon crawler and mapmaking. This latest installment crossover character with Persona 3, 4 and 5. Being one of the last games 3DS and being from the critically acclaimed series, will Persona Q2 live up to the legacy of the series or has this franchise had too many installments in the past few years?

    The Phantom Thieves from Persona 5, go on a mission to Mementos which turns for the worst as they soon find out they are stuck in a mysterious movie theater with no way out. While trying to escape by going into different movies and changing them, they also run into other persona users trying to escape. (From Persona 3 and 4). It’s a pretty simple story that severs its purpose of being fan service for anyone that has played all 3 of the current mainline games. Some characters are strip of their personality for the sake of a joke sometimes like in Persona Q1 but these moments are few and far between and don’t bog down the script like in the previous game. The script is serviceable but I felt that the pacing, especially in the latter half of this 80-hour game, dragged on and it became boring in parts. There a lot to like about the story in this game regardless if you played all 3 games or not but sticking through the whole affair might be hard for some.

    Turn-based combat is something that most games just can’t make interesting but the Persona series continues to keep players engaged with multiple ways to tackle situations by switching Personas or through the cast of 28 characters. The visuals of things like all-out attacks and union attacks also help to make for some fun moment due to certain attacks like a character cross-dressing for an all-girl attack or someone getting stuck at the wheel of a car and running over an enemy. In-between combat, you’ll explore labyrinth that you have to map out on the touch screen which adds some strategy to the game. There’s also fun side missions where you see more character interactions outside of the main story. While all of this is great, there not much to do outside of this combat and it did get a bit stale in the latter half. The first half is the best part of this game but just like the story, it drags on due to artificial game lengthier that are added to the 3rd and 4th parts of the game. The 3rd part having bullet sponge robots that makes the part a bit longer then it needed to be. Most levels follow the formula of having 4 acts followed by a boss but the 4th part has 6 acts and 2 boss floors. This stops the story right in its tracks and due to the length, you end up fighting the same enemies over and over for 10 to 15 hours of the run time. I thought the 4th part was the end of the game but there is a 5th and final part that was normal length again, so I don’t understand why the 4th part was so long. If you’re willing to get past the overly long 4th part, the other parts are pretty good. Gameplay severs its purpose for a Persona game but filler hurts the experience.

    The game looks great and union attacks steal the show when it comes to what you can graphically pull off on the 3DS. The soundtracks is amazing. New and old tracks are great. Nothing forgettable at all about this OST. A few framerate slowdowns but only in graphically intense scenes, nothing that takes away from the game.

    Persona Q2 is a good RPG for fans of the series and a great 3DS sendoff but newcomers might want to start somewhere else. The slow pace and the abundance of Persona references will put off some people. Even fans of the series might need to be a bit patient with a dull 4th part and bullet sponges in the 3rd part. Underneath the problems this game has, there is still some fun to be had with the multiple characters of this series and the excellently executed first half and finale of the game.

    Pros:
    +Fun Crossover Story
    +Amazing Presentation
    +Great Soundtrack
    +Almost Flawless First Half

    Cons:
    -Too Much Game Padding in Later Half
    -Needs More to Do Outside Of Combat
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  6. Jun 10, 2019
    3
    As a huge fan of the SMT franchise and the Persona spinoff games I always look foward to the newest release ATLUS has to offer in fact SMT IV,As a huge fan of the SMT franchise and the Persona spinoff games I always look foward to the newest release ATLUS has to offer in fact SMT IV, Nocturne and Persona 3 + 5 are some of my favorite JRPGS of all time.
    My feelings towards Persona Q in general is very mixed and I cant really say I am a fan of these games. The first game completely butchered the cast of Persona 3 giving them a Persona 4 makeover and was overall too cheery something I hoped the second game would resolve but I was wrong on so many levels.
    Persona Q2 is a shallow mess of a game that is both not fun to play and or watch, firstly the character development is thrown out the window especially for the Persona 5 cast who combined with the cast of 4 are literally walking breathing JoJo references with no style or substance. The story itself is so far up it's own ass to even take seriously I say that and I'm a Metal Gear Solid fan which is one of the most bombastic series in gaming.
    Gameplay is even worse as it still retains the absolutely abhorrent Etrian Odyessy gameplay which drags battles out for ages and is probably the worst turn based system I have seen in an ATLUS game, drawing maps seems like a fun concept on paper but ultimately got me lost more times than I could count to the point I had to put the game down for hours on end to start another playthrough of Bloodborne which I did in one sitting and didn't get bored once.
    The improvements are far and in between from the first game but I would say its alot less frustrating than it's predecessor just by a tiny bit for example the map system is slightly better and from my knowledge they removed the system that allowed for players to share Level 99 Persona's at Level 1 that completely ruined game balance.
    But the major positive I can give the game is it's fantastic soundtrack which I have had on repeat for the last week. The original also had a good soundtrack but was more or less remix's of Persona 3 and 4 tracks and whilst there are less of them in Q2 that is for the better as the original score more than makes up for it.
    The soundtrack is ultimately what saves this game from getting a 1 rating but other than that I would urge SMT fans and OG Persona fans to stay away from this game as it is nothing more than shoddily written and developed fan fiction.
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