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  • Summary: Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a story-driven music game of Persona 4, developed by ATLUS. Replacing the RPG elements are dance battles that challenge players' dexterity and accuracy as they tap out re-mixes of fan-favorite themes and brand new music tracks.
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  1. Positive: 36 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. 100
    There’s a narrative that not only follows on from one of the finest stories ever written (and I'm not just talking in terms of video games) but succeeds in actually enhancing it. The soundtrack is absolutely incredible and does some amazing things in remixing music that was already peerless.
  2. Sep 22, 2015
    90
    A hugely successful departure from established formula, Persona 4: Dancing All Night is further proof that Atlus can take the franchise anywhere.
  3. Sep 22, 2015
    85
    Atlus somehow finds a way to craft a music game based around Persona 4 and have it end up as a serious entry to the rhythm genre. Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a great experience, with gameplay, visual, and a soundtrack that all come together in one heck of a package.
  4. Sep 22, 2015
    80
    Like Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, this is a game that is simplistic in concept but catered heavily toward fans of the series. Yet unlike Theatrhythm’s serviceable-yet-sterile insert of characters and compositions, Dancing All Night goes the extra mile to ensure that Persona 4’s beloved cast bring their A-game to this endearing love letter in addition to its plethora of toe-tapping remixes.
  5. Nov 16, 2015
    77
    A good game with average visuals. Although it may seem easy to play, it's hard to master. Probably it's weakest aspect is that it abuses certain songs instead of different ones that give the game some variety.
  6. Jan 11, 2016
    70
    Dancing All Night is a decent story-driven rhythm game that every Persona fan should play.
  7. Sep 22, 2015
    50
    Dancing All Night might have sounded like a fun idea on paper, but it simply doesn’t hold a candle to better portable rhythm games.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jan 26, 2016
    10
    I've never touched a rhythm game before in my life (at least not one with a controller- DDR/dance games I'd consider different), and really,I've never touched a rhythm game before in my life (at least not one with a controller- DDR/dance games I'd consider different), and really, never thought there was any appeal to it.

    Part of my enjoyment of this game absolutely comes from how much I love Persona 4- the music, graphics, story, everything. P4D is no different.

    If there's one thing missing, it's the choice of P4- the story in this game is linear and pays an homage to the original story rather than doing its own, so one cannot expect the same level of depth.

    That's about it for criticisms though- and frankly I don't think a spin off is going to be overly deep- I wouldn't take points away from Mario Kart because it focuses solely on racing (not that Mario had much story, but you get the point).

    The game has great, complete voice acting, vibrant graphics, excellent controls and is far more entertaining than I'd expected a rhythm game could be.

    I'd recommend giving it a try unless you're staunchly against rhythm games- though, do make sure to play Persona 4 first, chances are if you don't enjoy P4 you won't see much to this game (unless you really love rhythm games I suppose.)

    Got the platinum, enjoyed every minute of it- would happily play again.
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  2. Nov 13, 2015
    10
    Persona 4 Dancing All Night sees the return of the loved Persona 4 Investigation Team and friends, both new and old, as they must dance theirPersona 4 Dancing All Night sees the return of the loved Persona 4 Investigation Team and friends, both new and old, as they must dance their way to reveal the truth of what is known as the midnight stage. As Rise Kujikawa is set to make an explosive comeback into the showbiz world of idols there is an urban legend that’s got everyone worried: “go to a certain website at midnight and you’ll see a strange video. Those who watch it get taken away to the ‘other side,’ never to return.” It’s with this quick introduction that Persona 4 Dancing All Night will then throw you head first into a mystery that needs solving and songs that need to be danced to, and within minutes you will fall in love with it.

    The story mode for Persona 4 Dancing All Night last eight chapters, with a few extras hidden away, and will take around seven to ten hours depending on your reading speed. The story mode is overall a fantastic addition to Persona 4 Dancing All Night as it gives it an edge over other rhythm games on the market in my eyes. Not only that but once again, it is a solid story experience that it worth going through. Take note though however that you will need to finish the story to unlock all the songs and some extras for Free Dance mode.

