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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

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Mar 11, 2022
    90
    Persona 4 Arena Ultimax has the visual novel stories of both Persona 4 Arena games. As a result, it has the full roster of Ultimax, as well as all the character balancing. All the DLC from the original titles is included in this new release. This gorgeous anime fighter is easy to pick up, and difficult to master. It’s a ton of quality content for a budget price, which makes Persona 4 Arena Ultimax a must buy for all Persona and fighting game fans.
  2. Mar 10, 2022
    90
    Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is a great anime fighting game with plenty of depth for competitive players while remaining accessible for newcomers; all brought forward to modern platforms. More competitive players may want to wait until the eventual rollback update, but this new release easily revives this series for a few more rounds.
  3. Mar 21, 2022
    85
    Still the game we played in 2014, and still a great game. There aren’t a lot of additions, but when rollback is implemented online matches should improve noticeably.
  4. Mar 10, 2022
    80
    Considering it arrived during the transition of the previous console generation, it’s good to see Persona 4 Arena Ultimax available for a wider audience. Series fans will love the aesthetics and storytelling while fighting game fans will find as much depth in the mechanics as any other accomplished anime fighter from Arc System Works. Yet when there’s more demand for the mainline RPGs to make their way to modern platforms, especially during the series’ 25th anniversary, it’s hard not to feel like this was the wrong remaster for Sega/Atlus to have prioritised, with Switch owners in particular getting the short straw.
  5. Mar 16, 2022
    80
    Persona 4 Arena Ultimax offers a fun celebration for Persona 3 and 4 that’ll appeal to series and fighting fans alike, proving why Arc System Works maintains such a strong following. I do have to question Atlus’ decision to re-release Ultimax first, given how Persona 3 and Persona 4 aren't available on PS4 or Nintendo Switch, but it’s still a welcome sight. While poor pacing and repetition issues sadly hold back this story, it’s still serviceable and I genuinely enjoyed seeing these characters once again. Ultimax still packs a mean punch eight years later and even if you aren’t a hardcore Persona fan, it gets my recommendation.
  6. Mar 14, 2022
    80
    Anyone looking for a chance to duke it out with their favorite characters, some great fan service for Persona 3 and 4 lovers, or just a great fighting game, is going to enjoy what’s on offer here.
  7. Mar 10, 2022
    60
    Ultimately, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax doesn’t seem to quite know who it’s for. It should be aimed at Persona fans, but the steep learning curve and lack of fan service elements lean away from that idea. As a fighting game, it doesn’t seem that compelling either, and asks for heavy investment in a story that’s relatively light on gameplay. It will find some fans, but it doesn’t look likely to pick up many outsiders. But hey, at least it has rollback netcode now.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 23, 2022
    10
    This was and alway should be exclusive to PlayStation ! PlayStation has always been bringing the greatest exclusives and should never shareThis was and alway should be exclusive to PlayStation ! PlayStation has always been bringing the greatest exclusives and should never share it with other platforms unless absolutely necessary! I bought the PlayStation for that you exact reason ! It’s called exclusive for a reason and the rights belong to them so to hell with the other platforms . Amazing game . Expand
  2. Mar 19, 2022
    10
    Lots of content. Amazing for persona fans but also one of the easier fighters to get into
  3. Mar 20, 2022
    10
    Even though i would like to get a new persona game i can not complain of getting new ports of diffrent games on new consoles and this game hasEven though i would like to get a new persona game i can not complain of getting new ports of diffrent games on new consoles and this game has amazing combat mechanic's that Newcomers can understand and excellent music form both series and a story thats not bad a seriously reccomend this game and don't pay attention to what other people say in early reviews Expand
  4. Mar 25, 2022
    9
    Outside of the Street Fighter series, this is my favourite Fighting game. Partially my love for Persona 4's great, fun characters. But combatOutside of the Street Fighter series, this is my favourite Fighting game. Partially my love for Persona 4's great, fun characters. But combat is great, I think the one negative I can give it, is not cleaning up the art a bit for the rerelease. The one other thing is no Rollback on Switches version but that's not this version so I would not cut the score for that

    Great Music check
    Fan and accessible Gameplay
    Indepth gameplay for more advance players if they want to play on that level
    Characters are great
    Story is 1 Year I believe it was after Persona 4 and you get to have more great interactions with the roster
    I should give it a 10, but I really do think they should have added more to a rerelease as I own the original and it's basically no different outside the improved online
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  5. Mar 18, 2022
    8
    Good-
    So much content it's insane. The visuals and soundtrack are superb. The controls are tight and easy to master. The transition of the
    Good-
    So much content it's insane. The visuals and soundtrack are superb. The controls are tight and easy to master. The transition of the Persona universe into a fighting game is done really well. The combat is satisfying and really fun. The rollback netcode is also something that should be praised.

