The Casts of Persona 3 and Persona 4, Ranked

The casts of Persona 3 and Persona 4 will soon be dungeon crawling together with the release of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. This is the perfect excuse to arbitrarily rank who has the best chance at making it out alive! ...Oh who are we kidding? » 11/25/14 9:30am 11/25/14 9:30am

Time To Swoon Once Again Over Persona 3's Protagonist 

Look, Persona 4's playable character was nice enough, I guess, but it's always nicer going back to Persona 3's quieter, more teenage hero. Or, in this case, a fantastic recreation of the guy. » 11/18/14 10:00pm 11/18/14 10:00pm

Persona 3 Works as a Stage Play, But Less So as a Musical

This past week in Tokyo saw the end of the second Persona 3 musical's run. And while I had not seen the first, I decided with my vast knowledge of the series I owed it to myself to give Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade: The Ultramarine Labyrinth a watch. » 10/03/14 5:00am 10/03/14 5:00am

Let's look at Persona 4 Ultimax as a Visual Novel, Not a Fighting Game

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, sequel to Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 4 Arena, is a fighting game. However, unlike many fighting games, it comes with a robust story in the form of a 14-hour visual novel. And since we've looked at Ultimax as a fighting game already, it's only fair we look at it as a visual novel as well. » 9/09/14 7:00am 9/09/14 7:00am

What’s New in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax shares a lot with its predecessor Persona 4 Arena. When it comes down to the 2D fighting, they are largely the same game. However, outside of the fighting engine, there are a lot of new additions that make it worth playing—especially for Persona series fans. » 9/05/14 7:00am 9/05/14 7:00am

I Love Seeing the Persona 3 Characters All Grown Up

While it has “Persona 4” in the title, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is really a sequel to Persona 3 as much as Persona 4—especially as Ultimax now includes every member of the Persona 3 main cast we are likely to get. » 9/02/14 8:00am 9/02/14 8:00am

The New Persona Fighter Lovingly Reminds Me of the Arcade Days of Yore

Remember the days when you would go to an arcade, put a quarter into the machine of your favorite fighting game, and wait for a challenger to walk up, put in his own coin and fight you? So it goes with Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. » 9/02/14 6:00am 9/02/14 6:00am

The Friday Morning Stream Plays Persona 4 Arena Ultimax [Done!]

Welp, I had so much fun two weeks back filling in for Fahey with the Saturday Morning Stream that I decided to do it again. Only this time, with the new Persona fighting game in my hot little hands, I just couldn't wait till Saturday. So join me as I play Persona 4 Arena Ultimax live for your pleasure this fine… » 8/29/14 8:00am 8/29/14 8:00am

7 Strangest Alternate Endings in JRPGs

Last days. Leaving places. I know all things end. But last Friday, after almost ten years, it was a goodbye lunch, farewells, an exit interview and then a final departure out of the parking lot. I never realized how much I would miss my company and the people in it until I was leaving, even though it was on the best… » 8/28/14 11:00am 8/28/14 11:00am

The Cast of New Persona 3 Stage Play Looks Great in Costume

With the recent release of the Persona 3 movies, it’s no surprise that next month will see the release of a new Persona 3 stage play in Japan. And it’s no exaggeration to say the cast looks excellent in costume. » 8/08/14 7:00am 8/08/14 7:00am

Fighting game Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena is being turned into a stage play. Film director Shutaro Oku, who previously directed the Persona 4 theatrical production, is helming the production. It will be written by Jun Kumagai, who wrote Persona 4: The Animation as well as the Persona 3 and Persona 4 » 6/27/14 5:01am 6/27/14 5:01am

Persona Q is a Mixture of Old School Gameplay and Fanboy Joy

I love Persona 3 and Persona 4. They are easily among my favorite JRPGs. So a game that mixes together the characters of both games in an all new adventure seems right up my alley—which it is for the most part. But when it comes down to it, Persona Q lives or dies based on how much you enjoy being pandered to. » 6/24/14 8:00am 6/24/14 8:00am

The Original Sequel to Persona 3 is Better Than I Was Led to Believe

As I was recently watching the new Persona 3 movie , I remembered that before Persona 4, there was already a sequel to the hit PS2 game Persona 3 in the form of the anime Persona: Trinity Soul. However, only hearing negative things about it for years, I wondered if it was as bad as I had been led to believe. It isn't. » 6/20/14 6:40am 6/20/14 6:40am

Watch Us Play Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

Have you been wondering what a game filled with cute versions of your favorite Persona 3 and 4 characters plays like? Well wonder no longer. We’ve got you covered. » 6/17/14 8:00am 6/17/14 8:00am

Persona Q's Battle Music Refuses to Leave My Head

I played a lot of Persona Q this past weekend, but let me say, I loved every moment I spent in battle—though not because of the (perfectly adequate) battle system. What I really loved was the game's awesome battle theme. » 6/17/14 6:00am 6/17/14 6:00am

I Am Totally in Love with Persona Q’s Cute Character Redesigns

I’m a pretty big fan of Persona 3 and 4—especially of their dark color palette and creepy visuals. So, if you would have told me a year ago I would love the chibi character designs of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, I never would have believed you. …But they’re just so cute! » 6/13/14 5:40am 6/13/14 5:40am

Persona 3's Second Movie Reminds Me Why I Love Persona 3

Last fall, Persona 3's first movie hit theaters in Japan. Now the second film, Midsummer Knight's Dream, has made its Japanese debut, just eight months later. And while the first movie suffered somewhat from its limited scope as the story's beginning, Midsummer Knight's Dream is where the tale really hits its stride. » 6/09/14 4:30am 6/09/14 4:30am

The Latest Persona 3 Trailer Has Sun, Sand, and a Humanoid Tank

ATLUS just released the 3rd trailer for the 2nd installment of the Persona 3 movie series, Persona 3 The Movie – #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream – and it looks like everybody's favorite self-aware humanoid tank is joining the team. » 4/17/14 8:00am 4/17/14 8:00am

Persona 3 Really Is Buffy, Down To The Smallest Characters

Persona 3 is perhaps best described as "Basically, Buffy The Vampire Slayer at a super fashionable Japanese high school." If you're anything like me, that description alone would be enough to make you want to play. » 2/25/14 7:30pm 2/25/14 7:30pm