    Gameplay in Persona 4 Dancing All Night is made up of notes and scratches that you need to hit throughout the many songs you’ll play. All of the gameplay within Persona 4 Dancing All Night is within the songs, with the only other section being the visual novel style scenes with characters to explain the story as you go. As you play a song you’ll need to use both the D-Pad and the buttons to hit the notes at the right moment as they move along the screen

    Thankfully though a handful of items can be set before songs to help make your life a bit easier, or harder if you so wish, and boost your reward at the end of the song. In fact there are a lot of items to be picked up throughout the game along with outfits and other customisation options to which can be used in the game’s Free Dance mode.

    And lastly it is worth taking a moment to point out that not only is Persona 4 Dancing All Night a beautiful looking and sounding game but also a game that runs perfectly on the Vita. With next to no load times and not a single drop in frames at any point, Persona 4 Dancing All Night is a strong game that makes sure not to waste any potential.

    If you’re a fan of Persona, rhythm games or even just on the fence about this one make sure to pick up Persona 4 Dancing All Night as it will be truly worth your attention and give you hours of fun.
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  3. Oct 9, 2015
    10
    Saw Margaret dancing 10/10. But in all seriousness, really fun game for fans of the persona series I'm doubtful that the game will be asSaw Margaret dancing 10/10. But in all seriousness, really fun game for fans of the persona series I'm doubtful that the game will be as enjoyable for people without background knowledge of what's going on. Really enjoy the gameplay it's not as challenging as others in the category but that can be a draw for some. Expand
  4. Nov 10, 2015
    9
    What at first seems like a cheap cash-in on one of the best RPGs of all time, Dancing All Night proves to be worthy of the Persona name,What at first seems like a cheap cash-in on one of the best RPGs of all time, Dancing All Night proves to be worthy of the Persona name, expanding its universe, enriching its story and throwing in a bunch of fantastic catchy tunes as the icing on this delicious cake. Expand
  5. Oct 12, 2015
    8
    Midnight Stage Fever!

    I'm continuously surprised by the ways Atlus can come up with for an excuse to revisit Persona 4. I mean in addition
    Midnight Stage Fever!

    I'm continuously surprised by the ways Atlus can come up with for an excuse to revisit Persona 4. I mean in addition to the first game we've had an animated series, a fighting game, a golden re-release of the original game, a Persona 3 crossover, another animated series based on the golden version of the game, a sequel to the fighting game, and now a dancing game. This is a fact I would be far more upset with...were these new additions not consistently good.

    Dancing All Night doesn't have nearly the depth of the original game or the epic scale of the arena games. What it has instead is solid rhythm-based game featuring Yu Narukami and the Investigation Team. The fact that it has on of the best story of any rhythm game is just a bonus. Now it does have it's flaws with the overuse of remixes, and the somewhat repetitive narrative structure. And honestly, as a final send of to the Investigation Team crew, I actually though it was a bit underwhelming, especially when compared to ultimax. But the flaws ultimately are negligibly due to the sheer style and passion that oozes from this game. It's nice to know that in this world of endless sequels and mediocre spin-offs, it's nice to see Persona 4's actually getting loving effort put into them.

    While not something I would recommend to anyone not already a Persona 4 fan, dancing all night is by far the best Vita game to be released this year...which may not being saying much considering the most barren Vita release landscape, BUT it's still a must own for Persona 4 fans and honestly it's just a great musical game regardless. Whether it's worth a $50 asking price though, is something i'll have to leave up to you, but definitely pick it up when it gets an eventual price drop at least.

    THE GOOD
    + A Surprisingly well written, if smaller stakes, story.
    + Persona 4 music at it's best!

    THE MIXED
    +/- The Remixes are good...there's just too many of them.

    THE BAD
    - As a final Persona 4 sendoff, Ultimax did it better.
    - The plot is a bit repetitive at first.
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  6. Jan 5, 2018
    8
    Music is spot on! I like dancing games and this one is so entertaining. I didn't think it will have a story though. Nice one.
  7. Jul 23, 2018
    7
    A pretty decent rhythm game, not for everyone, but still pretty good for P4 fans

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