    Bad-
    The story, wrting, and characterization is absolutely awful. This basically makes a good chunk of the content bad and a chore to get through. Persona 3 and 4 are some of the best experiences I have had in gaming and this game does none of those characters any justice. What makes it worse is the game shoves it in your face all the time and it gets annoying.

    Thoughts-
    Like many, I hope that one day, we get a Persona 5 Arena game, one that allows the all star casts of Persona 3 and 4 to duke it out with the Phantom Thieves. And judging by the way that Atlus has handled narrative in Persona 5 spin offs so far, either 5 Arena won’t be saddled with an elaborate story mode, or if it is, it will be actually well written for a change. If and when it happens, we will have a hopefully superior product to rally around – but until it does, if it ever does, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on PS4, Steam, and Switch represents the definitive Persona fighting game experience. Anyone looking for a chance to duke it out with their favorite characters, some great fan service for Persona 3 and 4 lovers, or just a great fighting game, is going to enjoy what’s on offer here.
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  6. Apr 7, 2022
    8
    Come voto ho messo 8 a Persona 4 Arena Ultimax perché oggettivamente è un bel gioco. Anche se non sono bravo ai picchiaduro a scorrimento siCome voto ho messo 8 a Persona 4 Arena Ultimax perché oggettivamente è un bel gioco. Anche se non sono bravo ai picchiaduro a scorrimento si vede che il gameplay è fatto molto bene. La trama, raccontata tramite visual novel, è molto bella. Bella anche la modalità galleria dove si possono vedere artwork, illustrazioni e cutscene. Tuttavia mi sarei aspettato qualcosa in più perché è lo stesso gioco di 8 anni fa e l'unica novità è la modalità Golden. Inoltre, inserire il rollback netcode dopo 3-4 mesi dall'uscita è una scelta senza senso. In estate P4AU perderà d'interessa e il numero di utenti online calerà drasticamente. Expand
  7. Mar 25, 2022
    7
    The good
    Relaunch of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for the current generation (remember that this game was one of the last games of the Xbox
    The good
    Relaunch of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for the current generation (remember that this game was one of the last games of the Xbox 360/PS3 generation). Intermediate story scenes, some gallery images and intro animation have been rescaled (the rest of the game has not). The story revolves around Labrys and picks up right where it left off in Persona 4 Arena (in Mayonaka TV, or normal P4A), with Labrys being the bridge to unite two generations of "chosen children" from Persona 3 and Persona 4 in one adventure. where they beat each other up. The chosen ones from Persona 3 are already younger adults and the ones from Persona 4 are high school teenagers. Margarette, Adachi and Marie are already in the base game, you don't need to pay for the DLC.

    The bad
    It's the same game that we saw in 2014 on Xbox 360/PS3, a soulless relaunch (although it is true that the game pushed the Xbox 360 and PS3 to the limit listening to the heat sinks and air extractors with all that blink-blink , transparencies and effects on screen). If you feel lost in the story or you don't click to connect with the characters you may leave it very quickly. If your thing is not to read or enter the story mode to get into the lore and you don't want to revisit Persona 3, Persona 4 (Normal), Persona 4: Golden, Persona 4 Arena (Normal) this is not your game as beautiful as it looks or for more anime aesthetics it has. The Mizoguchi (or something like that) gargantuan final boss we had already seen him be reused in Blazblue Chronophantasm as "the legendary beast" feels more like a skin to see him again.

    Lo Meh!:
    I hope and the online of this game does not die soon as in its Xbox 360/PS3 versions, here there is no excuse for generational change. Hopefully they will be encouraged to release the game on Xbox Series, which at the time was on 360, both this and its previous game, even in Persona 4 Arena (normal) is backward compatible and the Ultimax is not. The minimum effort of Arc System works in this game is noticeable
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